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Scientific Evidence for Pilates in Rehabilitation

If you haven't heard about Pilates, you're not alone. But for the millions of people who have discovered and now use of this specialized exercise for core stabilization, you will find the results of this study of interest. And if you are looking for some help with exercise, fitness, or rehabilitation from an injury, Pilates may be something to consider.Pilates is actually the name of the German born man (Joseph Pilates) who first developed this technique back in the mid-1900s. It was almost a lo...

What's Up With this New Plasma Treatment for Sports Injuries?

Haven't heard of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat sports injuries? Listen up! You're not alone. Patients calling their doctors asking about this treatment for tennis elbow or other muscle or tendon injuries may be surprised when their physician has never heard of it. That's because it is relatively new, and it hasn't been tested fully to prove its effectiveness. So, there aren't many studies being published just yet. Most of the studies presented so far have been with animals or small numbers...

Protecting High School Students From Recurrent Injury

As parents, we have all watched our children who participate in sports with a bit of fear and worry about injuries. And for parents of athletes who have already injured themselves, there's always a niggling concern that it might happen again. Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Ohio State University have made this area of interest a top priority.They took data collected on high school sports injuries for a three-year period of time (2005-2008) and analyzed it looking ...

Nutrition News from ACSM

For cutting-edge sports nutrition information, the 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine was the place to be! More than 5,000 exercise scientists, sports dietitians, physicians and coaches gathered in Indianapolis in late May to share their latest research. Below are some of the sports nutrition highlights. (For other highlights, see

Preparing for and Playing in the Heat

When athletes train during the warm summer months, it is important for them to be prepared for the environment in which they will be training and playing.

Sport-Related Concussions

Sport-related concussions continue to be a serious public health concern, as approximately 1.6 to 3 million concussions occur annually in the United States. Recent studies have shown increases in the prevalence and incidence of concussion in both high school and college athletes. Approximately 8.9 percent of all high school athletic injuries are concussions, while incidence rates for college athletes range from 5 to 7.9 percent. This article will provide a general overview of the signs, symptoms...

Should Children be 14 Before ACL Surgery?

When to do surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear varies from patient to patient (of any age) and even from surgeon to surgeon. Surgeons often delay surgery of this type in children until the growth plates have sealed up and the bone is fully mature.

Does Physical Activity Prevent Low Back Pain?

What do we know about physical activity and low back pain? Is it a risk factor? Or a preventive aid? The authors of this study from The Netherlands suggest that too little or too much activity might be a risk factor for low back pain.

Mind/Body Exercise: What is it?

Mind/body exercise is thriving in the fitness industry. More than 18 million Americans practice yoga and/or Tai Chi, while some 10.5 million Americans perform Pilates. Why has this format of exercise boomed? Some speculate that ever-rising stress levels from work, family and other obligations have fueled the need for a calming activity that also provides health and fitness benefits. So what is mind/body exercise? People define this practice in many ways. For some individuals, creating a kinesthe...