Cheerleaders suffer from the same types of injuries that any athlete can get. These include ankle sprains, torn ACLs and injuries to the head and neck. (This answer provided for NATA by the California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Education Program.)
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What should I expect during a knee examination?
Scott Martin, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredDuring knee examination, your doctor looks for discoloration and swelling and assesses how your knees function. While you are in various positions—sitting with knees dangling, lying on your back, or lying on your stomach with knees flexed behind you—the doctor moves your legs to assess each knee's range of motion, muscle strength, abnormal movements within the joint, and telltale pain or sounds that occur with various maneuvers. Even if only one knee hurts, the doctor examines both for comparison. If the knee is too swollen to evaluate thoroughly, your doctor may schedule a follow-up appointment.
Your doctor may want to assess the relationship of your knees to your hips by measuring your Q-angle (angle formed by the line of the femur and the line extending from the ankle through the kneecap). The Q-angle is typically from 0 to 16 degrees, with men usually at the lower end. An abnormally high Q-angle places you at greater risk of patellofemoral pain syndrome and certain injuries, such as tears of the anterior cruciate ligament. The doctor also evaluates nerve function and circulation in your legs, watches you walk, and follows up on any symptoms of general illness. He or she may schedule further tests at this point.
What sports have a high risk of getting elbow injuries?
Aaron Nelson , NASM Elite Trainer, Sports Medicine, answeredElbow injuries can happen in any sport but are more prevelant in sports that include rackets and throwing. Tennis, badminton, golf, baseball, cricket and track and field events(javelin, discus and shot put) are all examples. More traumatic injuries can occur in contact/collision sports such as football, hockey and wrestling.
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