American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, July 7-10

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The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine was held from July 7 to 10 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and attracted more than 1,500 participants from around the world, including sports medicine specialists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and family physicians. The conference featured the latest advances in sports medicine, with presentations focusing on the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries.

In one study, Michael John Decker, Ph.D., of the University of Denver, and colleagues found that a wearable neuromuscular (WNM) device provides proprioceptive training to improve neuromuscular function and knee stability and reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

Seventy-nine female soccer players (ages 12 to 25 years) wearing the WNM device were compared to a population of age- and sex-matched soccer players not wearing the device. This comparison yielded a significant risk reduction for ACL injury when training with the WNM device.

"The WNM device was shown to improve dynamic balance. Training with the device further improved motor control, which was retained even after five months of not wearing the device," Decker said. "The control group did not demonstrate an improvement in motor control, and over the course of the year, demonstrated two ACL injuries compared to zero ACL injuries for the group that trained with the WNM device."

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In another study, R. Judd Robins, M.D., of the U.S. Air Force Academy Sports Medicine Service in Colorado, and colleagues found that current trends, indications, and surgical techniques are largely successful in helping collegiate football athletes with shoulder instability obtain their athletic goals of participation.

"Over 90 percent of athletes who are on scholarship status or whose utilization is higher prior to shoulder injury can expect to return to play football at the collegiate level, and do so by either maintaining or improving their utilization status and play in a higher percentage of games than they did prior to their shoulder surgery. This suggests these particular athletes in division I intercollegiate football can expect to return to play and progress in their contributions to their respective football programs," Robins said. "A prospective study of this patient population, in particular comparing open versus arthroscopic stabilization surgery, is warranted to identify if improvements can be made in the return-to-play rate in this patient population with high shoulder demand."

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Holly Silvers-Granelli, M.P.T., of the University of Delaware in Newark, and colleagues found that a dedicated program addressing concentric and eccentric hamstring strength, in addition to proper pelvic/trunk and core stabilization, can alter the pathokinematics often associated with acute and reoccurring hamstring injuries in the sport of baseball.

"The intervention is time efficient and socioeconomically feasible. The integration of the program into an established collegiate, minor league, or major league baseball organization has been shown to be reasonably seamless and does not involve an onerous time commitment," Silvers-Granelli said. "In addition, the significant reduction in actual hamstring injuries and the decreased time lost due to such injuries are significant benefits to both the individual player and the team, respectively."

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MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As artificial infill surface weight decreases, the incidence of game-related high school football trauma significantly increases, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, held from July 7 to 10 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Concussion rates are rising sharply among U.S. children and teens, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, held from July 7 to 10 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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