Research Roundup: Reactive Agility, Soccer Kicking Performance

Research Roundup-  Week of June 13, 2016 What CLE Sports PT is reading to give athletes #BETTER care Relationship Between Reactive Agility and Change of Direction Speed in Amateur Soccer Players.  No significant relationship found between reactive agility and change of direction speed, suggesting that reaction training for sports like soccer is more effective.   ACL reconstruction in youth athletes results … Read More

Concussion Series Part 5: Do Concussions Cause Other Injuries?

I’ve been working with concussion patients for a few years now… I’ve also presented on the topic of concussions in female athletes twice nationally.  When I was prepping my first talk, I came across this article.   College athletes who suffered a non-contact ACL injury scored lower than their non-injured teammates on a test of verbal memory, processing speed, and … Read More

Concussion Series Part 4: Does Neck Strengthening Prevent Injury?

Neck strengthening programs are the Sports Medicine community’s newest weapon in combatting the concussion epidemic.  Syracuse University’s football team made news in 2012 when the program implemented a neck strengthening program in 2012, attempting to cut the number of concussions.  While many Sports Medicine Experts recommend revisions to Syracuse’s program – more on this later- it has still been considered a … Read More

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

How to know if an athlete has a concussion- and what to do. Part 1 of a series

Fall sports begin in a few weeks here in the CLE.  And while most of us can’t wait for the return of “Friday Night Lights,” soccer matches, and volleyball games, it’s important to remember how to keep our youth athletes safe during the excitement.  This includes recognizing injuries and finding medical care as they happen. In part 1 of this article, I’ll talk about … Read More

Monday Research Roundup: ACL Injuries in Soccer and Deceleration Training for Tennis

Defending and ACL Injury Risk in Soccer In a recent study, video analysis of ACL injuries in males and females showed that soccer players are at greatest risk for ACL injury when defending.  In fact, 73% of the injuries analyzed occurred this way.  51% of the injuries happened while tackling another player to gain control of the ball and 15% … Read More