Researchers investigate resorbable mesh potential for sports injuries

Inguinal disruption is also commonly referred to as sportman’s hernia and is a group name for painful injuries in the groin area which are caused by repetitive strain and strenuous training. It can occur in a significant percentage of high-performing athletes, and can occasionally affect non-athletes.

A sportsman’s hernia is different to a true hernia, and the initial treatment of sportman’s hernia can include physical therapy and rehabilitation programs, sometimes in combination with steroid injections.

“A treatment option for patients not responding to initial therapy is placement of a permanent mesh by minimally invasive procedure,” explained Professor Johan Lange of the department of surgery at the Erasmus University MC. “Such mesh aims to support the damaged tendons and absorbs pressure during physical exercise.”

Full story at Medical Plastic News

Dr. James Andrews, on preventing youth sports injuries: Take time off, don’t specialize

One of the nation’s foremost sports orthopedic surgeons said Wednesday night in Orlando that the best medicine to help prevent youth sports injuries is to avoid playing year-round and not to specialize in one sport.

And don’t approach a child’s athletic pursuits like he is a miniature version of Tom Brady or LeBron James.

“Don’t treat 6- and 7-year-old kids like they’re professional athletes,” Dr. James Andrews told an audience of about 100 at Florida Hospital Orlando. “They’re not ready for that level of high-intensity training.”

Andrews, 73, has operated on many top professional athletes and is the team doctor for several franchises, including the Tampa Bay Rays. He was in Central Florida as part of the hospital’s Distinguished Lecture Series and in support of his book, “Any Given Monday,” about how to avoid injuries in youth athletes.

Full story at the Orlando Sentinel

Head impact exposure increases as youth football players get older, bigger

Youth football players are exposed to more and more forceful head impacts as they move up in age- and weight-based levels of play, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Their study, published in the June issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma, employed in-helmet sensors to record the number and location of impacts and the linear and rotational acceleration they caused to the heads of 97 players ages 9 to 13 in one youth football organization during practices and games at three different levels of competition over four seasons

“By recording more than 40,000 head impacts, this study represents the largest collection of biomechanical head impact data for youth football to date,” said study author Jillian Urban, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest School of Medicine, a part of Wake Forest Baptist. “Our findings clearly show a trend of head impact exposure increasing with increasing level of play.”

Full story of youth football and head impact exposure at Science Daily

Study: 10-Year Pattern of HS Soccer Injuries Shows Need for New Look at Injury Prevention Programs

In what authors say is the largest-scale study to date, an analysis of high-school soccer injuries from 2005 to 2014 reveals similarly increasing rates of concussion among boys and girls but differences in nonconcussion injuries, with boys’ rates dropping while girls’ rates hold fairly steady. Researchers believe the data they’ve collected may help coaches and trainers create more targeted injury prevention programs.

Overall, injury rates during the study period were recorded at 2.06 per 1,000 “athletic exposures” (AEs)—defined as “a single athlete participating in a single practice or competition.” That works out to 6,154 injuries in the study group (55.4% sustained by girls and 44.6% by boys), which researchers say corresponds to an estimated 3.38 million injuries nationally for the 10-year study period. Data were drawn from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance System, High School Reporting Online (RIO), based on a nationally representative sample of 100 schools in the US. The study appears in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Full story of soccer injuries and injury prevention programs at APTA

Sports and Recreation-Related Injuries Top 8.6 Million Annually

A growing number of Americans may be engaging in physical activity, but that also means a growing number of Americans are getting injured while doing so—to the tune of about 8.6 million episodes in 2014, according to a recent study from the US Department of Health and Human Services. The analysis, based on National Health Interview Survey data from 2011 to 2014, also sheds light on where injuries are taking place, what activities were involved, and what areas of the body are most often affected.

Authors of the study claim their analysis is the first to take a broad look at recreation-related injuries by using data that reflects, among other things, all medically attended injuries, not just emergency department (ED) visits. They write that focusing solely on ED data “may underestimate the overall burden of injury from sports and recreation activities.”

Full story of growing number of sports related injuries at APTA

ED Visit Rates for Youth Soccer-Related Injuries Climb by More Than 100% in 25 Years

The popularity of youth soccer has grown tremendously since 1990—and with it, the rate of emergency department (ED) visits related to the sport, say researchers, who cite a 111% jump in injury rates for players aged 7-17 over a 25-year period. Those rates also include a nearly 1,600% increase in soccer-related ED visits for concussions, a dramatic change that may be linked to wider awareness of the seriousness of mild traumatic brain injury, according to the study’s authors.

For the study, researchers analyzed ED data reported to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System 1990-2014, focusing on data linking an ED visit to a pediatric soccer-related injury and tracking demographics of the injured player as well as type and cause of injury received. These data were matched up with soccer participation rates obtained from the National Sporting Goods Association to estimate injury rates over time. The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.

Full story of ED visits climb from youth soccer related injuries at APTA

Girls’ High School Sports Post Highest Incidence of Overuse Injuries

Larger numbers of girls participating in high school sports and the growing range of sports offerings available to them are very good things, with a not-so-good side-effect—an increase in overuse injuries.

According to a recent study of 2,834 overuse injuries between 2006 and 2012, girls’ track and field and field hockey have come to top the list of high school sports linked to higher rates of overuse injuries in a set of 20 boys’ and girls’ sports. While the all-sports average injury rate was 1.50 per 10,000 athletic “exposures,” girls’ track and field registered a 3.82 rate, while girls’ field hockey reported a 2.93 rate. The highest overuse injury among boys’ sports was in track and field, at 2.24 injuries per 10,000 exposures.

Full story of girls high school sports overuse injuries at APTA