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  • When Can I Return to Play After an Orthopedic Sports Injury?.

    As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, the timing of when a player can “return to sport” is one of the most frequently asked questions of me – from the patients themselves, their parents (if they’re minors) and from the media, especially if I’m being interviewed about a professional athlete.

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  • No One-Size-Fits-All for Hydrating During Sports.

    “Drinking only to thirst typically leads to significant dehydration, which is associated with exercise performance impairment,” said study author Stavros Kavouras, a professor and director of the Hydration Science Lab at the University of Arkansas.

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  • Thabo Sefolosha continues to lift Utah Jazz teammates during knee rehab.

    Some of the things we miss about Thabo are the things that happen between plays,” said Jazz coach Quin Snyder. “His voice, his experience. He added a lot to our team from a leadership standpoint, so to the extent that he’s doing better, he’s here and having his support and leadership there’s only so much you can do when you’re not playing but his energy is really good.

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  • Imaging identifies cartilage regeneration in long-distance runners.

    Using a mobile MRI truck, researchers followed runners for 4,500 kilometers through Europe to study the physical limits and adaptation of athletes over a 64-day period, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

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  • Arthroscopic Treatment of Hip Pain in Adolescent Patients With Borderline Dysplasia of the Hip: Minimum 2-Year Follow-Up.

    This study shows favorable 2-year outcomes in adolescent patients with borderline dysplasia undergoing labral treatment and capsular plication. Outcomes in the borderline dysplastic patients were as good as those of a control group. Although adolescents with borderline dysplasia have traditionally been a challenging group of patients to treat, these results suggest that an arthroscopic approach that addresses both labral pathology and instability may be beneficial.

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  • Preventing long-term complications of an ACL tear.

    A torn ACL (also known as the anterior cruciate ligament) is one of the most common knee injuries, with as many as 200,000 cases per year in the U.S. Young people under the age of 20 are at particular risk, in part because of participation in sports.

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  • Intense training without proper recovery may compromise bone health in elite rowers.

    Bone mineral density, an indicator of bone strength, typically increases with regular exercise, acting as a protective mechanism against bone fractures and osteoporosis. But a new study suggests that the extended, high-intensity training sessions of elite athletes could reverse beneficial bone changes.

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  • Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha undergoes knee surgery.

    Sefolosha (6-7, 220, Switzerland) underwent successful right knee surgery to repair an avulsion of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) which he suffered against Charlotte on Jan. 12. The procedure was performed by Jazz head orthopaedic team physician Dr. Travis Maak in Salt Lake City this morning. Sefolosha will continue to rehab in Salt Lake City and will be out indefinitely.

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  • Alec Burks Injury Update.

    SALT LAKE CITY (June 8, 2016) – The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks : Burks underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to clean out debris from his left knee and ankle. The outpatient procedure was performed in Salt Lake City by Jazz head orthopaedic team physician Dr. Travis Maak, and ankle and foot specialist Dr. Charles L. Saltzman, the chair of the department of orthopaedics at University of Utah Health Care. Burks is expected to be ready prior to the start of 2016-17 Jazz training camp.The fifth-year guard averaged 13.3 points on a career-best 40.5 percent three-point shooting, with 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.7 minutes per game during the 2015-16 season. He was originally selected by the Jazz in the first round (12th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft.

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  • Tobacco use linked with more complications after ACL reconstruction.

    Researchers of this database study discovered significantly higher rates of infection, venous thromboembolism and subsequent reconstruction within 90 days following arthroscopic-assisted anterior ACL reconstruction among patients who used tobacco compared with non-tobacco users.

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