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Bridging the Gap from Rehab to Performance

January 10, 2019

Understanding the roles of everyone involved in getting the athlete from rehab to performance is imperative to best meet the needs of the athlete. Read More

Advocating for Your Concussed Athlete

January 9, 2019

As the concussed athlete’s advocate, you’re in the position to make a huge impact on their recovery. Don’t miss the opportunity to do so. It can change their life, and yours. Read More

The Latest Treatment Guidelines for Ankle Sprains

October 1, 2018

Are you following the best evidence in managing ankle sprains? New clinical practice guidelines tell us what works and doesn’t work for ankle sprain prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Read More

The Science of Ultrasound Dosing

October 1, 2018

Are your athletes getting the benefits of an ultrasound treatment? Athletic trainers need to be aware of the specific dose parameters for appropriate tissue heating using ultrasound, and how to get the most out of soft tissue treatments. Read More

The Therapeutic Modality Controversy: Does Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) Have a Role in Treating Post-operative Quadriceps Inhibition and Weakness?

June 1, 2018

In recent years, therapeutic modalities have become a controversial topic. Some of the criticisms are valid and have caused us to rethink how we use these interventions, while others are examples of generalizations that are not evidence-based. The largest criticism of therapeutic modalities is when they are used as passive stand-alone treatments. Clinical experience and the research have indeed demonstrated limited value when therapeutic modalities are not appropriately integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan. The focus of this article is to demonstrate an evidence-based approach to neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) as an addition to standard care for post-operative quadriceps inhibition and weakness.
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Vitamin D deficiency linked to muscle injuries

August 25, 2017

More than half of college football athletes participating in the 2015 NFL Combine had inadequate levels of vitamin D, and this left them more susceptible to muscle injuries, according to a study at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). Read More

New Deep Learning Techniques Analyze Athletes' Decision-making

August 25, 2017

A new automated method of sports analytics, based on deep learning techniques, has been developed by researchers at Disney Research, California Institute of Technology, and STATS, a supplier of sports data. With the new method, detailed game data on player and ball positions is analyzed to create “ghost” models of how a typical player in a league or on another team would behave when an opponent is on the attack. It is then possible to visually compare what a team's players actually did during a defensive play versus what the ghost players would have done. Read More

NATA Publishes New Dental and Oral Injuries Position Statement

March 21, 2017

The NATA has published a new position statement on dental and oral injuries. The statement, “Preventing and Managing Sport-Related Dental and Oral Injuries,” appears online in the Journal of Athletic Training, NATA’s scientific publication.

The number of high school and collegiate athletes in competitive sports is currently estimated at 7.2 million. As that number continues to grow, injuries increase as well, including those that are dental and oral-related. Read More

Biomarker in Blood May Help Predict Recovery Time for Sports Concussions

March 21, 2017

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that the blood protein tau could be an important new clinical biomarker to better identify athletes who need more recovery time before safely returning to play after a sports-related concussion. The study, supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) with additional funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, was published online in the January 2017 issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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High-mileage runners expend less energy than low-mileage runners

January 11, 2017

Runners who consistently log high mileage show more neuromuscular changes that improve running efficiency than their low-mileage counterparts, according to researchers. Find out what the researchers have concluded! Read More