January 2021

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Cover Story

Skiing-Related Injuries: Who, What, How, When, And a Bit of Prevention 

More popular than ever, skiing remains a complex sport with a high risk of injury. Here we detail some of the pertinent data. Skiing, a sport that has been around since Cro-Magnon man, is among the most popular winter sports in the United States. There were nearly 15 million skiers in the US in 2017 alone.

By Janice T. Radak

Publisher’s Memo

Publishers Memo: Carpe Diem! Let’s Seize the Heck Out of 2021!

Now that 2020 is finally over…we can reflect on all that we have learned: Who and what is important, how to work on our business and not in it, how to slow down, look for opportunities, stay positive, be kind to others always, stay focused, and keep our eyes and ears open.

By Rich Dubin, Publisher

Patient Guidance

Patient Guidance: One Thing You Can Do to Ski Better

Many would argue that the key to great skiing is understanding how to properly apply pressure to the edge of your skis. Since your feet are connected to those skis, this task falls to them. Ski boots have the critical job of communicating your thoughts to your skis, keeping your feet warm and comfortable, and helping you perform better on the slopes.

By Mark Paigen

COVID Update

Artificial Intelligence and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted healthcare around the world. The need for solutions today—for better predictive models, better diagnostics, more and better treatments—is driving the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) as a necessary…

Melatonin to Treat COVID-19?

According to an AI platform developed by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, the hormone that helps regulate sleep—melatonin—may be a novel treatment for COVID-19.

“Smelling” COVID-19

A simple test—akin to the well-known breathalyser to detect blood alcohol—may be able to “smell” COVID-19 according to Indonesian researchers. Using AI in the form of an electronic nose, the GeNose C-19 device is able to identify elements that are unique to COVID-19.

Featured Articles

Sleep Series Part I: Basics of Sleep and Its Role with Injury

Sleep – that magical state where our bodies recuperate, our minds rejuvenate, and we are free of the everyday stresses of the world – is a necessary physiological process that all humans require. This article is the first of a series that will explore the need for sleep and its many restorative benefits.

By Jeremy R. Hawkins, PhD, LAT, ATC; Michael Reeder, DO; and Alli Powell, DAT, LAT, ATC

Wound Care Update: A Case of a Misdiagnosed Neoplastic Wound of The Foot

Neoplasm should be high on the differential diagnosis list when evaluating patients with chronic, non-healing wounds. Over the past 40 years, skin cancer incidence has been on the rise, growing on average 4-8% annually.1 Due to this increasing commonality of skin cancers, wound care providers are likely to frequently encounter these malignancies over the course of their clinical practice.

By Windy Cole, DPM, CWSP

Patient Guidance: Stay Active to Reduce the Risk of Falling: 5 Exercises to Keep You Fit

As people age, the risk of falling increases and so does the fear of having a fall-related accident. Indeed, some estimate that more than one-third of adults over age 65 fall every year. Part of that fear prevents many from engaging in physical activities. Rather than avoiding an active lifestyle, there are strategic, smart ways to stay active while decreasing the chance of falling.

By Detric Smith

From the Literature

Snowblower Injuries From 2003 – 2018

Power snow blowers allow for easier, quicker snow removal at homes and businesses. However, they are potentially dangerous and can result in significant injury. Most studies of snowblower injuries discuss those sustained when placing the hand into the chute, resulting in…

Corrective Insoles Improve Leg Muscle Activation

Rice farming is conducted in slippery and viscous muddy soil, which leads to a high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders and malalignments. Over half of Thailand’s farm labor force is engaged in rice farming, making these occupational challenges a public health burden.

Disparities Persist in Amputations for Critical Limb Ischemia

Critical limb ischemia (or chronic limb threatening ischemia, CLI) is a state of arterial insufficiency manifested by chronic inadequate tissue perfusion at rest, reducing patients’ quality of life and increasing the risk for amputation and death.

Industry News & Updates

Machine Learning Detects Early Signs of OA

A research team led by Shinjini Kundu, MD, PhD, of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and Gustavo Rohde, PhD, of the University of Virginia, investigated whether artificial intelligence could be used to analyze MRI images for…

Wearable, Portable Invention for Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Wounds

Ozone therapy is a gas phase antimicrobial treatment option that is being used by a growing number of patients in the United States for treating antibiotic-resistant wounds and infections. In most cases, the ozone treatments require patients to travel to a clinical setting for treatment by trained technicians.

A Quieter, More Energy-Efficient Prosthetic Leg

A new robotic prosthetic leg prototype offers a more natural gait while also being quieter and more energy efficient than other designs. The key is the use of new small and powerful motors, originally designed for a robotic arm on the International Space Station.

Next Science, 3M Donate Wound Treatment Product to Jacksonville-Area Charity

Medical technology company Next Science, Jacksonville, FL, has donated $300,000 worth of BlastX™ Antimicrobial Wound Gel to The Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation in Ponte Vedra, FL, an organization that assists people with diabetes.

FDA Approves Implant System for Transfemoral Amputees

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) Implant System, the first implant system marketed in the U.S. for adults who have transfemoral amputation and who have or are anticipated to have rehabilitation problems with…

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