According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 1.6 to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related cases of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) or concussions in the United States each year. New attention regarding the evaluation, management, and prevention of these injuries has greatly increased awareness of the problems associated with concussions. … Continue reading Just how dangerous are sports-related concussions?
It’s football season! Everyone is excited for fall weather, tailgates and cheering for our favorite teams. But when our team is not doing well, or we disagree with a call made by the referees, passionate cheering may involve yelling and screaming. As eager fans push the limits of their vocal chords, many may struggle with … Continue reading Avoid hoarseness during sporting events
When a high profile athlete suffers an injury, the world takes notice. Especially when it is Northen Irish professional golfer Rory McIlroy, who opted to sit out of the 144th British Open due to an ankle injury. McIlroy wearing a boot and crutches posted the photo on his Instagram explaining, “Total rupture of left ATFL … Continue reading Rory McIlroy misses The Open due to ankle injury – ATFL explained
For the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas Level I trauma center, the alcohol-fueled revelry of Texas-OU weekend typically leads to an increase in our number of patients as compared to an average weekend. Due to its close proximity to the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park and because Baylor Dallas is a Level I trauma center, many of … Continue reading Baylor trauma visits rise during Texas-OU weekend
When it comes to playing sports, your knee can take a lot abuse. While you’re jumping, lunging and running you may be unaware of the stress you’re putting on your knees. Females and males are built differently, and women experience more knee injuries than their male counterparts. Especially for females, tearing the ACL (Anterior Cruciate … Continue reading Athletes and ACL injuries — Are you at risk?
As high school football practice kicks off in the extreme summer heat, athletes across the southern states expose themselves to the risk of heat-related illnesses. With summer temperatures reaching triple-digits, coaches must work together to keep their players hydrated. “Appropriate hydration before, during and after physical activity is an important ingredient to healthy and successful sports … Continue reading Hydration tips as football practice gets underway [Video]
Sweat drips from your forehead as you round the track and finish your daily run. You’re feeling weak and thirsty. You walk slowly to your gym bag and grab the sports drink you’ve been waiting to consume since you started your workout. The brightly-colored fluid instantly replenishes your electrolytes and quenches your thirst. In this … Continue reading Six things you should know about sports drinks
Barely a day passes without reports about the dangers of concussions in sports. The news is rarely good. Take, for example, reports this morning that the NCAA has agreed to a settlement of a class-action head-injury lawsuit. The agreement includes the creation of “a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college … Continue reading Concussions should remain a top concern for young athletes
Every day, people across the country take ibuprofen to help ease the aches and pains of daily life. Many athletes, typically those in long high-endurance events, take ibuprofen several times during the course of a race or long training session. But does frequent use of ibuprofen pose a health risk? Ibuprofen, most commonly known as … Continue reading Athletes and Ibuprofen
Ever find yourself nervously munching on chips when your cherished team isn’t doing so hot? You aren’t alone. A recent study conducted by France’s INSEAD business school had some interesting findings about how wins and losses can affect our eating habits. On Mondays, following a Sunday NFL game, participants in the study consumed 16 percent … Continue reading The Dangers of Football Games on Your Diet