injury & rehabilitation

Injuries at the Olympic level

Injuries at the Olympic level

Junge et al 2009 completed a survey of reports from the 2008 Olympic games. They reviewed the data from the 92 teams, which had physicians, or therapists, which covered 88% of the participants. 1055 injuries were reported- for a rate of 96.1/1000. When something begins approaching a 10% injury rate, very few people would suggest(…)

Elderly Balance Exercise

Elderly Balance Exercise

Howe et al 2011 completed a literature review on exercise training in the elderly. Given that falls are one of the most traumatic injuries to happen to the older-adult population, exercise that minimizes falls and maintains independence should be researched and pursued. 34 studies met selection criteria. Interventions were primarily walking, strength training, balance exercise(…)

Exercise for tennis elbow

Exercise for tennis elbow

Finestone and Rabinovitch 2008 published a basic guideline for rehabilitation of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). Having used this guideline (along with manual and electrical therapy), I have full confidence in it and believe it can be used as a general preventative measure for many who are at risk for such an injury. You are required(…)

Disuse Atrophy

Disuse Atrophy

With chronic bed rest, muscle will atrophy. Every athlete knows this. If you’ve ever had your arm or leg in a cast, you know how weak the limb feels after only a few weeks of immobilization. However with reuse- it will begin to hypertrophy and quickly normalize in function. Jones et al 2004 demonstrated that(…)

ACL Reconstruction

ACL Reconstruction

ACL reconstruction has become a relatively normal procedure with athletes jumping back into play within weeks of surgery. In a study of reconstructed knees of recreational runners, while the ACL reconstruction corrected the anterior displacement of the tibia, it was found that the knees were more externally rotated and adducted. Knowing this, part of the(…)