Stop Sports Injuries Blog: Stay in the Game by Staying Informed

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 1:03 PM

Every year, parents are rushing their kids in to get their pre-participation physicals so their athletes are allowed to participate in sports. With what we know about overuse injuries in sports, are we doing enough do flag athletes at risk? Matt Swift, DPT, from Change Sports Physical Therapy Institute shares his thoughts on our blog. 

 
 
Thursday, April 30, 2015 11:37 AM

There are numerous benefits to participating in youth sports activities.  Some of the biggest benefits include improving cardiovascular fitness, bone and muscle health, and reducing the risk of obesity.  Additional research has shown that youth sports participation can improve social well-being, psychological health, academic performance, and lifelong healthy behaviors.  Youth sports participation also comes with risks, such as overuse injuries, ACL injuries, concussions, and harmful psychological effects from an improper environment. Dr. Barry Boden weighs the positives over the negatives in this post.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:40 AM

Turf toe, or sprain of the first metatarsal phalangeal joint (MTP), can be one of the most painful and debilitating injuries and athlete can face. Dr. Michael Leddy III describes this condition and offers treatment tips in our latest post. 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 1:02 PM

Softball has become an increasingly popular sport for young athletes.  With the advent of Title IX, the popularity of televised collegiate softball games, and the inclusion of softball in the Olympics, the interest in the sport has exploded.  Unlike in baseball, many softball teams utilize only one or two pitchers during the season.  There is a common perception that softball pitchers are at a low-risk of injury, and that overuse injuries are much less of a concern compared to their overhead pitching counterparts.  Dr. Kevin Farmer discusses the truth (or lack of) in these beliefs.

Thursday, March 05, 2015 2:50 PM

Female athletes are at an increased risk of incurring non-contact injuries to their knees while playing sports. Recent studies show significantly higher ACL injury rates in female athletes compared with their male counterparts. Natalia Pallares, PT, DPT, OCS from U18 Sports Medicine shares some of the efforts being made to help female athletes prevent these kinds of injuries.

Thursday, March 05, 2015 9:44 AM

Shoulder pain in young athletes can be caused by a variety of injuries, including tears to cartilage in the shoulder socket. Dr. Hany Elrashidy from Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists talks about the common symptoms, causes, and treatment options for labral injuries in our latest post. 

 

Monday, February 23, 2015 9:38 AM

Wrestling is notorious for athletes that have been injured and in some instances have died because of unsafe practices when “cutting” weight by rapidly dehydrating themselves.  Wrestling can be a safe and rewarding sport, if weight control is achieved through proper diet and exercise. Drs. EStephan Garcia and Brett D. Owens share tips for wrestlers to reach maximum performance levels.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 2:51 PM

Recent cases of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) have drawn more attention to the dangers of football at all levels. Ohio University shared an infographic outlining the condition, as well as the steps now being taken to make the sport safer.

 

Thursday, January 29, 2015 3:05 PM

The majority of football-related injuries occur to the musculoskeletal system, most notably the lower leg, ankle, and foot. Dr. Matt Matava explains some of these common injuries and offers tips for prevention.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:21 AM

The competitiveness and intensity of cheerleading has increased over the years requiring more athletic skill. Because of the nature of the sport, various injuries can be suffered. John Gallucci Jr., author of Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment: A Guide To Optimal Performance For Players, Parents and Coaches offers tips for making cheerleading safer