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ATSNJ's Robb Rehberg on Catastrophic Injuries from ATSNJ on Vimeo.

 

ACL Knee Injuries - An Ounce of Prevention is Priceless

Nearly a quarter of a million anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur each year in North America in athletes who participate in high demand sports such as soccer, football, and basketball.
 
A major injury prevention position statement released today by the Canadian Academy of Sport & Exercise Medicine (CASEM) and published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine (CJSM) (www.cjsportmed.com) concludes that youth soccer players and their coaches can significantly decrease the incidence of ACL injuries by incorporating neuromuscular training (NMT) into their warm-up routines. NMT involves doing specific agility and strength training activities.  NMT should be incorporated into routine practices and warm ups and should begin, at the very latest, in the early teenage years. "These warm up exercises, carried out correctly, will keep the athletes on the field instead of in our offices", states Dr. Cathy Campbell, co-author of the new position statement and team doctor for the Canadian women's soccer team.
 

March 27 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Preventing Little League Elbow

"Little League Elbow" -- is an inflammation of the inner elbow that affects an alarming number of youth baseball players across America. Pitchers are most affected by this injury, which is the result of the excessive stress on the growth plate in a child’s forearm caused by excessive throwing. Children who experience little league elbow often complain of pain on the inside of their elbows and an inability to fully extend their arms.

Here are a few steps you can take to prevent little league elbow before it starts. 

1. Monitor pitch counts. 

  •  9-10  year olds should throw no more than 50 pitches per game, or 75 in a week.
  • 11-12 year olds should be kept to 75 pitches per game and 100 per week.
  • 13-15 year olds should keep their counts under 75 per game and 125 per week.​

2. Monitor the frequency of  pitching.

The number of times you pitch during the week is also important. Even in the major leagues, starting pitchers throw only once every four days. Rest time should depend on the number of pitches thrown in the last game. For pitchers ages 7-16, pitch counts can be easily broken up into units of 20. For example, 20 pitches or fewer require one day of rest; 20-40 require two days off; 40-60 require three days of rest; and anything above 60 pitches requires a break of at least four days.​

March 3 -Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

Participation in youth sports is at an all-time high. With participation comes sports injuries: 

  • 1 in 5 Emergency Room Visits are result of sports, recreation, or exercise – 3.65 million/yr (CDC)
  • Injuries to children 15 & under, playing the 29 most popular sports in the United States cost the United States public $49 billion/yr (The Consumer Products Safety Council)
  • An athlete’s injury has an effect on his/her parents, coaches, the team, his schooling,  health care professional, teammates

March is National Athletic Training Month.  The ATSNJ recognizes the important role parents, and coaches  play in preventing injuries and because of this the ATSNJ has developed a presentation to assist ensuring sports safety.

To see this presentation visit: http://www.atsnj.org/documents/pdf/2010_ATSNJSportsSafetyforCoachesandParents.pdf

 

March 1 - Athletic Training Month Resource of the Day

March is National Athletic Training Month.  The 2014 theme is "We've Got Your Back".

  • An estimated 1.4 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations occur annually among U.S. high school student athletes participating in practices or competitions in 2006, according to the Center for Disease Control.
  • 62% of sports related injuries occur during practices, according to Safe Kids USA
  • 75 % of all school-related spinal cord injuries occur during sports activities according to a 2007 study by the American Academy of Neurology.
  • 15% of high school sports injuries were classified as severe by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons according to a 2008 study
  • More than 5% of high school athletes are concussed each year from collision and contact sports according Journal of Athletic Training
  • 41% of concussed high school athletes returned to competition too soon according to the American Academy of Neurology

Athletic trainers are highly skilled licensed health care professionals who work under the direction of physicians and are uniquely qualified to specialize in providing health care to the physically active population.  

For more information on how  "We've Got Your Back", visit:  http://atsnj.org/page/Information-about-athletic-trainers

Because Curlers Can Pull Muscles, Too

The repetitive sliding and sweeping at the Olympic curling center exact a toll that physical therapists for the United States and Britain try to minimize. Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Among the things that a curling team would not seem to need, an official athletic trainer might rank with a beach umbrella and a maid to sweep up after the athletes. But here is Brian McWilliams, a certified athletic trainer, on hand to treat any injury that might befall an American curler.
 
He knows what you are thinking.
 
“I get that all the time: ‘What injuries do they have?’ ” McWilliams said. “You know, it looks so simple. But it’s really a unique and difficult sport.”
 
There are certainly events at these Winter Games that require sophisticated medical assistance. Athletes have sustained severe injuries in violent crashes in slopestyle skiing and moguls, and danger looms over the sliding sports like luge because of the speeds attained. Curling? Less so.
 
The United States and Britain are the only delegations here with trainers devoted solely to their curling teams. The Canadian team, a longtime powerhouse in the sport, relies on staff shared with other athletes, and the Russian team enjoys home-court access to a variety of medical and training professionals.
 
Maggie Bush, the physiotherapist for Britain’s curlers, described it as a “dream job.” A Scot who hails from generations of curlers, Bush moved from working with dancers and performers in London’s West End to curlers after moving back to Scotland in 2007.
 

Los Angeles Lakers' Injury Problems Costs Millions but Could Be Solved

Twenty-four hours in a day. Sixty minutes in an hour. Forty-eight minutes in a game. Every second counts.
 
Yet there's often only one athletic trainer on the sidelines of an NBA game. With 15 men and millions of dollars on the line, the athletic trainer is hardly an entire crew, but there are times when the short full-time staff of an NBA team might act against the best interests of the team itself.
 
The Los Angeles Lakers seem to be in one of those situations. With Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash injured, along with Jordan Farmar, Steve Blake and Xavier Henry dealing with various physical ailments, it seems that the Lakers medical staff has lost control. 
 
Over the past five seasons, the Lakers have lost over $45 million to games missed due to injury, including $18 million last season in a year described by trainer Gary Vitti as his worst season in 29 years, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. 
 
Sadly the nightmare continues, as the club has already lost $14 million due to injury and will easily pass last year’s total with Nash and Bryant expected to miss several more weeks recovering. (All data on injuries and salary courtesy of Jeff Stotts ofRotowire.com.)
 
In fact, it's become a joke. "Did the Lakers somehow get the Timberwolves' luck from last year?" I was asked by one of B/R's smart basketball minds. Rather than blaming this on luck, I think there's actually a much different cause and a much simpler solution. 
 
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How to Prevent a Pitching Sports Injuries

"The debate over youth pitching has shifted in recent years from what types of pitches youth pitchers should avoid to how many pitches are too many for a young throwing arm. The mechanics of throwing a curve ball won’t necessarily damage a young pitcher’s arm, but the repetitive throwing as a pitcher learns to throw a curve can be the source of minor and sometimes serious damage to the arm; causing elbow injury or shoulder injury."
Continue reading the article...  Kerlan Job Clinic:  How to Prevent a Pitching Sports Injury

New Youth Baseball Safety Recommendations

Play Ball Safely, With New Baseball Guidelines From Pediatricians:

 

Feb. 28, 2012 -- As spring training begins, little leaguers should take a lesson from the pros and take care to avoid common baseball injuries.
New safety guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics call for youth baseball coaches and parents to be aware of the potential for overuse and traumatic injuries among young baseball players and take steps to avoid them.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 110,000 baseball and softball-related injuries were treated in U.S. emergency rooms nationwide in 2007 among children ages 5 to 14. Children between the ages of 11 and 14 account for the biggest proportion of injuries annually.
To read more visit:  http://children.webmd.com/news/20120228/new-youth-baseball-safety-recommendations

 

Year-round youth soccer raises injury concerns

If Mary Jane Bender had her way, commands such as, "Just tough it out" and "Go back in and play the game" would be banned from youth soccer fields.

"It's just absurd, and I don't understand it when I hear coaches and parents telling their children these things and not believing that they are really hurt," said Bender, executive director of the Arlington Heights-based Illinois Youth Soccer Association. "These kids love to play soccer, and when they are saying they can't play because it hurts, there's no reason why a coach or parent shouldn't believe them."

To read more visit:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-x-0229-year-round-soccer-20120229,0,6396030.story

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