No matter how you are involved in athletics, you need to know the dangers that accompany your sport. This Strained Sports infographic will help you digest the mountain of statistics and help you better understand how the injuries stack up against each other from sport to sport.
With the hope of informing, this graphic has the purpose of raising awareness of sports injuries, whether they are minor ankle problems or fatal brain injuries. Because the potential dangers aren’t always at the forefront of discussions, learning about the more serious side of sports will allow you to make an educated decision about participating. Additionally, this infographic can serve as a guide to understand what sort of injuries to watch for by sport.
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
This Saturday, the Phillies and Rothman Institute will host the 6th annual Sports Medicine Symposium at Citizens Bank Park.
The event, which begins with registration and continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m., is targeted for sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and other professionals. Sports Doc panelist Dr. Michael Ciccotti, Director of the Sports Medicine team at Rothman Institute and head team physician for the Phillies, will present along with fellow Rothman Institute sports physicians and Phillies Certified Athletic Trainers and strength/conditioning coaches.
“We’ll be looking at common sports injuries—specifically, those in the overhead and the throwing athlete,” says Dr. Ciccotti.
Brian Cammarota, M.Ed., ATC, CSCS, CES
Throwing a baseball or softball is one of the most difficult activities in sports and requires extreme accuracy and skill. It is also one of the most unnatural motions in sports and leads to many injuries, especially among baseball pitchers.
The speed of the pitching shoulder in baseball has been shown to reach 6900 degrees per second in youth pitchers (and higher speeds in adult pitchers). That is equivalent to spinning your arm in a circle approximately 19 times in 1 second (or about half the time it took to read this last sentence). With speeds that fast, it is no surprise that shoulder and elbow injuries are common. One way to decrease injury risk is to perform an off-season throwing program that gradually builds arm strength and prepares a thrower or pitcher for their season.
Two common mistakes among baseball and softball players are:
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
From serious matters like concussions and performance enhancing drugs, to inspiring stories of athletes overcoming the odds, we’ve enjoyed covering the sports and fitness scene in and around Philadelphia in 2013.
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Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D., Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician for the Phillies & St. Joe's
In light of last week’s report on the late Ryan Freel, I decided to outline some of the measures Major League Baseball is taking to address concussions in the sport.
MLB has taken a very serious, very focused stance on preventing concussions in baseball. MLB has taken numerous measures to investigate, diagnose, treat and hopefully prevent minor traumatic brain injuries/concussions.
Some of their many efforts over the past several years include:
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
In the wake of the news that former major league player Ryan Freel was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of his suicide, Major League Baseball is joining—and being included—in the ongoing discourse over concussions in sports.
Freel, who played for five teams during his nine-year career, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound almost one year ago. He was 36.
At last week’s MLB Winter Meetings, representatives of the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sports Legacy Institute issued their findings to Freel’s family, who revealed Sunday that the player indeed suffered from Stage II CTE, where victims can experience headaches, confusion, depression and short-term memory loss.
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES, Symetrix Sports Performance, athletic trainer at OAA Orthopaedics
With autumn in full swing a few things are becoming evident—days are getting shorter, temperatures are getting colder, and the pageantry and tradition of the World Series is complete.
Congrats to the Boston Red Sox and their fans on being on top of the baseball world. But with the completion of the Fall Classic comes the realization that we will not see baseball until next spring. The baseball and softball off-season is here, whether we like it or not. For most youth players this means taking a break from baseball, playing other sports, training to get ready for next season, or a combination of the above. Many players and parents are faced with the question of how to recover from last season and prepare for next season.
The main area to address is throwing and pitching. All players should stop throwing and take at least 2 months off. Preferably, 3 to 4 months of no throwing is recommended by many experts including Dr. James Andrews. If you are a pitcher, you absolutely should not pitch or throw from a mound for 3 to 4 months and you need at least 2 months of no throwing. As throwing a baseball is an unnatural motion, throwing year round does not allow your shoulder and elbow to recover. Furthermore, it increases muscle imbalance making future injuries more likely.
Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D., Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
For those of us that follow baseball, it seems like every time we turn around another pitcher is going down with a major injury. The most recent notable name is Matt Harvey from the New York Mets. Like many before him, he started having pain with pitching while experiencing decreased velocity and poor control of his pitches.
After visiting with several doctors, he was eventually diagnosed with an Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) tear of his elbow. After seeking advice from several other pitchers with a similar injury, including the Phillies’ Roy Halladay, he eventually decided to undergo “Tommy John Surgery” or UCL reconstruction. Rather than try non-operative treatment, he elected to undergo surgery to maximize his chances at returning to the mound and be as competitive and dominant as he once was.
These clinical scenarios are not only common, but they can get a lot of media attention depending on the caliber of the pitcher involved. With increased attention, increased misconceptions are developed as well usually because a lot of the medical information is interpreted out of proper context. Lately, in my office, I’ve been seeing a lot young pitchers with minimal elbow pain and discomfort terrified that they may need Tommy John Surgery and miss a year of pitching. I’ve had other pitchers, and even parents and coaches, ask if they should have Tommy John Surgery in the absence of an injury, in efforts to try to increase velocity and control.
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