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Injuries abound in basketball, baseball

Kevin Durant has missed 28 games this season due to a foot fracture and its lingering effects, and was recently ruled out for another week following a procedure to have a screw in the foot replaced.

Sports medicine is taking the spotlight in basketball and baseball these days. The leagues are plagued by multiple injuries — from minor to major, life-threatening scares.

“My heels are killing me!” What is this mysterious heel pain that plagues young athletes?

Youth soccer team kicking the ball

After a long weekend of playing multiple soccer games on hard, dry grass, I can distinctly remember walking around like a geriatric man after a workout at Silver Sneakers. I limped around making painful noises and whining about heel pain. My heels became very sore, felt swollen, and were tender to touch. Although I didn’t know it at the time, I probably had Sever’s disease.

Injuries plagued players in Super Bowl XLIX

Julian Edelman played college football at Kent State. He was drafted in the 7th round by the Patriots in 2009.

This year’s Super Bowl XLIX was an exciting, albeit violent game. New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman played an amazing game, but took a significant blow that’s raising debate on whether or not he suffered a concussion.

Surgery: To do or not to do, that is the question

Portland Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge said his return after deciding to put off thumb surgery "wasn't a one-game thing."

Portland Trail Blazers center LaMarcus Aldridge – probably one of the top 10 players in the NBA – is suffering from a torn ligament in his thumb. He was scheduled to have surgery, but decided against it. Though holding off surgery won’t threaten his career, it could threaten his team’s play-off performance.

How to wrestle rashes and infections on and off the mat

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With indoor sports at the peak of season, especially wrestling, common rashes and infections are abundant this time of year. The ones we see time and time again are ringworm, herpes and bacterial infections, such as impetigo and MRSA. Though they’re fairly easy to treat — many with oral antibiotics — they are highly contagious […]

Sprain vs. Strain: Is there a major difference?

Football player getting his ankle taped after an injury. (Wikipedia/Creative Commons)

Believe it or not, there are major differences between a sprain and a strain. Both injuries have varying degrees, from grade 1 to the most severe grade 3, but a strain includes the muscle and tendon, whereas a sprain involves the ligament.