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Sports specialization can have a detrimental effect on young athletes

When a young kid shows an early talent for a sport, it’s easy to want to focus solely on developing that talent via sports specialization.

It’s become much more common in recent years for a child to go through intense training in one sport and exclude all others. Many parents believe the best way to have an elite athlete is to master that sport from a young age.

However, studies have shown early sport specialization can actually have detrimental effects to an athlete, including burnout and increased risk of injury, and typically does not lead to college scholarships or professional contracts.

Neck injury: When sports become a pain in the neck

neck injury

When any neck injury is suspected a person should not be moved without a medical professional present due to the risk of spinal cord injury.

The neck, also called the cervical spine, is comprised of seven vertebrae stacked on top of each other and separated by discs that act as cushions to absorb shock and provide stability.

In the space between the vertebrae, nerves that supply the arm exit the neck. The spinal cord which supplies sensory and motor function to the arms and legs is protected by the vertebrae (bones), ligaments, discs and muscles around the neck.

Physical therapy can help in prevention and rehabilitation of ACL injuries

Knee injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is unfortunately common during sports activities. The ACL is a thick band of tissue in the center of the knee joint that connects the backside of your thigh bone (femur) to the front of the shin bone (tibia).

The main purpose of the ACL is to prevent the tibia from moving too far forward under the femur and to stabilize the knee during twisting movements. If the tibia moves too far forward, the ACL can be strained and/or ruptured.

Dehydration can be serious! Hydration affects muscle performance and is an important component of injury prevention

hydration dehydration

Summer heat has arrived, which can make it difficult to stay adequately hydrated in the Midwest scorching heat and humidity. Dehydration is caused by an excessive loss of water from the body, and it not only affects performance due to fatigue, but also sets up any active person for an increased risk of musculoskeletal injury. There is a significant link that has been shown between dehydration and muscle injuries, and this is because muscles require fluids and electrolytes to function properly.