Do Genetics Influence ACL Injury Risk?

It is widely accepted that your sport of choice, surface you play on and even your shoes can contribute to your risk of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. But is your risk of rupturing your ACL also influenced by your genetics? A new study answers that question.

Does Emotional Trauma Increase Sports Injury Risk?

Athletes, especially top-level athletes, know that competitive play carries a risk of injury. The risks can be mitigated with proper physical training. But what about the lasting damage from physical or sexual abuse? Can those scars increase the risk of injury, too?

Greater Risk Of Injury For Athletes Returning From COVID-19 Coronavirus Training Restrictions

As sports begin to be played at all levels, athletes are excited to return to play. Many have been training on their own during the coronavirus lockdowns. But factors other than training and conditioning may lead to a much greater risk of injury during the return-to-play phase.

ACL Injury Risk Higher After Return to Sport For Some Athletes: Study

Young athletes who do not achieve a 90 percent score on a battery of tests that measure fitness to return to athletic competition, including quadricep strength, are at increased risk for a second knee injury, according to research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine. Orthopedic surgeons and sports… Continue reading ACL Injury Risk Higher After Return to Sport For Some Athletes: Study

5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Young Athletes

I’ve been around the Youth Fitness and Training arena for over 2 decades. I’ve learned a lot in that time, especially from my mistakes. That’s why it pains me to see the same mistakes being made over and over in the training of young athletes and children in general. In many ways, parents can be… Continue reading 5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Young Athletes

Early Sports Specialization Linked to Higher Injury Rates in College Athletes

Sixty million kids participate in organized athletics each year with ever increasing amounts of children specializing in one sport before the age of 14 with hopes of a college scholarship or professional career on the line. However, researchers presenting their work at the AOSSM/AANA Specialty Day today reveal that this early intense participation might come… Continue reading Early Sports Specialization Linked to Higher Injury Rates in College Athletes

Half of Youth Sports Injuries Caused by Overuse and Preventable, According to Doctors

It stands to reason that young people who play organized sports are going to get injured. But while young athletes are susceptible to the ankle sprains, wrist fractures and other acute injuries that are common among competitors of all ages, numerous studies indicate that approximately half of the sports-related injuries among children and adolescents in… Continue reading Half of Youth Sports Injuries Caused by Overuse and Preventable, According to Doctors

10 Reasons Why You Just Gotta Deadlift!

Nobody is lukewarm on deadlifts. You either love them or hate them. In fact, a lot of people love them and hate them while many others love to hate them. Let’s face it, they challenge you in ways that no other exercise can. Deadlifts don’t care what college you went to (or whether you did,)… Continue reading 10 Reasons Why You Just Gotta Deadlift!

Athletes, Stress Fractures and Ground Force Reaction: Study

It starts as a persistent and irritating pain in the foot or lower leg, then it gets more intense, maybe with swelling, and soon a runner knows she’s being sidelined by one of the most common running injuries: a stress fracture. These tiny cracks in the bone can halt training for months or even end… Continue reading Athletes, Stress Fractures and Ground Force Reaction: Study

Warm-ups: What’s the Purpose?

With regard to warm-up activities for youth athletes, what’s the main purpose? Is it to stimulate an increase in cardiorespiratory rate and “get the blood flowing?” Is it to improve movement, enhance the stable ROM in major joints? Is it to “get them in here” and fully present to the activities to come? Or is… Continue reading Warm-ups: What’s the Purpose?