Author: Connor Ertz

Preventing sports injuries through clinician-to-technician communication

Sports Injury Prevention Prescription SIPRx

For patients who are serious athletes or who have had a history of sports injuries, injury prevention is often a focal point. Advances in technology can now pinpoint where an individual might have a greater risk of injury, allowing injury prevention specialists to prescribe exercises that reduce this risk. For an athlete, learning exercises that may help prevent certain injuries — while strengthening areas of the body that are underdeveloped — not only reduces injury risk, but strengthens their game.

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Update on concussion return to play guidelines: Q&A with a sports medicine physician

female soccer athletes concussion management

The 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport was recently held in Berlin, Germany. The purpose of the conference was to bring together physicians and researchers from around the globe in order to enhance understanding of sport-related concussions and how they’re treated.

One of the accomplishments of the conference was a shift in the international concussion return to play guidelines. The shift was based on scientific consensus from multiple institutions.

William Meehan, MD, of Boston Children’s Division of Sports Medicine explains the changes and how Boston Children’s helped make these advancements possible.

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Hip pain in young athletes: Q&A with a sports medicine specialist

hip pain athletes

When a young athlete visits their pediatrician or primary care provider (PCP) with hip pain, the proper course of treatment isn’t always clear. The damage caused by acute and traumatic hip injuries can often be determined in imaging, while overuse injuries may be more difficult to diagnose.

For significant injuries requiring surgical intervention, it’s always in the best interest of a young athlete to be immediately referred to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. But for nagging hip pain that doesn’t have a discernible cause, the best course of action may not be evident.

Notes talked to Mininder Kocher, MD, MPH, orthopedic surgeon and associate director of the Sports Medicine Division at Boston Children’s Hospital, about how to best handle hip pain in young athletes. …Read More

Athletes and heat stroke: Prevention and treatment

exertional heat stroke

In the midst of some of the hottest months of summer, young athletes are just beginning practice sessions for fall sports. During this time, it’s important for athletes, coaches and trainers to be adequately prepared for the heat — and for physicians to be prepared to treat heat illnesses.

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