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Sports Medicine

The Business of Athletes and Their Bodies

Yura Bryant | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business
Yura Bryant

American sports leagues are multi-billion dollar businesses that are built upon the entertainment provided by professional athletes. If athletic performances were to suffer than the business model that professional leagues operate upon would also suffer in the process.

Why are Pectoralis Major Tears the Latest Epidemic in Sports?

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 08.28.2015 | Sports
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

This injury is occurring too much, and all the factors must be reviewed, but one common theme should be addressed: athletes must have time and a plan to recover from their cumulative training loads.

For Our Children's Health, Keep Sports Fun

Dr. Alexis Colvin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Dr. Alexis Colvin

Parents proudly watching their aspiring major leaguers hit a home run, serve an ace in tennis, or lunge to stop a goal might find it hard to imagine that their child's success in sports could harm his or her health. But today, games like sandlot baseball often are not kid stuff anymore.

Just Drink Water When You’re Thirsty Like A Normal Person, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.17.2015 | Sports

After much deliberation, a 17-member expert panel representing four countries and nine specialties, including sports medicine, body fluid homeostasis...

The NFL is at it, Again!

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 06.25.2015 | Impact
Phyllis Sudman

We want to hear more positive football stories because they restore our faith in humanity (and maybe in the NFL). However, these particular stories also reveal a very serious problem. How is our medical system missing these potentially-fatal heart conditions in our young athletes?

After the NFL Combine: Why Keep Training?

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 04.28.2015 | Sports
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

Those who continue to prepare will likely carry this work ethic throughout their careers. And, for the players who simply stop after the Combine, how many underperform, underachieve or don't make the team?

Rebuilding and Regenerating Damaged Knees: The Future Has Arrived!

Nicholas DiNubile, MD | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicholas DiNubile, MD

If you grew up in the 1970s, you may remember the Six Million Dollar Man TV show with Steve Austin. The show began with a futuristic-type regeneration...

Are States Doing Enough To Protect High School Athletes?

stateline | Michael Ollove | Posted 09.12.2014 | Sports

Athens, Georgia -- When Georgia public high schools were asked several years ago to devise a policy to govern sports activities during periods of high...

Spine Surgery in the NFL: 6 Player Updates From Last Season

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Sports
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Last season, there were multiple NFL players who sustained spinal injuries. With a new football season approaching, let's review the status of these players to see how they have recovered from these injuries, and who is ready to get back in the game.

Why Does Tennis Elbow Take So Long to Improve?

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

When tennis elbow pain fails to improve, most tennis players seek medical care and, in many cases, a long journey begins. Even the best care won't prevent a lengthy recovery for those whose tennis elbow involves inflammation of the extensor tendon or partial tears in varying degrees of the same tendon.

When a Little League Injury Is a Major League Problem

Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D. | Posted 10.12.2014 | Sports
Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D.

Kids as young as six and seven now routinely play one sport all year round, not just to the detriment of their experience, but increasingly at their physical peril.

What Parents and Young Athletes Need to Know About Marfan Syndrome

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

Marfan syndrome is a diagnosis easy to miss unless one deliberately considers it and pays a great attention to detail. If your young son or daughter is playing basketball or volleyball and you are hearing the comments above, please take him or her to a physician for the appropriate tests -- at the very least to rule the condition out and have some peace of mind.

Longevity vs. Durability: Can You Have Both?

Nicholas DiNubile, MD | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Nicholas DiNubile, MD

We've extended the warranty on the human heart, and people are living longer. We've improved care for skin, and people look better. But it's your frame that gets you where you need to go whenever you need to get there.

The Pharmacologics of Exercise: Yes, Exercise Is Medicine!

Nicholas DiNubile, MD | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicholas DiNubile, MD

As health care is reformed in the United States, comprehensive strategies must be included to encourage more individuals of all ages to incorporate exercise into their daily routines, a cornerstone of personal health care reform.

Behind the Prep: What It Takes to Get an Athlete Ready for the NFL Combine and Draft

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 06.24.2013 | Sports
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

As you watch the NFL Draft selections, keep in mind these players began training last spring for the college season and then went straight into six weeks of focused training to try to reach peak performance at the NFL Combine or their college Pro Day.

In the RG3 Injury Saga, Where Were the Redskins?

Shawn Sorenson | Posted 03.25.2013 | Sports
Shawn Sorenson

RG3's injury is serious -- his recovery formidable and full of uncertainty. What will his teammates do to support him? What will coaches and management do to get better? How will the culture of the organization evolve? That's where we'll learn what this team is made of.

Brandon Roy and Athlete Transition: The Most Important Issue in Sports Medicine

Shawn Sorenson | Posted 02.22.2013 | Sports
Shawn Sorenson

Every year, 21 percent of NBA players retire from basketball, completing an average 4.8 year pro career. Likewise 18 percent of major leaguers, 29 percent of the NFL, 18 percent of the NHL and a quarter of college athletes exit elite sports annually. All face their own transitions.

10 Surefire Ways To Keep Your Muscles Strong And Avoid Injury

Jordan D. Metzl, M.D. | Posted 05.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Jordan D. Metzl, M.D.

A lot of things can cause an injury, and we have a lot of body parts that can be hurt. These are my top 10 prime directives for keeping your muscles strong and avoiding injury.

Greek Mythology Isn't the Only Place to Have Achilles Problems

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 05.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

Achilles' tendon problems aren't limited to Greek mythology. They affect thousands of athletes every year, even those at the highest level. These injuries must be treated quickly and appropriately or they can severely hinder performance.

One of the Best Writing Tips Ever: Spin Class!

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Robinson

I never thought I'd take one of these classes, because who doesn't look stupid in padded bike shorts indoors? Then I discovered that I can solve any thorny writing problem in spin class.

Basketball Season Changed by ACL Tears

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

The Wizards' star Josh Howard and Purdue's forward Robbie Hummel tore their ACLs a few weeks ago on the court, ending their season and potentially changing the fate of their teams' title hopes.

Sleep And High Performance: What Olympic Athletes Know About Sleep.

Michael Gervais, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Gervais, Ph.D.

If quality sleep is considered "fundamental" to high performance - how are you doing in this department? After all, all of us are performing in some aspect of our lives.

A Mother Plays Monday Morning Quarterback

Elizabeth Donoghue | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Donoghue

Last week, my ten-year-old son, Mikey, suffered a concussion in third game of his first season of tackle football. I'm in a quandary: do I end tackle football now and forever, or let him play?

Effects Of Training On Unstable Surfaces For Sports Performance

David Buer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Buer

Training on unstable surfaces like stability balls increases activation of core stabalizer muscles, but it is not a complete or ideal form of training for enhancing potential for increased athletic performance.

Rotator Cuff Problems Don't Just Affect Pitchers...

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

90 to 95% of people undergoing surgery for rotator cuff tears typically have good to excellent outcomes. The results for professional baseball players, however, have been less promising.