By Dr. Fabijan Cukelj. A concussion is a disturbance in brain function caused by a direct or indirect force to the head. It results in a variety of non-specific signs and/or symptoms and most often does not involve loss of consciousness.
By Dr. Fabijan Cukelj. Football is the world’s most popular sport. It is now estimated that more than 200 million people play some form of the game (i.e. including futsal and beach soccer) at one level or another.
Over the past few years, platelet rich plasma (PRP) has received a lot of attention, partly because Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods and other star athletes have used it. PRP has been credited with helping Kobe and various aging sports stars recover from conditions like sprained knees and injured tendons in less time than would be possible with other forms of therapy.
Public awareness on the seriousness of sports concussions has exploded in recent years, most notably following the suicides of prominent ex-American football players for the purposes of allowing their brains to be studied for damage related to their playing days.
Most of us grew up hearing that we should warm up with a stretch. Strike and hold a pose, such as touching your toes, for 30 seconds or more, we were told, and you’ll be looser, stronger and injury-proof.
Your next performance breakthrough may only be a new warm-up away. According to research published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, a warm up routine incorporating squats and a whole body vibrator machine can increase your sprint performance by 6%.
Many of us living in China scoff at the Chinese aversion to ice, specially those of us who have been educated that ice is one of the best (and cheapest) forms of aid for healing minor sports injuries.
For many people, running is more than just an exercise to stay healthy; it’s a way a life. Countless patients have come into my office desperate for ways to resume running after a low back injury. It’s the “Runner’s High” – that feeling of excitement and satisfaction with running – that continues to drive people back.
Elastic therapeutic taping was first patented as a method for managing muscle and sports injuries in the 1960s. However, the person credited with introducing Kinesio tape and taping methods we currently use today is a Japanese chiropractor, Dr. Kenso Kase.
Ankle sprains are the most common sports-relates injuries, accounting for more than 12 million injuries per year. These injuries can result in significant time away from games and practices. For this very reason, the practice of taping ankles before there was an injury was introduced more than 60 years ago.