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Rehabilitation is the process of using exercise, manual therapy (massage and manipulation), and therapeutic devices, such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation, to help an injured athlete heal so they can return to sports. It is usually supervised by physical therapists, who recommend a set of exercises for the athlete to do at home to speed the recovery process by restoring range of motion, muscle strength, and aerobic fitness after an injury.

Choosing the Right Personal Flotation Device for Your Child

The primary function of a personal flotation device (PFD) (what used to be called a life jacket) is to keep your child afloat, with his mouth well above water so he can breath. It's critical that the PFD you pick for child meets this test.

Survey Reveals Misconceptions About Beverages And Hydration

According to a recent survey, almost 80 percent of U.S. adults believe they need to drink eight glasses of water each day to stay hydrated while 72 percent do not believe they get adequate amounts of water from their daily diets and typical drinking habits.

Preventing Concussions and Catastrophic Injuries in Sports

Advice on ways to prevent concussions and reduce the number of fatalities and catastrophic injuries in school sports such as football, soccer, ice hockey, swimming, diving, track and field, cheerleading, spirit and competitive cheer.

Football Helmet Faceshields Reduce Eye Injuries

Researchers have determined that the two most popular brands of football helmet faceshields can withstand a hit equivalent to a kick in the face and provide that protection without disrupting players' vision.  The faceshields' protective potential bolsters an argument favoring mandatory use of the shields for college-age football players and younger.

Physical Therapy: More than Just a Game

As the number of children participating in athletics increases, so does the number of serious athletic injuries. To meet the growing demand for prevention and rehabilitation of these injuries, an increasing number of physical therapists are making child's play out of rehabilitation using video game technology.

Second Impact Syndrome, Though Rare, Poses Catastrophic Risk To Concussed High School Athletes

Second-impact syndrome occurs when a high school athlete who sustains a head injury - often a concussion or worse injury, such as a cerebral contusion (bruised brain) - sustains a second head injury before symptoms associated with the first injury have cleared. The condition, while rare, causes a sharp increase in intracranial pressure that is almost always fatal, says Dr. Robert Cantu.

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Multiple Concussion History Requires Cautious Management

Dr. Robert Cantu says it is not just the number of concussions an athlete suffers that are important in determining a course of treatment, but their severity, how close together they occured in time, and how severe the blow that caused them.  "There is no magic number" of concussions disqualifying an athlete from further play that season or is considered career-ending, Dr. Cantu explains.  Individualized management is required which takes into account the totality of circumstances.
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