Sports Medicine

Laser vs. Shockwave: What’s best for soft tissue injuries?

Lasers and shockwave: While both can be effective to treat soft tissue injuries, how do they work and what conditions they are best suited for each?.. more »


Step By Step

Cutting, sprinting, jumping, landing — athletes rely on their ankles for a lot. In this three-part article, athletic trainers share how they managed a trio of different ankle injuries… more »

Considering a Male Athlete Triad

Almost 25 years ago, the Female Athlete Triad was identified, and it’s become a well-known concept in sports medicine circles. A new paper has proposed that a similar condition presenting with deficits in nutrition, reduction in sex hormones, and/or impaired bone health may also affect male athletes… more »

Putting R.I.C.E to rest

In 1978 Gabe Mirkin, M.D., came up with the familiar acronym “R.I.C.E.” (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) regarding how to address inflammation. While commonly used, several studies have been published that question its effectiveness regarding inflammation.

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Vocal Advocates: Discussing VCD-EILO in athletes

Often mistaken for asthma and triggered by intense exercise, VCD-EILO occurs when an athlete’s vocal cords block their airway… more »


Appropriate Medical Care for the Secondary School Athlete

In 2001, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), teamed with 16 other medical associations and sports governing bodies and began a two-year process to determine what schools and organizations should provide to students and athletes in middle schools and high schools… more »

Tough Talk: Speaking to parents about an injury

Athletic trainers are professionals with a broad spectrum of skills, and one of those skills must be speaking to parents about an injury to their child… more »

5 steps to a rewarding career in athletic training

The athletic training career has been, for me, extremely rewarding. It’s an industry full of triumph and the pangs of defeat, but it’s very rewarding… more »

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