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Football Injury Prevention and Treatment Tips

Heads Up on Concussions

football-injury-athletic-trainer-480x320The topic of concussions is on the rise. Concussions don’t just happen to football players, they can occur in any sport. Knowing some of the signs and symptoms to watch out for and what to do for them is essential to the health of your son or daughter. Some of the classic signs and symptoms of concussions are complaints of headache, dizziness, blurred vision, feeling like you are in a “fog”, ringing in the ears, nausea, slurred speech, etc. If your son or daughter has any of these symptoms, even for a short period of time, he/she might have sustained a concussion.  Read on for more information regarding concussions…continue reading



5 Ways to Reduce Your Chance of an Ankle Sprain

footballplayerankle_injury_at-480x320Ankle sprains are generally regarded as the most common sports-related injury and are, consequently, the #1 reason for lost time in athletics. In fact, it’s estimated that 1 in 17 high school athletes will suffer an ankle sprain per season. Yikes! Those are better odds than a lot of games in Vegas. As an athletic trainer, injury prevention is my top priority, so I’ve come up with a list of 5 ways to reduce your chance of experiencing (or re-experiencing) an ankle sprain.

1.  Balance Training
By improving your ability to balance, you’re honing your body’s proprioception or ability to control itself in all types of positions. One of the easiest ways to work on your balance is to…continue reading


Are Meniscal Injuries the New ACL Injury?

by Dave Heidlof

Knee injuries are back in the news. With recent injuries to high profile players, water cooler chat is shifting from ACL injuries to meniscal injuries. If you want to be the resident sports medicine expert in the office, keep reading for a brief overview of meniscal tears and what they mean for athletes.

When people talk about meniscus injuries, they are typically referring to eitfootball-youth-line-kids-helment-resizedher the medial or lateral meniscus of the knee. These structures are a special type of cartilage in the knee that serve three very important functions.

3 Functions of the Meniscus

1. The first function is as a shock absorber.

The material that makes up the meniscus is called fibrocartilaginous tissue, which is a lot like a dense rubber. Since the meniscus is located between the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone), it is in the perfect place to keep the shock from athletic movements from causing damage.

2. The second function of the meniscus is to provide a smooth surface for the femur and tibia to move on.

The rubbery, fibrocartilaginous tissue is smooth and reduces friction between the bones that for the knee joint. This not only makes makes movement fluid…continue reading