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Justin Shaginaw

POSTED: Friday, April 4, 2014, 5:45 AM

Grab your helmet and stick and let’s hit the lacrosse field.

Injury statistics

A 2007 study by Dick et al in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at injury rates for the men’s lacrosse using the NCAA injury surveillance system from 1988-2004. The results show a nearly 4 times higher rate of injury in games than in practice (12.58 versus 3.24 injuries per 1000 athlete-exposures [A-Es]).

POSTED: Monday, March 24, 2014, 9:40 AM
Team West pitcher Jazmine Ayala in action Wednesday. Team Southeast from McLean, Virginia was defeated 9-0 by Team West from Tucson, Ariz., in the 2013 Little League World Series Championship game Wednesday night Aug. 14, 2013 in Portland. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Ross William Hamilton)

Baseball and softball may be similar sports, but the injury data differs quite a bit. Let’s see what the research says.

Injury statistics

A 2007 paper in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at softball injuries from 1988-2004 using the NCAA injury surveillance system. Over the 16 years of data collection, the rate of injury was 1.6 times higher in games than in practices (4.3 versus 2.7 injuries per 1000 athlete-exposures).

  • Preseason injury rates were more than double the regular season injury rates.
  • Postseason injury rates were lower than preseason and in-season rates.
  • 43% of injuries occurred to the lower extremity while 33% were to the upper extremity.  
  • For game injuries, ankle sprains and knee internal derangements accounted for 19% of all injuries.
  • Concussions accounted for 6% of all game injuries and players were 3 times more likely to sustain a concussion and 2 times more likely to suffer a knee internal derangement in a game versus practice.
POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:30 AM

For statistics on common baseball injuries, click here.

It’s that time of year. Spring sports are in the air, even if the spring weather isn’t. Let’s head to the ballpark and start with baseball.

Upper Extremity

POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:30 AM

A 2007 study by Dick et al in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at injury rates for the men’s baseball using the NCAA injury surveillance system from 1988-2004. 

  • The results show a 3x higher rate of injuries in games than in practice.
  • Division I players had higher injury rates for both games and practice compared to Divisions II and III. 
  • Practice injuries were nearly 2 times higher in pre-season than in-season. 
  • Game injury rates were higher in the regular season than post-season play. 

45% of all injuries were to the upper extremity and about 30% were to the lower extremity.  The most frequent game injuries were:

Upper leg strains (11%)

POSTED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 6:00 AM

This is the last blog of a three part series on winter scholastic sports.  Let’s head to the mat.


Sprains and strains account for nearly half of all wrestling injuries with the shoulder being more common in high school wrestlers and the knee more common in college.  About 40 percent of those injured return to the mat within 1 week. 

POSTED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 6:00 AM

A 2008 article by Yard et al in The American Journal of Sports Medicine calculated rates of injury among high school and college wrestlers during the 2005-2006 season using the High School Reporting Information Online (RIOTM) and the NCAA Injury Surveillance System (ISS).   It also characterized the incidence and type injuries and compared risk factors for high school and college wrestling injuries. 

There were 387 injuries among participating high school wrestlers during 166,279 athlete-exposures, for an injury rate of 2.33 injuries per 1000 athlete-exposures (AE). 

258 injuries occurred among college wrestlers during 35,599 athlete-exposures, for an injury rate of 7.25 injuries per 1000 AE.  The injury rate was higher in college than in high school. 

POSTED: Monday, January 27, 2014, 9:41 AM
Filed Under: Justin Shaginaw | Other Sports

A 2009 study by Wolf et al in the American Journal of Sports Medicine looked at injury rates for the men’s and women’s swim teams at the University of Iowa from 2002-2007. 

There were 90 injuries sustained by 32 of 44 male swimmers (72.7%), while 76 injuries occurred in 35 of 50 female swimmers (70.0%).

The average number of exposures per year was estimated at 4526 for men and 4651 for women with an injury rate of 4.00 per 1000 athletic exposures (AE) for men and 3.78 per 1000 AE for women. There was no significant difference in injury risk between male and female swimmers and the proportion of injuries that resulted in missed time also was similar between genders.

POSTED: Monday, January 27, 2014, 9:40 AM

My last blog was about basketball injuries. Now, let’s dive into the pool and talk about common swimming injuries.

Swimming Mechanics

Poor swimming mechanics may be a contributing factor in many swimming injuries. But assessing these mechanics is beyond the expertise of most sports medicine. Your swimming stroke should be assessed by your coach, taking into account your specific injury, in order to eliminate an underlying biomechanical cause. A team approach should be taken with swimming injuries incorporating these stroke changes along with a specific rehabilitation program from your athletic trainer or sports medicine provider.

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Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Robert Cabry, M.D. Drexel Sports Medicine, Team physician - U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician - Drexel
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Symetrix Sports Performance, athletic trainer at OAA Orthopaedics
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician for the Phillies & St. Joe's
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician - Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon - Flyers
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director - The Center For Sport Psychology, Sports Psychology Consultant - 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Rothman Institute, Team Physician - USA Wrestling, Consultant - Philadelphia Phillies
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Cassie Haynes, JD, MPH Co-Founder, Trap Door Athletics, CrossFit LI Certified
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician - Drexel, Philadelphia University, Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Jim McCrossin, ATC Flyers and Phantoms
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
David Rubenstein, M.D. Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center, Team Orthopedist - Philadelphia 76ers
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