May. 7, 2014

Memoirs of a USA Wrestling Team physician: Dr. Rob Franks

USA Wrestling Team

Gold medalists Jordan Burroughs (left) and Jake Varner (right) with the president of the Turkish Federation.

"Greetings from Ankara, Turkey, just across the Black Sea from Sochi: I have merged my past trips list with a new one as many of you asked me to send some pictures, so hopefully this will work. This is my third full day here in Turkey. It was a long trip to get here as we traveled Philly to Dulles to Munich, and Germany to Ankara. I was by myself the whole trip until I met our team leader and interpreter from the Russian trip in the line for passport control. I was the only one coming from the East Coast. The rest of the team came from the Midwest via Chicago and the weather played havoc with the flights. Currently, we are in the third day of camp."More

Introducing the International Osteopathic Sports Care Group
After the successful introduction of Osteopathy — as part of the Central Medical Team — at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we realized that there was need for an International Osteopathic Sports Care Group. The first aim of this group is to enable communication between osteopaths around the world and to allow a comprehensive list to be drawn up of experienced practitioners already working, or interested to work in the world of sport. The second important aim of International Osteopathic Sports Care is to facilitate working opportunities for osteopaths at major sporting events.More

Guidelines on exercise induced asthma
May is National Asthma awareness month. As the spring buds bloom so does the incident of exercise induced asthma and we want to remind you of certain guidelines that are specific to not only the recreational athlete but to our elite athletes as well. Follow the following links to the NATA position paper on the treatment of asthma in athletes and the European Lung Foundation's fact sheet on asthma treatment in Elite athletes and hopefully improve the performance and quality of life for these special people.


LECOM/Millcreek Community Hospital Sports Medicine Program Fellows, Dr. Jessica Huerta and Dr. Chris Rial joined Program Director Dr. Patrick Leary and faculty member Dr. Gregory Coppola in presentations at the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association conference April 30 – May 2014. The four presented a concussion overview, female athlete injuries, and medical acupuncture for common pain patients. Pictured left to right are: Dr. Gregory Coppola, Dr. Patrick Leary, Dr. Jessica Huerta and Dr. Chris Rial.More

Join Dr. Tariq Awan for the next MSK ultrasound webinar: Procedures and Set-Up
The AOASM is proud to announce its eighth installment in the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Webinar series: Procedures and Set-Up, led by Dr. Tariq Awan, D.O. This webinar will be held on May 14 at 8 p.m. E.T. Dr. Awan is a clinical faculty member in the Department of Sports medicine at the Detroit Medical Center. He is also an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Awan's department provides medical coverage for the Detroit Pistons (NBA), Detroit Red Wings (NHL), and the Detroit Tigers (MBL). Of those, he currently serves as the team physician for the Detroit Red Wings. More

How to prepare for your surgery
The American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association offers monthly health-related articles you can use on your websites, in your newsletter or as handouts in your offices. You have the ability to change the article, or add to it as needed. The AOA would like feedback on articles, and appreciate knowing how you are using them or if you have had success in placing them in a local paper. You can share thoughts and publication success by contacting: AOASM will continue to profile these articles from time to time to remind you of the resources available to you through the AOA.More

Diagnosis and treatment of triceps tendon injuries: A review of the literature
Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine
Injuries to the triceps tendon are uncommon. Anzel et al published the largest series of tendon injuries involving 781 patients with 1014 tendon ruptures; fewer than 1 percent involved the triceps. Triceps tendon rupture is 2 to 3 times more common in men than in women, with a mean age of occurrence between 30 and 50 years. Kibuule and Fehringer described an injury in a skeletally immature individual, indicating that patients with incompletely or recently fused physes may be at risk. Sports involving elbow extension against extreme loads, such as weightlifting and football, may place patients at higher risk, especially with the use of anabolic steroids.More

Challenges and threats to implementing the fight against doping in sport
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Prominent doping cases in certain sports have recently raised public awareness of doping and reinforced the perception that doping is widespread. Efforts to deal with doping in sport have intensified in recent years, yet the general public believes that the "cheaters" are ahead of the testers. Therefore, there is an urgent need to change the antidoping strategy. For example, the increase in the number of individual drug tests conducted between 2005 and 2012 was approximately 90 000 and equivalent to an increase of about 50 percent, yet the number of adverse analytical findings remained broadly the same. More

A fight to keep college athletes from the pain of injury costs
The New York Times
Kyle Hardrick lost his basketball scholarship at Oklahoma after he tore his meniscus. Jason Whitehead nearly lost his football scholarship at Ohio University after he injured his neck. Stanley Doughty left South Carolina only to discover he had a serious spine injury that ended his N.F.L. career after his first physical. In the sprawling battle to reform the N.C.A.A., medical care for injured athletes has emerged as a key front, a particularly sensitive subject that has become more important with increased awareness about head injuries.More

Reducing the number of concussions in high school girls' soccer is a daunting task
The Washington Post
Tori Bellucci steadied her balance, dizzied by climbing a flight of stairs at Huntingtown High in 2012. She couldn’t remember the next class on her schedule — one she'd had for two months — so she ducked into the bathroom to take a look at her schedule. Math. Of course. In the days after she suffered her third concussion on the soccer field in the fall of 2012, doubts, fears and confusion joined the aches inside Bellucci’s skull.More

Avoid the travel-team trap: Single-sport specialization more likely to bring pain than scholarship
For parents feeling guilty they’re failing their children because they are unwilling or unable to pay for year-round travel and training in one sport — don’t. More studies are coming out that show not only is single-sport specialization resulting in a spike in overuse injuries, but that the whole concept doesn’t increase the chances the child will even have a better shot at an athletic scholarship than someone who played multiple sports. There is voluminous evidence that putting children in a single sport, all the time, will put them at great risk of breaking down, mentally and physically. More

Vision problems caused by concussion often overlooked
Infectious Diseases in Children
Vision examination to specifically evaluate oculomotor function should be part of the evaluation for concussion, according to findings presented at the 2014 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. Dr. Christina L. Master, FAAP, CAQSM, pediatric sports medicine specialist and associate professor of clinical pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said a high prevalence of certain vision problems, including binocular vision disorders, accommodative disorders, such as convergence insufficiency, and eye movement/saccadic disorders, have been observed after concussion in the adult population, especially those in the military. More

Pediatricians recommend neuromuscular training to avoid ACL injuries
Fox News
Doctors who work with schools and sports organizations should encourage training to reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament tears, according to a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. The clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics also includes information for doctors to diagnose and treat the ligament tears, which have been increasing among young athletes — especially girls. "The Academy wanted to put together a clinical report that updates pediatricians and the general public about all three of these issues," Dr. Cynthia LaBella told Reuters Health.More