In recent years, there has been a dramatic rise in early sports specialization for young athletes — kids seem to be settling on a single sport at younger and younger ages. With the increased availability of competitive travel leagues and tournaments, and frequent sports exposure in the media, young athletes are often encouraged to undergo … Continue reading Is your child specializing in a sport too soon?
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, especially when exercising and especially in the heat. But how do you know if you’re really drinking enough water in proportion to your size and activity level? That’s where the “Pee Chart” comes in. New University of Texas head football coach Tom Herman created the … Continue reading What the color of your urine says about your hydration
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 of 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 … 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