Stories about: Sports Medicine

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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Expert’s Corner: Managing the Female Athlete Triad

Female Athlete Triad

The Female Athlete Triad is comprised of three, interrelated components — low energy availability with or without disordered eating, menstrual dysfunction and low bone mineral density.

According to Kathryn Ackerman, MD, MPH, medical director of Boston Children’s Female Athlete Program, patients may present with one or more of these components. However, the challenge is that sports medicine physicians and other clinicians have varied approaches to management. …Read More

5 things you should know about teen athletes and dietary supplements


Use of drugs and dietary supplements to improve athletic performance is not just a problem for Olympians — these habits often start in adolescence. Teens are drawn in by ads that promise “natural” ways to enhance athleticism and give them an edge on the field.

Many of these supplements seem innocent enough, and their health claims are strong. Drug companies can’t advertise something that isn’t true, right?

Actually, the guidelines for marketing dietary supplements are quite lenient. Teens should be cautious when considering their use, and pediatricians should feel comfortable having open conversations with teen athletes and their parents about the risks associated with performance enhancing drugs.

Read Thriving’s lowdown on teens and dietary supplements.

Q+A: What you need to know about bridge-enhanced ACL repair

Screen Shot ACL repairIt’s not uncommon for physicians and patients to refer to ACL surgery as ACL repair. The current standard of care, however, does not repair a torn ACL. The surgeon removes the ends of the torn ACL and replaces the ligament with a tendon graft. It’s ACL reconstruction.

Bridge-enhanced ACL repair (BEAR) is a promising new approach to ACL surgery that uses a protein-enriched sponge to encourage the torn ends of an ACL to reconnect and heal.

Martha Murray, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital orthopedic surgeon, and a team of researchers have spent nearly 25 years developing the BEAR surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a 100-patient clinical trial at Boston Children’s to see if the BEAR surgery is as effective as ACL reconstruction.

Murray answers some questions about her ACL research and the BEAR trial. …Read More

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