Best Ways You Can Avoid ACL, Knee Injuries

Contributor: Susan Joy, MD, sports and exercise medicine physician Athletes know the unmistakable “pop” when they’ve torn their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). It can put a quick end to the season and sometimes require surgery and extensive rehabilitation. To prevent this, athletes need to practice proper form. If you play soccer, basketball and volleyball, you … Read More

FDA Issues Warning on Concussion Supplements

If it were only that easy: take a pill and avoid a concussion. Problem is, no scientific evidence supports the claim that any dietary supplement is effective in the treatment or prevention of concussion. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent out a strong warning recently about dietary supplements that claim to help you avoid … Read More

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Warm Up, Take Breaks to Prevent Ski Injuries

There’s a difference between us recreational skiers and the elite-level skiers we’re watching in the Olympic Games, and it’s not just how fast we go. We get different kinds of injuries. Olympic downhill skiers are traveling at lightening speeds – as fast as 140 miles an hour. When they have an accident, the results often … Read More

Spinal Cord: The Concussion You’ve Never Heard Of

There’s no escaping the stream of headlines this football season about the effects of repeated concussions on the long-term mental health and mental function of football players. While the concerns behind those headlines focus on concussions involving brain injury, they’re only part of the concussion story in football. Less attention is paid to concussion to … Read More

Gymnastics Safety Tips: Keep Kids Injury-Free

Girls all over America watched gymnast Gabby Douglas flip and spin across the Olympic mat a couple years ago, dreaming they might one day reach that level of elite gymnastics. But competitive gymnastics brings with it significant risk for injury, including strains and sprains as well as stress fractures to the back, wrists and ankles. … Read More

Explosions: How a Concussion Occurs May Determine Effects

Not all concussions are caused by blows to the head, like the type typically incurred in sports, falls or auto accidents. Concussion also can be caused by explosions. Concussion is caused when the brain bounces or twists inside the skull, leading to chemical changes inside the brain and stretching and damaging of brain cells. An … Read More

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Concussion? Know When to Return to School

After suffering from a concussion, many young athletes are eager to know: “When can I get back on the field or court?” But their return to school – often taken for granted – is only the first step to getting back to everyday life. For a child or a teen with a concussion, healing enough … Read More

Dangerous Head Injury May Go Unnoticed

Generally, people have believed if a hit to the head didn’t cause a concussion, there was no brain injury either. Now, physicians are learning that even hard hits that do not cause concussion – called subconcussive hits – can still lead to changes in the brain. “Many impacts in sports are not mild,” says neurologist … Read More