Kinesiology tape, kinesiotape, or just “that fancy tape the Olympic athletes use” has been a big trend in sports medicine. But does it work? How about for hamstring injuries? A recent study compared the tape to traditional stretching and also to a type of stretching called PNF, or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (Wikipedia definition or the more scholarly one here) The PNF stretching … 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
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
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