Preventing & Managing Ankle Sprains

Posted by Dr. Emily Kraus on Apr 8, 2017 8:05:00 AM

Soccer is currently the most popular sport played worldwide and it also, not surprisingly, happens to have the highest injury rate among high school sports, with ankle sprains occurring most frequently. Ankle sprains are a common injury in the sports world, comprising approximately 25% of all sports-related injuries.1 A prior ankle sprain is one of the greatest risk factors for a future sprain, so both prevention and optimal management of acute (new) sprains is essential. This article will briefly review the anatomy and mechanism of an ankle sprain, management options, and finally prevention strategies.

 

Stats on Ankle Sprains
20% of all injuries in youth soccer players16
25% of all injuries across all sports

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Topics: Sport Science, Soccer

Sport Psychology Case Studies: Coaching High Performing Teams

Posted by Brian Alexander on Mar 21, 2017 6:45:00 AM

This month’s edition of Sport Psychology focuses on how to coach a team that has made it to the Performance Stage. This is the stage in which the team has come together around a set of goals and norms, allowing them to play as one unit rather than a group of individuals.

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Topics: Sport Science

Volleyball Psychology: 5 Mental Steps to Tournament Success

Posted by Ami Strutin Belinoff, M.A on Mar 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM

It’s getting close to that time of the season when teams have put in the hours building their strength and conditioning, perfecting skills sets, and running offensive and defensive schemes. The goal is to translate all that practice into tournament-winning volleyball that is not compromised by nerves or mental errors. We will break down some simple but effective mental skills-training principles to incorporate into your team’s practice as we approach some big tournaments.

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Topics: Sport Science, Volleyball

Sport Psych: Performing to Achieve Team Success

Posted by Brian Alexander on Feb 15, 2017 8:05:00 AM

This month’s edition of Sport Psychology rounds out the final stage in the Tuckman (1965) model of team development, the Performance Stage. This is the stage in which the team has come together around a set of goals and norms, allowing them to play as one unit rather than a group of individuals.

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Topics: Sport Science

Vitamin D: A Key Player in Bone Health, Sports Performance, & Recovery

Posted by Dr. Emily Kraus on Feb 13, 2017 9:44:02 AM

 

With the high amounts of snow and rain this winter, it’s been especially challenging to get outdoors, raising an important question: are you getting enough Vitamin D? Studies have found that 56% of athletes have inadequate Vitamin D levels.1 Vitamin D, commonly referred to as the “Sunshine Vitamin” is not only essential for normal body function, but new research on athletes demonstrates an important role in sports performance and injury prevention. This article will focus on how athletes acquire and metabolize Vitamin D, its effects on performance parameters, bone health and immunity, and the controversy of optimal levels and supplementation. 

 

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Topics: Nutrition, Sport Science, Recovery

Coaching Case Studies: Establishing Norms For Your Team

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Jan 10, 2017 1:34:54 PM

This month’s edition of Sport Psychology addresses two potential team issues that coaches can face when teams are just coming together and establishing baseline norms. Here are two case studies that can help guide coaches in how to address these situations.

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Topics: Sport Science

Norming Behavior Creates Team Harmony

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Dec 21, 2016 8:21:25 AM

This month’s edition of Sport Psychology addresses how coaches can unify a team around a specific set of goals and norms, both formal and informal. This is the third article in a four part series.

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Topics: Sport Science

Serve Up a Winning Season through ACL Injury Prevention

Posted by Dr. Emily Kraus on Dec 20, 2016 5:17:27 PM

Whether you’re an athlete, coach, athletic trainer, or just an avid sports fan, you likely know someone with an injury to her or his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or you may have been in the unfortunate situation to experience the injury firsthand. ACL injuries are a common sports-related injury with an annual incidence of 120,000, occurring primarily during the high school and college years.1 Even more shocking is that this rate is increasing, especially in females. This article will focus on ACL injuries in the female athlete (although many recommendations can be applied to both sexes), with discussion on the science behind the injury, the debate on management options, and prevention strategies.

 

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Topics: Sport Science, Volleyball

Dealing with Challenges to Team Cohesion - Case Studies

Posted by BridgeAthletic on Nov 28, 2016 11:25:11 AM

This month’s edition of Sport Psychology addresses two challenging situations that coaches can face with their players who may not have team success as their top priority. Here are two case studies that can help guide coaches in how to address these situations.

 

As a coach, knowing how to take the right steps to help your team resolve and grow through difficult situations can be the biggest challenge you face. The following examples will demonstrate how to face some hypothetical scenarios where team cohesion was in jeopardy and suggest some steps to help unite your athletes.

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Topics: Sport Science