Deceleration in Sport

April 21, 2013

Most often when people talk about preparing for a sport, they all look at numbers. How fast can I run? How much weight can I lift? How hard do I throw the ball? Those are all valid questions when we’re talking about sports performance. They are important to note if you are being scouted to play in college or professionally. But a common thing I see left out of training is: how do we stop? Read the rest of this entry »

In my latest attempt at some humor, and a chance to educate, I bring you my newest series.. This series “Hips: One Four Letter Word You Must Use” will take you through my thoughts over the last several months on the importance of the hips in exercise, fitness, rehabilitation, and sports enhancement. It truly is a topic that I have grasped full-on and really believe that if our hips are weak, we WILL get injured. And most often it is not our hips that get injured in this process! Please join me in this journey as we will explore the hip complex and its importance to the rest of our body!

I have a strong belief that the hips play major roles in all knee pain. But the initial evaluation is not always the place to immediately address the hips. I’m going to describe two of my recent evaluations and I think you’ll see what I mean. Read the rest of this entry »

RGIII: My thoughts

January 9, 2013

I’m sure everyone and anyone has had thoughts over the last few days about RGIII’s injury Sunday evening. Many people have been quick to criticize Mike Shanahan while others have criticized Dr. Andrews. Each of them has also participated in playing the blame-game. There have been plenty of jokes on Twitter and Facebook. ESPN has reported that RGIII has a torn ACL and LCL. Many of us know that the ACL is located at the front of the knee and when it’s torn, surgery is often required in order for continued athletic participation. The LCL is less-known, but it is located on the outside of the knee and is involved in rotary stability. Read the rest of this entry »

I found this video on YouTube and although it’s a couple of years old, I think it is important for us to be thinking about and understand. ACL injuries in female athletes have a large presence in high school and youth sports. Check out this video… Read the rest of this entry »

Preventing ACL Injuries

October 25, 2011

Anterior Cruciate Ligament(ACL) injuries are common in female athletes. It is said that females suffer torn ACLs at a rate of 4-6 times more often than their male counterparts. The question remains: Is there any way to prevent these injuries and if so, what needs to be done?

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted a research paper I wrote in college about ACL injuries and the Menstrual Cycle. In this article, I will explore a variety of reasons why researchers and clinicians believe females suffer ACL injuries at a rate 4-6 fold greater than their male counterparts.

One thing that must be recognized is the rate of athletic participation is so much greater now than it was in the past. Thus, we have seen a sharp increase in knee injuries in females simply because there are more of them participating in athletics. As you increase the participation numbers, it just makes sense that the injuries would also increase.

The anatomy and physiology of a female is different than that of a male. I think this is something people don’t always recognize. Of course, most know that a male and female have different genitalia and different reproductive systems. But for a lot of people that is where the differences end. This is just the beginning for the medical professional.

I will only briefly mention hormones in this post because that is what the research paper was all about. There is still question as to whether hormones are involved or not, but I believe they are to some degree. I’d suggest you read my research paper to gain more insight into this topic. It’s another condition and injury that female athletes appear to be more susceptible to based simply on their physiology involved in the menstrual cycle. Read the rest of this entry »

This article was written for my Exercise Physiology class while I was in college as a research paper. It is the start of a new series of articles you’ll start to find here. I plan to write more about athletic and orthopedic injuries in the near future. Expect to see a couple more ACL articles in the next week or so.

Over the past several years, athletic participation by female athletes has skyrocketed and there has been a coinciding increase in injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Myer, Ford, and Hewett claim that female athletes are at a 4-to-6-fold increased risk for ACL injury than male athletes who participate at a similar level in a similar sport or activity. There are many factors as to why this would be true and there are probably factors that have not been fully considered as of yet. One of these potential factors is the menstrual cycle and its fluctuation of hormones in the female body causing possible laxity of the ACL as well as other ligaments. The intent of this paper is to explore research that examines how
the menstrual cycle may influence ACL injury rates.

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