Sep. 10, 2014

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
September marks the fifth annual National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 17 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 were considered obese resulting in health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and high blood pressure normally seen only in adults. Physicians working with juvenile, high school and college sports teams are seeing an increase in injury and illness related to overweight youth.

There are significant racial and age disparities in obesity prevalence among children and adolescents. In 2011-2012, obesity prevalence was higher among Hispanics (22.4 percent) and non-Hispanic black youth (20.2 percent) than non-Hispanic white youth (14.1 percent).

Combating this problem requires commitment from everyone who works directly with children and adolescents. Resources are available, through programs like Every Body Walk! Let’s Move and Designed to Move that will provide a background on this growing epidemic, and concrete examples you can share with your young patients, parents, teachers and coaches. More

Celebrate AOASM 2015 in Philidelphia!


AOA Building Blocks of Medicine Webinar Series
American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association is offering a three-part webinar series on the Building Blocks of Medicine. This series covers insurance basics, office basics and compliance basics — the building blocks needed to run a successful practice. Jen Searfoss, JD, CMPE, CEO will be the speaker.

Register now Sept. 11, 1 p.m. CDT: Introduction to Office Compliance and Employee Training
Learn how to establish a compliance plan and how to make employee onboarding and training a part of your practice’s culture in a way that promotes compliance, but doesn’t slow productivity.

Register now Sept. 18, 1 p.m. CDT: Document Retention
Learn how to establish a compliance plan and how to make employee onboarding and training a part of your practice’s culture in a way that promotes compliance, but doesn’t slow productivity.

Register now Sept. 25, 1 p.m. CDT: Oversight & Signatures Missing signatures and improper supervision of orders are easy ways for payers to pull back otherwise legitimate payments from your practice. Get the low-down on signature rules (including signature stamps) and how to properly order services.

Register now Oct. 2, 1 p.m. CDT: Professional Courtesy & Discounting Policies
See how to develop policies for discounting services for patients in need as well as how to offer charity care and professional courtesy services without running afoul of payer rules on allowed and actual charges for the care you provide.

Previous webinars can be viewed on the AOA site.More

What did you do on your football Saturday?

(Left to right) Dr. Darin Gwartney, Dr. Josh Smith, Dr. Patrick Leary, Dr. Brett Degooyer and Dr. Chris Rial in front of the Golden Dome

Dr. Patrick Leary, AOASM President, spoke at the 19th Annual Symposium of the Notre Dame Orthopaedic Society. LECOM Sports Medicine Fellows and staff joined his lecture “ACL Prevention”, and enjoyed the conference and the accompanying events. Final score, Notre Dame 31, Michigan 0.

Let us know what you did on your football Saturday!More

Reductions in intraocular pressure after acute aerobic exercise: A meta-analysis
Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine
Aerobic exercise is known to reduce elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), a primary risk factor for a disease of the eye known as primary open-angle glaucoma. Given the disparate nature of experimental protocols across the literature, an analysis of studies on the effect of acute aerobic exercise on IOP is necessary to verify the influence of participant characteristics, exercise intensity and duration.More

British athletics muscle injury classification: A new grading system
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Muscle injuries are common in sport and account for substantial time lost from training and competition. They represented 48 percent of all injuries during track and field competition in a recent International Association of Athletics Federations study and more than 30 percent of all injuries in professional football. The hamstrings are the most frequently injured muscle group and hamstring muscle injuries alone result in an average of 90 days missed per club per season in professional soccer.More

Concussion recovery might reverse after doing this
HealthDay News via WebMD
Athletes who seem to have recovered from a concussion may actually show a subtle worsening in a particular mental ability after they return to exercise, a small study suggests. The findings come from a study of 19 high school athletes who suffered a concussion and then got medical clearance to return to physical activity — most often football, although a few were on soccer, wrestling or volleyball teams. More

Artificial turf may increase risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury
2 Minute Medicine
The use of synthetic playing surfaces has steadily increased in recent years. However, despite the continued modification and improvements made to synthetic surfaces, concern remains regarding the risk of injury on such surfaces relative to natural grass. Biomechanical studies have largely supported such claims by demonstrating increased frictional forces on synthetic surfaces, potentially contributing to a higher injury risk. More

NCAA starts big study of concussions
The Columbus Dispatch
The NCAA has launched what is believed to be the largest longitudinal study of concussions — part of an effort to combat what has become an epidemic of the head injury in college sports. “It’s not just football players,” said Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer, who said that the organization plans to study athletes in multiple sports. More

Control obsession and ego to avoid repetitive strain injuries
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are typical musculoskeletal injuries that are caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression or sustained and/or awkward positions. The author, Steve Wells, would also add insufficient recovery time as a factor. Does this describe your entire day? The sick difference is that you get paid to put yourself into awkward and painful positions at work. When you do it for sport is how it becomes an issue for a different type of therapist.More

Device can rapidly test soldiers, athletes for brain injuries that otherwise could go unnoticed
The Huffington Post
A device in development may soon be able to make identifying brain injuries in emergency medical circumstances much easier, a new study suggests. And private donors investing their wealth thoughtfully are largely to credit. BrainScope announced on Aug. 26, that a peer-reviewed study by New York University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that its product, which can diagnose traumatic brain injury by being placed on and connected to a patient's head to gauge brain function, has clinical potential. More

NFL touts study claiming fewer concussions, ACL injuries
Sporting News
Dr. Richard Ellenbogen was working the sideline of a preseason NFL game last month as an unaffiliated neurological consultant when a team's position coach asked him to take a look at a player who was showing signs of a possible concussion. Not an athletic trainer or a team doctor, but a position coach. It was added affirmation for Ellenbogen, the co-chairman of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee, that head injuries are being taken seriously. More