Anterior Cruciate Ligament (aka ACL) injuries are relatively common in athletes of all ages. The consequences of this serious impairment include short-term pain and disability, and, even with corrective surgery, most will develop knee arthritis at a young age as a result. Therefore, anything that can be done to prevent these injuries can have a [...]
Athletes may be some of the most superstitious people on the planet. Their beliefs can lead them to wear the same pair of socks for an entire season or take shots of hot sauce before a game. For the most part these superstitions are harmless, but one area where superstition may actually be detrimental to [...]
Injuries of little league baseball players, and especially pitchers, have been a major concern in athletics for a long period of time. The motion of throwing a baseball puts a large demand on the muscles and joints of the shoulder and elbow. These stressful effects are magnified in younger athletes who throw the ball a [...]
Australian Rules football players may be some of the toughest athletes on the planet. Their sport is like American football played without pads. Naturally athletes such as these are going to suffer high rates of injury. It is estimated that Australian Rules football players have the highest rates of non-contact injuries when compared to similar sports such as rugby and American football, and 35% of players will suffer a hamstring strain over the course of one season. But even in a sport as physical and rough as Australian Rules football, there are ways for athletes to prepare themselves to prevent and reduce the number of injuries that occur.
The extreme combination of force, velocity, and range of motion during overhand throwing pushes shoulder and elbow joints to their limits. It’s not surprising then that shoulder and elbow injuries are so common in baseball and softball. Fortunately, research is showing us that with proper training, the risk of these injuries can be dramatically decreased.
Ankle sprains are like Lays Potato chips…it is hard to stop at just one. Each time you sprain your ankle, your risk of another ankle sprain increases. Proper rehab can help after an injury, making it less likely to re-occur, but the best treatment of ankle sprains is to prevent them in the first place. Common methods of preventing ankle sprains include athletic taping and the use of ankle braces. But how effective are lace-up ankle braces in preventing ankle sprains?
Ankle instability can result from many common ankle and foot injuries, for example an ankle sprain or a broken foot. This functional instability can be caused by a lengthening and loosening of the ligaments that support the ankle or also by a loss of muscle coordination (balance and proprioception) following the initial injury. Both of [...]
Almost every athlete, competitive and recreational, will deal with a sports injury at some point in their playing career. In sports such as soccer it is estimated 16% of females will incur a lower extremity injury over the course of one season. The high injury rates in some of our most popular sports can be [...]
Since the publication of Christopher McDougall’s book “Born to Run”, barefoot running has become a popular topic in the endurance athletic world. There have been many claims made that barefoot running is healthier, faster, and leads to less injuries in long distance runners. But what does the evidence say? So this week we will be [...]