Source: National Athletic Trainers' Association DALLAS, June 27, 2013 - During its 64th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia in Las Vegas today, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) pre-released a position statement on the "Conservative Management and Prevention of Ankle Sprains in Athletes." The statement, created by the NATA Research & Education Foundation, will appear in the July issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, NATA's scientific publication. Ankle sprains remain one of the most common joint injuries that affect athletes of all ages and in all sporting events. An estimated 28,000 ankle injuries occur in the United States each day, translating into an enormous impact on the health care industry and resulting in millions of dollars spent on treatment, according to the statement. In sports, ankle injuries are the most common with some estimates attributing more than 45 percent of all athletic injuries to ankle sprains. "Most ankle sprains result from damage due to an acute twisting of the foot or are caused from landing from jumps, stepping on another athlete's foot, trauma at heel strike during running or stressing the foot while in a fixed position," according to lead author Thomas W. Kaminski, PhD, ATC, University of Delaware, Athletic Training Education Program. "The guidelines we've recommended provide sports medicine professionals, coaches, parents and others with appropriate steps to provide the best possible care." Sports with the highest incidence of ankle injuries are field hockey, followed by volleyball, football, basketball, cheerleading, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, rugby, track and field, gymnastics and softball. The new position statement offers very specific guidelines on ankle sprain prevention and treatment. Highlights include: Diagnosis:Ascertain the patient's history, including the cause of injury and past injuries. This can provide important insights, though severity of injury may be difficult to determine.Assess active, passive and resistant range of motion (ROM) about the ankle. This can provide insight into injury to ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves.Administer special testing to assess injury to the lateral ankle ligaments performed soon after injury and before joint swelling. This may have better diagnostic accuracy than tests performed after swelling has occurred.Use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a reliable technique to detect acute tears of the ligament after injury. Compared with MRIs, diagnostic ultrasound is useful in detecting acute ankle injury. Treatment and Rehabilitation:· Cryotherapy (cold therapy) should be applied to acute ankle sprains to reduce pain, minimize swelling formation and decrease secondary injury. Compression should be applied and the limb should be elevated.· Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, administered orally or topically, reduce pain and swelling and improve short-term function after ankle sprains.· Functional rehabilitation, ankle stabilization with progressive weight bearing and exercise, is more effective than immobilization in managing grade I (mild) and II (moderate) ankle sprains. Grade III (severe) sprains should be immobilized for at least 10 days with a brace or below the knee cast and controlled therapeutic exercise.· Rehabilitation should include comprehensive range of motion, flexibility and strength training, and balance training. Return-to-Play Considerations:· The patient's perception of function should be included in all return-to-play (RTP decision making.· Functional performance testing should be a component of the RTP decision making. Several tests may be used to help determine the patient's ability to RTP.· Before the patient returns to sport-specific tasks, the injured limb's functional performance should measure at least 80 percent of the uninjured limb.· Athletes with a history of previous ankle sprains should wear prophylactic ankle supports in the form of taping or bracing for all practices and games. Prevention:· Clinicians working with athletes should implement a multi-intervention injury prevention program, lasting at least three months that focuses on balance and neuromuscular control to reduce the risk of injury.· Addressing the strength of the leg muscles, hip extensors and abductors may be an ankle injury-prevention strategy.· Clinicians should consider assessing dorsiflexion (upward movement of the foot at the ankle joint) ROM in at-risk athletes. If the ROM is limited, clinicians should incorporate techniques to enhance motion for possible prevention of ankle injury. Special considerations:· Syndesmotic or high ankle sprains are characterized by symptoms including prolonged pain, bone spurs and functional disability. Evaluation should include testing, functional evaluation and radiography, with MRI if indicated.· High ankle sprains should be treated more conservatively than lateral sprains. Acute management includes immobilization for a period of time to allow healing and functional return.· Surgery should be considered for high ankle sprains that demonstrate more joint incongruity and instability.· Clinicians should be aware of any characteristics that define chronic ankle instability. Strategies that focus on balance, strength and dynamic movements with changes in direction may be effective in reducing risk of recurrence. "Individuals who suffer ankle sprains typically have high occurrence rates, prolonged symptoms, diminished quality of life, reduced physical activity levels and a propensity to develop chronic ankle instability and an increased risk for ankle osteoarthritis," adds Kaminski. "Managing these injuries can be challenging, and following the proper protocols is critical for a successful and sustained return to activity." For a copy of the complete statement, visit http://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/ankle-sprains.pdf. About National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) - Health Care for Life & SportAthletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational activity, and provide immediate care for acute injuries. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 35,000 members of the athletic training profession. Visit www.nata.org for more information.
Source: Watkins Manufacturing Corporation
VISTA, Calif., February 27, 2015 – Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of hot tubs, has acquired Endless Pools®, Inc. through its parent company, Masco Corporation. The acquisition allows Watkins to expand its line of personal well-being products into the aquatic fitness category, opening new channels of distribution and access to a new customer base.read more
Source: Octane Fitness, LLC
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – Feb. 26, 2015 – Committed to delivering the best performance training products and programs for exercise and athletics, Octane Fitness, LLC and Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) have partnered as a silver level sponsor of Team USA Minnesota. Founded in 2001, Team USA Minnesota is dedicated to training post-collegiate distance runners to compete at elite levels, including Olympic participation, from distances of 800/1500 meters to the marathon.read more
BROOKINGS, S.D. – Feb. 26, 2015 – Iowa Cubs fans will have an enhanced game-day experience this year as Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, has been selected to design, manufacture and install a new LED video display for Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa.read more
New York, NY – February 24, 2015 - Technogym (www.technogym.com), a world leading company supplying fitness and wellness products, services and solutions, is a contributing sponsor of the Lake Nona Impact Forum in Orlando, FL from February 25 to 27, 2015. The Lake Nona Impact Forum is hosted in Lake Nona, a 7,000-acre integrated community, which is home to one of the fastest-growing life sciences clusters in the nation and serves as a model for the design of a comprehensive, healthy community. Attracting notable speakers and luminaries such as Arianna Huffington, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the Lake Nona Impact Forum convenes over 200 thought leaders from business, academia, government and industry sectors who are driving creative, innovative health and wellness solutions, that move the needle on health care expenditures nationally and globally.read more
Source: Ephesus Lighting
SYRACUSE, NY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015 - Ephesus Lighting, the leader in high-output LED lighting in sports and entertainment venues, announced today that its newest product innovation, the Ephesus Arena Pro-Court, offers multi-purpose basketball venues a single lighting system capable of meeting the stringent and diverse lighting requirements of professional and major college basketball.read more
Source: Dollamur Sport Surfaces
(FORT WORTH, Tex.) – Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur) – the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of high-performance sports surfaces for mixed martial arts (MMA), martial arts, CrossFit, wrestling, gymnastics, cheerleading and yoga – is providing mats to over 130 UFC Gyms nationwide.read more
NEWARK, NJ (FEBRUARY 19, 2015) – Panasonic has acquired TS Sports, a Dallas, TX-based, privately-held electronic video board systems integrator specializing in state-of-the-art light-emitting diode (LED) display technology solutions. With the acquisition, Panasonic will benefit from TS Sports’ industry expertise while integrating the company’s in-house LED video display fabrication facilities and network of regionally-based technicians into the audio-visual business operations of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company.
Source: Magnatag Visible Systems
Syracuse, N.Y.| One of Magnatag Visible Systems' ® custom whiteboards can be seen weekly on “Orange Squeeze” a 30-minute Syracuse basketball recap show on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.read more