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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, popular sporting activities for nearly all ages rack up an impressive number of treated injuries and hospitalizations throughout the year.
We examine national injury estimates from a CPSC survey of more than 90 hospitals to find out which sports are the most dangerous.
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High school athletes have always debated which sport is the toughest and most dangerous. The bigger issue, however is safety. As more and more athletes are getting into year-round sports, and competing at higher levels, there is growing concern for the safety of high school athletes and the long term effects that injuries have both on and off the field.
The following graphic takes a look at which sports are the most dangerous, if boys or girls are getting hurt more, and how much time is being lost for recovery.
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This time of year, winter's harsh temperatures can make arthritis and other joint issues particularly painful. To help ease the pain and promote blood circulation, KT Tape can be applied to the affected joints.
Though KTTape.com has a plethora of applications for specific injuries, arthritis pain can be very specialized, so we recommend finding a local KT Tape clinician to consult with about the best way to tape for your personal arthritis pain. Let KT Tape help and dont let winter arthritis slow you down.
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KT Tape isnt just for sports injuries. It can be applied to treat a number of non sports related injuries varying from carpal tunnel syndrome to neck pain caused by sitting in front sitting at your office computer day in and day out. With mobile devices becoming more and more a part of our lives, De Quervian Syndrome is becoming a more common injury. De Quervian Syndrome is an inflammation or a tendinosis of the sheath or tunnel that surrounds two tendons that control movement of the thumb. It can leave you with a painful, swollen thumb with swelling up to the thumb side of the wrist as well as stiffness and trouble gripping. While the cause of De Quervian Syndrome remains idiopathic its theorized that repetitive movement of the thumb is a contributing factor. So gamers and teenage girls be forewarned, too much use of that game control or mass amounts of texting could have you end up with injured thumbs. If you should already have abused your thumbs into a painful, swollen state there is hope, KT Tape is here to help. Following are instructions by KT Tape expert Steve Baca.
Cut a 2" I strip in half, anchor base on back side of the thumb just proximal (closer to the arm) to the nail. Extend the MCP joint of the thumb (joint closest to the hand), and flex the joint in the middle of the thumb ( with the joints like this, it will look kind of like a Swan's neck). With 50% stretch, pull the tape toward the forearm and anchor the base ONLY, do not have the tape touch the skin in between the two bases, it will look like a bowstring. Lay the base down. Now flex the MCP joint and this will bring the tape that was originally not touching the skin into contact with the skin: apply. Now take a 2-3" full I strip, with tension in the middle (like a bandaid) and apply over the painful area.
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We all know KT Tape is trusted by countless people to relieve sports related pains and injuries. It is used by top athletes around the world to help them perform to the best of their abilities. It is used in sports clinics, by physical therapists and athletic trainers to help get athletes back on the playing field faster and stronger. Its even used by computer programmers in high-rise office buildings. Wait, what?
KT Tape isnt just limited to the playing field. It has countless uses and applications, many of which are well suited for the everyday office dweller glued to their computer for eight hours a day. Pains like carpal tunnel, neck and shoulder pain and lower back pain are often associated with spending long hours at a computer or hunched over a desk. KT Tape has applications that can help relieve these pains and help you get on with your workday pain free. Unlike many braces used to help these office injuries, KT Tape is breathable, flexible, comfortable and one application can last up to an entire five day work week. Now thats office efficiency.
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Of course you know that KT Tape can reduce your muscle pain after a tough workout, but here at KT Tape we always like to see what else is out there in terms of non-traditional remedies. Now, scientists at the University of Georgia have proven that the a daily dose of ginger can ease the aches and pains suffered after heavy exercise.
Participants in the featured study consumed capsules containing two grams of either raw or heat-treated ginger or a placebo for 11 consecutive days.
"On the eighth day they performed 18 extensions of elbow flexors with a heavy weight to induce moderate muscle injury to the arm. Arm function, inflammation and pain were assessed prior to and for three days after the exercise," the article says.
The end result? Study participants consuming ginger experienced a 25 percent decrease in exercise-related pain.
When beginning a strength training plan-most athletes focus on the major muscle groups; i.e. the gluteus maximus, hamstrings, pectoralis major, quadriceps, and latissimus dorsi. According to Dr. Yessis Sports Training Blog-it is equally important not to forget the small, forgettable minor muscles. Dr. Yessis describes that it is easier than you think to develop those minor muscles by incorporating exercises into the gym or even leisurely at home without taking up extra time.
The development of some of the smaller muscles can also help prevent injury. For example, many shoulder problems are due to weak rotator cuff muscles. Such muscles are not developed in typical bodybuilding or conditioning exercises. Shoulder muscles must also be very strong for tennis, swimming, volleyball and golf. Yessis says, "Unfortunately, the rotator cuff muscles are relatively small and situated deep inside the shoulder making it difficult to observe their development."
Wrist ailments and carpal tunnel are often caused by weak forearm and finger muscles. Yessis says, "Carpal tunnel syndrome is an increasingly common injury in continuous weight training, in some forms of aerobic training and in repetitive motion jobs. This appears to be the disease of the new century. It is hitting not only athletes, but word processors, dental hygienists, assembly line workers, grocery store checkers, butchers, carpenters and people in many other occupations."
Incorporating exercises into daily routine or training plan is important for everyone and of course to, as Yessis says, "Keep in mind that most injuries occur to the weakest muscles, usually the small and relatively insignificant ones. All involved muscles are important and can be developed in different exercises." To find exercises specific for developing the minor muscles in your body check out the rest of Dr. Yessis's blog article.
We here at KT Tape appreciate the kinesiology of the human body and how all the small parts are connected together to produce the complex matrix of muscles, tendons and joints giving us the remarkable ability to be active. So, join us in remembering the minor muscles as they support and carry the major muscles through to the end of the next race, event or competition.