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New sideline tests could improve concussion assessments

A star wide receiver crosses the field and makes a leaping catch late in the game against his high school’s biggest rival. Before his feet hit the ground, the opposing free safety, running full speed, crushes him. The force of the defender’s shoulder hitting his chest snaps his head back. Now he’s lying flat on his back, motionless. Athletic trainers rush to his aid and help him to his feet. While noticeably groggy, he manages to slowly walk off the field. Now the team doctor and athletic trainer must quickly decide whether the injured player suffered a concussion. Continue Reading

Sports medicine stats: Shoulder dislocations

The shoulder is the most commonly dislocated joint. It accounts for approximately half (54.9%) of sports-related dislocations in high school athletes. The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body, placing it at risk for dislocation. The majority of shoulder dislocations (>95%) occur in an anterior and inferior direction.Continue Reading

Episode 156: What should athletes do after a first-time patellar dislocation?

What should athletes do after a first-time patellar dislocation? He also discusses the injuries of Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, Duke linebacker Kelby Brown, and the new head injury rules in Premier League games. Plus in the Ask Dr. Geier segment, he answers your sports medicine questions.Continue Reading

Social media Saturday: Small breaks of time

For busy practitioners, finding large blocks of time can be challenging. It’s always nice to create a free afternoon once a week. In today’s healthcare climate, creating that “free” time often requires working longer another day to do it. Fortunately, you often don’t need hours to write articles. Use small breaks in your daily schedule to create content.Continue Reading

Three risk factors for a second ACL injury

Imagine you are a high school basketball player or an adult who plays recreational soccer. You land from a jump awkwardly and feel your knee buckle. It swells up immediately and you struggle to bear any weight on that leg. After a trip to see an orthopaedic surgeon, you learn that you tore your ACL. Now you face surgery, 6-12 months of physical therapy, and a long absence from sports. Now imagine the possibility that after all of that work after surgery, you could tear the graft or tear the ACL in your other knee.Continue Reading

Sports medicine stats: Sudden cardiac death among young athletes

For young athletes (12 to 35 years) participating in competitive sports, the total relative risk of SCD is approximately 2.5 times higher than in non-athletes. However, absolute event rates are low, about 1 in 50 000 to 200 000 annually. SCD in athletes occurs most commonly during or shortly after intense training or competition. For young athletes participating in organized individual or team sports, the most common cause of SCD in the United States is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (36%), followed by coronary artery anomalies (17%). The majority of athletes who suffer SCD are men (approximately 90%). Certain sports appear to pose a higher risk than others—including basketball, football, soccer, track and field, and baseball.Continue Reading

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