You just had a BAD ankle sprain. It’s black and blue. It hurts like hell. How do you know that its ONLY an ankle sprain, and not anything worse like a FRACTURE?! Well lucky for you, there’s a quick an easy test you can do NOW to screen if you need an x-ray after an Read more about Do I Need an X-Ray After an Ankle Sprain?[…]
Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and demonstrates continued growth in the United States each year. Over 13 million Americans play soccer, and according to US Youth Soccer, there are over 3 million youth soccer players registered in the United States today. Although there are benefits to playing soccer such as improved cardiovascular health, strength, and self-esteem, there are also some inherent risks involved. One study found that there were over 2.4 million soccer related injuries leading to an Emergency Room visit between the years 2000 and 2012. Another study showed that soccer is the high school sport with the highest risk of injury for female athletes. The most commonly injured areas are the ankle and knee, and the most common injuries are sprains and strains. In this article I will highlight the most common injuries seen in soccer, and demonstrate research based soccer prehab exercises to prevent these injuries while employing soccer-specific activities.
Ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports and physical activity, estimating to be about 25% of all injuries across sports. Of all ankle injuries 85% involve the lateral ankle ligaments. There is strong evidence suggesting you increase risk of re-spraining your ankle two fold within the first year of spraining your ankle. Every year in the US, lateral ankle sprain affects 2.15 of every 1,000 people which results in $2 BILLION of healthcare costs. (Waterman, Owens, Zacchili, & Belmont, 2010). All these costs are primarily from NON-INVASIVE treatment. We know that athletes today benefit from the BEST available rehab techniques and here is a statistic that proves my point: in the NBA there are approximately 100 ankle sprains per season, and in the last 11 years there have only been 4 that require surgical intervention. With high incidence of ankle sprains and the associated economic burden/negative chronic consequences, this calls for PREVENTITIVE measures. […]
This is a guest post by Dr. Jarred Boyd
Plantar fasciitis is one of most nagging and limiting orthopedic pathologies in the foot. It’s estimated that nearly 2 million Americans experience plantar fasciitis each year and is the most common condition of the foot for runners. Plantar fasciitis can be defined as inflammation of the plantar fascia+perifascial tissues due to repetitive microtrauma from excessive traction and/or loading forces. How do you know whether you MAY have plantar fasciitis?