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Set, Bump, Spike, and Remember to Keep Shoulders Free of Injury During Volleyball

Volleyball involves repetitive and strenuous use of the upper extremities, and the shoulder joint is at risk for both acute and overuse injuries. The overhead motions such as serving, spiking, and blocking can place sudden and heavy strain on a number of structures around the

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The Naples Tale of the Torn ACL: A Common Twist to Athletes’ Well Being

By Tyler Mosher      @TMosh4UI     Sep 04, 2015   A simple catch and move up field turned into another season-ending injury for a premiere athlete. The latest unlucky victim: Green Bay Packers’ wideout Jordy Nelson.   After hauling in what appeared to be

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Supplements for Athletes: What Should I Be Taking?

Athletes are always looking for ways to be faster, stronger, or have more energy. Every day we are inundated with advertisements claiming to enhance sport performance with various pills, drinks, meal supplements, or cleanses. With so many supplementations available on the market it can be

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Injuries in Softball Pitchers: Fact Versus Fiction

Softball has become an increasingly popular sport for young athletes. With the advent of Title IX, the popularity of televised collegiate softball games, and the inclusion of softball in the Olympics, the interest in the sport has exploded. Unlike in baseball, many softball teams utilize

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5 tips to fall-proof your home and keep seniors safe

Each year one out of every three adults aged 65 and older experiences a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among elderly adults. These shocking statistics put into perspective the

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ACL Injury 101

Sports participation results in 70 percent of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and the majority of these occur in 15 to 45 year olds. Approximately 70 percent of ACL injuries are noncontact injuries that occur during a sudden change in direction with a planted foot

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Planning Ahead Before You Hike, Prevents Injuries

Hiking is a great way to explore the outdoors, breathe some fresh air and vary your exercise routine. But a day of hiking can turn into an unwanted adventure or trip to the emergency room if you do not plan ahead. Following a few simple

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Increase Training Gradually to Stay on the Cross Country Running Path

Cross country running has many challenges, including varied terrain, hills, inclines, and uneven surfaces. A cross country runner has to adjust his/her stride length with these many variables. This challenges the athlete differently than running on a flat surface track.   Cross country season begins

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To Brace or Not to Brace That Is the Question

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and other ligament injuries of the knee can be    devastating for football players and may result in significant loss of playing time and/or require surgical treatment. As player safety and injury prevention continue to be a priority,

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Know the Right Way to Slide and Prevent Injuries

Millions of athletes compete in baseball and softball on an annual basis, and, as with all sports, injury risk and prevention are important concerns. One type of injury particular to these sports are injuries that occur during a slide to a base.   Athletes utilize

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What is a stinger?

Stingers or burners are common injuries among collision athletes, but most of these injuries are not long-lasting or serious in nature. A stinger, more formally known as brachial neuropraxia, results when there is injury to the vast network of nerves surrounding the neck and traveling

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Anabolic Steroids: Performance Enhancing but at What Cost?

Competition is part of life and we are all programmed to strive to be successful. The temptations of winning and of becoming bigger and stronger can be quite powerful. Performance enhancing drugs, especially anabolic steroids, have become widespread, including usage by non-athletes who want to improve

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Achilles Tendon Tear Treatment Difficult

With Kobe Bryant’s return to the NBA this season after tearing his Achilles tendon last spring, there has been increased attention on this injury in basketball players. Basketball athletes are at an increased risk for Achilles tendon tears due to the demands of the sport,

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Know Your Ability and Prevent Knee Injuries on the Slopes

For over a century, downhill skiing has been at the forefront of popular, recreational winter activities. Like any other specialty sport, skiing comes with a unique set of physical demands and risks. While continuing advancements in equipment have created decreasing trends in most ski injuries,

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Proper Fit Important to Prevent Cycling Overuse Injuries

Cycling remains a popular sport for both recreation and competition. Many runners and other endurance athletes use cycling as a form of crosstraining and recovery from hard training sessions. However, too much of a good thing can cause injury just like any other sport.  

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Variety of Options for Athletic Recovery Drinks

In the quest for performance and fitness, athletes and the public often turn to recovery drinks for a boost. Research into this area has generated useful information that can guide optimal consumption of these drinks.   Recovery drinks should include an adequate amount of carbohydrates

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What are Shin Splints?

Shin splints are an extremely common ailment in runners. Other common names are soleus syndrome  and tibial periostitis, but the proper medical terminology is medial tibial stress syndrome. As this name suggests, this condition involves overload (stress) of the medial (inner border) part of the

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Playground Safety Key for Youngest Athletes

We form some of our earliest athletic experiences on playgrounds and on the blacktop. Unfortunately injuries occur with some frequency in these areas. The key to stopping some of the 250,000 annual playground injuries in the United States is prevention. Monkey bars, swings, and slides

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SLAP Tears Common and Treatable

Shoulder injuries are commonly encountered by athletes who perform frequent overhead or throwing motions such as divers, basketball players, or pitchers. One of the most common shoulder injuries is a SLAP (superior labrum anterior to posterior) tear or injury to the area that encircles the

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