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Cervical Fractures Jump 35% in Five Years! Why?

New study data has found that between 2000 and 2015 the incidence of cervical fractures has jumped 35%. Why? The answer is a 300% increase in cycling related injuries. This study was recently presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. An increase in cycling has caused a major jump in cervical fractures.

Diving Injuries: The Obscure Corner of Sports Medicine

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Competitive diving starts in February and ends in July. In the 2012 Olympics, 8.1% of divers sustained a musculoskeletal injury. It is surprising that there still hasn’t been enough research to understand the risk of diving injuries. Here’s what key journals and the International Federation of Swimming are doing to shine a light on this obscure corner of sports medicine.

Hamstring Injury: MRI Not Effective at Determining Return to Play

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Hamstring re-injury is a major concern for athletes, amateur and professional sports organizations, but until now there hasn’t been a consensus on injury management. While imaging findings are often used to determine an athlete’s readiness to return to play, a new expert consensus points to more focus on performance tests instead.


Orthopedists Speak Out About Softball Pitching Limits

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The overall focus of overuse injury prevention for pitchers has been on baseball, not softball players. Traditionally this is because the throwing mechanism in softball is thought to be different. Some orthopedic doctors, however, are now speaking out about the need for pitch counts and mandatory rest days for softball pitchers to prevent more overuse injuries.