Thursday, May 22, 2014

ACL Injury Trivia: Famous ACL Injuries in Sports

An ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injury can often spell the end of a career for some athletes. Hearing the famous "pop" of the ACL normally means the end of the season and the beginning of a long journey to recovery. However, an end of the season certainly doesn't mean the end of a career for these nine athletes. Here at MMAR Medical, we put together a quick trivia quiz of famous ACL injuries in sports. We brought together soccer knee injuries, football players with ACL injuries and basketball players who were also affected by tearing their ACL in our trivia.

See if you can guess these famous athletes' ACL injuries before you check the answers under the pictures.

NFL

1. Which Minnesota Vikings player broke the all-time record for rushing yards in a season in the NFL a year after he tore his ACL?

2. How many yards did Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles rush in the 2012 NFL season – just a year after he tore his ACL?

3. Which Patriots player, in the same year he tore his ACL, finished the 2010 season with 86 receptions for 848 yards and seven touchdowns in his total 15 games played?

NBA

1. How many months did it take Kendrick Perkins to return to basketball after rehabbing his ACL tear?

2. Which Indiana Pacers player played all 82 games the year after he tore his ACL?

3. Baron Davis was the number ____ pick in the 1999 NBA draft after he tore his ACL in that same year.

Soccer

1. After he was out for 12 months due to a torn ACL, which soccer player holds several records for Juventus, including the club’s top scorer and the club's most appearances?

2. In 2000, this soccer player missed the last two months of the season but still came out with plenty of awards, including top assist maker in the League, FWA footballer of the year and Arsenal's player of the season.

3. The following season after Michael Owen tore his ACL in the 2006 World Cup, he broke Gary Lineker's record for most ________________________ for England.

Answers


NFL

1. Adrian Peterson

2. 1,509 yards

3. Wes Welker

NBA

1. 6 months

2. Al Harrington

3. Third pick

Soccer

1. Alessandro Del Piero

2. Most Goals in Competitive Internationals

3. Third pick

ACL injuries are painful and disruptive, but they don’t always have to mean ending your career. Use these nine athletes as inspiration for your recovery period and you’ll be back on the field or the court in no time. For more information on ACL injuries and more visit our website MMAR Medical.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How Yoga Benefits Athletes & the Everyman

While the discipline is several thousand years old, yoga has only been known in the western world since about 1890, when it was first introduced by Hindu teacher Swami Vivekananda.

Yoga gained great popularity in the 1960s, primarily as a spiritual practice, and then again in the 1980s as a more physical discipline. Though it struggled to gain broad support at first, nowadays, there’s a whole new group discovering yoga’s many benefits.

World-Class Athletes Awaken to Age-Old Training Routines
An interesting conversation took place at dinner awhile back between two friends, both world-class athletes: Mark Henderson, gold-medal Olympian and three-time World Champion swimmer and Rich Roll, two-time Ultraman World Champion and one of the world's twenty-five fittest men. Their chatter turned to yoga, where both shared their history; Roll had been practicing yoga for more than 14 years while Henderson was a fairly recent convert. Almost simultaneously, both lamented the fact that they had not tried yoga when they were at the height of their competition years.

In their conversation, they agreed the benefits and results of yoga for athletes included:
  • Immediate increase in strength
  • Improved mental clarity
  • Better sleep
  • Both agreed that yoga can greatly benefit any person's life, both physically and mentally, even asserting that athletes not engaging in a yoga practice were at a disadvantage.
A Regimen to Benefit Anyone

Just as there are different styles of yoga, there are also different levels within each, such as Hatha Yoga. Some classes are gentle and soothing while others are geared more toward power and endurance. Depending on your particular needs, you should choose a yoga exercise program that best suits you personally. Some of the benefits you can expect to obtain through regular practice include those praised by Henderson and Roll like:
  • Increased strength – something from which athletes and non-athletes will benefit, this includes building lean muscle mass, developing underused core muscles and improving overall strength.
  • Improved flexibility – important to any serious athlete but also to the less avid golfer or tennis player. As flexibility typically wanes with age, yoga will help the practitioner retain flexibility that, in turn, will decrease the chance of sustaining future injuries.
  • Stress relief – while some may want to punch a bag to relieve stress, typically this produces aggression and fatigue. Yoga, on the other hand, relieves stress through its calming, relaxing effects. Yoga practice works your body and mind simultaneously. Single-focused concentration is important to any dedicated athlete, but no less important than in one's work or home environment.
  • Mental acuity – while some yoga adherents may look at the activity primarily for its physical benefits, there is a time at the end of most every yoga class workout where one lies still and quietly, slipping into a period of meditation. For many, this is the most important part of the session as it allows one to block out the endless noise and chatter usually going through the mind and to control random mental impulses. Looking at the results between top-class winning athletes and those who can be termed "also-rans," you'll see most of the difference lies not in the physical training but in the mental preparation.
Yoga can give you the winning edge, both on and off the playing field.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Best Exercises to do Post ACL Surgery

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery is dreaded by every athlete around the world and marked as a career killer. Although it can take constant dedication and work to regain your strength and flexibility, it is possible. To do this, your doctor may suggest that you work with a physical therapist throughout your recovery period. Their goal is to prevent you from trying to take on too much exercise too soon, all while trying to avoid any further muscle loss. It is important to have a workout routine that will enhance your recovery after ACL surgery and help you maintain knee mobility and strength.

Here at MMAR Medical, we took it upon ourselves to make a list of a few exercises for ACL rehab.

Range of Motion (ROM) Exercises

  1. Straight leg raises. A straight leg raise is imperative in regaining full extension. To perform a straight leg raise, lay flat on your back and bend the uninjured leg at the knee while keeping the injured leg straight. Lift the straight leg up off the floor. Hold this position and then lower your leg back to the ground. Remember to do this exercise slowly during your first few weeks of recovery.
  2. Hamstring Curls. Without the muscles in the back of the thigh, the knee muscles would lack support. You can do a hamstring curl in a standing or laying position. In order to do a standing hamstring curl, you should stand with your feet apart and slowly bend your knee to lift your foot off the floor towards the back of your thigh. This is a great balance exercise that also provides a fantastic stretch.
  3. Hip flexion and extension. This is one of the best exercises after ACL surgery. It is a fantastic way to increase your mobility, especially if you need a rest from bending your knee. A hip flexion is when you keep your leg straight as you move it forward to the front and the extension is when you keep your leg straight as you move your leg to the back. This will also help your balance and your flexibility.

Low Impact Exercises

  1. Light jogging and treadmills. If you’re ready for a more intense exercise, light jogging will help you warm up and get your blood circulating. Over time, you will see your endurance and your mobility increasing.
  2. Cycling. Biking will increase your heart rate and give your knee a work out. Whether you use a stationary bike or a fully mobile bike, make sure that you remain safe. The last thing you want to do is reinjure your knee.
  3. Swimming. Unlike running or cycling, swimming will take a lot of pressure off of your knee. Swimming has been widely considered as a great therapeutic exercise for almost any injury. With the added resistance of the water, swimming will slowly help build the strength of your knee.

Before you perform any of these activities, make sure to consult your doctor or physical therapist first. Throughout your many weeks of ACL surgery recovery, you will continue to build strength and see progress. It’s important to remember that everyone progresses at a different pace. Know your limitations and celebrate any improvements. For more information on ACL reconstruction, ACL sprains, and knee surgery recovery, check out our injuries page.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Product Spotlight: Freedom Spinal LSO Back Brace

When you suffer from back pain, finding effective treatment is more than a relief—it can completely change your lifestyle. The Freedom Spinal Lumbar Sacral Orthotic (LSO) is named for the freedom that comes with back pain relief, and it is also one of the few LSOs that truly allows for an active lifestyle while wearing the device.

The Freedom Spinal LSO is designed to treat back pain related to spondylosis, chronic lumbar instability, post-operative rehabilitation, degenerative disc disease, chronic back pain, spinal stenosis, herniated lumbar discs, and more through relieving the load on your lumbar discs.

How does the Freedom LSO work?

The Freedom LSO relieves the load your body puts on your lumbar discs by lifting and compressing your anterior weight. The LSO features two straps that are tightened to improve posture and decrease pressure on your lumbar discs, relieving pain.

Three removable panels on the Freedom LSO offer varying levels of support. As you move through treatment, these panels can be removed so that you can gradually improve your lumbar strength according to your treatment regimen.

The low-profile design of the device gives you a wide range of motion so that you can continue your active lifestyle. In fact, it's recommended that you use the Freedom LSO only when you're engaging in activities that can aggravate your lumbar discs, or when you are experience pain symptoms. This allows your lumbar discs to strengthen and heal without pain when you are both active and resting.

If you have an active lifestyle and have recently discovered that your back pain is related to lumbar issues, the Freedom LSO back brace is one of the most effective braces of its kind. Talk to your doctor or order today from MMARMedical.com.

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