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As 2010 comes to a close, NATA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NATA Range of Motion a look at the most accessed articles from the year. The news brief will resume publication Jan. 3, 2011.

Running Shoes May Cause Damage to Knees,
Hips and Ankles, New Study Suggests

from Science Daily    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jan. 11, 2010 issue: Knee osteoarthritis accounts for more disability in the elderly than any other disease. Running, although it has proven cardiovascular and other health benefits, can increase stresses on the joints of the leg. In a recent study, researchers compared the effects on knee, hip and ankle joint motions of running barefoot versus running in modern running shoes. They concluded that running shoes exerted more stress on these joints compared to running barefoot or walking in high-heeled shoes. More

Questions Raised About Hot New Sports Injury Treatment
from The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jan. 18, 2010 issue: An injury treatment popular with professional athletes failed in a study published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The treatment is called platelet-rich plasma injection. The doctor takes some of the patient's blood and uses a relatively simple technique to separate out the platelets, some of which are then re-injected at the injury site. The idea is that the platelets stimulate the repair of injured tissue. More

Study Suggests Ways to Prevent Knee Injuries in Female Athletes
from Arthritis Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jan. 18, 2010 issue: A simple exercise program that teaches girls how to land correctly as they play, run and jump on the soccer field decreased the incidence of serious knee injuries in these athletes by 77 percent, according to a new study. The findings are significant because female athletes are up to eight times more likely than men to tear a band of tissue in their knees called the anterior cruciate ligament; and these injuries, which destabilize the knee, often lead to the development of osteoarthritis (OA) later in life. More

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Parents Not Taking Concussions Seriously Enough
from Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jan. 25, 2010 issue: Children who suffer a concussion don't just have a minor head bump, but a brain injury that parents, coaches and teachers need to take more seriously, Canadian researchers warn. Parents often believe that concussion injury is mild and doesn't involve damage to the brain, said lead researcher Dr. Carol DeMatteo, an associate clinical professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. However, "concussion really is a brain injury — there's no question about that," she said. More

One of the Most Dangerous Sports of All: Cheerleading
from The Newark Star-Ledger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jan. 11, 2010 issue: Two years ago, as a junior at West Milford High School in Passaic County, N.J., Alexa McCormack suffered a concussion that knocked her unconscious and split her eardrum. It was one of three concussions she sustained during the last 18 months of her career as a cheerleader. McCormack's injuries are hardly unusual in cheerleading, which, according to a study released last year by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, accounts for 65.1 percent of all catastrophic sports injuries female athletes have incurred over the past 25 years. More

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Neurosurgeon Recommends Drastic Change in Football Practice
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March 22, 2010 issue: The first football helmet is believed to have been worn in an 1893 game between Army and Navy by a cadet named Mason Reeves after being informed by a Navy doctor that another head injury could kill him. Now, nearly 117 years later, a high-profile neurosurgeon, Dr. Robert Cantu, is advocating the elimination of football helmets during practice as a safety measure, and one can expect plenty of opposition. More

Simple Test May Spot Concussion in Athletes
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Feb. 22, 2010 issue: A simple, inexpensive test of reaction time may help determine on the sidelines whether an athlete has suffered a concussion, according to research released today that will be presented in April at the American Academy of Neurology's 62nd annual meeting in Toronto. Research has shown that reaction time is slower after a concussion - even as long as several days after other symptoms have resolved. However, tests currently used to measure reaction time rely on computers and special software. That rules out their use in real-time situations such as games. More

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Soccer Injuries: Cleat/Natural Grass Combo May Lessen ACL Risk
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Jan. 25, 2010 issue: Athletes put less strain on their anterior cruciate ligament while making a cut on a natural grass surface while wearing a cleat. This is the conclusion from a study by investigators at Hospital for Special Surgery that tested the strain placed on the ACL of four different shoe-surface interactions: Astroturf/turf shoe, modern playing turf/turf shoe, modern turf/cleat and natural grass/cleat. The study appears in the January 2010 issue of the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. More

Impact of Concussions Extends Beyond Athletics
from The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Oct. 25, 2010 issue: Courtney Camden lay on a soccer field in Monument, Colo., dazed from a blow to the head. The 15-year-old freshman, a member her high school soccer team, had hit the ground moments earlier when an opponent directed her forehead toward an airborne ball, missed and struck Courtney directly in the temple. Pain rippled through Camden's head, but after a few moments, she staggered to her feet and kept playing. Later, she got slide-tackled again. No one knew it at the time, but the combination of hits in that game last spring amounted to a life-altering concussion. More

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Do Cortisone Shots Actually Make Things Worse?
from The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Nov. 1, 2010 issue: A major review article, published in The Lancet, could revive and intensify the doubts about cortisone's efficacy. The review examined the results of nearly four dozen randomized trials, which enrolled thousands of people with tendon injuries, particularly tennis elbow, but also shoulder and Achilles-tendon pain. The reviewers determined that, for most of those who suffered from tennis elbow, cortisone injections did, as promised, bring fast and significant pain relief, compared with doing nothing or following a regimen of physical therapy. More


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