Cheerleading continues to increase in numbers, and consequently injuries are also on the rise. The injury rate of cheerleading is relatively low, however it does account for around 2/3 of catastrophic injuries in female high school athletes. It is thought that the increase of cheerleading injuries is related to the transition the activity has made from being on the sidelines of football and basketball games into a competitive activity of its own. In just a 13 year period, cheerleading increased in numbers from 600,000 in 1990 to over 3million participants in 2003! 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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This study was conducted to compare the accuracy of injury reporting by athletic trainers and through parent surveys. Soccer is one of the leading sports in the world and one of the most common causes for sports injury in youth athletes. There is not a lot of research available for this age group because these teams and leagues often do not have the medical personnel available to address the injuries involved.

The first thing this group did was to collect injury information via a parent survey conducted on the internet. The parents were required to respond to the survey each week and were contacted if they did not complete the survey. They could not edit the information once it was submitted and they could not do multiple weeks at one time. Read the rest of this entry »

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