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Ed B. Kravitz, MS, ATC, LAT

Sports Concussions

    • Technological Advancements in Concussion Prevention

Improvements in such equipment as helmets and new diagnostic technology help in preventing and diagnosing concussions.  Improvements in sports equipment help to prevent concussions from occurring. CNAD, or computerized neuropsychological assessment devices, helps trainers and team doctors diagnose concussions.


    • Repetitive Head Injury Syndrome and the Aging Athlete

Athletes who have sustained concussions over a long playing career may have permanent neurological impairment.  Big name boxers, football players, and other athletes retire after numerous concussions to face an uncertain future.


    • The Role of Team Physicians and Trainers in Athlete Concussion Management

New guidelines for concussion treatment and management put more responsibility on team medical personnel.  Team medical personnel have new diagnostic tools and protocols to follow.  Their responsibility for concussion management has increased.


    • Girls Get Concussions, Too

Most of the concern about concussions is aimed at male athletes, but female athletes also need to be protected from these sports-related injuries.  The number of concussions being reports by female athletes has significantly risen.  Experts have several theories as to why this increase has occurred.


    • The Short Term and Long Term Effects of Concussion.

Concussion symptoms can be more subtle and long-lasting than simply losing consciousness or experiencing head pain.  Even a mild concussion can cause a surprising array of symptoms that may linger longer than expected. Proper treatment and precautions are necessary to prevent re-injury.


Injury Prevention

    • How Do Warm-Up Exercises Really Help to Prevent Injury?

Warm-up exercises have been prescribed for years to prevent sports or exercise injuries, but which ones really work and why?  Certain warm-up routines work best for individual sports.  Athletes need to know which moves work for their activities.


    • The Right Equipment Really Does Prevent Injury

Active people sometimes underestimate the importance of the correct equipment for their physical activity.  Investing in the proper equipment for a sport or activity is essential to prevent injury.  In this case, the experts know best.


    • How to Safely Raise Your Activity Level

Inactive people need to take gradual steps to become fit without causing themselves injury.  When inactive people commit to exercise, they may injure themselves because they don’t know how to begin a fitness routine.  They will benefit from a plan that gradually increases their activity level.


    • Properly Treating Minor Sports Injuries Prevents More Serious Problems

Even such simple treatments as RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) can prevent sports and exercise injuries from becoming serious problems.   If active people treat their small injuries correctly, they may save themselves from more serious conditions.  Simple precautions can keep athletes from more painful injuries and expensive treatments.


    • Knowing When to Quit: Are You Challenging or Injuring Yourself?

No pain no gain is an outdated philosophy that may lead to injury.  Are you helping or hurting your physical condition?  Active people do not always know the difference between challenging themselves and hurting themselves.  They need to know when to stop.


Sports Nutrition

    • What Is the Best Pregame Meal for Various Sports?

In addition to good daily nutrition, the meal an athlete eats before an event is crucial to success.  Athletes need to separate fact from myth when it comes to pregame meals.  What they eat can mean the difference between winning and losing.


    • The Role of Protein Supplements in Fitness and Strength Training

Protein supplements have become commonplace, but how do they actually impact a person’s fitness?  Protein bars and other protein products are available everywhere. People buy them without knowing how they work in a healthy nutritional plan.


    • The Optimal Calorie Intake for Athletes and Active Adults

Athletes have to work to find the optimum balance between maintaining weight and building strength.  Athletes need a carefully balanced diet to build strength without gaining excess weight.  Careful planning is required to accomplish this goal.


    • A Vegan Diet and the Athlete

Adhering to a strict vegan diet while training requires careful planning; a vegan diet has many healthful elements.  Getting enough protein for training while eating vegan can be challenging.


    • How an Overweight Athlete Should Diet

When athletes become overweight, they need to follow a special diet plan.  Athletes get overweight like the rest of the population.  When they lose weight, they have to go about it differently than non-athletes, so they retain their strength.


Speed and Dynamic Warm-Up

    • Advantages of a Dynamic Warm-Up Compared to Stretches

Dynamic warm-ups are much more effective for athletic performance than static stretches.  Recent studies have shown that a dynamic warm-up program helps athletic performance.  Traditional stretches do not help athletes perform better and may actually have a negative impact.


    • A Dynamic Warm-Up for Beginners

A discussion of the best dynamic warm-up moves for a beginner.  Active people who are used to old-fashioned stretches need help in moving to a dynamic warm-up.  These moves help them begin the transition.


    • Proper Warm Up for Speed Sports

Specialized warm-ups are necessary for optimal performance in speed sports.  Warm-ups should be targeted for the specific sport.  Speed sports have their own specialized moves.


    • Why Some Athletes Cling to Static Warm-up Stretches

Though research shows that dynamic warm-ups are more effective, some athletes prefer old-fashioned stretches.   Stretches may actually impede athletic performance. Still, some athletes prefer them to a dynamic warm-up.  This article looks at why they cling to the old ways.


    • Improvements in Athletic Performance Due to the Dynamic Warm-Up

Performances in specific sports have improved since the advent of the dynamic warm-up.  Athletes are performing at higher levels than ever before.  Statistics point to the effectiveness of the dynamic warm-up.


Overuse Injuries and Growth Plate Fractures

    • Why Training in Multiple Sports Helps to Prevent Overuse Injuries

Young Athletes who train in more than one sport are less likely to have overuse injuries.  Intense training in only one sport leads to overuse injuries.  Training in multiple sports lessens the risk of these injuries.


    • New Advances in ACL Surgery

Advanced procedures exist that allow athletes to recover more easily and completely.  One of the most devastating sports injuries is damage to the ACL.  Advances have allowed athletes to return to their sport after such an injury.  The newest procedures help athletes to prevent future re-injury.


    • Overuse Injuries in Children: Osgood-Schlatter Disease and Sever’s Disease

Overuse injuries in children can result in Osgood-Schlatter Disease or Sever’s Disease, conditions that can disrupt the growth plates and possibly cause serious problems.  These overuse injuries are usually caused by sporting activities.  Parents and coaches must take precautions to prevent children from developing these conditions.


    • Overuse Injuries in Children: Little Leaguer’s Elbow and Swimmer’s Shoulder

Little Leaguer’s Elbow and Swimmer’s Shoulder are two more overuse injuries that are common among young athletes.  Parents and coaches need to closely monitor children in baseball and swimming. They are prone to these painful and possibly long-lasting ailments.


    • How to Prevent Overuse Injuries in Children

A win-at-all-costs mentality among coaches and parents is a big reason overuse injuries among children have increased.  Child athletes cannot play with the same frequency as adult athletes without risking overuse injuries. They need more rest between performances.


Coaching Millennial Athletes & Parents

    • The Defining Characteristics of the Millennial Athlete

The millennial athlete has distinct differences from athletes of previous generations.  The millennial athlete has a significantly different outlook on life and sports. Defining those differences is essential to effective coaching.


    • Coaching Strategies for the Millennial Athlete

To effectively coach millennial athletes, coaches have to embrace new approaches.  The millennial athlete differs so much from the previous generations that coaches must try different approaches.  The same old techniques do not work.


    • Coaches and the Millennial Parent: Improving Communication

Millennial parents offer special challenges to coaches, requiring special efforts at communication.  Millennial parents are known for being very involved in their children’s lives, including their sporting activities.  Coaches need strategies for working with these heavily invested parents.


    • Professional Success of the Millennial Athlete

Millennial athletes are making their mark very early in professional sports. Millennial athletes have put their mark on professional sports.  Certain traits have given them extraordinary success.


    • Goals of the Millennial Female Athlete

Female millennial athletes have more opportunities to join “male” teams, but that may not be their goal.  Female millennial athletes have some integration opportunities but is that their goal?  They may prefer to maintain and improve women’s athletics.


Mental Toughness Practice for Youth Athletes

    • What Is Mental Toughness, and How Does it Apply to Sports?

Mental toughness is a term tossed around by coaches, but it needs to be clearly defined.  Mental toughness is an over-used term, but it refers to specific, attainable behaviors.  Young athletes in particular need to understand what it is.


    • How Do Coaches Teach Mental Toughness to Youth Athletes?

Successful coaches have developed effective methods to teach mental toughness to young athletes.  Coaches have proven techniques to teach mental toughness to their young charges. This article discusses several of these techniques.


    • Training Coaches in Mental Toughness Techniques

Coaches need training in order to teach mental toughness to their young athletes.  Who trains the coaches? This article explores the resources coaches use to learn the techniques they pass along to their athletes.


    • How Mental Toughness Techniques Help Young Athletes Succeed in Life

Mental toughness training helps athletes forge a successful life.  Mental toughness does more than help athletic performance.  It also prepares young athletes for life experiences.


    • The Parent’s Role in Developing Mental Toughness in the Young Athlete

Young athletes need help from both coaches and their parents in order to develop mental toughness.  This article discusses ways parents can help their children develop mental toughness. Athletes need this instruction at home as well as on the field.


Mental Toughness Training for Elite Amateur Athletes



    • Elite Amateur Athletes Require an Advanced Degree of Mental Toughness

Coaches must push elite amateur athletes to achieve a high level of mental toughness.  The highly competitive world of elite amateur athletes requires that they achieve a higher level of psychological toughness than other athletes.  This article will look at how that higher level can be achieved.


    • Regaining Mental Toughness after an Injury

When elite athletes suffer a serious injury, regaining their mental toughness may be difficult.  How do athletes recover mentally as well as physically after a devastating injury?  They need psychological help to regain their previous competitive level.


    • After the Big Defeat: Remaining in Elite Amateur Sports

After a high level defeat, such as in the Olympics or an NCAA Championships, athletes need help in regaining their mental toughness.  When athletes train for years for a big event, the effects of losing can be devastating.  They may need help to regain their previous, successful mindset.


    • Mental Toughness Training for Teams

Psychological toughness for a team effort requires a different approach than training individuals.  Mental toughness for teams is different than that of individuals.  Coaches have to deal with team psychology and motivation.


    • Mental Toughness for Elite Amateur Coaches

What methods do the elite amateur coaches use to develop their own mental toughness as leaders?  Coaches must have mental toughness in order to teach it.  This article looks at the methods individual coaches use to develop their own mental toughness.


Heat Injuries



    • Preventing Heat Illness in Athletes

Athletes, especially young ones, need to follow certain guidelines to avoid heat illnesses.  Sports practice in extreme heat, especially for football, can cause heat stroke or heat exhaustion.  Young athletes in particular need to take precautions.  Coaches and trainers must watch for symptoms.


    • Treating Heat Illness

Athletes and active children and adults can succumb to heat exhaustion or heat stroke while exercising in hot weather.   Coaches and managers need to know how to treat these conditions. Athletes need to recognize the signs.


    • Conditioning Athletes to Avoid Heat Illnesses

Proper conditioning can keep athletes from experiencing heat-induced illnesses. Gradual conditioning and proper precautions can prevent athletes from experiencing heat stroke and other heat illnesses. These steps need to be taken well before intense practices begin.


    • Long Term Effects of Heat Illness on the Athlete

Repeated cases of heat exhaustion and heat stroke can cause long term problems for the athlete.  Once an athlete has experienced multiple instances of heat illness, changes need to be made to training to prevent even more attacks. Also, the athlete may suffer long term consequences from these illnesses.


    • Heat Stroke in Athletes: Who is Responsible?

Teams and their coaches have a moral and legal responsibility to keep athletes from experiencing heat-induced illnesses.  Athletes must take precautions to avoid heat illness, but coaches and team management have a responsibility to prevent these conditions as well.  Legal and moral issues are involved.


Asthma and Diabetes



    • Exercise-Induced Asthma: Symptoms and Treatment

Otherwise healthy people sometimes develop asthma symptoms during vigorous exercise.  Exercise-Induced Asthma can develop unexpectedly in even Olympic caliber athletes.  These individuals need to recognize the symptoms and seek treatment.


    • Strategies for Athletes Dealing with Chronic Asthma

Athletes with chronic asthma need a physician-supervised treatment plan.  Chronic asthma requires athletes to follow a management plan for their condition.  A doctor’s supervision is essential.


    • Injury Avoidance and Treatment for the Diabetic Athlete

Diabetic athletes need to be especially cautious about avoiding injury and seeking treatment.  Diabetic athletes can be extremely successful.  They do need to practice injury prevention and seek prompt treatment for all injuries.


    • Insulin Treatment and Exercise

Athletes and active adults on an insulin regimen need careful monitoring for proper glucose management.  Type 1 diabetes sufferers need to understand the effect their exercise regimen has on their glucose levels. Physician and self-management is required.


    • A Diabetic Fitness Plan

Diabetes sufferers need a safe and effective exercise plan.  Diabetics need to exercise regularly.  A specialized plan will help them stay healthy and injury free.


Hip Injuries



    • Treatment of Groin Pulls and Muscle Strains

Groin pulls and muscle strains are common athletic injuries that need immediate treatment to prevent worse injury.  Though these injuries are common, they cannot be ignored.  They require prompt attention and treatment.


    • Exercises to Avoid Hip Injury

Since hip injuries are so common among physically active adults, they should use strengthening exercises to prevent them.  All hip injuries cannot be avoided. However, a hip-strengthening exercise regimen can minimize the risk of such an injury.


    • Hip Pointers and the Athlete

Football players most often suffer from this painful injury and need to treat it properly to avoid chronic problems.  Hip pointers can take down even the biggest player.  They are very painful and require attention and healing time before the athlete can return to the field.


    • Returning to Sports after Hip Replacement Surgery

Athletes and active adults can resume sports activity after hip replacement surgery if they follow certain guidelines.  Hip replacement surgery does not mean patients can no longer play sports, but they may be limited in what they can do.


    • Causes of Hip and Pelvic Pain in Runners

Runners are subject to hip and pelvic pain stemming from a number of causes. Hip and pelvic pain are common among runners.  They need to understand the physiology of this pain and how to treat it.

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