A lot of people are talking about a new technique called dry needling that has been shown to be effective on muscle tendon injuries. Though it isn’t acupuncture, physical therapists place acupuncture-like needles in the center of the muscle knot or trigger point to create a small lesion and release the contraction.
Hyperspecialization, when kids give up all other sports to focus in on one year-round, seems like the obvious track in building a star player. But, a recent study from UCLA proves diversification at a young age actually has more performance benefits in the long run.
When LeBron James suffered a deeply bruised thigh contusion in Monday night’s game against Charlotte, most people would have understood if he needed to take a timeout. But by continuing to play, he actually did the best thing he could for his injury.
Major league baseball players who slide headfirst into first base are setting a bad example for today’s youth. Not only is sliding headfirst slower that just running through the base, it also puts kids at a higher risk of injuries to their hands, wrists and thumbs.
Parents often ask me if there’s one type or brand of helmet on the market that I would recommend to help reduce their child’s risk of concussion. You may be surprised to learn that research shows helmet use doesn’t reduce the risk of concussion at all.
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.