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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dr. Scott Smith on KVUE Discusses Spike in Adult Injuries in Teen Football Players

Dr. Scott Smith was interviewed by KVUE anchor and medical reporter, Jim Bergamo last week about adult-type injuries on the uptick in teen football players.

Why the spike?

Dr. Smith told KVUE bigger body sizes and year-round, more intense training are the culprits causing serious injuries like ACL tears and fractures.

Stop Sports Injuries has some great tips for parents to help their children avoid these sometimes devastating injuries. 

You can watch the entire story here in case you missed it. 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yoga for Football Players? A Great Yet Unconventional Training Tool

Dumbbell bench press; running stadium stairs; Russian twists; and... downward facing dog? These are all training exercises that football players use, including yoga. Why are they doing the ancient Indian practice? Experts say players can get some extra benefits that traditional training tools just don't offer. Yoga is known to improve mental focus, relieve chronic pain, improve balance and flexibility, and strengthen the body's core.

All over the country, professional football players are turning to yoga as an unconventional training tool. In fact, some people credit the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl win to practicing yoga. Former UT football star Ricky Williams does yoga, and he even taught a class last year at DKR Memorial Stadium for some special participants.

So whether you're a football player or just looking for a new workout, it might be time to ditch the gym, grab a mat, and head to the nearest yoga studio!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Celebrating World Physical Therapy Day Today!

World Physical Therapy Day is today and is all about recognizing the great contributions that physical therapists make to keep people well, mobile and independent. We have a great team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and hand therapists that do a fantastic job (check out their profiles here). 

They perform comprehensive evaluations and develop specific treatment plans so that each patient can resume their favorite activities as quickly, safely, and independently as possible. By doing physical therapist you will learn exercises that are beneficial for gaining function, reducing stress, relieving discomfort, and preventing disability for future injury. 

Just some of the conditions we treat include, 
And we offer a wide variety of physical therapy services to treat these conditions including, 
You can find a complete list of conditions and services here. And keep up with Texas Orthopedics news by following us on Facebook and Twitter (@TexasOrthopedic). 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Three Docs Named 'Best'

Three Texas Orthopedics' physicians were named the Best Doctors in America® for 2014. The list appeared in the September issue of Austin Monthly magazine. 

A big congratulations to:
Only 5% of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor. Best Doctors® is respected for impartial, reliable results and is totally independent. The List is a product of validated peer review, in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by their peers in the profession.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dr. Bergin on KVUE: Kids & Heavy Backpacks

Books, clothes, calculators, notebooks... kids' book bags are packed! These heavy backpacks don't just rob kids' energy that would be better used doing homework or playing sports. Lugging them can also lead to chronic back pain, accidents and other orthopedic damage.

Dr. Barbara Bergin, orthopedic surgeon, Texas Orthopedics, discussed on KVUE-TV how these heavy bags can cause aches and pains and what parents can do about it. Click here to see the story on 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Why are Football Overuse Injuries in Teens on the Rise?

Football season is around the corner and while most of us can't wait for it to officially start, we're already seeing overuse injuries in teen football players. And these are the kinds that are typically seen in adults. In the past, young athletes would play a variety of sports all year long. But now they are specializing in one sport, which increases the risk for overuse injuries. In fact, according to STOP Sports Injuries, overuse injuries account for half of all sports injuries in middle school and high school students. 

STOP Sports Injuries also finds:
  • High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries; 500,000 doctor visits; and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.
  • 28% of football players ages 5 to 14 were injured while playing.
  • Each year, more than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries. 
  • Injuries associated with participation in sports and recreational activities account for 21% of all traumatic brain injuries among children in the U.S.
  • Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40% of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals. 
Tips to Prevent Football Overuse Injuries in Children and Teens

The most important take-away though is that more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable. How can you prevent overuse injuries this football season?
  • Cut back the intensity, duration, and frequency of an activity.
  • Adopt a hard/easy workout schedule and cross train with other activities to maintain fitness levels. 
  • Learn about proper training and technique from a coach or athletic trainer.
  • Perform proper warm-up activities before and after.
  • Use ice after an activity for minor aches and pain. 
Check out our past blog about 3 easy exercises to prevent sports injuries

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Concussion or Neck Injury: How Do You Know the Difference?

Concussions are the most common injuries from playing football. Often, a player will report similar symptoms and it turns out it's a neck injury. Recent research from the University at Buffalo medical faculty sought a way to distinguish between concussion and neck injuries, based on symptoms.

They discovered that it's hard to make the correct diagnosis based on symptoms alone because the symptoms are so nonspecific for both concussions and neck injuries. They attempted to use a graded treadmill test and compare the results with the reported symptoms to see if a diagnosis could be made. But even after looking at the data in multiple ways, there is no way to tell the injures apart based on symptom patterns alone.

The researchers concluded that more studies with larger sample sizes needs to be conducted. But they emphasize that athletes or anyone else who thinks they've had a concussion and their symptoms haven't subsided in several months, should instead be examined for a neck injury.

It's critical for football players and athletes to receive the correct diagnosis because the treatments for concussions and neck injures are very different.

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