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Functional Ankle Instability Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors in Male Football Players

Reported incidence rates for ankle sprains range from 15% to 45%. This study looked at self-reported ankle instability in regional European football players and found that age and injury repetition as well as exposure time and position on the field were associated with instability rates, suggesting the need for specific prevention strategies.

By A. Cruz, R. Oliveira, A.G. Silva


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COVID-19, Athletic Trainers, and Social Determinants of Health

By David Gallegos, MA, ATC, Cert. MDT

COVID-19 has created a unique situation where demand for traditional athletic training services for those in athletic endeavors has decreased.  At the same time, the need for best practices in interprofessional collaboration, upstream primary care triage, and return to activity guidance amidst a healthcare crisis are in high demand.  Innovation and redefining of historical practices are creating new opportunities for the athletic trainer to play a significant role in healthcare and public health initiatives.

On the national level, unified efforts of the healthcare system are driving change to protect the resources of our hospitals in preparation for our most in need and to support new policy in triage and primary care to assist in preventing unnecessary urgent care and emergency room encounters.

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How Right Now: Tools to Help with Coping

How Right Now is an initiative to address people’s feelings of grief, loss, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, it aims to increase people’s ability to adapt and be resilient during this time. The How Right Now initiative is funded by the CDC Foundation. How Right Now has four primary audiences, which include: adults over 65 and their caregivers; people with pre-existing physical and…

Expanded Telehealth Increases Cybersecurity Risks

While our understanding of why COVID-19 affects different individuals so dramatically remains vexing, clinicians at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, put together an observational study to determine whether early treatment with glucocorticoids is associated with reduced mortality or the need for…

C-Reactive Protein Test May Aid in Treatment Decisions

While our understanding of why COVID-19 affects different individuals so dramatically remains vexing, clinicians at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, put together an observational study to determine whether early treatment with glucocorticoids is associated with reduced mortality or the need for…

Getting Off 1 Bus Stop Earlier = 50+ Days in Life Expectancy

In early 2019, Dublin’s Department of Health wanted to encourage public transport riders to improve their activity levels by alighting 1 stop earlier and walking to their destination. To gain the public’s attention, they decided to relate the additional steps to the potential increase in life-expectancy (calculated at a population level).

Compression Stockings Effective in Diabetes & PAD; Aid Sport Activity Performance

Two new studies show the effectiveness of compression stockings (CS) in the settings of diabetes and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) as well as in sport performance. The first, from Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg in Germany and published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, looked at…

Not Just for Kids! Virtual Reality Training Improves Balance in Older Adults

Falls are common among adults over age 65 with 30% reporting at least 1 fall in 2014 in the United States. Falls can cause life-threatening injuries leading to emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and even death. The good news is that exercise-based falls prevention programs have been proven…

Predicting Return-to-Play After Calf Muscle Strain Injury

In a study of 149 calf muscle strain injuries (CMSI) among 123 Australian Football League players, researchers from the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Center sought to determine whether clinical and radiological factors can be predictive of both return to play and/or re-injury.

Skateboarding Survey: 70% Suffer Lower Extremity Injuries

In a web-based survey of 197 Spanish skateboarders (mean age 24.4 years; 89.3% male) researchers from the University A Coruña in Spain sought to better understand the practice habits and injuries of skateboarders.

Cooling Insoles Offer New Approach to Diabetic Foot Ulcer Prevention

Adults who suffer from pain due to diabetic peripheral neuropathy of the feet now have another treatment option: QUTENZA (capsaicin) 8% patch has received extended-label approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA originally approved the pain management patch in 2009 for…

Orphengesic Forte, New Opioid-free Pain Med, Approved for Musculoskeletal Pain

Galt Pharmaceuticals, Atlanta, GA, announced that the US Food & Drug Administration has issued a new drug approval for Orphengesic Forte, a non-opioid, non-controlled, non-addictive prescription pain medication. Orphengesic Forte is indicated for the relief of mild to moderate pain of acute musculoskeletal disorders, paired with rest, physical therapy, and other measures.

Abbott’s Personalized Chronic Pain Therapy App Approved by FDA

Abbott, Abbott Park, IL, has received approval to use its iOS-compatible St. Jude Medical Patient Controller Application, which is available for download from the Apple store. This app is for people living with chronic pain and neurologic disorders who are treated by Abbott neuromodulation devices including…

DorsiFLEX: Physical Therapy Device for the Treatment and Prevention of Plantar Fasciitis, and More

Jim Cooper, a world-class runner during the 1980s and early 1990s, developed bilateral plantar fasciitis late in his running career. He sought help from a physical therapist, he says, and was given stretching exercises to do—wall leans, heel drops, and pulling on his toes with a towel—none of which seemed to help.


Industry News & Updates

Honda Walking Assist Device Studied in Hemiplegic Stroke Patients, Children with CP

The Honda Walking Assist Device (HWAD) powered exoskeleton consists of a lumbar frame with motors on both sides to transfer force to the legs via thigh frames. This training device supports walking, based on the inverted pendulum model. Honda has been conducting research on the device since 1999.


A multidisciplinary team of researchers and industry partners have collaborated on the development of a sensor-equipped prototype smart knee bandage that uses self-learning algorithms to estimate strain. Dubbed “Anthrokinemat,” this smart bandage was designed to support arthrosis patients in determining the right amount of daily exercise.


SQAIRZ, Windham, NH, a company whose new line of golf shoes was engineered around a patented square toe and other performance innovations, announced it has entered into a long-term partnership with legendary golfer Sir Nick Faldo.


The 2019 Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries is now available for purchase. Developed and published by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel, and the…


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has authorized Medicare contractors (eg, DME MACs, RACS, SMRCs, etc.) to once again perform pre-payment and post-payment audits as part of their medical review responsibilities.


Cycling CME  will run a 7-day continuing medical education road bike trip June 5-12, 2021, through Italy’s Tuscany region mixing CME, cycling, food, and culture. The base will be at Villa Nonno Fernando, a 19th century stone farmhouse.


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