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Kevin Pearce’s Recovery from Brain Injury
Four years ago, Pearce went snowboarding with his friends in Park City, Utah. He had recently signed a sponsorship deal with Nike, and was considered to have a serious shot of ending Shaun White’s supremacy in the sport…until he missed the landing of the trick and brutally crashed down onto his head. The Post Game

 

A Player With a Cause, but Without a Team
Charming, articulate, and fluent on the topic in a series of high-profile interviews, Royce White made a formidable advocate for a problem he said was underdiagnosed and underdiscussed. He wanted for the NBA to establish a league-wide mental health protocol. NY Times

 

Her Biggest Save
Briana Scurry couldn’t be sure if it was the painkillers or the fact that surgeons had just plucked pea-size balls of damaged tissue from the back of her head. But when the Olympic & World Cup champion awoke at Georgetown Hospital, the headache that had hijacked her life for the past 3+ years was gone. Washington Post

 

Could Wrongful Death Suit Deliver K.O. Blow To NHL?
The family of Derek Boogaard filed a wrongful death suit alleging the NHL is responsible for his brain damage & subsequent addiction to prescription painkillers… the lawsuit sheds light on the unsavory & unglamorous reality of fighting in the NHL. The Post Game

 

Peyton Manning on his neck surgeries & how he almost didn’t make it back
After surgery, t
he pain in the neck that he had lived with for years was gone. As he came to, he started to push himself upright. Then it happenened, his right arm buckled beneath him… at that moment, he understood his career was in jeopardy. Washington Post

 

Steps, time, distance: However measured, walking can reach health goals
Walking is a good way to begin a journey to better health. Guidelines and devices can help along the way. At a time when many Americans spend their days exercising nothing but their thumbs to exhaustion, others have grown obsessed with steps. LA Times/ACSM

 

Prolotherapy FAQs from the A.A.O.M.
When ligaments or tendon attachments are stretched or torn, joints become hypermobile and painful. Surgery and anti-inflammatories often fail to stabilize the joint and relieve this pain. Prolotherapy, with its unique ability to directly address the cause of the instability, can repair the weakened sites and produce new fibrous tissues.

 

NFL reaches concussion settlement
The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research. USA Today

 

 

Bike sharing offers big fitness benefits for the little commute
With bike sharing plans rolling on asphalt from New York City to Budapest, experts say city streets are becoming as fitness-friendly as country trails. 
Even short cycling jaunts can make a difference in the health of city dwellers. Reuters.com

 

Throwing Guidelines: The “Seventh Inning Stretch”
Coaches & parents of young baseball players often have questions about throwing injuries & how to prevent them. These are legitimate concerns due to the increasing rate of shoulder injuries that are treated and the various stresses put on a young arm. NationwideChildrens.org

 

Baseball’s PED Problem Won’t Go Away
Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, and Yasmani Grandal are among the players who allegedly bought performance-enhancing drugs from the clinic and its former proprietor, Anthony Bosch. These allegations are the result of a three-month investigation by the Miami New Times. Grantland.com

 

Do no harm: NFL players endure a lifetime of hurt
A survey of retired NFL players found nearly 9 in 10 suffer from pain on a daily basis. They remember the hard hits…the ones that snapped ligaments, rendered bones the consistency of crushed ice or bent joints in ways they ought not to bend are still felt years later. Washington Post

 

Nadal’s Knee
Rafael Nadal’s style of play and his two-handed backhand put a lot of stress on his injured left knee. This interactive video shows you why.
New York Times

 

 

Ohio’s New Concussion Law: FAQ
The new legislation states that if an athlete exhibits signs of a concussion while participating in an athletic event, the athlete will be removed from participation by the coach, referee, or YSO official. The athlete will not be allowed to return-to-play on the same day he/she was removed from activity under any circumstances. NationwideChildrens.org

 

First NBA player with Multiple Sclerosis takes the court
Don’t believe it’s a crippling disease that will just handle you the rest of your life,” says Chris Wright. “Yeah, there may be limitations, but you can still live your life. And I just wear that sign on my chest proudly, and you know, I’m a part of the MS society.” CNN.com

 

Mike Napoli reveals hip condition: Avascular Necrosis
Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli revealed Tuesday that he has avascular necrosis in both hips, the same degenerative condition that ended the career of two-sport star Bo Jackson. AVN is a progressive, degenerative disorder that kills bone tissue, caused by a blockage or loss of blood flow to a joint or bone. ESPN

 

Can Chris Carpenter Ever Recover from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
The Cardinals announced Tuesday that Carpenter would miss the 2013 season after a recurrence of shoulder problems. He missed the bulk of 2012 after surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome, resulting in the removal of a rib to open up space in the area. The Bleacher Report

 

Celtics’ Jeff Green shows heart in comeback
Diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm and needing surgery as soon as possible, Green was among those who doubted he would ever return. “I show the scar off whenever I can,” he says. “It is a part of me now. I love it. It is a reminder that I’ve battled something that a lot of people doubted I was going to come back from.” Boston.com

 

Student athletes’ deaths prompt new workout guidelines
The most dangerous time for amateur athletes may not be during the heat of the game or rigorous practices. Several college football players have died during conditioning workouts since 2000…There were no deaths in practices or games.
Now, health & sports professionals are seeking to make conditioning sessions just as safe. CBS News

 

Female Athletes Talk Body Image & How Sports Builds Confidence
Young girls out there need to be educated that the celebrities they see on magazines…you just shouldn’t strive to be that way,” says Laila Ali, Women’s Sports Foundation president. “That’s why it’s so great for young girls out there to look at these athletes.” Yahoo Sports

 

Getting Injured Players Back on the Field
By Dr. Riley Williams: As an orthopedic surgeon  specializing in sports medicine, one of the most common requests I hear from patients is, “Doctor, please treat me like one of your professional athletes.” The reality is that sports med doctors seldom use radically different treatment strategies for pro athletes. NY Times

 

The Amputee QB
After his right leg was amputated, experts suggested Jacob Rainey give up football and try channeling his energies into the Paralympics.The QB wasn’t interested. “I’d rather play football…It’s just my mentality. When people tell me I can’t do something, the stubbornness I have just pushes me forward.”  NY Times

 

How to train like an Olympian
Ever watch an Olympic athlete row, run or ride across the finish line of an event and think to yourself, “I could do that?” If so, you’ve likely never met an Olympian, let alone spent a week in his or her sneakers. Forbes.com

 

 

The Blurry Line Between Sports And Assault
With all the attention to Hamels’ beaning, Saints’ bounty scandal, & NHL enforcers, the ostensibly criminal violence league rules often sanction during games are under a bigger microscope…there is a fine line between competitive drive & injurious intent. The Post Game

 

The FIFA 11+ Program to prevent Soccer Injury
In a scientific study with almost 2,000 female youth players, teams performing “11+” at least twice a week had 30-50% fewer injured players than teams who warmed up as usual. Fifa.com 

 

 

Athletes embrace cutting-edge doctors, methods to speed recovery
The menu of treatment options for sports injuries has never been richer, as old staples such as ACL & Tommy John surgeries have been joined by new alternatives: prolotherapy, PRP, & minimally invasive surgery. USA Today

 

Featured Archived Blog Articles:

The Pat Summitt Foundation: Alzheimer’s Research
The problem with Tommy John surgery: ESPN.com
Teens’ concussion risk not limited to football: Reuters Health
Gretchen Bleiler reacts to Sarah Burke’s head injury: Yahoo Sports
Offseason ACL Rehab is no Joke in the NFL: NationalFootballPost.com
Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Prolotherapy Treatment of Ligamentous Laxity
Can the NHL Curb the Concussions? ESPN.com
ACSM: Guidelines on Quantity and Quality of Exercise
For Women in Sports, ACL Injuries Take Toll
: NY Times
NSF International: Find dietary supplements free of athletic banned substances
Guidelines to Prevent Sudden Death in Young Athletes: US News Health
The Female Athlete Triad: Information from the Female Athlete Triad Coalition
Concussion Legislation in the United States: See map at KnowConcussion.org

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