ACL Injury Prevention Programs Benefit Athletes
As noted by Dr. Carter Mitchell (2013), programs focused on preventing ACL injuries are very important given the prevalence of ACL injury among athletes of all ages including youth athletes. ACL injury prevention programs focus on a number of issues including: increasing strength, endurance, stability and balance.
After reviewing data on a number of different ACL injury prevention programs, Mitchell concluded that while there is not a “best” program for ACL injury prevention, programs focused on ACL injury reduction can be effective. (more…)
Hip Osteoarthritis Widespread – Learn the Facts from Louisville Orthopedic
Hip osteoarthritis strikes upwards of one in four adults over 65 years of age. Many describe limitations in physical activity due to this painful condition. Symptoms of hip osteoarthritis include pain and stiffening in the thigh and groin.
As noted by the CDC, lifetime risk of hip osteoarthritis is the same regardless of gender, race, educational level or body mass weight.
Researchers Judd and colleagues (2013) examined differences in strength and functioning among those with and without hip osteoarthritis. Researchers aimed to quantify some of the deficits from hip osteoarthritis to assist those involved in rehabilitation for hip OA. (more…)
Platelet Rich Plasma Yields Potential Benefits. Platelet rich plasma sometimes called PRP is enriched blood plasma that has additional platelets. Researchers have been considering the effect of platelet rich plasma on bone and soft tissue to see whether it has healing effects.
Researchers led by Dr. Niall A. Smyth (2013) completed a review of the scientific evidence on Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP).
The purpose of the study on platelet rich plasma was to understand the effect of PRP used to treat cartilage damage and whether it was a useful treatment for osteoarthritis. (more…)
ADHD Symptoms and other Mental Disorders Increase among Kids
Recent research by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that children between 3 and 17 years of age were more likely to experience mental disorders including ADHD symptoms.
The range of conditions identified by the CDC included depression, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome, ADHD and anxiety.
The most common current diagnosis of kids between 3 and 17 years of age is ADHD. Boys were more likely than girls to have ADHD symptoms and host of other conditions including anxiety, Tourette syndrome, and autism spectrum disorders. (more…)
Kentucky orthopedic gives info about Osteoporosis Prevention
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Around 9 million U.S. adults have osteoporosis and about 48 million are suffering from low bone mass, based on the latest research presented at the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s Annual Meeting in Chicago. Kentucky orthopedic Dr. Stacie Grossfeld notes that suggestions to lower your risk for osteoporosis include making sure that your exercise routine includes exercises that strengthen your muscles and are weight-bearing. (more…)
Benefits of Exercise for Diabetes from Louisville Orthopedic
Exercise has been repeatedly shown to have a positive effect on regulating diabetes mellitus, as noted by Louisville orthopedic Dr. Stacie Grossfeld.
One of the major reasons why exercise is good for people with diabetes is that physical activity helps the regulation of blood glucose. Exercise also improves the HDL/LDL ratio for those with diabetes, and reduces resistance to insulin. (more…)
Did you know that May is National Arthritis Awareness Month? With thousands of people in the U.S. seeking arthritis treatment every year, arthritis is an important condition to recognize and understand.
When it comes to arthritis treatment, joint pain management is often an important issue. Whether you are suffering from osteoarthritis in the knee, hand arthritis, or some other type of arthritis, one of the major symptoms of arthritis is pain. Understanding joint pain management is an important part of arthritis treatment.
Walking is a physical activity that plays an important part of pain management for those suffering from arthritis. (more…)
Vitamin D Supplement and Ballet Dancers
A research team led by Dr. Matthew Wyon and colleagues (2013) looked at the effect that a vitamin D supplement had on two dozen classical ballet dancers during winter training months in order to better understand the effect of low exposure to sunlight.
Researchers found that the dancers who took the four month Vitamin D supplement had statistically significant increases in vertical jump and isometric strength compared to those who did not take the Vitamin D supplement. (more…)
Hamstring Injury Rates and Male and Female Soccer Players
Many soccer players experience a hamstring injury or strain and this common sports injury frequently reoccurs.
Looking at hamstring injury rates, researchers led by Dr. Kevin M. Cross and colleagues (2013) compared male and female college student soccer players. (more…)
Benefits of Physical Activity and the Brain
As people age, the human brain typically shrinks in size. However, some recent research led by Dr. Erickson (2013) and colleagues suggests that one of the benefits of physical activity is that it is linked to heightened brain functioning, enhanced cognitive functioning and lower cortical atrophy.
According to this research, it may be that physical activity serves to maximize the brain’s own plasticity. Certain areas in the brain seem to be more influenced by physical activity including the prefrontal and hippocampal regions. (more…)