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September 4, 2019

Rugby is the fastest growing team sport in the United States with a wide range of participants from youth to the professional elite. Due to the collision nature of the sport, injuries are relatively frequent, making team physicians a critical part of the game. Common injury types along with injury treatment and prevention are discussed below.


Beach Volleyball Injuries

August 29, 2019

Beach volleyball players must have a versatile skill set in comparison to indoor players who play with six members per team and more individual, specialized skills. Despite its popularity relatively little is known about injuries specific to beach volleyball. Learn more about these little known injuries.


Cycling Injuries

August 29, 2019

The health benefits of cycling have been clearly established by research, with studies showing consistent positive dose-response relationships between the amount of cycling and improved fitness, decreased risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer morbidity, and obesity. Despite its health benefits, cycling is also associated with a variety of injuries, which will briefly be reviewed below.


Swimming Injuries

Muzna Ali, BS, and Arun J. Ramappa, MD
August 29, 2019

From children with asthma to adults looking to stay healthy, swimming has been ranked as one of the most useful exercises for a range of ages, body types, and conditions due to its function as an upper and lower body exercise. However, swimming is a unique activity because it depends primarily on the upper body for propulsion, which can lead to a number of musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries. Read more about these common swimming injuries below.


Overuse Injuries in Fly Fishing: Recognition and Injury Prevention

Seth L. Sherman, MD, Taylor Ray, BS, and Mark F. Sherman, MD
August 29, 2019

Despite common misconceptions, fly fishing should be considered a “throwing” sport. Fly casting requires a complex and coordinated set of body motions to accurately and efficiently land the fly. Learn how to avoid an injury below.


Fact vs. Myth: When It’s Time to See the Doctor for a Sports Injury

Brian Grawe, MD
University of Cincinnati Academic Medical Center
August 21, 2019

Summer will soon be upon us, which means that warm weather and sunny skies will likely inspire many people across the country to get outside, become more active, and ultimately cause a spike in injury pattern across all Sports Medicine Physician offices. Read about when it's best to go seek medical attention for a potentially serious sports injury.


Achilles Tendon Rupture: The Warrior Injury

Natalie Lowenstein and Elizabeth Matzkin

Statistics show that 85% of NBA players who have suffered an Achilles tendon rupture will return to play, but rarely last more than 2 seasons. Achilles tendon injuries are discussed along with some treatment options.


Common Hip Injuries in Kids

Dr. Kevin Shea

Pediatric athletes are subject to several different acute hip injuries. These injuries include problems around the growth plate and around the femur and pelvis. In some cases, acute symptoms can develop in association with previous hip conditions. Two common hip injuries are discussed below.


Trick-or-Treating Safety 101

Dr. Eric Edmonds

All Hallows Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, is a festive and exciting time for many youngsters (and parents) to celebrate autumn with costumes, pumpkins, haunted houses and trick-or-treating.  Sugar rushes and nighttime adventures define October 31st for many people, but this combination can lead to injuries with spirit-dampening outcomes.  There are two major sources for bone and muscle injuries to children on Halloween:  costumes and pumpkins.


6 Tips to Help Kids Avoid Repetitive Stress Injuries

Mike Hoenig, MD, Orthopaedic Associates
Friday, July 22, 2016

Sports-participation promotes physical and emotional wellness in children but too much physical activity can lead to injury. Repetitive stress injury, also known as overuse injury, is becoming a significant concern for orthopaedic doctors—especially at a time where the number of duel-sport athletes continues to grow.



Keeping a Balance in Youth Sports Participation

Kate Carr, Safe Kids Worldwide
Thursday, April 21, 2016

We all want our kids to be the best athletes they can be and to play the sports they love for a lifetime. But many parents disagree about the best way to make that happen. Is it better to focus on one sport, or is playing a variety of sports the best way to help kids reach their full potential?     



Five Tips for a Safe Youth Sports Experience

Sara Jurek, MD
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sports provide kids with wonderful physical, social, and psychological benefits. As parents and coaches, our goal is to maximize these benefits while minimizing our athletes’ risk of injury. There are simple strategies for parents and coaches to help reduce preventable injuries. With the weather heating up, spring sports in full swing (pun intended), and in honor of April being Youth Sports Safety Month, here are five tips for achieving a safe (and fun) youth sports experience.   


Keeping Athletes Safe With Limited Resources: Tips and Tricks 

Emily Brook, BA and Elizabeth Matzkin, MD
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Athlete safety should always be the number one priority of parents, coaches, and players of all sports, from youth recreational leagues to varsity high school teams. Injuries can and do occur at any level of competition in all sports. While some teams have access to an athletic trainer and a full-time medical staff, other teams do not.  For teams with limited access to medical resources, responsibility for the safety of athletes often falls on the parents and coaches. This post provides some athlete safety tips for parents and coaches of athletes who may have limited access to professional medical help.



Spring Has Sprung: Returning Kids to Outdoor Sports

By: Elizabeth Matzkin, MD, Caroline Hu, BA and Emily Brook, BA
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The snow is melting, the birds are chirping, and everyone is growing tired of those 6am Sunday morning hockey practices. Sunny days spent at the baseball diamonds and lacrosse fields are just around the corner. During this transition to spring sports, it can be easy to forget some important things for our young athletes. In order to ensure a smooth transition to spring sports, we have a few tips for a safe and fun return.



Extreme Winter Sports Safety Tips

By: David Daniels and Elizabeth Matzkin, MD
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

While some may despise the dreariness of the harsh winter days, others see a playground of opportunity. For thrill seekers, the winter months offer many extreme sports to satisfy the need for an adrenaline rush: skiing, snowboarding, heliskiing, snowkiting, and snowmobiling to name a few. While the high velocity and living on the edge sense of adventure makes these sports so desirable, we cannot forget the physical risks associated with such activities. Extreme winter sporting can be a fun activity if done with safely; here are some tips to help make the most out of a winter sport adventure.