Sports Medicine

Penalty kick research hits the spot

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 00:51
New research has come up with the best way to practice penalty kicks if a player favors waiting for the goalkeeper to move rather than just deciding on a spot before taking their penalty.

Study of 21 retired NFL and NHL players doesn't find evidence of early onset dementia

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 17:37
New research is adding important information to the body of knowledge about the cognitive and behavioral status of a group of retired professional athletes who spent their careers in contact sports.

Soccer heading may be riskier for female players

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:42
Researchers have found that women who play soccer may be more at risk than their male counterparts. According to a new study, female soccer players exhibit more extensive changes to brain tissue after repetitive 'heading' of the soccer ball.

Four weeks of riding an e-bike promotes fitness and health

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 23:11
The role of the e-bike in promoting health and fitness is comparable to that of a conventional bicycle. In particular, overweight and untrained individuals can benefit from riding an e-bike.

The short, tumultuous working life of a major league baseball pitcher

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Mon, 07/23/2018 - 21:29
There are pitchers in Major League Baseball (MLB) who have had 30-year careers, but as a demographer points out, these are extreme outliers and often the stars of the game who receive most of the media's attention. The reality for most pitchers in baseball is that their professional working lives are surprisingly short -- 3.99 years on average -- according to a new method of calculating working life expectancies.

Fewer injuries in girls' sports when high schools have athletic trainers

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 02:56
Availability of a full-time certified athletic trainer in high school reduces overall and recurrent injury rates in girls who play on the soccer or basketball team, according to a new study.

Headers may cause balance issues

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:22
Soccer players who head the ball may be more likely to experience short-term balance problems, suggesting that repetitive head impacts could have the potential to cause subtle neurological deficits not previously known, according to a preliminary study.

Want to be an elite weightlifter? It takes a strong pair of knees

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 19:28
Researchers have discovered what makes the critical difference between an elite snatch style weightlifter and a sub-elite one. In the Olympic sport of snatch style weightlifting, athletes squat, take hold of a barbell on the ground, and then lift it with outstretched arms overhead, using one continuous motion. Findings show that the success of this maneuver comes down to the strength of the knees.

Following pitch count guidelines may help young baseball players prevent injuries

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Sun, 07/08/2018 - 17:38
Young pitchers who exceed pitch count limits are more prone to elbow injuries. Season statistics of players were compared relative to pitch count limits.

Young athletes' ACL injury risk increases with fatigue

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 15:42
ACL injuries are one of the most common sports injuries affecting adolescent athletes, leading to lost playing time and high healthcare costs. Research shows athletes who experience fatigue -- tested on a standardized assessment -- demonstrated increased risk of ACL injury. The study is the first to measure the direct impact of fatigue on injury risk in the adolescent population.

Results for female ACL graft repair methods differ among younger athletes

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 15:42
Female athletes are two to eight more times likely to injure their ACL than males, however utilizing one graft repair treatment method in females may be more beneficial than another.

Current ACL return to sport criteria fails to identify second injury risk

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 15:42
Returning to your sport after an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and not suffering a second injury is often difficult but for a kid who suffers an ACL injury figuring out how to prevent reinjury is even more tricky, say researchers.

Increased brain injury markers in response to asymptomatic high-accelerated head impacts

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 15:41
Researchers found that serum levels of two biomarkers of traumatic brain injury, tau and ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1, are elevated following high-acceleration head impacts, even when there is no clinical diagnosis of concussion.

New measure for stress in overtrained athletes

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 23:03
Overload training -- or, training to exhaustion followed by a period or rest and recovery before a race -- is a method used by many endurance athletes in search of a personal best. A new study has found that overtraining might alter firing in the body's sympathetic nerve fibers which might hinder athletic performance.

Mindfulness helps injured athletes improve pain tolerance and awareness

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 18:33
A new study of injured athletes found they can benefit from using mindfulness as part of the sport rehabilitation process to improve their pain tolerance and awareness.

Maximal running shoes may increase injury risk to some runners

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 02:26
Lower leg pain and injuries have long been a problem for runners, but research at Oregon State University-Cascades has shown maximal running shoes may increase such risks for some runners.

Mild problem-solving task improves brain function after a concussion, new study suggests

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:24
A mild problem-solving task improves brain functioning after a concussion, according to a new study. Currently there are many questions about rehabilitation and treatment options, with absolute rest often the go-to treatment. But the new study suggests that a simple cognitive task as early as four days after a brain injury activates the region that improves memory function, and may guard against developing depression or anxiety.

Increased helmet use in alpine sports fails to reduce risk of traumatic brain injury

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 04:36
A new study confirms that helmets are generally effective in protecting skiers and snowboarders from head injuries, but questions their effect in reducing traumatic brain injury, especially concussion.

Bioengineers identify safer way to make rugby tackles

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:27
Video analysis, 3-D motion analysis lab trials and model-based image-matching techniques show that tackling the lower trunk of the ball carrier's body -- not the upper trunk or upper legs -- is safer for reduction of head injuries.

NFL teams play better during night games thanks to circadian advantages

Sciencedaily: Sports Medicine News - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 16:31
Pilot data from a recent study suggest that NFL teams have better performance during night games versus afternoon games due to advantages from circadian rhythms.

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