Leo Anderson was in the middle of a baseball game when he threw a ball he had just caught, heard a crunch in his elbow and fell to the ground. That sound was a growth plate in his elbow breaking, and it ended the now-15-year-old's season last spring.
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As long-distance races like half-marathons and full marathons become more popular, race organizers and medical directors should consider using online medical screening to identify risky runners and avert medical emergencies, researchers say.
Youth winter sports are underway, and with a recent increase in national attention on the possible dangers of head trauma for athletes, it is important for coaches, parents and players to recognize symptoms of a concussion and also help lessen their likelihood of occurring.
Full marathons may significantly raise concentrations of several biomarkers of strain on the heart, according to new research in Circulation, Journal of the American Heart Association.
Injuries are part of the game. That is a common refrain in sports, usually referring to the athletes. But sometimes it is the spectators who get hurt. "You do not expect to be injured when you attend a sporting event as a spectator," said Amit Momaya, a sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon. "You certainly do not expect to die, yet there are any number of cases where spectators are injured, some fatally, at sporting events ."
MRI scans show that repetitive blows to the head result in brain changes among youth football players, according to a new study. Football has been the subject of much scrutiny in recent years due to growing concerns over the long-term consequences of repetitive head impacts. Players who show signs of concussion are typically removed from games, but many hits to the head are subconcussive and, therefore, don't cause any immediate symptoms. There is rising concern that youth football players who experience these collisions in practices and games may be vulnerable to their effects.
The Trobe University researchers have put one of the world's most popular activity trackers to the test. Denise Jones, Joanne Kemp and colleagues from La Trobe Sports and Exercise Medicine tested the accuracy of the Fitbit Flex for recording steps at moderate to high speeds, with the help of a group of Melbourne runners. The research is in The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.
One of the most prominent sideline concussion assessment tools being piloted in professional sports may be useful as a tool to confirm, not make, clinical diagnoses, according to University of Alberta.
Implementation of state youth traumatic brain injury (TBI) legislation correlated with an increase in pediatric emergency department utilization for youth sports- and recreation-related mild TBI (mTBI) evaluation, according to a study published in the November/December issue of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
Young football players may experience a disruption in brain development after a single season of the sport, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Nitroglycerin patches help patients with common injuries to tendons, a research review suggests. The study team focused on overuse tendon injuries in the shoulders, wrists, heels and knees. Depending on its severity, the condition may be treated with physical therapy, corticosteroid injections to provide short-term pain relief or surgery to repair or replace damaged tendons.
Nature is full of examples of large-scale collective behavior; humans also exhibit this behavior, most notably in pelotons, the mass of riders in bicycle races. Using aerial video footage of bicycle races, analyzed peloton motion to determine what causes changes in the group's large-scale collective behavior and found that riders move through the peloton in a similar manner to circulation in a fluid.