Articles for category: Sports Science and Health

Explore USA Health's Sports Medicine expertise.

Explore USA Health’s Sports Medicine expertise.

Discover comprehensive sports medicine care at USA Health, catering to both weekend warriors and serious athletes. Our expert team, comprised of orthopedic surgeons, family sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers, and physical therapists, provides top-notch services for prevention, diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation. Utilizing advanced imaging technology, we tailor personalized treatment plans, addressing a range of injuries and conditions from ACL and meniscus injuries to concussions and overuse injuries. Trust our experienced specialists to guide you towards a swift return to your normal activity level. Designated Sports Medicine Provider The Sports Medicine Department extends its services to the following entities: Reference: https://www.usahealthsystem.com/services/sports-medicine

Common Sports Injuries: A Top 10 List

Common Sports Injuries: A Top 10 List

Introduction: Whether you’re a dedicated athlete or a casual weekend participant, injuries can happen unexpectedly, leaving you uncertain about the nature of the injury and how best to address it. In this article, Brian McEvoy, PT from UnityPoint Health, guides us through a countdown of common sports injuries, shedding light on their causes, treatments, and recovery strategies. 1. Hip Flexor Strain: A strain in the hip flexor muscles, situated on the upper-front side of the thigh, can occur due to prolonged sitting or strenuous activities like sprinting and quick turns. Symptoms include pain while raising the leg and potential bruising. ...

Sports medicine evolves: Boosting injury care globally.

Sports medicine evolves: Boosting injury care globally.

Whether in a World Cup or Olympic event, injuries pose a significant challenge for elite athletes. Kentaro Onishi, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a doctor with the International Olympic Committee, deems current sports medicine as “extremely primitive.” Utilizing ultrasound technology for less invasive surgeries, Onishi addresses common injuries, particularly tendon problems. Despite limited treatment options focusing on symptom management, Onishi, along with fellow researchers, aims to revolutionize sports medicine. With Department of Defense funding, he is developing a lotion targeting tissue-scarring molecules, offering preventive measures for athletes. This innovative approach has the potential ...

Boost bone health: Tips for stronger bones.

Boost bone health: Tips for stronger bones.

Did you know 50+ million Americans have low bone density? After 50, the risk exceeds 50%, leading to fractures and fatal outcomes. Learn how to enhance bone health as we explore age-related changes in bone density. Bones, dynamic organs, undergo continuous remodeling, replacing old tissue with new. Aging disrupts this balance, causing a loss of bone density, leading to osteoporosis. Peak density occurs around 30, declining at 1% annually. Exercise, particularly impactful and resistance training, proves vital in maintaining and increasing bone density. Not all exercises are equal; impact-related aerobic activities and weight training, especially squats and deadlifts, are crucial. ...

Team sports benefit young bones more than solo running.

Team sports benefit young bones more than solo running.

In Indianapolis, a recent Indiana University study suggests that young athletes engaging in multidirectional sports, rather than specializing in unidirectional activities like running, can cultivate stronger bones, potentially reducing the risk of adult bone injuries. Published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the research focused on Division I and II female cross country runners prone to bone stress injuries. The findings indicate that those participating in multidirectional sports during their youth, such as basketball or soccer, exhibited superior bone structure and strength compared to those exclusively involved in running, swimming, or cycling. ...

Reap the hidden rewards of strength training for injury recovery!

Reap the hidden rewards of strength training for injury recovery!

You’ve likely come across information in numerous magazine articles or from health professionals about how strength training can enhance performance and prevent injuries. However, many are unaware of the additional benefits until they personally experience them. At SFE, we often describe strength training as a vehicle—a means of empowering individuals to address not only their weaknesses but also to consider various factors integral to a comprehensive strength and conditioning program: mindset, nutrition, recovery, lifestyle balance, and more. Challenging times are inevitable for all of us, not solely as athletes but as human beings. These are moments when a diagnosis, suboptimal ...

Can Strength Training Aid Injury Recovery?

Can Strength Training Aid Injury Recovery?

Athletes often push through pain during training, hesitating to take sufficient recovery time. While strength training during injury recovery may seem counterintuitive, proper guidance can yield profound effects, fostering a stronger recuperation. Can you initiate strength training during injury? And does it contribute to injury prevention? Neural pathways in the nervous system The central nervous system (CNS) oversees awareness and movement coordination, working in tandem with the peripheral nervous system (PNS), composed of sensory and motor neurons. Sensory neurons perceive environmental signals, while motor neurons relay messages to muscles for response. Exercise’s positive impact on brain health is well-established, and ...

Guard Against Sports Injuries: Essential Tips

Against Sports Injuries: Essential Tips

When addressing sports-related injuries, our focus tends to be on professional or organized scholastic sports. Yet, numerous injuries in the United States stem from casual basketball or football games, along with incidents in cycling and running. The November 2016 National Health and Statistics report revealed an estimated 8.6 million annual sports and recreational-related injuries. Delve into the types of sports causing the most injuries and effective prevention strategies. Recreational sports, serving purposes like physical fitness and social interaction, can be categorized into contact, extreme, and non-contact activities. Contact Recreational Sports: These sports often have a high injury ratio due to ...

"Sports science and technology's impact on modern football."

“Sports science and technology’s impact on modern football.”

The profound impact of science and technology extends across numerous sectors and global cultures, revolutionizing fields such as education, healthcare, and agriculture, thereby enhancing the quality of life for countless individuals. In the realm of major sports, particularly football, the influence of Sports Science & Technology is undeniable. While the transformative role it plays in the modern game is widely acknowledged, it often goes underappreciated. Let’s explore three ways in which Sports Science & Technology have molded the sport we love. 1. GPS Tracking: In recent years, keen observers of football may have noticed a common sight – players donning ...

Sports scientists revolutionizing college football.

“Sports scientists revolutionizing college football.”

Amid the aroma of bacon filling Schembechler Hall on a spring morning in Ann Arbor, an unconventional office stands out. Fergus Connolly, positioned away from the hustle and bustle, overlooks Michigan’s football training table. His office, adorned with heaps of journal articles, is flanked by two robust metal bookshelves housing an assortment of reading materials, ranging from ancient Chinese medicine to psychological effects of soldier training. Heart rate variability monitors, GPS trackers, and sleep tracking tools sit on the shelves. Connolly’s room is just a fraction of his arsenal, as he possesses various cutting-edge gadgets and data collection instruments throughout ...

The Football's Scientific Side

“The Football’s Scientific Side”

From curving balls and advanced shin pads to dietary insights and goalkeeper tactics, it’s evident that science has firmly embedded itself in the realm of the beautiful game, alongside passionate managers and enthusiastic fans. Science and football, though seemingly an odd pair, are now intertwined, influencing aspects from training methodologies to ball construction. As World Cup fever rages on, Laboratory News reveals the scientific elements that could be the game-changer for football to truly come home this year. Understanding the science behind football has gained prominence within the football community. Football science is no longer just an afterthought; it’s now ...

Rugby World Cup: High Incidence of Hamstring Injuries in the Sport

Rugby World Cup: High Incidence of Hamstring Injuries in the Sport

“Approaching the men’s Rugby World Cup in France, injury risk during the summer warm-up games remains a pressing concern for coaches and players. New research reveals that rugby players have a more significant imbalance between quadriceps and hamstrings muscle groups than non-players, elevating injury risks, even during training. Hamstring injuries, especially soft tissue ones, have already sidelined numerous players, sparking inquiries into their frequent occurrence. Hamstring strains account for 15% of all rugby union injuries, making them the most common. In the 2019 Rugby World Cup, hamstring injuries ranked second only to concussions, contributing to almost 50% of missed training ...

Football A Game for Better Health

“Football: A Game for Better Health”

In the United States, football has overtaken baseball as the premier sport for young boys, imparting values such as discipline, teamwork, and dedication, extending well beyond the playing field. Beyond the life lessons, American football offers numerous health and fitness benefits. Football is not just a sport; it’s a holistic lifestyle that contributes to physical, mental, and emotional well-being, making it an ideal choice for young athletes.” Reference https://www.peoplesdefender.com/2021/07/01/health-benefits

"Neymar's ongoing injuries pose a grave career threat: 16 incidents since 2018, with 640 days spent sidelined."

“Neymar’s ongoing injuries pose a grave career threat: 16 incidents since 2018, with 640 days spent sidelined.”

“It’s a relentless cycle of injuries for Neymar, and just when he starts to regain momentum, another setback occurs,” lamented Casemiro following Neymar’s latest injury episode. This phrase accurately captures the persistent challenges the Brazilian forward has faced in recent years. Neymar’s star is losing its shine due to an unending series of injuries. His most recent setback, which threatens to keep him away from the field for an extended period, marks the 16th injury he’s accumulated in the past seven seasons, resulting in a total of 640 days spent sidelined. And this tally doesn’t even include the recovery period ...

Soccer and Mental Health How Lifestyle Affects Well-being

“Soccer and Mental Health: How Lifestyle Affects Well-being”

“Profound Impacts of Football on Health and the Ongoing Harvard Study The consequences extend to pro players and families, raising questions for parents contemplating youth football. Enter Harvard University’s Football Players Health Study, encompassing 3,700+ former players. Researchers focus on player health, tackling issues like CTE, concussions, ACL tears, and more. Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone emphasizes holistic well-being, emphasizing brain health’s interconnectedness with other bodily systems. Factors like exercise, size, and disease risk play into understanding football’s complex effects. One study links traumatic brain injuries to Alzheimer’s and CTE, shedding light on tau protein misformation in brain cells post-injury. An antibody ...

Cigna, Cricket Health broaden kidney care collaboration in California.

Cigna, Cricket Health broaden kidney care collaboration in California.

Cigna is expanding its collaboration with Cricket Health to provide comprehensive care for late-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients in California, a development particularly significant amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This extended partnership, set to commence in May, utilizes Cricket Health’s AI algorithms to identify CKD patients. Subsequently, a dedicated care team is deployed to minimize hospitalization needs and enhance patient management. The COVID-19 crisis has accentuated the relevance of Cricket’s care model, according to Arvind Rajan, CEO of Cricket Health. Their personalized, evidence-based approach identifies CKD patients earlier and provides high-touch care, especially important given the heightened risk CKD ...

Cricket Health introduces advanced kidney care for late-stage CKD and ESRD patients.

Cricket Health introduces advanced kidney care for late-stage CKD and ESRD patients.

Cricket Health has unveiled a novel kidney care initiative tailored to late-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients within Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. This program, currently servicing over 4,500 kidney disease patients in Texas, utilizes a proprietary data analytics model to assist MA plans in early identification and risk stratification of members with or at risk of kidney disease. Robert Sepucha, CEO of Cricket Health, emphasized the importance of early intervention in value-based kidney care. The program focuses on early identification of kidney disease and provides personalized care plans and targeted interventions to maintain patients’ health, ...

Cricket Health Raises $83.5M in Series B with Strong Clinical Outcomes Backing.

Cricket Health Raises $83.5M in Series B with Strong Clinical Outcomes Backing.

On August 5, 2021, Cricket Health announced the successful closure of an $83.5 million Series B funding round, led by Valtruis, along with participation from existing investors Oak HC/FT and Cigna Ventures. Additionally, K2 HealthVentures and a strategic investment from Blue Shield of California contributed to this funding round. The newfound capital will fuel Cricket Health’s rapid expansion as it meets the growing demand for its proven care model for individuals with kidney disease throughout the United States. Kidney disease has presented significant challenges to the healthcare system due to its complexity, high treatment costs, and limited early diagnosis and ...

Cricket Health Secures $24M Series A Funding for Tailored, Affordable Kidney Care

Cricket Health Secures $24M Series A Funding for Tailored, Affordable Kidney Care

On September 5, 2018, San Francisco-based tech-enabled kidney care provider, Cricket Health, announced the successful closure of a $24 million Series A funding round. This round was led by new investor Oak HC/FT and also saw participation from other new investors such as Cigna Corporation, LifeForce Capital, iSeed Ventures, Joe Montana’s Liquid 2 Ventures, Halle Tecco, co-founder of Rock Health, and Sami Inkinen, co-founder of Virta Health. Notably, returning investors included First Round Capital, Box Group, Nexus Ventures, Seven Peaks Ventures, Aberdare Management, and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. Cricket Health’s mission is to address the challenges in kidney care in ...

InterWell Health, Cricket Health, and Fresenius Health Partners successfully finalize merger.

InterWell Health, Cricket Health, and Fresenius Health Partners successfully finalize merger.

InterWell Health, Cricket Health, and Fresenius Health Partners have successfully completed their three-way merger, as confirmed in a press release. This merger, initially announced in March, marks a significant step toward enhancing value-based nephrology care. The newly-formed entity will operate under the InterWell brand and is poised to manage an estimated $11 billion in costs by 2025. Key investors in this merger include prominent names such as Fresenius Medical Care, Valtruis, Oak Hc/FT, Cigna Ventures, and Blue Shield of California. With a commitment to caring for over 270,000 patients dealing with kidney disease, the company plans to leverage its StageSmart ...