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Better Together: Taping and Laser

Posted by Karen Woodbeck, MS, PT, OCS, ATC, CKTI on Jul 17, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Want to increase stability, reduce pain and stimulate healing in patients with joint and soft tissue pain? You’re right if you say that no one therapy can do all of that. But like many things, two are better than one, and in this case, that’s taping and low-level laser therapy.

Research shows that both taping and laser can enhance the rehabilitation of an injury and produce faster results. And taping when combined with laser increases the efficacy of both modalities. In fact, I almost always will combine laser with taping, and I use this combination in about 70 percent of my patients. Patients who respond well to laser and taping include those who present with a wide variety of orthopedic and sports-related issues, including sprains and strains, mechanical and hypermobility problems, general overuse issues, cramping and pain. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Low Level Laser Therapy, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Return to play, Athletic Trainers, Professional Athletes, Taping

Immediate Removal of Safety Gear After Injury? Experts Say Yes

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jul 3, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Injuries on the field? A new standard by the National Athletic Trainers' Association is advising athletic trainers to immediately remove safety equipment such as helmets and shoulder pads when players have been injuried and a spinal cord injury is suspected. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine, Safety Gear, NATA, Spinal Cord Injuries

"Brains" Talking About Brains: Concussion Conference Promises Results

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jun 26, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Leading authorities on brain trauma recently took an unusual step in discussing improvements in the treatment of concussion, one of the most common sports injuries in both amateur and professional athletes: They invited the public to take part in the national discussion.

The recent "Concussion: A National Challenge" conference included members of the public such as entrepreneurs of concussion-related medical technology, medical students, researchers, athletic trainers and anyone with an interest in concussion (the conference was also publicly available via webstream).

The broad scope of the conference also set it apart, focusing on everything from concussion's microscopic effects on the brain to experts on real-life collisions that can lead to head injuries. 

As a result, it's hoped that conferences like these will result in better questions being asked and further collaboration among interested parties, including making an impact nationally with groups such as the NFL and NCAA.

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Concussion, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Research, Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine

Move Laser Forward as a Treatment for Brain Injuries

Posted by Curtis Turchin, M.A., D.C. on Jun 12, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Stroke. Sports injuries. Anxiety. Car accidents. At first glance, these differing incidents have little in common.

However, recent studies have shown that brain and nervous system disorders resulting from these conditions and incidents could have a common treatment: low-level laser therapy

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Concussion, Low Level Laser Therapy, Young Athletes, Mental Health, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Research

Thinking Through Return to Play Decisions

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jun 5, 2015 7:00:00 AM

When do you keep an athlete on the bench and when do you put him or her back in the game? It can be a tough decision, one that has lifechanging implications for the athlete if he or she returns too soon. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Athletic Director, Student Athletes, Return to play, Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine

How Your FitBit Can Help Treat Concussions

Posted by The Athletic Edge on May 29, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Even if you're not wearing a FitBit, you probably know someone who is. The popular wearable tracks the number of steps you take daily, as well as your sleep habits, other health information--and now, concussions.

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Concussion, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Research, Athletic Trainers

Plantar Fasciitis? Maybe Not, So Don’t Ice It!

Posted by The Athletic Edge on May 8, 2015 9:41:00 AM

by Mary Biancalana

footFor athletes who are training hard, the stabbing pain of plantar fasciitis is all too common. Most often, when pain is felt into the bottom of the foot, it is instantly diagnosed as “plantar fasciitis.” I say, let’s take a hard look at all the reasons there might be pain in the bottom of the foot and try to eliminate those reasons. And, let’s not be too quick to give a medical condition to everyone who experiences pain or discomfort. 

So before you pull out that cold pack, ask yourself: What about trigger point therapy

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Plantar Fasciitis

Athletic Injury? There's an App for That

Posted by The Athletic Edge on May 1, 2015 9:15:48 AM

Believe it or not, your smartphone or tablet may be the latest tool for you to use in treating your athletes and helping to prevent future injury.

Athletic trainers are turning to apps for mobile devices to help them assess their athletes' form and correct for overextension that can cause future athletic injuries. According to trainer Rocky Tekulve, "This assessment can help athletes by identifying flaws in their mechanics that's placing undue streess on certain tissues so that we can correct that and make sure that those tissues are no longer overloaded in an inappropriate manner." 

The video-analysis software allows trainers to videotape athletes and examine their mechanics frame by frame.

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Topics: Athletic Injuries

The Dreaded ACL Tear--And How to Recover

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Apr 23, 2015 11:00:00 PM

It's the sound no athlete wants to hear--the pop of the knee that signals an ACL tear, an often season-ending and sometimes career-ending injury.

The good news is that with the proper treatment, athletes can come back. Even better news is that not all athletes will require surgery. Older athletes without instability or a meniscus tear can rely on bracing and physical therapy. Younger athletes however who are more active may choose reconstructive surgery, which is done arthroscopically with little risk of infection. Pre- and post-surgery rehab are also key for a successful recovery.

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Topics: Athletic Injuries

As American Sports Skew More Armcentric, Throwing Injuries Rise

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Apr 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

"And he's out for Tommy John surgery"--how many times have sports announcers made this statement in recent history? Although functional training via the LAST table and soft tissue tools can go a long way toward helping to prevent and treat injury (and avoid surgery), NPR's Frank Deford sparks a conversation about American athletes today and our "armcentric" sports culture--and makes the pitch to athletic trainers, coaches and athletes to start doing more to protect their players and themselves. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Soft Tissue Tools, LAST table

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