Half of winter Olympians have exercise-induced asthma, other respiratory problems


This Friday marks the Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. I was surprised to learn from a recent study that 50 percent of these winter Olympians suffer from exercise-induced asthma and respiratory problems due to vigorous exercise in extreme temperatures.

Are the latest virtual reality return-to-play performance measures the wave of the future?

Kobe Bryant's return to the game too soon may have lead to the injury in his other knee.

Typically, return-to-play decisions are clinical guesswork. But as we enter the year 2014, there are some new virtual reality-type performance tools that can more precisely indicate an athlete’s injury deficiency, as compared to his baseline measurement.

Recent rule change reduces contact injuries in youth ice hockey

Photo by Glendinning / CC Flickr

Though ice hockey isn’t as popular down here in Akron as it is to our north, it’s a great sport for youth to learn. Like football and basketball, it offers team-building skills and a great cardiovascular workout.

Concussion: What we’re doing to better diagnose brain injuries


Talking about prevention of injuries and particularly prevention of concussion and brain injury. An update of how we’re doing and what new tools are out there.

Early diagnosis of sprain injuries is key to getting back in the game


Ankle, knee and shoulder sprains can be simple injuries that only keep a player off the field for seven to 10 days. Unfortunately, if a sprain is not diagnosed early and an athlete keeps the injury immobilized, it could take him/her out for half a season.

New safety rule changes to further protect football players

CC/Flickr photo by situnek34

As college and pro football kicks off this week, be on the lookout for major changes to the game’s safety rules. Namely, the changes are centered around the targeting rule and the strike zone in an attempt to increase safety of the young men out on the field.