Sports Health Featured Stories

Many sports injuries result from pushing our bodies past their physical limits or levels of conditioning.  These articles are being provided for better knowledge and education of the importance of preparation and conditioning, and how to identify symptoms of possible injury or damage.

Anabolic Steroids
Illegal athletic performance enhancing drugs. While there have been professional athletes caught using these or similar drugs, the potential problems in adolescents and teens go well beyond the legal risks.
Better Conditioning
Physical conditioning usually has multiple components, including power, strength, speed, balance, agility, coordination, and endurance.  Tips to improve fitness and sports performance.
A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain that alters mental status or causes other symptoms. Many people assume they do not have a concussion if they have not lost consciousness.
Coronavirus Education
Americans should be prepared for a possible COVID-19 outbreak.  Every community can take preventative measures to reduce the spread, including taking an active role in practicing daily health habits.
Hand and Wrist Injury
With so many bones, ligaments, and tendons keeping hands and wrists working, there’s ample opportunity for injury.  Hand and wrist injuries are some of the most common ailments facing athletes.
Hot -vs- Cold Therapy
It can sometimes be confusing on whether to use an ice pack, cold compress, or heating pad when treating sore muscles, dealing with pain, or addressing an injury.
Knees and Their Ligaments
Ligaments are elastic bands of tissue that connect bones to each other and provide stability and strength to the joint.  Knee injury prevention isn’t a one-stop shop, especially for injuries like ACL tears.
Nutrition Guide
Just as proper physical techniques should be part of every athlete’s safety routine, maintaining adequate nutrition and hydration are equally important to all age groups.
Rotator Cuff Ailments
A group of four muscles and their tendons combine to form a “cuff” around the head of the humerus. The supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor originate from the shoulder blade.
Shoulder Injuries
Occasionally a player may feel as if their shoulder is coming out of the socket, but usually the problem is pain during or after throwing.  The most common symptom is pain and decrease in performance.
Sports Injuries Defined
Most sports injuries are due to either trauma or overuse of muscles or joints. The majority are caused by minor trauma involving muscles, ligaments, tendons, or bones.
Sports Injury Prevention
With the proper precautions, sports injuries can often be prevented. Even with protective equipment helping to improve safety, you can still be susceptible to injury.
Strength and Conditioning
Athletes need to participate regularly in physical activities that maintain cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health. Strength training can be effective, provided that appropriate guidelines are followed.

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