Dancing in pointe shoes raises the risk of injury for female ballerinas. Complex balletic movements require elevated muscular efforts and can put excessive stress loads on the ankle bones. Not many biomechanical studies focus on ballet, even as findings could contribute to decreased injury risk for dancers. A number of factors, such as ground reaction forces, ankle sway, and shoe flexibility can affect a dancer’s injury risk. But which factors contribute most?Continue reading “You’re En Pointe! Biomechanics and Ankle Injury Risk in Ballet Dancers￼”
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Let Kids Be Kids: The Unnecessary Dangers of Youth Sports Specialization
The allure of athletic success is hard to ignore in today’s society. The opportunities, notoriety, and wealth that come along with prowess in a particular sport are certainly enticing and have contributed to a growing trend towards youth sports specialization, where athletes focus on one sport from a very young age. And while the work ethic of these young athletes is admirable, their reasoning and that of their parents is a bit flawed.Continue reading “Let Kids Be Kids: The Unnecessary Dangers of Youth Sports Specialization”
Why is heading the ball so dangerous for youth soccer players?
I received my first concussion while playing soccer at 15 when I was knocked out by a ball that was “accidentally” punted directly into the side of the head. It seemed to me like this was one of the few, rare ways to get a concussion from the sport – an unlikely occurrence combined with an unusually aggressive impact.Continue reading “Why is heading the ball so dangerous for youth soccer players?”
The Dangers of Using Your Head: The Biomechanics of Sports-Related Concussions
Anyone that has ever had the misfortune of banging their head know how painful it can be, but does everyone understand just how dangerous it can be? Concussions occur when the brain hits the interior walls of the skull, either due to a direct blow or a sudden start or stop. These brain injuries most often result in confusion, headaches, and loss of memory but more severe injuries can cause vomiting, blurry vision, and loss of consciousness. In rare instances, they can even cause a brain bleed and result in death. Repeated concussions can lead to neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric changes later in life as well as increase a person’s risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.Continue reading “The Dangers of Using Your Head: The Biomechanics of Sports-Related Concussions”
Oops I Did It Again: The Biomechanics Behind Repetitive Ankle Injuries
Ankle injuries – either sprains or fractures – are one of the most common sports traumas plaguing the US today. Sprains are overextensions or tears in ligaments. Fractures, on the other hand, are broken bones.Continue reading “Oops I Did It Again: The Biomechanics Behind Repetitive Ankle Injuries”
Work Smarter Not Harder!
We have all likely heard the saying, “Work smarter not harder.” While this is generally referenced in an academic setting, it is also very applicable in athletics! One of the benefits to being a runner is that it’s a sport people can participate in at any age and nearly anywhere. Unfortunately, however, anywhere from 65-80% of runners get injured in a given year. A large portion of these injuries are related to overuse.Continue reading “Work Smarter Not Harder!”
Rock on, Dude!
In the rock climbing world, there is not much that people fear more than the sound of a “pop” coming from their fingers. That sound means months of rehab and can keep you off the rock for up to six months. But what exactly is happening when you hear that dreaded sound? The fingers are so small, how can one injury to the fingers be so devastating? Let’s dive in.Continue reading “Rock on, Dude!”
Ankle Sprains: An Epidemic in the World of Athletics
Have you ever been out running on a gorgeous fall day, only to have the run cut short by a painful misstep on a tree root covered by leaves? I have, and let me tell you – it’s awful! And even if you aren’t a runner, according to the Sports Medicine Research Manual, ankle sprains are a common, if not the most common, injury for sports involving lower body movements. Now, the solution to preventing this painful and annoying injury could be as simple as avoiding tree roots and uneven ground, but the real problem behind ankle sprains deals with the anatomy of the ankle.Continue reading “Ankle Sprains: An Epidemic in the World of Athletics”
Attempting to “Knock Out” the Causes of Concussions
Approximately every 15 seconds, a traumatic brain injury occurs in the U.S. A concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury produced by a contact or inertial force to the head (or neck) area. A concussion causes the brain to rapidly move around inside the skull, harming natural brain function. According to the Brain Injury Research Institute, roughly 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur each year in the U.S., resulting from both recreation and sports related incidents. In fact, brain injuries cause more deaths than any other sports injury.Continue reading “Attempting to “Knock Out” the Causes of Concussions”
Using K-Motion Technology to Achieve the Perfect Baseball Swing
The question on every baseball player’s mind is: besides more practice, how can I improve my batting skills?Continue reading “Using K-Motion Technology to Achieve the Perfect Baseball Swing”