In a more recent study on concussions, JAMA Pediatrics found that out of the following sports for girls, basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball and for boys, baseball, soccer, football, basketball, and wrestling, the rate of concussions was second highest in girls soccer and fifth highest in boys soccer. We know that concussions are frequent, yet the alarming thing is that it has been difficult for soccer leagues and organizations to adopt practices and rules to help reduce head injury. We need to look at options and solutions that can help protect soccer players at all levels of competition. There are three aspects we can explore: education, prevention, and reaction which is closely tied to education.
Dance as a youth sport continues to grow year after year with girls and boys beginning to take dance lessons as young as 3 years old and many get serious and start competing from ages 6-14. While there are many styles of dance lessons, most if not all dances from ballet to hip hop to contemporary to jazz all require a high level of flexibility, balance, strength, endurance and mental capacity to memorize and perform the movements. With the pure amount of repetitive motions and body-demanding movements required on a young athlete, dancers are just as likely to get injured as youth football players.
Many youth are involved in football these days from your local Pop Warner league to middle school and high school leagues. Kids are playing in flag football and tackle football games and injuries are on the rise. These injuries range from concussions to overuse injuries to trauma. The statistics on youth injuries is alarming. In fact, injuries like concussions are causing some high schools to cut programs and players to stop playing.
Despite injuries, there is still going to be high involvement in football. Football is the core of many high school athletics. Young kids are brought up and trained through their local football leagues to play in high school, college and the hopes of playing in the NFL. This makes it increasingly important to educate athletes, coaches and parents about the possible injuries associated with playing football and how injuries can be prevented and what you can do if you are injured.
We’ve put together this handy guide for anyone involved in football – at any level – to be able to learn and take action to protect themselves and prevent injuries.
By Carl Gargiulo, DPT
Getting regular physical activity is essential for achieving and maintaining good health, and that’s why we encourage all of our patients to get enough exercise every week. One of the best possible ways to stay active is by running, which requires little more than a good pair of running shoes, some outdoor routes to follow—or a treadmill—and the motivation to get moving. For these and many of its other attractive qualities, running has become one of the most popular forms of exercise in the U.S. But unfortunately, common running injuries tend to prevent would-be runners from getting started and may also hold back experienced runners from returning.
Recent statistics estimate that more than 40 million Americans claim to be regular runners. The reasons for this massive number of people being drawn to running may be different for everyone, but the wide array of health benefits associated with running is likely to be a major factor. Of the seemingly countless benefits that have been identified by research, running on a regular basis has been found to:
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Improve sleeping habits
- Lower the risk for cardiovascular disease
- Boost brain performance
- Improve mood by reducing stress and anxiety
- Help people better control weight and maintain good overall health
There’s no denying that basketball players, whether professionals or street players, are hard on their knees. From running, jumping and twisting the body at high speeds, the knees and ligaments can take the grunt of the force. Our trained experts recommend the DonJoy Reaction WEB Knee Brace for basketball players recovering from prior injury or seeking added protection to prevent future issues and strengthening your knees.
Anterior knee pain is caused by runners knee or jumpers knee at the front of the knee. The unique and innovative webbing design absorbs any shock from running and jumping to protect from injury. The brace shifts the weight away from the knee to lessen any pain, allowing you stay on the court longer. The webbing over the knee moves and flexes when you do, adding comfort and stability.
Traditional knee braces are stiff and uncomfortable, but players love the brace’s adjustable, breathable and comfortable open framework. An undersleeve is also included with the brace adding for even more comfort during use. Even if you’re not treating an existing injury, wearing the DonJoy Reaction WEB is a great idea to prevent any damage to the area.