injury prevention

Using Gua Sha to enhance athletic performance

Tom Brady was able to play professional football until he was 45. One of his training secrets is to sculpt his body using pliability and flexibility. When he was 26, he had an elbow injury... more »

UR Medicine treating growing demand for Tommy John surgery

Tommy John surgery is gaining more popularity, but experts suggest it’s not always easy to bounce back from. Connor Osier is a senior pitcher for Greece Athena High School. He’s committed to playing college baseball... more »

Instituting an emergency action plan

An emergency action plan (EAP) is critical for every venue at which practice sessions, conditioning activities, and competitive events are conducted. An EAP is a written document that outlines procedures to be implemented and personnel... more »

Make baseline testing a requirement to help prevent concussions

Take every bit of technology, every ounce of knowledge, and enact every piece of legislation. You're still not going to prevent concussions. That doesn't mean we should stop trying to diminish the number of head... more »

Evaluating and preventing MCL injuries in athletes

The knee is one of the most frequently injured joints in the body, primarily because it has poor bony stability and relies on ligaments and muscles for its stability. Because the knee is situated between... more »

Keeping the shoulder healthy

The importance of normal shoulder function is generally unappreciated until routine daily activities become difficult to perform. Has your star pitcher ever indicated having felt something give in the shoulder while pitching in a game... more »

21 tips on reducing sports injuries

“Redux” means brought back or restored. The word is appropriate, as we have moved from a pre-1960 attitude of “sports injuries are part of the game,” to becoming aware that there are ways to lower... more »

The telltale signs of heat-related illness in student-athletes

With summer right around the corner, it's important to keep in mind the signs of heat-related illness in your student-athletes. Each year, an estimated 240 people die from heat-related illnesses, and heat stroke is the... more »

UGA’s ECG screenings provide deeper insights into cardiac arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one cause of death in the United States for student-athletes during exercise. Caused by a structural or electrical problem associated with the heart, sudden cardiac arrest happens when the... more »

Michigan bill would require public schools to have AEDs

Michigan lawmakers have brought forth a series of bills that would require schools to have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and an emergency action plan around student-athletes suffering a cardiac event. Earlier this week, the Michigan... more »

Youth-specific strength training methods

Strength training can provide a plethora of positive benefits to our youth as long as they are interested in strength training and the program that is directed for the adolescent is properly supervised preferably through... more »

Pennsylvania referee dies after collapsing during JV basketball game

A Pennsylvania high school referee died after collapsing during halftime of a game over the weekend. Michael Roebuck, 46, collapsed while refereeing a junior varsity basketball game and later died en route to the hospital.... more »

New study suggests brain changes in football players who are subject to head impacts

A study published recently in the JAMA Network Open involving MRI research that adolescent football players are susceptible to a variety of brain changes due to head impacts from playing. Researchers reviewed findings from structural... more »

AAP highlights overtraining and burnout in youth sports

Children and teens reap many physical and mental health benefits from participating in youth sports, but research shows about 70 percent of them drop out of these organized activities by age 13. The American Academy... more »

Exercises to help female golfers

Strength and mobility are two crucial pillars of golf fitness that all golfers should incorporate to improve their game and prevent injuries. This is particularly important for female players, who have a menstrual cycle and... more »

New study to further explore connection between the brain and body

A new Western-led study will further explore the relationship between physical and cognitive health. Adrian Owen, a world-renowned neuroscientist, will be driving the study through a pioneering series of online brain games. A recent story... more »

Illinois med student helping bridge the gap in concussion research for high schoolers

New research from the Carle Illinois College of Medicine suggests there are new ways to improve detecting concussions in high school student-athletes. A recent story from WCIA.com detailed the research being done at the Carle... more »

Pennsylvania ATC wants expanded authority for athletic trainers

The athletic training profession is often misunderstood by the general public. The title of an athletic trainer may not even describe their job duties effectively. The training and education it takes to receive athletic training... more »

Athletic trainer saves Utah student-athlete’s life during sudden cardiac arrest

Thanks to the quick actions of an athletic trainer, a Utah student-athlete is recovering safely after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest last week. Sixteen-year-old Dean Phillips had just finished a set of front squats in... more »

New Jersey bill could combat sudden cardiac arrest in athletics

A New Jersey congressman has introduced a bill to combat sudden cardiac arrest in young people, particularly student-athletes. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06) introduced the bill, entitled the Cardiomyopathy Health, Education, Awareness, Research, and Training in... more »

WCU teams up with Penn State on concussion impact research

In the spring of 2021, Clayton Bardall approached Martin Tanaka, a professor in WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology, about a project to use instrumented mouthguards to record head impacts with the hope of making... more »

Sleep your way to improved athletic performance

Sleep might not be at the top of the list when you think about ways to boost your athletic performance. But it's just as important as your training program, nutrition and hydration. As you push... more »

Study examines abnormal heart function among elite athletes

A recent study involving nearly 300 elite athletes found that one in six has cardiac measures that would normally suggest reduced heart function. Further genetic analysis found that those same athletes also had an enrichment... more »

Study: Advanced footwear tech positively impacts elite sprint performances

A scientific study published in PeerJ Life & Environment sheds light on the potential game-changing impact of advanced footwear technology (AFT) on elite sprint performances in track and field. The research, titled "The Potential Impact of... more »

UAB Sports & Exercise Medicine opens new clinic

The University of Alabama-Birmingham Sports and Exercise Medicine service line opens its new clinic at UAB Hospital-Highlands on Monday. It moves from its former location on the first floor to a newly renovated clinical space... more »

Benefits of cold-weather running

Some year-round runners dread plunging temperatures, but according to recent research, the benefits of running in the cold weather outweigh warm weather running—and could help you burn bad fat, lose more weight, and make you... more »

Study: factors that contribute to sports function after ACL repair

A recent study published in Sage Publications detailed the factors that contribute to sports function a year after ACL repair. Below is an excerpt from 2minutemedia.com that details the findings of the study. One of... more »

Study: Sudden cardiac arrest deaths in college athletes decline

According to a recent study, deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest among college student-athletes have been in decline over the last 20 years. Researchers from the American Heart Association analyzed data from more than 2... more »

How to prevent shin splints

Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, are not uncommon, especially among runners, dancers, and individuals who suddenly intensify their training or change their workout. “This also happens in new military recruits. A... more »

University of Michigan Concussion Center helps athletes with head injuries

High school cheerleaders, like Catherine Vick from Paw Paw High School in Michigan, are among the most likely student-athletes to suffer a concussion. Vick suffered a concussion as a 10th-grader, and after telling her coaches,... more »

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