Category Archive: Football

Aug
13

Preventing heatstroke in football, soccer, and fall sports

PREVENTION OF HEATSTROKE: For Football, Soccer and Fall Sports Summer football training camps and practice sessions are in full swing in Northeastern Pennsylvania. A few years ago, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) implemented “Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines” This policy is slightly updated for starting dates each year (www.piaa.org). At this time each year, I receive …

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Aug
29

Concussions in Football: Part 2 of 2

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Concussions in Football: Part 2 of 2 Guest Contributor: Victoria Wrightson, SPT There is a heightened awareness of concussions in football due to the recent discovery of a degenerative brain disease found during the autopsies of professional football players now known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The Mayo Clinic defines CTE as brain degeneration …

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Aug
22

Concussions in Football: Part 1 of 2

Victoria Wrightson, SPT

CONCUSSIONS IN FOOTBALL: Part 1 of 2 Guest Contributor: Victoria Wrightson, SPT Football fan or not, you have probably heard of the 2015 movie, Concussion, that caused somewhat of a headache (no pun intended) for the NFL. Based on a true story, the movie highlights the discovery of a degenerative brain disease found during the …

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Aug
10

Prevent Heat Stroke During Summer Football

Summer football training camps and practice sessions will soon be in full swing in Northeastern Pennsylvania. In 2013, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) implemented “Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines” This policy was recently updated for the 2015 season. At this time each year, I receive several emails from concerned parents regarding heat stroke in football players …

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Jul
20

Pre-Season Conditioning to Prevent Groin Strains

In a few short weeks, organized high school fall preseason practices will begin. This includes; football, soccer, cheerleading, women’s tennis, etc. Unfortunately, after a long break from participating in many of these activities, even young athletes are vulnerable to a variety of injuries, including a pulled muscle on the inside of the thigh called a …

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Nov
11

Hamstring Injuries

Michael Vick injured his hamstring muscle in early October and after 3 weeks of rest, he attempted to return lead the Eagles against the Giants on October 28. Unfortunately, he was not ready to return and was reinjured. I have a confession to make…I am an Eagles fan! God help me! As such, I am …

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Mar
26

ACL Reconstruction Surgery

Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS Part 2 of 4 If your orthopaedic surgeon suspects an ACL tear, he/she will order an MRI (i.e. magnetic resonance imaging) to confirm his diagnosis.  The MRI results may also reveal damage to other critical structures in your knee such as the medial or lateral collateral ligaments on …

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Mar
19

ACL Injury May End Season But Not Career: Part 1 of 4 on ACL Injury

Part 1 of 4 What do Matthew Knowles, Danielle Dalessandro and Matthew Langan have in common? These local basketball stars had their season cut short due to devastating knee injuries: torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). However, while they may have ended their seasons, they did NOT end their careers! Knowles and Langan tore their ACL’s …

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Aug
22

Prevent Football Injuries: Junior Football Safety Tips

Part 2 of 2 on prevention of football injuries. “Prevention of football injuries” is the second of two columns intended raise the level of consciousness and to educate coaches, players and parents about the importance of injury prevention. While most high school programs have certified athletic trainers on staff, local pediatricians, Dr. Anders Nelson and Dr. …

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Aug
15

Prevent Football Injuries: Heatstroke

Part 1 of 2 on prevention of football injuries. Soon summer football training camps and practice sessions will be in full swing in Northeastern Pennsylvania. At this time each year, I receive several emails from concerned parents regarding heatstroke in football players. For the next two weeks, this column will focus on “Prevention of Football …

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Aug
23

Prevent Junior Football Injuries

Since my column on the prevention of heat stroke in football practice ran two weeks ago, I have received several calls and emails requesting more information about safety tips in youth football. In response, this column is written to raise the level of consciousness and to educate coaches, players and parents about the importance of injury prevention in young play

Aug
10

Prevent Heat Stroke at Summer Football Practice

According to the PIAA, August 16th is the 1st day of full uniform and contact football practice sessions in Pennsylvania. Several parents have urged me to write a column on the prevention of heatstroke. I feel it is a critical issue and worthy topic to repeat regularly to raise the level of consciousness and prevent injury or death.

Jul
15

Prevent Football Injuries: Junior Football Safety Tips

This is the second of two columns intended raise the level of consciousness and to educate coaches, players and parents about the importance of injury prevention. While most high school programs have certified athletic trainers on staff, I am more concerned with the youth football programs.

Jul
15

Prevent Football Injuries: Heatstroke

This column will focus on “Prevention of Football Injuries” in an attempt to raise the level of consciousness and to educate coaches, players and parents about the importance of injury prevention. While most high school programs have certified athletic trainers on staff, I am more concerned with the youth football programs.

May
15

Injury Prevention and Safety for Spring and Summer Sports

Soon summer will be here. It is that time of year when kids begin playing summer sports and attending summer sports camps. It is also a time when injury rates are high due to extreme temperatures, poor conditioning, and poor hydration. One concern I have always had was the fact that well-intended coaches did not always have the information or staff to have an effective plan to prevent or manage injuries.

May
15

Hamstring Injuries Common in Soccer and Football

Hamstring strains are very common in football, both American and European. Each fall, as the season begins, many players suffer from pain in the back of their thigh when they pull or strain the hamstring muscle. New research shows that these injuries can be prevented by following a specifically designed intensive training program.

May
07

Safely Return to Play after a Concussion

Concussions occur when a person’s brain is violently rocked back and forth inside of the skull because of a blow to the head or neck. Severe concussion, although rare, can lead to brain swelling, blood vessel damage, and even death. There are serious repercussions of early return following even a mild concussion due to the long term effects of multiple mild concussions.