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Posts tagged Athletic Injury
What Is An Athletic Trainer? What Do Athletic Trainers Do?

When people ask me what I do for work, I tell them “I’m an athletic trainer”. Their response is usually, “Oh, cool! So do you like train athletes, then?” No, no, no, no, no. I do not train athletes. Coaches train athletes. I am not a coach. Certified Personal Trainers (CPT) train athletes (and the general public). I am not a personal trainer. I am a medical professional whose patients are athletes.

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Beginners' Guide to ACL Injuries: Bridging the Gap

If you went to physical therapy after surgery (which is what should have happened), what were you able to do when you were discharged? What did your physical therapist consider as reasons for you to be discharged? Did running out of insurance visits play a role in the end of PT for you?

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Beginners' Guide to ACL Injuries: Phases of Healing and Rehab

Let’s say you or someone you know has torn the ACL. From reading “How Gender and Contact Influence Injury”, you may even understand why the injury happened. Then there was a surgical reconstruction to give you, or that someone you know, a new ACL. From reading “Surgical Interventions”, you may even have a better understand of what procedure was done. So after all this, what do you do next? And how long is it going to take?

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Beginners' Guide to ACL Injuries: Surgical Interventions

Contrary to popular belief, ACL injury does not require surgical intervention. There are plenty of individuals who are living life and running several miles daily without an ACL because of their rehabilitation and physical therapy efforts. However, the ACL’s purpose is to prevent too much movement, and is important for the high intensities required by sport participation. It is much safer to have an ACL than to not have one when it comes to competitive athletics.

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Beginners' Guide To ACL Injuries: How Gender and Contact Influence Injury

When injuring the ACL there are two major categories the injury falls into: contact or non-contact. These may sound completely obvious to you, but we are going to describe them anyways. In a “contact” scenario, an athlete has a collision with another athlete that forces the lower leg into an unnatural position and this causes the bones to move past the limits the ligament allows. Think of a collision during football. The receiver plants his foot to catch the ball as the defensive lineman collides with him shoving him in the opposite direction. The foot remains planted, but the upper leg keeps moving, causing the injury to the ligament.

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Beginners' Guide To ACL Injuries: The Big Bad Wolf

This is it. The big bad wolf of injuries: the ACL. We wish this was going to be simple, but unfortunately, there are a mess of factors involved in ACL injuries. So we are going to do our best to give you relevant information that helps you see as much of the big picture as possible. This week we will start with explaining what the ACL is, what the ACL does, and what can cause ACL injuries (general explanation).

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Why Athletes Should Train In The Off-Season: Part 3 - Injury Prevention

The off season is also the perfect time to prevent injuries. When you work out in one sport every day, you use a lot of the same muscles over and over again, moving the same way again and again. This leaves some muscles vulnerable to overuse injuries, while other less used muscles can get weak, causing muscle imbalances. These muscle imbalances are the leading cause of injury. (Especially in athletes who specialize in one specific sport and play only that sport all year round).

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5 Issues Athletes Struggle With When Benched Due To Injury: #5 "I'm Letting People Down"

Athletes are under a lot of pressure on the field. They put pressure on themselves to remember the play. They feel the pressure of their team counting on them to defend the goal. They feel the pressure of the coach counting on them to be a good role model. They feel the pressure of their parents wanting them to succeed. They may also feel pressure to impress scouts so they might be able to afford college. That’s a lot of pressure for an athlete to bear. When they are performing well, they get a sense of pride knowing they did what was expected of them. But when they perform poorly, this pressure can lead to an increase in stress.

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5 Issues Athletes Struggle With When Benched Due To Injury: #4 Loss Of Important Relationships

Getting involved in sports gives kids ample opportunities to build relationships with positive peers and adult role models. The relationships they build with upperclassmen, their team captain, the assistant coach, the athletic trainer, give them a support system of healthy adult relationships that pour strength and direction into their life. Teenagers and young adults rely heavily on their role model relationships. These people encourage them, support them, motivate them. Just one “good work” from the assistant coach or a high five from the team captain can substantially improve any day. Approval from these people helps them feel accepted,  and understood. These people have to power to encourage the development of positive behavior traits in your athlete as they progress through their teen years. These relationships are so powerful and meaningful.

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5 Issues Athletes Struggle With When Benched Due To Injury: #3 Stress Relief

Living life as a teenager is not easy. School stresses, friendship stresses, puberty stresses, and now in the world of social media, kids rarely get a break from the social stress. Participating in sports is a great way to relieve stress and deal with daily frustrations in a healthy way. Exercising releases endorphins which are happy brain chemicals that are released in the brain. Endorphins are known to help with coping, reducing depression and anxiety, boosting self-esteem, and improving sleep. Participating in sports every day not only gives your child the sense of satisfaction with overcoming obstacles, it also releases a whole host of positive brain chemicals that help your athlete cope with the stress of the day to day.

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5 Issues Athletes Struggle With When Benched Due To Injury: #2 The Ability To Overcome Obstacles

Enrolling your kids in sports has so many benefits, but one of the big ones is giving them a place to encounter challenges and overcome them. Sports provide a great sense of accomplishment for many kids, its where they achieve goals, improve skills, challenge opponents. This develops a strong sense of self-efficacy. (Which is a term you probably haven't heard since you were in high school yourself.) Self-efficacy is a belief in your ability to achieve goals. Sports provide an endless supply of situations where an athlete can build this trait. They improve their race time, learn new ball handling skills, learn a new on field play, take on a difficult opponent.

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5 Issues Athletes Struggle With When Benched Due To Injury: #1 Loss of Identity and Social Circle

When a relative or friend asks your kid what they like to do they usually have a similar response. Fill in the blank here: “I am a _____.” (Soccer player, dancer, football player, wrestler, gymnast…) And if this person knows you or your kid at all, they probably don’t even have to ask because your family revolves around it.

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