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 »

This is probably an exam we see often in athletic training or physical therapy. It’s something we as athletic trainers and those in the physical therapy world and fitness world must also be prepared to address. It’s time we “think outside the box” and look beyond the pain site.

Let me set up the patient for you:

  • She is an adolescent volleyball player who plays high school volleyball 4 months and club volleyball the other 8 months of the year. Very little rest time in her sports schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

This is just a remarkable story. I caught this last night on ESPN and knew I had to share. Congratulations to Bree for achieving her goals regardless of the obstacles put in front of her.

Orthopedic Injuries

November 3, 2011

A new feature that I have decided to add starting in the month of November is to look at orthopedic injuries. As an athletic trainer, we have an educational background with a lot of injuries involving the musculoskeletal system. For the next few months, I have selected one body part that I will highlight and each week I will highlight a particular injury involved with that area of the body. Read the rest of this entry »

This paper was written by Meagan Westendorf, ATC, Kim Stuckenschneider, and myself in the Fall 2010 semester for our Research Methods class. We conducted the research and carried out the study throughout the course of the semester. Here is a short excerpt of our research paper. More to follow..

Despite advances in diagnostic abilities, early treatment intervention, sport specific strength training including prehabilitation, and an increased ability in identifying players at risk, shoulder and elbow injuries continue to plague baseball pitchers of all ages.  The American Sports Institute, during two 5 year consecutive reporting periods between 1994-1999 and 2000-2004 reported a 4 fold increase in elbow surgeries in collegiate pitchers and a 6 fold increase in high school pitchers (Fleisig et al., 2006). The first prospective longitudinal study performed on youth baseball pitchers over two consecutive spring seasons found risk factors for both shoulder and elbow pain (Lyman, 2001).   Lyman et al. (2001) identified elbow pain increased with age, increased weight, weight training, pitching with arm fatigue, decreased satisfaction with one’s pitching, and number of pitches thrown per season.  Shoulder pain risk factors included several of the same factors including decreased satisfaction with one’s pitching, pitching arm fatigue, number of pitches thrown per season as well as number of pitches thrown per game and were confirmed by a subsequent study (Lyman et al., 2001).   More recent studies have looked at pitch type(Lyman, Fleisig, Andrews,& Osinski, 2002; Fleisig et al., 2006), pitch velocity (Bushnell, Anz, Noonan, Torry, & Hawkin, 2010; Olsen, Fleisig, Dun, Loftice, & Andrews, 2006), biomechanics (Davis  et al., 2009) and effects of fatigue on muscular structure and mechanics (Mair, Seaber, Glisson, &Garrett, 1996; Escamilla et al., 2007) in youth, adolescent, and collegiate baseball pitchers as risk factors for shoulder and elbow injuries.

Read the whole research paper here Pitch Counts in High School Baseball

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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