injury prevention

WVU Neuroscience Institute to offer free in-state concussion testing

The WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) will offer free statewide concussion testing as part of the Rockefeller Concussion Network. The RNI outreach program will provide West Virginia youth access to baseline and post-injury ImPACT testing for all... more »

IHSA advises member schools during extreme heat warnings

While Illinois was under an extreme heat warning, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is reminding schools to how to beat the heat during training camp and fall tryouts. IHSA policy requires the use of... more »

Early findings from 10-year Drake Football Study published

The first data results from the 10-year Drake Football Study have now been published. Launched in 2019, the Drake Football Study is tracking the physical and mental health of around 170 men’s and women’s footballers –... more »

Study cites isometric exercises as best to help lower blood pressure

According to a recent systematic review, isometric exercises are the best to lower your blood pressure. Exercises like wall sits and planks performed regularly were mentioned as examples in a systematic review and meta-analysis published... more »

Study: Quadriceps autograft may accelerate ACL reconstruction return to play

New research has shown that a quadriceps autograft may accelerate return-to-play after ACL reconstruction compared to hamstring autografts. Kostas Economopoulos, MD, presented his findings at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. He... more »

‘Smart Heart’ Initiative aims to prevent cardiac arrest during events

Every major American sports league is banding together to team up with top-tier sports medicine societies to combat Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) among high school student-athletes. The 'Smart Heart' Sports Coalition is a collaboration between... more »

Kansas bill to reduce sports medicine barriers for visiting athletes

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has signed a bill that's meant to help fix the state's healthcare workforce shortages and provide more options for out-of-town athletes. Senate Bill 131 was signed on Tuesday after passing in... more »

Study: Effects of repetitive head trauma on symptoms of sports-related concussion

In an effort to understand the effects of repetitive sport-related head injuries, researchers from the Department of Neurosurgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City evaluated a large multicenter... more »

New coalition to implement EAP training for high schools

The National Football League announced the launch of The Smart Heart Sports Coalition, a collaboration among the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL, NCAA, the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Korey Stringer Institute, National Athletic... more »

5 facts about ATC in Special Warfare Training Wing

Across the country, athletic trainers are famous for wrapping ankles before games, rehabilitating sports-related injuries and running onto the field when a player hits the ground a little too hard. At the Special Warfare Training... more »

Cincinnati researchers find helmets don’t protect back of head

A University of Cincinnati Biomedical Engineering professor is imploring football helmet manufacturers to go back to the drawing board in terms of protecting the back of the head. Eric Nauman tested a variety of helmets... more »

Study: Athletes with genetic heart disease experienced no cardiac events

Ninety-five percent of athletes with a diagnosed and treated genetic heart disease experienced no disease-triggered cardiac events. These disease-triggered cardiac events include cardiogenic fainting or seizures, implantable cardio-defibrillator (ICD) shocks, sudden cardiac arrest or sudden... more »

Study: Severity of injuries increasing in high school athletics

While the overall number of sports-related injuries is decreasing, the severity of those injuries and the number of head and neck injuries are on the rise, according to a study presented at the 2023 American Academy... more »

How to build speed and power in MMA athletes

MMA strength and conditioning training is a specialized form of training that combines a variety of exercises, drills, and techniques to help fighters reach peak physical performance. As the name implies, it involves strength and... more »

Physical Activity Found to Favor Healthy Sleep Schedule

An adequate amount of good-quality sleep is essential for the physical and emotional well-being of humans. For instance, good-quality sleep helps improve the outcomes of various diseases, including cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, mental diseases, and... more »

Dealing with Upper Arm Injuries

Injuries to the upper arm muscles and tendons are most common in men 30–50, but women may also experience them. If the tendon ruptures, you may feel a tearing sensation and actually hear a pop,... more »

What is Athletic Heart Syndrome?

Heart health and athletic endurance go hand-in-hand. “Exercise strengthens the heart muscle, enabling it to pump a greater volume of blood with each heartbeat,” said Dr. Deepak Bhatt, editor of the Harvard Heart Letter, in a... more »

The Importance of Plyometric Training for Runners

Plyometrics are fast, explosive jumping movements that help build muscle strength. Training your fast-twitch muscles to respond more quickly and powerfully is something that all runners will see benefits from. A recent story from RunnersWorld.com... more »

January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

When the temperature drops and snow begins to fall, many people can't wait to hit the slopes or ice rink. Winter fun is on their minds, not any potential injury. Yet if thoughtful preparation for... more »

Buffalo Bills Medical Staff Honored Prior to Patriots Game

The Buffalo Bills may have received a hero's welcome when they returned to the field Sunday for the first time since Damar Hamlin collapsed on Monday. But one of the loudest pregame ovations was for the heroes... more »

Does Sport Specialization Lead to Overuse Injuries?

According to research from the National Council of Youth Sports, sports specialization leads to higher injury rates – particularly overuse injuries. Orthopedic surgeon Rowland B. Mayor, MD, adult and pediatric sports medicine specialist with Hartford HealthCare’s Bone &... more »

IOC & University of Utah Partner to Promote Athletic Health

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has designated a coalition of U.S. sports medicine institutions that includes University of Utah Health as one of 11 IOC research centers worldwide. The centers promote research, development, and implementation... more »

Reviewing the Prevalence of Ankle Sprain Injuries

Everyone suffers an ankle sprain at one point or another. However, recent studies show that those who participate in sports or train regularly can expect a lower incidence of them. The study, entitled "The Incidence... more »

5 Benefits of Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes

As a young athlete, you want to perform your best. That’s why it’s vital to understand the benefits of sports nutrition and how it can help you achieve your goals. A recent article from Pulse... more »

Sports Clinic Helping Athletes Embrace Natural Pain Treatments

Athletes living with joint pain and sports injuries experience a reduced quality of life, limited mobility, and discomfort. Athletes who have seen no improvements after trying different traditional pain treatment methods can visit QC Kinetix (Andover-Lawrence),... more »

Arthrometers Contribute to Accuracy in Orthopedic Assessment

Orthopedics is about precision. We use a variety of devices to collect objective data on/from patients. These include goniometers, hand-held dynamometers, isokinetic machines, pulse oximeters, and blood pressure cuffs, to name a few. These data... more »

Unaffiliated Team Doctor Fired By Dolphins Following In-Game Concussion Check

The unaffiliated doctor involved with the Miami Dolphins who cleared quarterback Tua Tagovailoa following an in-game concussion check during a recent game has been fired. The report came over the weekend from Reuters, after the... more »

Maintaining Bone & Muscle Strength Through a Pill?

When we are physically active our bones and muscles work together to make them stronger. To maintain bone health, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends a combination of weight-bearing activities 3–5 times per week and resistance... more »

Get The Facts on Youth Sports Injuries

In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and more than 3.5 million injuries each year, which cause some loss of time of participation, are experienced by... more »

Queensland University Aims for World’s First Concussion Blood Test

Researchers at The University of Queensland are seeking volunteer school rugby and basketball players for brain scans as they work on a new blood test to help diagnose concussion. The Queensland Brain Institute at UQ has partnered... more »

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