Users of functional knee braces and neoprene sleeves have similar recoveries from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, according to research presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in Alberta, Canada.
"For patients returning to sport after ACL reconstruction, a functional knee brace, which is sturdy, elaborate and expensive, does not provide advantages over a soft neoprene elastic sleeve," says principal investigator Trevor Birmingham, Ph.D., P.T., of the University of Western Ontario and the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic in London, Ontario.
A special 20-minute warm-up performed two to three times a week during preseason can cut soccer players' groin injuries by nearly one third, according to researchers at the Center for Athletic Hip and Groin Disorders in Santa Monica, Calif. Groin injuries, which range from minor strains to hernias requiring surgery, account for five percent of all sports injuries.
Q: I'm a physical therapist and have gotten conflicting information about beginning plyometric exercises following injuries. Do you have any suggestions regarding a safe start-up of plyometrics? — Ken, Dayton, OH
Q: I am a basketball player, 5'11" and 175 lbs. My goal is reach 190 lbs without losing my quickness. I do interval training. Is that right? What suggestions do you have to build my foundation again for basketball competition?
Q: After a workout, like everyone else in the world, I usually take a shower. Should I take a warm shower or a cold one?
Q: I have a minor calf muscle pull, and a tender IT band. Will the foam roll help me recover, or should I wait until I heal?
Q: I recently hurt my ankle playing pickup basketball. What are some exercises that I can do to strengthen it?
Q: I'm following your basketball in-season workout plan, and I'm playing full-court ball three times a week. I'm 25 years old, 6'3" and 194 pounds with 16 percent body fat. How can I bulk up without packing on the fat? — Brian, Birmingham, AL
Q: I was wondering how the foam roller ties in with delayed onset muscle soreness. Is it still beneficial to use the foam roller where it's sore one to two days after a tough workout?
Q: I am trying to lose weight (while increasing performance) for handball. I weight 270 lbs., and I'm 5'9". Ideally, I'd like to drop down to 205 lbs. — Caesar, Jacksonville, FL
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