Category: Sport Injuries

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A Parent’s Role in Preventing ACL Injury In Your Child Athlete

If you have a child who plays sports, then you share my excitement for them when they play the game. You probably also share my apprehension about injuries. I recently witnessed one of my daughter’s teammates tear her ACL in a volleyball match in a non-contact play. The same thing happened to my son and it was heart wrenching. In fact, this caused me to look at the latest research for ways to prevent this from happening to my child and to other children in our community. It is more important than ever before to have parents understand the importance of injury awareness.  This has never been more true today as we become a highly competitive community.

The Research Is Revealing

My son and daughter’s teammate are not alone. There are nearly 150,000 ACL injuries in the U.S. each year (American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine). 70% of those are non-contact injuries involving landing or cutting. Females are 2-8 times more likely to suffer an ACL inj

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Low Back Pain Common Among Kids

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MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Low back pain is common in school-age American children, and rates increase with age, researchers say.

By the time they’re teenagers, nearly two out of five kids will have suffered lower back pain, a review of prior studies found.

But only 7 percent of teens with low back pain seek care, said researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Most cases of low back pain in youngsters are not serious, but they can affect school attendance and participation in gym class or sports. Also, teens with low back pain are at increased risk for low back pain when they’re adults.

For this report, researchers analyzed previously published studies. They found that back pain affects 1 percent of 7-year-olds, 6 percent of 1

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Child Athletes, Sports Injuries & Chiropractic!

Child Athlete Injuries

As a team physician for the St Louis Cardinals during their 2011 World Series Championship season, I learned a lot about the importance of players taking care of themselves firsthand. I would see players preparing themselves both mentally and physically for the game ahead. Kids look up to these players and emulate them. Major League Baseball (MLB) recognizes this and wants their youth players to be healthy and play as safely as possible. This is why MLB took time, energy, and resources, to determine what would be best for today’s young pitchers. Below is a snapshot of what the MLB and the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) found as risk factors for the young pitcher. It’s recommended that these guidelines be followed by coaches, parents, and players.

The MLB Pitch Smart guidelines provide practical, age-appropriate parameters to help parents, players, and coaches avoid overuse injuries and encourage longevi

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Recovery for Athlete’s with Jumper’s Knee

During jumping sports where great amounts of stress are suddenly placed on the lower extremities of the body, patellar tendinopathy, best known as jumper’s knee, can be a frequently reported type of injury. Patellar tendinopathy, or PT, ultimately alters an athlete’s overall performance, affecting their capacity to jump, land, run and change direction. While their decline in performance can lead to decreased training tolerance, the symptoms associated with the condition also often results in missed training days and competition for a majority of athletes.

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The Anatomy of an Unexpected Torn Meniscus

Athletes depend on their excellent, strength, flexibility and mobility to be able to perform effectively in their specific sport or physical activity. They undergo rigorous training in order to prepare for competitive seasons. While many athletes understand and use preventive measures to avoid experiencing an injury or developing a condition, the constant utilization of the different structures of the body can gradually cause the degeneration of the tissues, eventually resulting in an unexpected injury. Many athletes commonly experience sports injuries, however, one type of injury can cause tremendous hardships for the affected athlete: a torn meniscus.

Within an incidence ratio of 60 to 70 for each 100,000 visits, meniscal tears of the knee are a common diagnosis among many sports injury scenarios. Meniscal tears have accumulated great amounts of lost time from physical activity and even employment, which is why understanding the risk factors for meniscal tears is essential, allowi