Wright State University Sports Medicine Blog


mental health awareness and education
October 23, 2014, 10:03 am
Filed under: Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Coaches | Tags: , , ,

Mental illness is a phrase that usually makes people feel uncomfortable. There is a long standing stigma that addressing mental health personally means that in some way you aren’t good-strong-brave- resilient— enough. That seeking mental health care is a very negative experience to be saved for a time when you are truly ‘crazy.’ In recent studies there have been many things observed that act as a barrier to help seeking behavior.

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getting to the root of low back pain: Sacroiliac Dysfunction

In previous blogs we have attempted to shed some light on the low back pain that the majority of us experience every day. Unfortunately there are far too many potential causing factors when discussing the matter of low back pathology. Disk pathology, facet joint pathology, spinal column rotations, tight musculature, and muscle spasm are just a few examples of possible underlying causes of low back pain. Within this blog however, we will discuss the often frustrating and bothersome Sacroiliac dysfunction.

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Dominate doms!

You just dominated a high intensity workout. You increased your weight and ran farther than ever before and feel great. Nothing can stop you now – until you get out of bed the next morning. You roll out of bed like a baby deer taking its first step: stiff and awkward. What is this new awful pain you’re experiencing in your muscles? Delayed onset muscle soreness. Or better known as “DOMS” in the fitness world.

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Sickle cell: what is it and why should i be concerned?

If you are like our athletes (and their parents!), you may wonder why it is important to get tested for sickle cell. You are not alone in this as most people do not know or understand what “sickle cell” actually is.

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Welcome Back!
August 12, 2014, 8:00 am
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As fall sports begin to kick off, we wanted to take a moment to welcome you all back to our sports medicine blog! this post serves as the starting point for another year of information on important topics in the world of sports medicine.

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oh no! it’s a concussion!
April 11, 2014, 9:00 am
Filed under: Athletes, Athletic Trainers, Coaches | Tags: , , , ,

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.

http://healthland.time.com/2014/01/08/a-new-blood-test-to-diagnose-concussions-on-the-field/



We’ve got your back

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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.

NATA: http://www.nata.org/athletic-training

GLATA: http://www.glata.org/

OATA: http://www.oata.org/




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