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How to reduce Youth Soccer Injuries
How to reduce Youth Soccer Injuries
A USA Today report states that soccer is the third-most dangerous youth sport, following football and basketball. (USA Today) Of the 1.35 million U.S. youth who suffer a serious sports injury every year, an estimated 172,000+ are injured during youth soccer. Sprains, strains, torn ligaments, and even concussions are contributing factors to parents considering the dangers and evaluating proper safety measures to reduce youth soccer injuries. Don’t worry- we love soccer and how the future of St. Louis looks bright with professional soccer potentially coming to our great city. We love cheering on our favorite soccer players just as much as you do, especially the ones in our own homes, and we’d much rather see them on the field instead of on the sideline or in our exam rooms. Here are some tips to help keep your soccer standout safe this season: Protect your head! One of the most dangerous injuries on the soccer field is a concussion. “Heading” the ball may seem like a good strategy, but two recent studies suggest that ...

What is the purpose of a meniscus? And, how does a meniscus function?
What is the purpose of a meniscus? And, how does a meniscus function?
What is a meniscus? The meniscus is a small C-shaped fibrous cartilage disc that resides in the knee joint between the ends of the upper and lower leg bones. Your knee actually has two meniscus (menisci): the lateral meniscus on the outside of the knee, and the slightly larger medial meniscus on the inside of the knee. The menisci are highly resilient due to the blood flow that enters the knee region and assists in healing and recovery. How does a meniscus function? Your menisci are very important for two reasons: Menisci serve as a cushion between your upper leg bone and lower leg bone. They absorb much of the weight and strain during flexion, extension, rotation, and other necessary functions as part of everyday life and even athletic activity. Studies show that the meniscus absorbs between 50-90% of load transmission. (NCBI) The medial meniscus can manipulate its shape to move as much as up to six millimeters forward or backward. (Source) The lateral meniscus can move almost twice the range of the medial meniscus, ...

St. Louis Cardinals Injury Report 2016
St. Louis Cardinals Injury Report 2016
We’re one month into the 2016 MLB season and our Cards are in a fight for the NL Central again. With the Cubs and Pirates gaining steam, Cardinals fans are looking to the injury report to see who we can expect to kickstart a winning streak heading into summer. Here is a run-down of all our favorite Cardinals who are banged up and recovering from injuries: Jhonny Peralta, SS The Cardinals’ star shortstop suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb in the middle of spring training. He underwent surgery on March 10th and participated in fielding drills on Sunday, May 1st for the first time since his surgery. He is expected to start his rehab assignment in late May and rejoin the Cardinals for major league action by early to mid-June. Mitch Harris, RP Harris began the 2016 season on the disabled list due to nerve compression in his right (throwing) elbow. He is currently working through extended spring training assignments in hope of building his arm strength up for the big leagues. He is expected to join the Cardinals in mid-June. Jordan ...

St. Louis Cardinals Injury Report - May 2016
St. Louis Cardinals Injury Report - May 2016
We’re one month into the 2016 MLB season and our Cards are in a fight for the NL Central again. With the Cubs and Pirates gaining steam, Cardinals fans are looking to the injury report to see who we can expect to kickstart a winning streak heading into summer. Here is a run-down of all our favorite Cardinals who are banged up and recovering from injuries: Jhonny Peralta, SS The Cardinals’ star shortstop suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb in the middle of spring training. He underwent surgery on March 10th and participated in fielding drills on Sunday, May 1st for the first time since his surgery. He is expected to start his rehab assignment in late May and rejoin the Cardinals for major league action by early to mid-June. Mitch Harris, RP Harris began the 2016 season on the disabled list due to nerve compression in his right (throwing) elbow. He is currently working through extended spring training assignments in hope of building his arm strength up for the big leagues. He is expected to join the Cardinals in mid-June. Jordan ...

Spring sports safety tips for kids
Spring sports safety tips for kids
Winter is melting away and that means spring is here! Our favorite Cardinals are flying back home to chase another championship and kiddos across St. Louis are gearing up for spring sports season. Whether your favorite family athlete is into soccer, baseball, track, or spring flag football, you want to see them stay safe and healthy this spring. Over 1.2 million children in the U.S. are treated in emergency departments each year due to sports injuries. (SafeKids) Be a good parent and help your kid stay safe this spring with these sports safety tips: Schedule a PPE with your pediatrician - Before signing your kid up for the next sports season, make sure they get a preparticipation physical exam with their pediatrician. You want to know your child’s body is capable of enjoying sports safely. Stretch and warm up first - It’s important for kids to stretch before and after any athletic experience. Be careful that they only stretch to a level ...

Is your shoulder pain a torn rotator cuff?
Is your shoulder pain a torn rotator cuff?
You’re in the garage grabbing boxes from the top shelf when a box starts falling. You reach out to grab the box… filled with books. You immediately feel a sharp pain in your right shoulder. Ow! You reset the box on the shelf, rub your shoulder, and continue working. The next day you notice your shoulder is still really sore and a little stiff. How do you know your shoulder isn’t a torn rotator cuff? What might seem like a minor ache may be your body saying your shoulder needs orthopedic care. Rotator cuff injuries are most common in people age 40 and older. (Mayo Clinic) Here are some of the more common warning signs of a torn rotator cuff: Extend your arm straight out away from your body and try to lower it slowly. If your arm drops suddenly, it’s safe to say you may have a torn rotator cuff. Deep, dull pain in your shoulder joint - If you have ...

Why does my hip keep snapping or popping and is it serious?
Why does my hip keep snapping or popping and is it serious?
Does your hip snap or pop when you move? How do you know if it’s a normal occurrence or if it’s a sign of a more serious condition? Snapping hip syndrome is a condition where your hip makes a snapping or popping sound when you walk, stand up, or reposition your leg. According to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), snapping hip is, “...most often the result of tightness in the muscles and tendons surrounding the hip. People who are involved in sports and activities that require repeated bending at the hip are more likely to experience snapping hip. Dancers are especially vulnerable.” (AAOS) Snapping hip syndrome is most often pain-free but simply annoying. It occurs most frequently in the outer region of the hip when the iliotibial band (IT band) extends over the greater trochanter portion of the thigh bone. (MedScape) As the band stretches over the protruding greater trochanter, the band can “snap” into place. Other tendons layered over the hip joint, such as the rectus femoris tendon (front of the thigh), iliopsoas tendon (front of the hip), and hamstring ...

What’s Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and how do you treat it?
What’s Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and how do you treat it?
By: Dr. Robert Bell Cubital Tunnel Syndrome isn’t a common name but you may be very familiar with its effect. It can manifest a sharp, tingling pain and weakness in your forearm that extends down through your wrist, hand, and ring and small fingers. Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is the second most common nerve compression condition in the forearm region after Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. (NCBI) The ulnar nerve runs from the lower neck region to the tip of the hand. The cubital tunnel is a narrow region under a protrusion of bone called the medial epicondyle on the inside of the elbow joint. (AAOS) You may be more familiar with this area by its common name of the “funny bone”. Causes of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Cubital Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve becomes entrapped, irritated, or compressed in the inside portion of the elbow joint. There are several known causes of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, such as: Overuse of the elbow region - Repetitious movements of the elbow, like playing a sport, using a hammer, or working ...

5 lifestyle changes to prevent pre-osteoarthritis
5 lifestyle changes to prevent pre-osteoarthritis
As our bodies age, the protective cartilage throughout our joints can start to deteriorate. This is a degenerative joint condition we refer to as osteoarthritis. There is no known cure for osteoarthritis, but there are several preventative measure you can take to lessen your future risk. Maintain a healthy weight Being only ten pounds overweight can increase the impact force on your hips, knees, and ankles by as much as sixty pounds of pressure. (Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center) Consult with your primary care physician about what may be the optimal weight range for your body type. Eat more fish Research shows that specific types of fish are rich in omega-3, a healthy polyunsaturated fat that is known to reduce inflammation. The USDA recommends eating fish like trout, sardines, and salmon twice a week for optimal health benefits. (USDA) Stretch before exercising Stiffness or a dull deep ache in a joint can be a sign of pre-osteoarthritis. (Source) Take more time to stretch before and after exercising to give your body the opportunity to safely absorb the physical motion and any weights moved while exercising. Change ...

How to tell if your shoulder pain may be a serious condition
How to tell if your shoulder pain may be a serious condition
Shoulder joints can absorb a tremendous amount of impact. If you injure your shoulder, you may not realize the extent of the injury. Of course, obvious signs of serious damage are easier to recognize, like a compound fracture or a dislocated shoulder. Other cases may not seem as significant but may be equally serious in nature. Here are a few signs your shoulder pain may require prompt medical attention. Inability to move (or at least very difficult to move) Do you experience significant resistance, almost as if your shoulder is “frozen” in place, when you try to move? A torn rotator cuff can immobilize your shoulder and make it extremely painful to move. This may be one of the more obvious signs of a serious shoulder injury. Noticeable deformity A large deformity at the top of your shoulder region may be a sign of a acromioclavicular joint (AC joint) injury. If you landed hard on your shoulder, you may have also fractured your clavicle. A slight bump along your collarbone is usually an indication of a clavicle fracture. Inability to move (or at least ...