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Stronger, Faster: Why Athletic Trainers Should Be Using Whole Body Vibration

Posted by Christian H. Reichardt, DC, CCSP on May 18, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Are you interested in helping your athletes get stronger and faster? What about injury prevention? Faster recovery times? Proprioceptive integration? 

Whole body vibration is commonly used with professional athletes for exactly those reasons! The technology isn’t seen as often with university and high school athletes, even though it is simple, easy to use, highly effective and now affordable. Clearly, athletic trainers in the collegiate and high school arenas may be missing an opportunity. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Prevention, Whole Body Vibration, High School Athletes, Proprioceptive Training

Preventing ACL Tears: 4 Tips for Girls and Women

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jul 15, 2016 9:01:31 AM

Women of all ages are constantly pushing their own physical limits and challenging what it means to be a female athlete. But it’s much more common for women to tear their ACL than men. Find out the best ways to keep yourself from getting injured.

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Young Athletes, sports injury

Concussions & Kids- Mind the Signs

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jul 6, 2016 10:59:08 AM

Head trauma is a major public health concern in the United States, with indirect and direct health-care costs approaching nearly $1 billion annually. Worse, head trauma also can cause short and long-term health problems and, in children, problems with
academics, headaches, and behavioral health issues.

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Topics: Concussion, Young Athletes, sports injury

Gender Neutral Locker Rooms?

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Sep 18, 2015 7:00:00 AM

It's a topic that has been widely discussed in recent media: gender neutral locker rooms

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Topics: Locker Room Design, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Professional Athletes, High School Athletes, Gender Neutral

Girls Suffer More Overuse Injuries in Teen Sports

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Aug 21, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Overuse injuries are known to be most prevalent in children ages 13 to 17, a time when rapid growth occurs. But a new study from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center advises athletic trainers to take extra caution with teen girls playing sports.

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Young Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Overuse Injuries

Analyze Athletes' Injuries, Performance With New Tech

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

New technology at the University of Rochester Medical Center is helping to collect reams of data, all to build a assessment of individual and team weaknesses and potential injury risks to help predict and prevent injury whenever possible. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Research, Technology

Is Diet Leading to Injured Athletes?

Posted by The Athletic Edge on Jul 31, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Have certain athletes who are prone to injury? Diet could be to blame, according to experts. 

But we're not looking at the lack of certain nutrients necessarily. Simply put, athletes may just not be eating enough. After workouts, athletes should be replenishing carbs and proteins, important in relieving tired muscles (try chocolate milk--it's rich in both!). And during the season, health care providers should be providing athletes with guidelines on the calories they should be eating to stay fit, free of injuries and to maintain a healthy weight. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Dehydration, diet, Workouts

Tape or Laser: Which Comes First?

Posted by Karen Woodbeck, MS, PT, OCS, ATC, CKTI on Jul 24, 2015 7:00:00 AM

For many trainers and therapists, it’s an age-old question: Which should come first, tape or low-level laser therapy?

But the answer is actually easy: You don’t necessarily have to choose. It all depends on your patient, the type of injury and the goal you’re trying to reach. 

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Topics: Athletic Injuries, Low Level Laser Therapy, Young Athletes, College Athletes, Student Athletes, Taping

"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

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