Martin Kelley, P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S.
Did you know that up to 91 percent of competitive swimmers have reported experiencing shoulder pain? Unfortunately most young swimmers will develop such pain—it’s just part of the sport.The same used to be true of youth pitchers in baseball.
For years, there was growing evidence that youth baseball pitchers were experiencing a high number of shoulder and elbow injuries. These injuries appeared related to excessive exposure to throwing the baseball. It was an epidemic, a talented 13-year old kid’s future ended due to shoulder and/or elbow ligamentous injuries. It got to a point where these kids and their parents were coming to orthopaedic surgeons for the elbow-saving Tommy John surgical procedure. Enough was enough.
In the beginning of 2007, Little League baseball became the first organization to implement a pitch count rule to protect young pitching arms. This is an age-based system in which a pitcher who throws a certain number of pitches must wait several days before competitively throwing again. Even Major League Baseball managers follow pitch counts to protect multi-million dollar shoulders from injury.
Julie Mayberry, M.D.
I wanted to open a discussion regarding association of wrist pain and exercise that requires increased weight bearing on upper extremities. In my practice, I see patients from mixed demographics with complaints of wrist pain. In fact, wrist pain happens to be one of the most searchable conditions on the Internet.
A large number of patients associate wrist pain with increase or change in exercise activity—sometimes, a newly developed love for yoga or Pilates.
With multiple benefits comes the unfortunate side effect: pain in the least expected locations such as wrist, elbow and shoulder joints. While this phenomenon is more common in women, we are beginning to see an increasing occurrence in men. How can physical activity that has been praised for thousands of years for bringing emotional and physical well being cause its followers pain and injury?
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
The biggest sports news on this year’s April Fool’s Day was no laughing matter.
Tiger Woods announced he would miss the 2014 Masters next week in Augusta, Ga. due to back surgery. Woods had the procedure to relieve pressure from a pinched nerve.
Following surgery, a statement indicated that Woods would begin “intensive rehabilitation and soft tissue treatment” within the week, with the goal of returning to competition sometime this summer.
Robert Cabry, M.D., Drexel Sports Medicine, Team physician - U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician - Drexel
Now that the Olympics have ended, many of us want to get back on the skis or give snowboarding a try. Going for a ski weekend in the Poconos is one thing, but that trip to Breckenridge is another.
Certainly the slopes are more challenging out west, but many forget the altitude. High altitude can be a real problem for us Philly folks living at sea level. The low oxygen levels that you breathe at high altitudes can cause health problems, and even the physically fit Olympian must take caution.
Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is an illness that is caused by low air pressure and low oxygen levels at high altitudes (above 8000 feet). In most cases the symptoms are mild and feel like a hangover. Headache, nausea and fatigue are most common, but additional symptoms include dizziness, loss of appetite, rapid heart rate and shortness of breath. Mild AMS is not life-threatening, but can be a warning sign of a more serious problem to come. AMS can lead to lung or brain swelling that quickly can become fatal. The good news is most people only suffer the mild symptoms of AMS.
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
A day filled with excitement and drama at the Sochi Olympics was marred by news Saturday morning of Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova’s serious injury.
Komissarova sustained a broken back by dislocating her vertebra during a practice session on the freestyle course. She was taken immediately to emergency surgery, where doctors worked for 6.5 hours to stabilize her condition.
A spokesman for the Freestyle Federation of Russia confirmed through a translator that the injury was “a fracture dislocation” and that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been to see Ms. Komissarova.
Justin Shaginaw, M.P.T., A.T.C.
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.
Justin Shaginaw, M.P.T., A.T.C.
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.
- Alfred Atanda, Jr.
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- Ashley Greenblatt
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- Robert Senior
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