Helmetless-tackling drills reduce head impact, research shows

Helmetless-tackling drills for football players were effective in reducing head impacts by 28% in one season, according to research conducted at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

The study, conducted by Erik Swartz, PhD, ATC, professor and chairman of the department of kinesiology at UNH, was released early online […]

By |January 1st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Saline water better than soap and water for cleaning wounds, study finds

Saline water is more effective than soap and water for cleaning open fractures, according to a recent study.

Many scientific advances have been made in the delivery of care and infection prevention for open fractures, but the standard practice of wound cleaning with soap and water before surgery has remained […]

By |December 29th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Small study: Childhood concussions can impair brain function 2 years later

Pre-adolescent children who have suffered sports-related concussions have impaired brain function two years after injury, according to a small study.

Investigators with the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign published the results Nov. 26 on the website of the International Journal of Psychophysiology.

According to the CDC, in 2009 nearly 250,000 children […]

By |December 28th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

PT to share treatment method for migraines in upcoming book

By Robin Farmer

Migraines can be treated without medication or diet changes, according to Sheldon Low, MSPT, an Orinda, Calif.-based physical therapist whose novel approach involves working on scalp scar tissue.

The head bumps and lumps caused by childhood falls or injury form scar tissue that grows tighter over time, according […]

By |December 25th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |1 Comment

The glittered red ribbon

In September, I wrote a column titled, “A second bite at the apple,” which discussed whether PTs should accept gifts from patients or a patient’s family members. Reactions from readers were mixed. Some agreed PTs should not accept gifts because the practice could be perceived as causing a favorable […]

By |December 22nd, 2015|Categories: From the Editor|Tags: |0 Comments

Low levels of vitamin D might boost stress fracture risk in active people

For active people who enjoy participating in higher impact activities, low levels of vitamin D could increase their risk of suffering stress fractures, research suggests.

Investigators published the findings on the website of The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery.

Vitamin D, which is obtained through diet and through the skin […]

By |December 21st, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

PT for carpal tunnel syndrome pain often as effective as surgery, trial finds

Compared with surgery, manual physical therapy was similarly effective in improving pain and function for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a randomized clinical trial.

Findings were published in the November issue of The Journal of Pain, which is the peer-review publication of the American Pain Society.

A multicenter team […]

By |December 18th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

NIH funds development of robots to improve health, quality of life

As part of the National Robotics Initiative, the National Institutes of Health will fund the development of three innovative co-robots — robots that work cooperatively with people, according to a Dec. 2 news release.

Two of the robots are designed to improve health and quality of life for people with […]

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Evidence suggests playing amateur contact sports increases risk of CTE

A significant and surprising amount of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, caused by repetitive brain trauma, has been found in males who had participated in amateur contact sports in their youth, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic Florida campus in Jacksonville.

This follows recent findings showing professional football players are susceptible […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Review: Up to 91% of PTs suffer work-related musculoskeletal disorders

Even though they are educated on injury prevention and body mechanics, as many as 91% of PTs will experience a work-related musculoskeletal disorder during their careers, according to a systematic review.

PTs perform many physically demanding tasks similar to those associated with WMSD in other healthcare workers such as RNs […]

By |December 11th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments