Shin Splints in Sports

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Dr. Les Dutko, Ed.D, LAT, ATC

WHAT ARE SHIN SPLINTS?

Shin splints are most often referred to any lower leg pain mostly involving the bones tibia or fibula and the soft tissue of the lower leg.  However, this is very misleading since this pain may be the result of other more serious injuries.  Shin splints can be classified into two areas that pain occurs; to the front of the lower leg along the shin bone, the tibia called anterior shin splints.  Conversely, pain that occurs on the back inside of the lower leg is labeled posterior medial shin splints.

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Phelps to enter six-week program after second DUI

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Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps is entering a six-week, in-patient treatment program following his arrest last Tuesday on a drunken driving charge for the second time. In a statement posted Sunday to his social media accounts and sent via email from Octagon, his management agency, Phelps said: “The past few days have been extremely difficult. I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself. Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.”

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The NFL will test for human growth hormone

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The National Football League will begin testing for human growth hormone on Monday, according to an announcement on the NFL homepage, preceded by a letter, Eric Winston, the NFLPA players union president, wrote to the players. Outlining the agreement on the new drug policy the NFL and the NFLPA announced on September 19, Wilson said: “It is important that you are aware of and understand the important gains that were achieved for players in the new policies and how they affect you. For the first time in the history of the NFL, our new collectively bargained policies usher in a neutral arbitration process for appeals of positive drug tests. Until these policies were negotiated, the Commissioner or his designee (an NFL employee) had jurisdiction over all appeals. Your Executive Committee and Player Representatives fought extremely hard to achieve these gains to ensure your fair due process rights.”

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Stress Fractures in Sports

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By Dr. Les Dutko, Ed.D, LAT, ATC

WHAT IS A STRESS FRACTURE?

As we exercise and through everyday living activity a certain amount of bone tissue is broken down according to the intensity and duration of the activity that we participate in.  Conversely, our body balances the bone tissue with new bone tissue which was lost.  Thus, the bone tissue stays in equilibrium as we stay healthy.  However, as we increase our activity level beyond what our system can remodel or lay down new bone tissue, as result micro cracks, called “stress fractures” can occur in the bone.

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Overuse Sports Injuries

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By Dr. Les Dutko, Ed.D, LAT, ATC

What Is An Overuse Injury?
There are two basic types of injuries, acute and overuse! Acute injuries happen all at once during a single event on the other end of the spectrum overuse injuries occur over time where there are many repetitions of the same movement or skill, resulting in micro-trauma to the tendons, bones, and joints. To mention a few of the more common overuse injuries would be tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), runner’s knee and jumper’s knee (infrapatellar tendinitis), Achilles tendinitis and shin splints. Overuse injuries are the most common and the hardest to evaluate and treat. In sports, overuse injuries are the most prevalent and the most challenging to evaluate and treat.

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