October 1997 Table of ContentsTHE PHYSICIAN AND SPORTSMEDICINE - VOL 25 - NO. 10 - OCTOBER 97
When an athlete injures a limb, one decision that has to be made quickly is how to protect the injured part until treatment can be given. Here are tips on injury assessment and on which preformed splints and adaptable splinting materials are appropriate for common injuries.
Randall M. Meredith, MD; Janus D. Butcher, MD
'Walking pneumonia' can affect young, otherwise healthy persons. Those who are in close contact with others, such as students and sports team members, are at elevated risk. Complications are rare, but they can be serious, so caution is important in permitting return to play.
Thomas J. Melham, MD
Fractured scapulas are not often seen in patients other than traffic accident victims. But in the athlete described here, what at first looked like a rotator cuff sprain turned out to be a scapular body fracture.
J. P. McBryde, MD
Experience and common sense suggest that exercise improves sleep, but science has yet to fully support the idea. Still, the latest studies offer important clues about the effects of exercise duration, intensity, and timing on sleep length and quality.
Shawn D. Youngstedt, PhD
Musculoskeletal injuries not only hamper movement, but also impair proprioception—the sense of joint position. Exercises to improve proprioception, illustrated here, can help prevent injuries in healthy athletes and help injured athletes return to peak condition.
Edward R. Laskowski, MD; Karen Newcomer-Aney, MD; Jay Smith, MD
In My Experience
This story of a chance encounter with a muscular young man in acute distress illustrates the peril of taking insulin for muscle building. What the young man knew and didn't know about insulin is highly instructive.
J. Warren Willey II, DO
Pain Relief for Acute Soft-Tissue Injuries
Pain specialists and others discuss how to use pain-control measures to speed healing and help active patients start rehabilitation early without tempting them to overdo it. In a sidebar, a football team physician offers an insider's perspective on the use of painkillers in pro sports.
James S. Thornton
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