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Use of Graston Technique Helps Heal Muscle Tear and Prevent Re-Injury

The Grafton Technique, says William H. Caddoo, D.C., uses specialized instruments in the treatment of muscle tears, such as a hamstring tear. The non-surgical treatment manipulates the muscle to break up scar tissue, which triggers an inflammatory response that not only aids in healing but helps prevent re-injury.

Preventing ACL Injuries In Female Athletes: Team Approach Worked

Working collaboratively, a team of physical therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, head coaches, and athletic trainers designed an ACL injury prevention program that has reduced the incidence of non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries among female athletes at the University of Pennsylvania, says the school's head athletic trainer, Eric Laudano, M.H.S., ATC.

Return to Play Criteria Designed To Minimize Risk of Re-Injury

Return to sports after an injury is a stepwise process, says Eric Laudano, M.H.S., ATC, head athletic trainer at the University of Pennsylvania, designed to minimize the chances of re-injury.

Knowing When Athlete Psychologically Ready To Return To Play

In determining when an athlete is ready psychologically ready to return to play, communication between the athlete and the athletic training staff, coaches, parents is critical.

Return to Play: Psychological Readiness Just As Important

An athlete's psychological readiness is just as important for a return to sports as their physical recovery from injury, says Eric Laudano, head athletic trainer at the University of Pennsylvania, especially for long-term injuries.

Rules Dictate When an Injured Player Leaves the Court, but Common Sense Should Rule When a Player Returns- But Does It?

Player safety as it relates to  removal of a player upon sustaining a concussion is receiving much-needed attention by teams, as well as officials. Basketball rules, as set forth by the National Federation of State High School Associations  (NFHS), are clear: the official shall remove a player if he/she is displaying symptoms of a concussion, and the player can return to the game only if/when cleared by a medical professional.

When is it medically okay to return to the basketball court after injury, versus when does it truly makes sense to do so?  There's a big difference.

Feldenkrais Method Can Help Athlete Regardless of Sport

Edward Feldman, DC, RCST, says the Feldenkrais Method can help any athlete, regardless of sport, perform better.

Athletic Trainers: Every School Should Have One

March is National Athletic Trainers Month.  Although the number of athletic trainers at U.S. high schools is increasing, the latest statistics suggest that less than half have an AT on staff.  Here's a video that shows just how important they are in keeping our kids safe.

Indoor Games For The Kids: Ideas For The Holidays

Looking for some fun, simple, holiday-themed indoor activities and games to help your kids burn off energy on cold winter days? Here are some ideas from a two-time Olympic track cyclist and mom of three.

High School Football: Team Doctor Was This Year's MVP

The lights may have gone dark at the football stadium at her local high school, says one Texas mom, but the team will be in the hunt for a playoff berth again next fall if only because she knows that this year's MVP (Most Valuable Physician) will be coming back for another season.

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