Posts Tagged 'sports medicine'

Are NFL Players Taking Concussion Risks Seriously?

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Earlier in the football season, I wrote about concussions and why they are a serious issue.  Last week during Monday Night Football, something happened in the NFL that highlights why concussions will likely continue to be a difficult injury for doctors and trainers to treat effectively.  Rob Gronkowski, a second-year tight end for the New England Patriots, took ...

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Athletic Trainers are Valuable “Players” in High School Sports

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youth sports injuriesOne of the responsibilities that many sports medicine orthopaedists take on is providing medical coverage to local high school sports teams.  I provide on-field coverage for two local high schools during football season, and through this experience I have learned how important it is for schools to have an athletic trainer on staff, not only for football, but for all ...

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What is a SLAP tear?

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A SLAP tear is a certain type of shoulder injury that is common in throwers, but can occur in anyone if there is a pulling or jerking injury of the shoulder.  It is a specific type of glenoid labrum tear of the shoulder, and is different from the other types of labral tear in many ways.  I ...

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ACL Surgery in Growing Children

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A few weeks ago I wrote about some recent studies reporting a rise in ACL injuries in kids and discussed some of the causes of this trend.  Since then I have had a few questions about treatment of these adolescent ACL injuries, so today I am going to explain how the thinking on this has evolved over the years and ...

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Do Sports Medicine Specialists Order Too Many MRIs?

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On Saturday, the New York Times ran an article called “Sports Medicine Said to Overuse MRIs.”  The author of the article and several quoted orthopaedists claim that the field’s reliance on MRIs has crossed the line from appropriate use to overuse.  In fact, the article claims that MRIs are “given to almost every injured athlete or casual exerciser.”   If this claim ...

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