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The mission of SMR is to objectively summarize and describe the clinical relevance of research articles related to basic science, translational research, and clinical research that may be relevant to students and professionals interested in sports medicine. Furthermore, SMR aims to provide a forum for clinicians, researchers, and students in sports medicine-related fields to discuss the clinical relevance of new research.

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  • May 25, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
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Position Someone to Guard Against Bad Laxity Measures

by Nicole Cattano in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Knee flexion to 90 degrees limits ankle laxity with the talar tilt test in comparison to a fully extended knee. However, knee position has no effect on anterior drawer laxity. Muscle guarding will limit our ability to accurately assess ankle laxity with a talar tilt or anterior drawer test. ... Read more »

Hanlon S, Caccese J, Knight CA, Swanik CB, & Kaminski TW. (2016) Examining Ankle-Joint Laxity Using 2 Knee Positions and With Simulated Muscle Guarding. Journal of Athletic Training, 51(2), 111-7. PMID: 26881870  

  • May 23, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
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Females at Increased Risk of Protracted Concussion Symptoms

by Jane McDevitt in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Clinical factors that related with persistent postconcussion symptoms were sex, greater worsening symptoms from day of concussion to first concussion evaluation, continued activity participation, loss of consciousness, anterograde amnesia, and premorbid headaches, emotional symptoms on the day of concussion, and greater symptoms the day of the clinical examination. ... Read more »

  • May 20, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
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Athletes With High Baseline Concussion Symptom Scores May Need Special Considerations

by Joshua Baracks in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Athletes who report numerous concussion symptoms during baseline testing may experience greater neurocognitive impairment after a concussion than athletes who do not report baseline symptoms.... Read more »

Custer A, Sufrinko A, Elbin RJ, Covassin T, Collins M, & Kontos A. (2016) High Baseline Postconcussion Symptom Scores and Concussion Outcomes in Athletes. Journal of athletic training, 51(2), 136-41. PMID: 26885702  

  • May 16, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
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Is the Struggle Mechanical or Neurological?

by Adam Kelly in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

A group of individuals with chronic ankle instability have sensorimotor system deficits compared with a group of healthy controls and copers; however, the authors found no mechanical differences between any of the groups.... Read more »

  • May 11, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 116 views

An Ounce of Prevention = Money Saved!

by Nicole Cattano in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

A neuromuscular injury prevention program reduces injuries and health care costs among female youth soccer players. ... Read more »

  • May 9, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 109 views

Strongest Indicator of Implementing a Return-to-Learn Protocol was Communication

by Jane McDevitt, PhD in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Overall 84% of athletic trainers recommended a gradual return to learn, but only 44% of athletic trainers report having a return-to-learn policy.... Read more »

  • May 4, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 170 views

Injury Before College May Increase the Risk of Surgery During College

by Kyle Harris in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

An athlete who sustained an injury requiring surgery prior to college is more likely to sustain an injury that needs surgery during their college career.... Read more »

Wang, D., Rugg, C., Mayer, E., Lai, W., Sulzicki, P., Vail, J., & Hame, S. (2016) Precollegiate Knee Surgery Predicts Subsequent Injury Requiring Surgery in NCAA Athletes. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/0363546516634306  

  • May 2, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 170 views

If the Helmet Don’t Fit, You May Have to Sit (Out Longer with a Concussion)

by Stephen Stache in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

An athlete with a poorly fit helmet that sustains a concussion may have an increased risk of more severe symptoms and prolonged recovery.... Read more »

  • April 27, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 166 views

Should We Drop the Vertical Drop Jump?

by Nicole Cattano in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Performance on the vertical drop jump landing task was not found to be associated with anterior cruciate ligament injury risk in a group of female handball and soccer athletes. ... Read more »

  • April 25, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 160 views

Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Are Associated to Biochemical Markers

by Jane McDevitt in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Poor scores on the Knee Osteoarthritis Outcome Score and Tegner Activity Scale may be associated with elevated biomarker concentration levels that reflect collagen turnover.... Read more »

  • April 20, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
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Smoking, Dyspnea and COPD may Predict Complications Following ACL Reconstruction

by Kyle Harris in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Complications following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction are rare (1.3%). Patients who smoke, have a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or dyspnea have a greater risk of complications than those that do not.... Read more »

  • April 13, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 211 views

Younger Patients or Those with a Meniscal Tear are More Likely to have ACL Surgery

by Nicole Cattano in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

A patient who is young or has a meniscal injury is more likely to have an anterior cruciate ligament surgery (either early or delayed). ... Read more »

  • April 11, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 182 views

Psychological Factors Regarding Recovery May Influence Acute and Overuse Injury Risk

by Jane McDevitt in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

A reduced perception of recovery during a season may increase the risk of acute and overuse injury.... Read more »

van der Does HT, Brink MS, Otter RT, Visscher C, & Lemmink KA. (2016) Injury Risk Is Increased by Changes in Perceived Recovery of Team Sport Players. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. PMID: 26945309  

  • April 6, 2016
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Previous Participation in Collision Sports is Related to a Decreased Quality of Life

by Kyle Harris in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Former collegiate athletes who participated in collision sports (primarily football) reported lower quality of life when compared to contact or limited contact athletes.... Read more »

  • March 30, 2016
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Pay Now, or Pay Later…ACL Reconstruction Costs are Similar Whether Early or Delayed

by Nicole Cattano in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

An early anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction fails to provide improved quality-of-life years and costs compared with people who are provided an optional delayed reconstruction treatment strategy. ... Read more »

  • March 28, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 237 views

9-Point Survey to Determine Risk of Persistent Postconcusison Symptoms in Pediatric Population

by Jane McDevitt in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

A novel clinical risk score developed for the acutely concussed pediatric population has a modest ability to discriminate between those at low, medium, or high risk for persistent postconcussion symptoms at 28 days.... Read more »

Zemek R, Barrowman N, Freedman SB, Gravel J, Gagnon I, McGahern C, Aglipay M, Sangha G, Boutis K, Beer D.... (2016) Clinical Risk Score for Persistent Postconcussion Symptoms Among Children With Acute Concussion in the ED. JAMA, 315(10), 1014-25. PMID: 26954410  

  • March 23, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 210 views

Finding Who Will Develop Chronic Ankle Instability

by Kyle Harris in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Following a first-time lateral ankle sprain, a patient who was unable to complete the single-leg drop landing and drop vertical jump at 2 weeks post injury was more likely to be classified as having chronic ankle instability. Patient-reported outcomes at 6 months was also associated with onset of chronic ankle instability.... Read more »

  • March 21, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 227 views

Scapular Rehabilitation: Inside Info to Help Choose the Right Exercises

by Katie Reuther in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Different humeral elevation exercises result in different levels of scapulothoracic muscle activity. Knowledge of muscle activity levels for different exercises could help clinicians optimize rehabilitation protocols.... Read more »

  • March 16, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 239 views

Quadriceps Inactivation? Shake It Off

by Nicole Cattano in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Local or whole body vibration treatments increase quadriceps function similarly. Vibration therapy can be a tool to facilitate strengthening protocols.... Read more »

Pamukoff, D., Pietrosimone, B., Lewek, M., Ryan, E., Weinhold, P., Lee, D., & Blackburn, J. (2016) Immediate effect of vibratory stimuli on quadriceps function in healthy adults. Muscle . DOI: 10.1002/mus.25081  

  • March 9, 2016
  • 04:30 AM
  • 274 views

Knowing the Symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Death May be the First Step in the Right Direction

by Kyle Harris in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Patients who suffered sudden cardiac death reported experiencing more cardiac symptoms prior to death compared with control patients.... Read more »

Glinge C, Jabbari R, Risgaard B, Lynge TH, Engstrøm T, Albert CM, Haunsø S, Winkel BG, & Tfelt-Hansen J. (2015) Symptoms Before Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome: A Nationwide Study Among the Young in Denmark. Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology, 26(7), 761-7. PMID: 25807988  

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