Tag: Sports medicine

Dr. Alysia Robichau joins Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Alysia Robichau, M.D., has joined Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Robichau, a board-certified family medicine physician, is fellowship trained in primary care sports medicine, specializing in fractures, non-operative treatments of musculoskeletal injuries, and concussions. Read more…

Football: High School Football Player Dies After Overhydrating

Georgia high school football player is dead after drinking too much fluid during practice.

Relatives of 17-year-old Zyrees Oliver had him removed from life support early Monday in a hospital in Marietta. He had no brain activity. Oliver was declared dead a short time later.

Oliver played football at Douglas County High School west of Atlanta. Relatives say the youth complained of cramping during football practice on Tuesday. Aunt Tammy Chavis says the teen drank two gallons of water and two more gallons of Gatorade. click here for complete story

Football: Six things student athletes should know before taking the field

img_sportsfieldWith the fall sports season gearing up, physicians withMemorial Hermann want to help keep young athletes healthy and safe both on and off the field. Young athletes (and parents too) should consider these tips – provided by Alfred Mansour, M.D., pediatric orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Summer Ott, Psy.D., Director of the Sports Concussion Program at Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute – to ensure they are fit for play: click here for complete story

Strength, balance training urged to prevent ACL injuries, especially for girls

As more youth, especially girls, participate in organized sports, doctors are seeing increasing numbers of ACL tears, particularly in the high school sports of soccer, basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.

Dr. George Pappas, an orthopedic surgeon at South Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in North Charleston, was the surgeon who performed Manning’s surgery and suspects the increase in ACL injuries is “likely due to a combination of increased participation in high-demand sports at an earlier age as well as improved diagnosis of ACL injuries, including the more common use of MRI scans to identify tears.” click here for complete story and photos

Sports Medicine: The Blood Injections That Might Transform Orthopedics


Rotator-cuff surgery seemed like Waddell’s last option. It would mean losing the use of his arms, and his ability to move on his own, for several months. And he worried that, if surgery failed, he would have to give up any strenuous physical activity. “Being able to ask a lot of my body makes me feel good,” he said. “It’s a lot of who I am.”

As Waddell considered his options, a friend suggested looking into a treatment known as platelet-rich plasma, in which doctors inject a modified version of the patient’s own blood into injured tissue. Eager to avoid surgery, Waddell flew to Washington, D.C., to see Victor Ibrahim, a sports-medicine doctor who specializes in P.R.P. Ibrahim found that Waddell had a torn rotator cuff in one shoulder and a torn biceps tendon in the other. Using ultrasound to locate the precise locations of the injuries, Ibrahim injected the tendon and rotator cuff with P.R.P. Over the course of a month, he repeated the procedure twice more.

In the weeks afterward, Waddell saw his strength improve and his pain decrease; he says he is now “close to one hundred per cent,” and is no longer thinking about surgery. “I was shocked that I kept getting better,” he said. “It had been so bad for so long.”

The outcome didn’t surprise Ibrahim, who estimates that he has treated around five thousand people with P.R.P. over the past five years. He says that the treatment can repair tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and nerves, and can even regrow tissue that has been frayed or damaged. This, he suspects, is what happened with Waddell’s rotator cuff. “For a lot of conditions, it’s almost a wonder drug,” Ibrahim told me. “We’ve figured out a way to help the body regenerate itself.” click here for full story

Athletic trainer: Removing football helmets contributes to heat safety during practice

As most high school football teams throughout the state open training camp this week, Phil Hossler has a simple suggestion for coaches, not only in New Jersey, but nationwide, which he believes could help prevent heat-related illness and death on the gridiron.

A veteran certified athletics trainer at East Brunswick and member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, Hossler recommends all coaches allow players to remove their helmets while not participating in drills. Click here for full story

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Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute’s mobile app is a guide to the most common sports related injuries and treatment as well as related tips and information from the Institute’s experts.

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