Athletic Training Corner

Welcome to the Athletic Training Corner. Here you will find information on pertinent topics related to athletic injuries and/or performance. This information is updated monthly by Thompson Health's athletic training staff.

Each month’s topic will be relevant to the types of sports going on at the time.


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“True” Cramps

  • Involve part or all of a single muscle or group of muscles.
  • Usually caused by hyper excitability of the nerves that stimulate muscles.
  • Most common types of muscle cramps.
  • Associated with the vigorous use of muscles and muscle fatigue

Concussion Management

Staying Ahead of the Game

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New York State has recently passed new legislation regarding the management of concussions in the school setting. It is called the Concussion management and Awareness Act and it went into effect on July 1, 2012.

Preventing Common Muscle Strains

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An athlete can sustain a quadriceps or hamstrings strain during any activity which involves rapid acceleration or deceleration, such as baseball, softball, lacrosse and track. Often, these injuries are caused because the athlete doesn’t warm up properly, and attempts to sprint while the muscles are tight. Especially in our region, where it is often cold during practices and games, it is very important to properly warm up and stretch the muscles.

UCL Sprains in the Overhead Athlete

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Did you know? 60% of children and adolescents between 11 and 18 experience elbow injuries during or after pitching in organized baseball or softball games.

What is the UCL? The Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) of the elbow is the primary elbow stabilizer and is critical for valgus stability. The UCL plays an important role in most throwing sports, including baseball and javelin, as well as racquet sports and ice hockey.

Shoulder Impingement in Swimmers

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Butterfly StrokeWhat is “swimmer's shoulder”? The term describes shoulder pain in the competitive swimmer. It is an inflammatory condition caused by the impingement (rubbing or squeezing) of soft tissue against the coracoacromial arch.

Skier's Thumb

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Skier's thumb: an injury of the ligament that connects the bones of your thumb together.

This injury was originally noted in 1955 as a chronic ligament problem seen in Scottish gamekeepers who damaged their thumbs by repeatedly twisting the necks of hares. The injury was termed “the gamekeeper's thumb.”



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Acute sprains are the most common musculoskeletal injury in athletes, accounting for an estimated 2 million injuries per year and 20 percent of all sports injuries in the United States.

Proper Tackling: See What You Hit!

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Catastrophic cervical spine injuries resulting in quadriplegia (paralysis of all four extremities) are among the most devastating injuries in sports. Axial loading [HA1] is the primary mechanism for catastrophic cervical spine injuries.


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Important Guidelines for Coaches

  • Make it your policy that water be available during practices. Make sure to take frequent water breaks, especially on days that are hot and humid.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of dehydration: