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ACL surgeries: A blessing or a curse?

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the entire 2014 season.

ACL surgery has come a long way and is now getting players back on the field faster. But are they returning too soon? I think for many players, yes.

What a labral tear means for Braxton Miller and his future

Braxton Miller in action against Michigan in 2013. Photo: Wikipedia

On the heels of Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller’s devastating news, I want to clear up any confusion about labral tears or glenoid labrum shoulder injuries. Depending on the injury’s severity, some athletes can play through it. Unfortunately that’s not the case for Miller. He’s out for the rest of this year.

Muscle cramps may be sign of blood clots High-intensity training can lead to blood clots in younger athletes

The Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has been dealing with blood clots in his lungs.

It’s that time of year again for high-intensity training and long practices on the field. With that comes dehydration and the dreaded muscle cramps. But beware, it’s not always muscle cramps from fatigue, heat and humidity. In recent years, we’ve heard about several cases of blood clots, even in young athletes.

Don’t let heat stroke come into play

CC Flickr / Bruce Stockwell

Heat stroke is no joke. It’s a rare, yet life-threatening condition that is preventable. With pre-season football’s high-intensity, 3-a-day practices starting next week, I wanted to get down to the facts about heat illness.

Beware of altitude sickness when hiking in the mountains

Backpacking in the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

With school out and summer in full swing, family vacations abound. But, it’s not just about beach adventures anymore. Many families are planning mountain hikes in the nearby Appalachians or even across the country in the Rockies. But with that, we must be aware of altitude sickness, or acute mountain sickness.

Clearing up common myths about soccer and concussions

CC Flickr/Bob-Bradburn

With soccer on the brain these last few weeks during the U.S.A. team’s most recent appearance in the FIFA World Cup, I wanted to clear up a few misunderstood facts about the high-energy sport and concussions while I was in studio with WAKR morning show host Ray Horner.