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

Take the #THISISCLE Summer Challenge

Everyone knows a CLE naysayer.   Let’s be honest…. there’s one in every family… or circle of friends… or workplace (so you probably know more than one). That person who still lives here but complains about our city constantly… That person who never leaves their neighborhood because “there’s nothing to do on the west side.”  Or east side.  Or south side…. That … 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

THE GREAT ULTRASOUND DEBATE: Does it Really Help Tendon Injuries?

In the past few years, many Sports PT’s have stopped using ultrasound due to lack of evidence that it actually works.  To be honest, I’m one of those PT’s –  the minute I hear that a patient had ultrasound done for something, I tend to roll my eyes and wish that person’s time wasn’t wasted on a more active means … Read More

Research Roundup- Success in Volleyball, Training Power in Hockey, and Return-to-Kicking Program for Soccer

Future Elite Success in Volleyball-  What does it take? A recent study  showed that tests of motor coordination (balance, jumping, lateral movement, and upper body coordination) in volleyball players were predictors of success in addition to the athlete’s height and vertical jump height.  In fact, these three tests were able to predict playing levels in volleyball players 5 years later.   … 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

Compression Socks for Marathon Runners- Do They Really Help?

Compression socks are popular among runners, who wear them to recover from long runs, races, or workouts.  The socks improve circulation in the diabetic population by stimulating blood flow.  Manufacturers claim that compression garments improves oxygen delivery, reduce lactic acid and prevent cramps in athletes.  But are these claims true?  Recently, the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy published … Read More