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

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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.

Bengals punter Huber suffered the mildest type of neck injury: Clay shoveler’s fracture

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When people hear neck injury, they think it’s serious, for good reason. But this Kevin Huber of the Cincinnati Bengals suffered the mildest type, and in about 4 to 6 weeks, it will have healed on its own.

Physical therapists play important role on sports medicine team

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With several fall and winter athletes out with injuries and in various stages of rehabilitation, I want to share the important role physical therapists play on the sports medicine team.

Has all this talk of concussions and brain injuries negatively affected youth football participation?

Photo: Flickr/CC by StuSeeger

With all the recent discussions on concussions and brain injuries, you’ve got to wonder if it’s negatively affecting youth football participation. Well, the data is in. In the last two years, we’ve seen overall an 11 percent decline in youth football participation across the country.