An athlete performs their best when their body is at its best. Therefore, protecting the athlete from overuse injury is (or should be) a primary concern in sports. For baseball players, monitoring the arm is a big deal. Baseball players, especially pitchers, can put their arms through the ringer with repetitive and forceful throwing motions. The stress of repeated throwing can cause microtrauma in soft-tissue structures. This puts players at risk for chronic injury (1-4) and excessive stretching of the soft-tissue. Chronic stretching of the anterior capsule and tightening of the posterior capsule can lead to trauma creating instability and [...]
Make you sure check out Part 1 of this series for background information! In the previous blog, we discussed costs and benefits of soft-tissue injections – specifically reviewing corticosteroid injections. Here we will discuss costs and benefits of 2 other soft-tissue injections: local anesthetic and Toradol. What are local anesthetics? To refresh, soft-tissue injections interfere with the normal healing process in order to get an athlete to return to play sooner. With local anesthetics, there is disruption to axonal nerve conduction (7, 24). What this does is it allows immediate pain relief for an athlete. There are a variety of [...]
January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month. The Winter season has arrived. Of course, it is important to take precaution when you’re participating in any type of Winter sport; such as skiing, skating and sledding. […]
Mercifully, the National Football League season is almost upon us. Real games are only 11 days away. As the great blogger PFT Commenter asks, how are you preparing for the NFL season? I have written before about injuries in the NBA. Today, let's turn our focus to the National Football League. Michael Lombardi, the former General Manager of the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns and an assistant to Bill Belichick in New England, tweeted an eloquent yet simple message today. Lombardi wrote: To get good at football, you've got to practice football; unfortunately, there's seemingly no way to play football [...]
There is nothing more important than the health of a team. In Major League Baseball, it is extremely challenging to build depth. This is especially true with slotted spending in the draft and in Latin America. Thus, it is hard to find anything more than a replacement-level player or worse to fill in for an injured player, the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers notwithstanding. Tommy John Last year, according to Jeff Zimmerman of The Hardball Times more days were lost to the Disabled List (DL) than at any other time since he began collecting data in 2002. Last year, pitchers lost [...]
Sportavida uses saliva testing to open the door to relevant and actionable physiological monitoring. Using our approach, you can protect your athletes from issues that arise from overtraining or playing too much. Over time, Sportavida enables true performance optimization.