Filed under: Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Coaches | Tags: Brain Injury, concussion, research, S100B, sideline testing
I know, I know; more concussion talk. Concussions have been a hot topic for several years now and it seems the topic is almost exhausted. Yet, here we are again with more developing research. However, this time the research could diagnose concussions on the sideline with only one quick test needed.
Researchers at the University of Rochester have been examining a protein found in the brain that may help diagnose concussions. All it takes is a finger prick, a few drops of blood, and examining this protein’s levels on the sideline to determine if an athlete is truly concussed or not. The protein is called S100B (you’d think scientists could’ve come up with an easier name to say). Elevated levels of this brain protein can indicate physical exertion and possible brain injuries.
Researchers tested S100B levels in 46 athletes over the age of 18 at the beginning of their preseason. Athletes’ S100B levels were tested again after physical exertion. Researchers found the protein levels rose an average of two percent in each athlete. Furthermore, the study continued to follow these athletes throughout their season. During their seasons, 22 of the athletes suffered a clinically diagnosed concussion. Researchers measured each athlete’s S100B level within three hours of their injury. Results showed S100B levels averaged 81% above baseline levels. Lastly, the researchers concluded that a rise in S100B levels of at least 45% is nearly equivalent to a clinically diagnosed concussion.
European researchers are taking this information to the next level. They are utilizing the protein test as a prevention technique and studying patients with brain injuries to see which may be at risk for internal bleeding and should have a CT scan. These researchers have hopes to get the protein test approved for concussion diagnosis in the United States, but will need to perform additional studies that achieve similar results as their initial study. Supplementary research will also need to be tested on a variety of ages, sports, and both genders before this test could become the gold star in concussion diagnosis. However with all the technology and interest in concussions we have today, this could happen quickly.
If this research progresses quickly, the protein test could potentially become the new normal for sideline concussion diagnosis. Would you be willing to get a quick prick on the sideline to see if you had a brain injury or could possibly go back into the game immediately? Let us know what you think.
Filed under: Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Coaches, Student Corner | Tags: #natm2014, athletic trainer, Athletic Training, National Athletic Training Month
March is National Athletic Training Month and we would like to take a moment to thank all athletic trainers for their tireless dedication to the health and well-being of a variety of populations. Odds are, nearly everyone has been exposed to the care and expertise of an athletic trainer. From professional athletes to youth recreational athletes, you have seen athletic trainers pacing the sidelines, ready to be called into action. You may have worked with an athletic trainer at your physician’s office, providing you with information pertaining to your injury or designing home exercise programs. Or, you might have had the good fortune to be placed in the capable hands of an athletic trainer at a rehabilitation clinic or even at your office. Bottom line, athletic trainers are everywhere and “We’ve Got Your Back”!
Below are links to the national, district, and local websites for you to check out for more information.
Filed under: Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Coaches | Tags: melatonin, nap, REM, rest, serotonin, sleep, sleep cycles
Is 8 hours of sleep really important? Can we get by on 6 hours or do we need 10. The answer is not an exact science but there are good clues to help you. Many of us think that sleep is just a waste of time that does not allow to be productive. But do you really know what happens when you sleep? Why do we need sleep?
Filed under: Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Coaches | Tags: baseball, GIRD, internal rotation deficit, overhead throwing injuries, shoulder, shoulder rehabilitation, softball
What is G.I.R.D.?
G.I.R.D. stands for Glenohumeral Internal Rotation Deficit. As the name implies, it is a condition in which one side (usually the dominant side) is lacking internal rotation in the shoulder (glenohumeral) joint when compared with the opposite side.
Filed under: Athletic Trainers, Student Corner | Tags: Athletic Training, job settings, military, rehabilitation, sports medicine
Athletic training is still a growing profession. Most people think of athletic trainers working either in a high school setting or collegiate setting with a sports team. But, athletic trainers are continuing to be hired in nontraditional settings. Athletic trainers now hold positions working in hospitals, with performing arts, public safety, occupational, and military settings.
Filed under: Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Coaches | Tags: ACL Tears, evaluation, Jump Training, Knee Injury, Neuromuscular Training, prevention
Injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is something that sparks the attention of the general public. Derrick Rose’s ACL tear practically turned the entire city of Chicago upside down and more recently he suffered another knee injury that had the entire sports nation holding its’ breath. It goes without saying that the general population is well aware of the impact that a ruptured ACL can have on a player’s life. In recent years more and more research has been done to investigate how these injuries may be prevented.
Filed under: Athletes, Athletic Trainers | Tags: athlete, depression, eating disorder, injury, mental-health, sports
Mental illness is a growing concern among our youth. Approximately 1 in 5 youths suffer from some type of depression. Athletes are not immune from mental illness. Although athletes in general are happier and healthier than the general population, the pressure can be overwhelming. Education and recognition are paramount in dealing with depression and other forms of mental illness. We must educate the athlete and the public that it is OK to seek help, that it is not a sign of weakness. Continue reading