A hip fracture can devastate the life of older adults and their families. Seniors lose their independence, suffer terrible pain and in many cases never regain their quality of life postinjury. However, some encouraging research has emerged that has the potential to lower the incidence of hip fractures in the elderly.
Ginger root has been used for centuries as a folk remedy for ailments ranging from colds to upset stomachs. To add to the root’s healing resumé, this month The Journal of Pain will unveil a study by researchers at the University of Georgia showing that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise.
As more people head to gyms to reap the benefits of strength training, the prevalence of related
injuries increases, according to a study conducted by the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Scientists at the institute’s Center for Injury Research and Policy discovered that U.S. hospital emergency departments treated more than 970,000 injuries related to weight training between 1990 and 2007. The injury rate increased by almost 50% during that 18-year period.
Maintaining bone health and avoiding fractures are important concerns for older adults. For those who have experienced fractures, research has found that the potential for a second fracture can increase fourfold. Help your older-adult clients remain strong and healthy with Own the Bone™, a Web-based registry that features tools for reducing future fractures.
The main cardiovascular factors that influIt is estimated that 60%–80% of the population will suffer from lower-back pain (LBP) at some time during their lifespan (Hamill et al. 1995). The causes are poorly defined because of the multiple risk factors, which include degenerative changes; repeated incorrect lifting technique; excessive static sitting and standing postures; bending; twisting; and falling.
Recently, IDEA Fitness Journal reported on a study that stated that mental fatigue can limit physical performance. Another, more recent study has linked mental fatigue with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries among athletes.
Physical education (PE) teachers, parents and administrators may want to bone up on injury prevention tactics. According to a recent study published in the August 3 online issue of Pediatrics (2009; doi:10.1524/peds.2008–3843), PE-related injuries have risen by 150%. The most common injuries resulted from participation in activities such as running, basketball, football, volleyball, soccer and gymnastics.
According to various studies, 70% of runners sustain some form of running-related overuse injury, with 80% of injuries occurring at or below the knee.
A report published in the May/June issue of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2009; 1 , 242–46), suggests that hip dysfunction may be to blame. The study authors culled various databases for data on overuse injuries between 1980 and July 2008.