"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.
The Athletic Edge Blog
Are young athletes wearing themselves out too early? Sports journalist Chris Lamb of the Indianapolis Star offers his perspective on a trend of athletic injuries in kids today, who are burning themselves out by focusing too much on a single sport. Athletic trainers, too, need to be aware of this risk and how they can help prevent it by educating parents and offering bilateral training and other tactics.