NFL Players Show Higher Disease, Mortality Risk

A first-of-its-kind comparison between elite pro athletes suggests higher overall mortality among NFL players compared with MLB players. NFL players also appear to have higher risk of dying from cardiovascular and neurodegenerative causes compared with MLB peers. The differences warrant further study of sport-specific mechanisms of disease development. Clinicians treating current and former NFL players… Continue reading NFL Players Show Higher Disease, Mortality Risk

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Why Athletes Hide Concussion Symptoms

Whether or not an NCAA Division I athlete is likely to report concussion symptoms depends on factors including their vested interests, their understanding of health implications, and their team culture and societal influences drawn from narratives of performance circulating in media, according to a study published May 8, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE… Continue reading Why Athletes Hide Concussion Symptoms

Simple Test Predicts Prolonged Symptoms of Pediatric Sports Concussions: Study

Researchers from Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado, have found that abnormal performance on the Romberg balance test can indicate that children and adolescents will experience prolonged symptoms following sports-related concussion. This finding is reported today in a new article by David R. Howell, PhD, and colleagues… Continue reading Simple Test Predicts Prolonged Symptoms of Pediatric Sports Concussions: Study

Pre-season Guidelines Sparing High School Football Players From Heat Illness

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and partners have found strong evidence that rates of heat-related illnesses, such as heat cramps and heat strokes, were reduced by half in states that had mandated guidelines to reduce exertional heat illness among high school football players. This is one of the first studies… Continue reading Pre-season Guidelines Sparing High School Football Players From Heat Illness

NFL Players Hearts Show Abnormalities Decades After Retirement

While elite athletes are often at peak fitness, they are not immune to—and may even face a higher risk for—potentially detrimental heart conditions later in life. Former National Football League (NFL) players, particularly those with larger body sizes, were found to have heart abnormalities specifically associated with high blood pressure in a study being presented… Continue reading NFL Players Hearts Show Abnormalities Decades After Retirement

Adolescent Concussion Recovery Sped by Aerobic Exercise: Study

Adolescent athletes who sustained concussions while playing a sport recovered more quickly when they underwent a supervised, aerobic exercise regimen, a study published Feb. 4 in JAMA Pediatrics has found. The study, by University at Buffalo researchers and colleagues, is the first randomized clinical trial of a treatment in the acute phase after a sport-related… Continue reading Adolescent Concussion Recovery Sped by Aerobic Exercise: Study

Speed Testing Mastery: New Course From the IYCA!

Speed testing is a huge part of sports. Whether you agree with it or not, athletes get tested on how fast they can run. The 40-yard dash is the centerpiece of the NFL Combine and the 60-yard dash has become the gold-standard in baseball. Even Major League Soccer now tests the 30 meter sprint, and… Continue reading Speed Testing Mastery: New Course From the IYCA!

Podcast: Early Sports Specialization: A Path to Burnout and Injury?

Early Sports Specialization is a phrase every coach and trainer has heard. Even many parents are familiar with the term. But what does it mean? Is it a bad idea? What are the risks? Are there rewards? On this episode, I offer a few thoughts about early specialization and what it can mean for athletes.… Continue reading Podcast: Early Sports Specialization: A Path to Burnout and Injury?

Youth Football, Concussions and Brain Injury – The Real Danger

Every autumn weekend in the US, thousands of youngsters as young as 5 years old strap on their pads, lace up their cleats and get after each other on the football field. However, fewer and fewer of them are playing tackle football. Parents are concerned about concussions, brain injuries and brain damage. Proponents of the… Continue reading Youth Football, Concussions and Brain Injury – The Real Danger

DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability

What factors impact hip activation and knee stability? How are these altered in clients who are post-rehab for ACL tears? What should we look for as signs that an activity should be changed or adjusted to ensure that the desired training effect occurs? As it relates to glute/hip activation in relation to knee stability during… Continue reading DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability