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OMG! Canadian Hockey Coach Trips Teenager, Causing Injury

You read it correctly. And it’s worse than it sounds. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were incredibly forthcoming about a recently arrested hockey coach from British Columbia whose actions will most certainly have consequences. “The coach was arrested. Charges will be forwarded at a later date, pending the results of the investigation.” RCMP Sergeant Paulina Gidda told the Canadian Press. “It was an incident that was unfortunate, and it doesn’t bring a great light to our community.”

Indeed it doesn’t. The currently unnamed coach was clearly disgruntled after a loss and during the friendly handshake on ice, he proceeded to trip one of the smallest teens who passed him by, incidentally causing the taller boy behind him to fall and leading to injured wrists for the target of his wrath. Perhaps most shocking is that this wasn’t even professional hockey. The very reason there were teenagers shaking hands on ice is because it was a youth event. Nothing more. These were 10-12-year-old squads playing against one another between Vancouver and Richmond.

Of course, the “innocent until proven guilty” case is also in play here. Some have argued that the coach may have been frustrated, got his foot tangled with the young man, and the shear nature of the moment led him to act his most childish. Footage of the tripping shows the coach violently pointing at the boy after he trips, so there’s very little to debate.

At the end of the day, more than anything, we hope that the boy will have a full recovery, with no lasting damage to his wrists.

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AJSM: Snowboarding More Dangerous Than Skiing

The American Journal of Sports Medicine put out a report in early 2012 stating that, statistically, the risks are much higher with snowboarding than skiiing. Perhaps this seems an obvious conclusion, since one sport puts the pressure on a single board while the other provides a natural balance to the use of both legs. However, the numbers really add weight to the argument.

For example, snowboarders are more likely to injure their wrists than any other part of the body. This only makes logical sense. If both legs are positioned together on a board and a fall begins at increasingly high speeds, the athlete is going to brace that fall with the most instinctual body part available: the wrist. On the other hand, skiers are more likely to injure their ACL (knee). And again, this only makes sense. Dr. Terrell Joseph of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics in Vail, Colorado, described it like this:

“When you rotate and torque your knee at the same time, the force is transferred through the ski and the binding, through the stiff boot. The next mobile joint is the knee, thus subject to injury. Meniscal tears are common when this happens; ‘sitting in the back seat’ in combination with the rotary torque causes the ACL to pop, which the patient often hears as the ligament tears.”

But as all athletes learn, there is no sport that enjoys complete and total escape from the risks of injury. What this study conveys is not whether athletes today can or should change their preferences, but what the athletes of tomorrow might decide to pursue on the slopes. Risks are inherent with every sport, but research helps to guide our decisions about how to play in the most healthy way possible.

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The Goodbye Paputok

New Years’ Eve is one of those rare moments in the year when almost everyone on the planet celebrates both the beginning and end of something special. Generally, of course, this comes with the explosion of a few fireworks. Last July, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission published a report about any and all recorded fireworks-related injuries or deaths in 2010.

According to the study, fireworks sent approximately 8,600 people to an emergency room that year. Approximately 65% were male, 35% were female, and 40% were children. 17% of the reported injuries came from illegal fireworks while another 53% came from unspecified fireworks (most likely with firecrackers they weren’t supposed to be using). The most commonly injuried parts of the body in 2010 were hands and fingers as a result of burns or lacerations. And yes, at least three people were said to have died from injuries related to a fireworks celebration.

In the Philippines, health officials have decided to be proactive about minimizing fireworks injuries. Except that they’ve set their goals fairly high for next year. No more fireworks injuries next year at all. Zero.

How, you ask? Easy. By insisting (ahem, ‘campaigning’) that citizens get a 5 minute and 20 second ‘Goodbye Paputok’ CD, which plays some of the loudest and most exciting sounds of the traditional fireworks celebration. Paputok is the Filipino word for ‘explosion’ or ‘firework’ and the ‘Goodbye’ CD is a national attempt to end all serious injuries. Unfortunately for many, this would mean converting from the physical experience of watching fireworks to simply hearing them through headphones on an mp3 player (sort of). As the 12th most populous nation in the world, the Philippines may not have the injury numbers of the United States, but they certainly have made an attempt at minimizing the danger of fireworks within their borders.

Whether you choose to light, watch or listen to fireworks this year, the Brace Shop would like to extend the best wishes for a safe and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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A Thumb Down in Chicago

For years, Chicago has been waiting for a consistent leader at quarterback. By the time Jay Cutler came to the windy city in 2009, the team had gone through no less than ten quarterbacks in ten years, including the likes of Rex Grossman, Kyle Orton and Brian Griese. What Chicago got with Cutler was consistency. A tough competitor with a great arm and the ability to forget about bad throws. But on Sunday, the star quarterback broke his right thumb in a 31-20 victory over the visiting San Diego Chargers and will probably be out for the remainder of the season.

After throwing an interception to Antoine Cason, Cutler went for a tackle and was knocked flat by linebacker Donald Butler, who showed little regret for the damage he did with a single hit. Cutler, the always tough and persistent competitor stayed in the game and threw for 286 yards and a win. Now doctors are saying that the finally stable quarterback position may be thrust into disarray once again.

Caleb Hanie, a free agent acquisition who once played for Colorado State, will be Cutler’s backup next week, attempting to fire up the crowd with the same enthusiasm he had when the Bears lost Cutler during their 2010 NFC Championship Game last year. During that game, Cutler went down with a sprained MCL and then-backup 40-year-old Todd Collins injured his shoulder, leaving third-stringer Hanie to step up. By the end of the game, Hanie passed for 153 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions. Not a perfect showing, but let’s be honest… he was in a shootout against the Green Bay Packers who were en route to a winning streak. Even Cutler wasn’t going to get in the way.

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Preparing Thumbs for Ski Season

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Over the last couple of weeks, North America has seen its share of blurry snow days, reminding everyone that it’s about that time to strap on a pair of skis, drive up to the slopes, and take in a few hills. But as you get ready for ski season, it only makes sense that the Brace Shop might give you a few simple suggestions for avoiding those common, sometimes avoidable injuries.

While everyone knows about head and knee injuries, there’s one area of the body that often gets ignored in safety measures: the thumb. That’s right, the thumb.

Of course, if you’ve spent any time on the slopes, you’re familiar with something that professionals and amateurs call the Skier’s Thumb, a problem that leads to almost ten percent of all skiing accidents. Why does it happen? Well, when a skier falls and can’t seem to let go of their poles in the process of their fall, the thumb takes on a greater amount of physical stress than it may be familiar. Most of the time, this leads to a ligament tear that swells and bruises, which includes some very uncomfortable pain. Avoiding a Skier’s Thumb is simple, but it requires a little practice. Train yourself to let go of those poles quickly in a fall and you’ll learn to avoid that instinct of tensing up the hands.

Have fun this season. Just have fun safely.

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Dream Team Still Dreaming

Before the season started – or should we say, from the moment the lockout ended – experts were calling the Philadelphia Eagles a 2011 Dream Team. Perhaps those ‘experts’ should have been a little more critical of their sources. Apparently, the entire conversation about a ‘dream team’ began when 2-time pro bowl Quarterback Vince Young came on board as a backup and Cullen Jenkins left the Super Bowl winning Green Bay Packers to sign with Philadelphia as a defensive lineman. Young had barely stepped off the plane and shared his profound ‘dream’ about the team he was joining. Jenkins, however, was a bit more realistic, having just come from the champion Packers.

“Calling ourselves the ‘Dream Team,’ that would indicate that we’ve done something or that we’re to a level that other people want to be at,” he said. “But in actuality, we just have talent on our team, but we haven’t done anything with the talent yet. So we need to go out there and prove something first before we can start talking about what we are.”

Those ‘dreams’ are now in serious jeopardy. Starting Quarterback Michael Vick went down in Sunday’s matchup against the Giants with what many were calling a ‘broken hand’ on his non-throwing arm. Turns out, it’s just a bruise. But no matter, Vick is injured for the second time this season and we’ve only seen three weeks of play. Eagles’ fans are known for being pretty intense and only time will tell if they can put up with a dangerous, incredibly mobile quarterback who puts himself at probable risk in almost every down. If not, stands may start chanting for a Young replacement.

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Blackhawks’ Kane Plans for Opener

If you saw him on the street, you might think he was just an everyday kid. But Patrick Kane is a 22 year old professional hockey player with the Chicago Blackhawks and the National Hockey League. Seems like only yesterday that the Blackhawks brought the Stanley Cup back to Chicago, but now they’ll have to pry the trophy away from Boston, where the Bruins are currently the champs. And Kane insists he’ll be playing in the season opener, even though he has an injured wrist and still isn’t ready to get on the ice.

Kane’s wrist has been surgically repaired and he appears to show no signs of pain during each practice in which he participates, but this doesn’t mean he’s cleared for the opener. In fact, physicians are hesitant about letting him really practice from scrimmage like the rest of the team.

“I did a little stickhandling without the splint and it was a little bit stiff, but I felt fine out there. It was probably the best I felt. I was actually shooting a little more. I was begging the trainers to scrimmage, but I don’t think they’re going to let me.” And rightly so. The Blackhawks have another injury to consider with Rostislav Olesz, whose right leg is still in a brace, but he’s been permitted to join the scrimmage. “My right leg is not healthy like before… but I feel real comfortable on the ice. I have the brace and it feels good.”

The National Hockey League opens for business on October 7.

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St. Louis Remembers 9/11

Over the past four days, residents of St. Louis have been engaged in memorials, recognition, and praise for the many whose lives were sacrificed on that fateful day of September 11, 2001, just ten years ago. The St. Louis Fire Department has set up a temporary ‘remembrance wall’ in which photographs of all the New York City firefighters who died during the terrorist attacks are on display. One resident called this period of remembrance a “chance to meet in good times.” And while our national politics may shade perception about what is and is not working in the United States, we can surely say that a period of reflection is far more of a ‘good time’ than the original moments when our sorrows rose to their heights in 2001.

Amidst the national memorials and pauses for silence, Sunday was also marked off on the calendar of football fans as the day when regular season games would once again return for the weekend. For the St. Louis Rams, players and fans know that ten years ago, their team was known across the NFL as ‘the greatest show on turf’ with Kurt Warner leading the charge. And ten years ago, it was the St. Louis Rams who went to the Super Bowl after September 11, ultimately losing a game in which they were heavily favored to the irony of all ironies, an aptly named Patriots team from New England.

Since that devastating year for the country, the Rams have been working to regain their stature as a worthy opponent, but each year they come up short. And on Sunday, with a matchup against Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, things weren’t looking much better. Second year quarterback Sam Bradford went down with an injured right index finger, demonstrating during the first half that he couldn’t hang on to the football. Meanwhile, newly acquired running back Steven Jackson appeared to tear a right quadriceps after running for a touchdown in the first quarter. Both players will undergo continued testing this week and signs are better than initially expected. But at the close of the game, Bradford and Jackson could only wince at the score: 31-13, Philly wins.

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Illinois Prison Staff Claim CTS Compensation

Since January of 2008, workers’ compensation has given almost $10 million to guards and staff from the Menard Prison in Illinois.  The facility currently houses more than 3,000 inmates at an approximate annual cost of $21,000 per resident.  The number of cells that need to be opened and closed each day would seem staggering and easily overlooked by the average citizen who never visits the inside of a prison.  And as a result of this repetitive need to lock and unlock doors over and over, guards have been claiming that they suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

Most Americans associate CTS with computer usage and accidents related to the wrist, but Menard staff argue otherwise that their duties are no less susceptible.  According to Illinois state law, employees are not required to show that a conditional working environment caused an injury, but they must demonstrate that conditions were capable of causing injury.  From 2008 to the present, the compensation case has worked in favor of the guards.  But recently, an examination of the facility suggested that their problematic conditions may have been embellished.

Last March, Dr. Anthony Sudekum, a hand surgeon from St. Louis, concluded that locking and unlocking doors does not constitute repetitive trauma.  On the contrary, moving from one door to the next at different intervals allows the wrist a time to rest without consistent aggravation.  Much of their wrist activity, said Sudekum, consisted of duties that could be performed at a ‘leisurely and unhurried pace’ with few doors requiring much more than a slight force of hand.  If anything, he argued, the locking and unlocking of doors may have contributed to an already growing problem from other reasons.

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Children in the Carpal Tunnel

The New York Times recently suggested that nearly 70 percent of elementary students in the United States use computers in the classroom, at home, or both.  Some are contending that the remaining 30 percent aren’t too far behind.  With computers serving an unavoidable reality for adults, educators have accepted the need for training children on their usage at younger and younger ages.  The trouble is, teachers and parents focus on technology navigation (how to maneuver the windows and functions of a computer) moreso than technology ergonomics (how to position one’s body while using a computer).  As a result, more and more children are making visits to their pediatricians citing ‘repetitive motion’ injuries and the like.

Among the more common injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, which can be caused by poor posture, overuse, or just plain bad habits.  So here are just a few suggestions for children to minimize the potential for both early-onset carpal tunnel and any other condition that might otherwise plague them for years to come.

First, as a parent, ensure that your computer workstation at home has a seat that can be raised to the level of your child.  A smaller person who has to reach his/her hand above the heart in order to place their fingers on the keyboard or mouse is at risk of doing serious damage quickly.  Second, try to find an ergonomic cushion that can support a child’s back while they work at the computer, thereby minimizing their tendency to slouch.  Lastly, set time limits for both yourself and your children who use the computer.  Teach them to spend no more than 30 minute blocks at the desk at a given time and then take outdoor breaks for fresh air and muscle relaxation.

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