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Think about injury prevention when returning to baseball season

Baseball season is finally here! As we watch our Major League Baseball heroes take the field this April, kids of all ages will be returning to the field after winter break and time off from practicing. 

It is important that our kids return safely to help prevent overuse injuries from occurring during the season. Common overuse injuries in baseball are injuries to the elbow (ulnar collateral ligament, UCL) and shoulder in the throwing arm. A proper warm up, maintaining an age appropriate pitch count and good throwing mechanics are essential to preventing overuse injuries. 
 
Here are some specifics to keep in mind:

Atlas of Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Injections

The most comprehensive atlas of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections is now available!  I contributed a chapter to the hip section.   This book is considerably more comprehensive than another book just published with the same name and has contributions from many all-star sports medicine physicians. Click here to check it out.

Swedish Sports Concussion Clinic

The Sports Concussion Clinic at Swedish Spine, Sports & Musculoskeletal Medicine was developed to provide comprehensive concussion management and help guide return-to-play decisions for children and adults. We are a team of sports medicine physicians, physiatrists, physical therapists, and a neuropsychologist that deliver individual care for athletes. We provide physical evaluation, assessment of concussion severity, neuropsychological evaluation, ongoing monitoring and education for athletes, parents, coaches and school staff. We use clinical guidelines to implement the most appropriate treatment for return-to-play and return-to-school. Click here to learn more or to make an appointment.

4 tips to prevent injuries in sports

How do you prevent sports related injuries? Here are four tips:

Getting ready for Rhody Run

On Sunday April 7, several Swedish physicians participated in Jefferson Healthcare's Runner's Symposium in Port Townsend for the upcoming Rhody Run. Over 300 runners attended the event. Dr. Erik Brand gave a lecture on core strength in runners, Dr. Jeff Moo gave a lecture on the physiological benefits of running and aerobic exercise, and lastly I gave a lecture on sports nutrition for marathon runners. We also provided musculoskeletal ultrasound screenings for over 60 participants with our two portable ultrasound machines.

Why you should take sports concussions seriously

Concussions are serious injuries that should be treated by healthcare providers who are experienced with their management. Sports Medicine physicians diagnose and treat concussions with the goal of promoting a healthy recovery and returning athletes to sports and kids to school. Additionally, we work with parents, athletes, coaches, and other providers to identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion and help to proactively manage the effects.

What is a concussion?

A concussion, also referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury, is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head or from a whiplash effect due to a hit to the body. Concussions change the way the brain works and how a person thinks, acts, and feels. Most people do not lose consciousness. Even a "ding" or "bell ringer" can be serious.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

Symptoms fall into four categories: physical, cognitive or thinking abilities, mood and behavior, and sleep. A person may have many symptoms or only a couple of symptoms. If a person reports one or more symptoms of concussion or if another person notices the symptoms, keep the person out of play and seek medical attention.

The symptoms of a concussion that fall into each category include:

Swedish Physical Medicine Specialist Interviewed by KING 5 TV about Exercises to Help Relieve Neck, Shoulder Pain

SEATTLE, Jan. 17, 2013 - KING 5 Television (NBC) News Anchor Jean Enersen recently interviewed Erik Brand, M.D., M.Sc. - a sports medicine physician with Swedish Spine, Sports & Musculoskeletal Specialists - about exercises to help relieve neck and shoulder pain, which is a common condition often associated with poor posture while sitting at a desk for long periods.

 

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