The Concussion Series- Part 2: Concussions in Female Athletes

The gender gap in US sports continues…   Despite the heroics the US Women’s Soccer Team displayed at the World Cup this summer (in stark contrast to the Men’s Gold Cup loss to Jamaica a few weeks later), data continues to mount showing that female soccer players have more concussions than men and have symptoms for a longer period. Check out these staggering … Read More

Research Roundup- Baseball Edition

Could hip strengthening help you become a better pitcher?  You bet it can!  Multiple studies (here, here, or even here) including this recent one, have shown that the hip muscles are active during baseball pitching.   The study also showed the importance of the muscles around the shoulder blade (the scapular stabilizers). The pitching motion requires total body strength-  Include hip and core strengthening in … Read More

ACL Injury Prevention- Why Proper Coaching Matters

ACL rehab and injury prevention programs focus on strengthening, plyometrics, and balance exercises.  Studies have shown this approach works, however ACL injuries are unfortunately still common and there is a high incidence of re-injury or injuring the other knee. So are we missing something in training and rehabbing these athletes?  Maybe it’s not just the muscle strength but the connection from … Read More

Movement Analysis is Essential for Rehab and Performance

A few months ago, Sports Illustrated profiled Dr. Marcus Elliott and his sports motion analysis lab at P3.  Motion analysis can screen for injuries before they happen or help to determine when an athlete is ready to return to the field.   It’s one of the most powerful tools in sports medicine today. Athletes can undergo motion analysis without the cost … Read More

How Necessary is Hamstring Strengthening for Preventing ACL Injury?

FOR ATHLETES:   Bottom line info you need to #GETBETTER The hamstring muscles work with the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) to maintain knee stability during sports.  Research over the past few years has shown that females who injured their ACL’s had weaker hamstrings than uninjured females or males.  Because of this, the sports medicine community thought that strengthening the hamstrings … Read More