sports medicine

Minnesota High School ATC Saves Vet’s Life During Football Game

Over the weekend, a high school athletic trainer's quick thinking and fast actions saved the life of someone who fought for our freedoms. During Hutchinson (MN) High School's 'Red, White, & Blue Service Appreciation Night,'... more »

Study: Female Athletes’ Concussion Rates Twice as High as Males

The epidemiology of sports-related concussions (SRCs) and closed head injuries (CHIs) in high school females remain largely undefined at the national level, especially for unorganized sports and recreational activities such as equestrian and snow-related sports.... more »

PRP Treatment Shows Efficacy in Osteoarthritis Patients

A pilot study conducted by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine combined wearable technology and patient-reported outcomes to assess the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment in osteoarthritis (OA). The results, published in the journal Regenerative... more »

Assessing Potential Cardiac Issues in Athletes with Prior COVID

An expert medical task force appointed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) reconvened this summer to update guidance from last summer for... more »

Studies Show Lower Cardiac Risk for Youth Athletes with COVID

An expert medical task force appointed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) reconvened this summer to update guidance from last summer for... more »

WVU Researchers Working to Keep High School Athletes Safe

As they settle into a new high school year, student-athletes don’t just have to protect themselves from COVID-19. They also have to protect themselves from the heat, cardiac arrests, traumatic brain injuries, and several other... more »

FDA Clears Use of InSpace Balloon Implant for Rotator Cuff Tears

Stryker received FDA clearance of its biodegradable InSpace balloon implant which replaces the need for complicated rotator cuff surgeries by restoring subacromial space in the shoulder, according to a company press release. “Current strategies treating... more »

The Physical Exam of the Concussed Athlete

Sports are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among people aged 15 to 24. Concussions in high school athletics represent 8.9% of all injuries occurring from sports.... more »

Study: Reduced Head Impacts Among Youth Football Players

According to a study conducted by Sanford Research, there's been a 79 percent reduction in head impacts after studying a youth football team for eight consecutive seasons. The study, entitled "Head Impact Exposure of a... more »

Are Concussions Worse for Women Athletes?

As the popularity of women's professional athletics continues to grow, so too does the spotlight on the athlete's health and wellness — particularly in terms of concussions and sub-concussive hits. A growing body of data... more »

Q&A with Reggie Scott, Rams’ VP of Sports Medicine & Performance

Reggie Scott is a name that is frequently said aloud within the walls of the Los Angeles Rams facilities, particularly over the two years. From injury recovery to strength and conditioning program implementation to COVID-19... more »

USA Football’s Medical Advisory Panel Advance Smarter, Safer Play

USA Football announced this week its Medical Advisory Panel, comprised of experts to assist the sport’s national governing body in delivering leading athlete health and safety standards to America’s grassroots football family. A member of... more »

Why Olympic Athletes Use Blood Flow Restriction Training

Since the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, a few people have taken notice of the U.S. Olympians wearing exercise bands wrapped around their arms or legs. Outlets like the New York Times and Today.com have... more »

Andrews Sports Medicine & Flagler Health+ Team Up

Flagler Health+ and Andrews Sports Medicine, LLC announced today that the organizations have entered into an affiliation agreement that provides an exclusive structure to bring internationally-acclaimed Andrews Sports Medicine to Northeast Florida. One of the... more »

CATA To Study the Use of Painkillers & Its Effects on Athletes

The Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) recently announced a research project that will provide its members with an enhanced understanding of pain and pain medication. Although a robust curriculum is currently available to Athletic Therapists... more »

Olympic Athlete Thanks Trainer & Medical Staff in Open Letter

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are gearing up, and with that are a slew of stories featuring Olympic athletes, their work ethics, and their road to global glory. Kaleigh Gilchrist, a two-time U.S. Olympic water... more »

Wet Bulb Globe Temperature Used by ‘Majority’ of NCAA ATCs

Heat illnesses present a major risk for athletes, especially football players. The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) established recommendations to prevent heat illnesses that include measuring wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT), but adherence to this... more »

Revision ACL Failure Increased by Elevated Posterior Tibial Slope

According to at least one orthopaedic sports medicine specialist, an elevated "steep" posterior tibial slope can increase the risk of re-rupturing the graft of patients undergoing ACL reconstruction. A recent article from Healio.com highlighted the... more »

Protecting Athletes from the Most Common Sports Injuries

Injuries happen in sports and training. There is no way around it. While sports, training, and just general physical activities have many benefits, the risk of injury is always lurking if we're not careful. A... more »

LSU Names New Director of Sports Medicine

Beau Lowery has been named the new Director of Sports Medicine at LSU, director of athletics Scott Woodward announced on Tuesday. Lowery, who earned his master’s degree in kinesiology from LSU in 2005, has spent... more »

Why the World Anti-Doping Agency Bans Marijuana

U.S. Olympic favorite Sha'Charri Richardson made headlines recently after her disqualification and suspension from the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics for using marijuana. In June, Richardson, 21, won the women's 100-meter at the U.S. Olympic Track... more »

NSCA Announces 2021 Awards & Honorees

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is proud to announce this year’s recipients for the organization’s 2021 annual awards. These distinctive awards honor professionals around the world for outstanding achievement in their field. Each... more »

A Q&A with Dr. W. Christopher Winter, The ‘Sleep Whisperer’

Dr. W. Chris Winter, MD, has been dubbed “The Sleep Whisperer.”  His work as a board-certified neurologist and double board-certified sleep specialist based out of Charlottesville (VA) Neurology and Sleep Medicine has garnered the attention... more »

Saliva Tests for Concussions: The Next Factor in Diagnosis?

For all the advancements made with the management of athletes’ injuries, concussions still remain a complicated matter for everyone involved. Identifying the long-term side effects has impacted the way everyone approaches them, but there’s still... more »

Assessing Proper Hydration in Athletes

Dehydration is a condition in which the body loses more fluids than what is taken in. This is of particular concern during exercise as dehydration impairs physiologic and cognitive function, increases the risk of heat... more »

Study: Lack of Spectators Affected Male & Female Athletes Differently

Without an audience, men run slower and women faster. The lack of spectators during the coronavirus pandemic appears to have had a noticeable effect on the performance of athletes at the 2020 Biathlon World Cup,... more »

Ashley Labrador: 2021’s Most Valuable HS Athletic Trainer of the Year

Four years into her athletic training career, Ashley Labrador and her skills were put to the ultimate test. She had taped ankles, dealt with helmet-to-helmet collisions, and administered preventative and rehabilitative care to student-athletes, but... more »

As Cannabis Products Rise in Popularity, Organizations Pause At Acceptance

With the explosion of cannabis products bleeding over to the sports medicine industry as the once-illegal drug is becoming legalized in individual states, some professional leagues aren't ready to jump aboard the bandwagon. Last week,... more »

Steps to Become an Athletic Trainer

Are you thinking about becoming an athletic trainer? According to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), there are more than 44,000 U.S. members and approximately 50,000 athletic trainers practicing nationally. Additionally, the organization represents students... more »

In Shortened Season, Data Shows NBA Injuries Are Up

In a condensed season-and-a-half, NBA player injuries appear to have risen according to a recent report from ESPN.com. After the 2019-20 NBA season had its season paused, moved down to a Florida bubble, and restarted... more »

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