The term 3-sport athlete is a fairly recent trend. In the past if you were an athlete, you played 3 sports. You played a different sport each season but today with all the traveling and summer league teams, an athlete will get focused on a sport at a young age and play baseball year-round. For example: In Miami we play football year round because the weather allows for it. And so we don’t allow certain parts of the body to get adequate rest and as a result makes it more susceptible to those types of injuries.
Raymond E. Dahl, DO
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
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Why is it hard to diagnose knee problems?
Scott Martin, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredDiagnosing knee problems can be complicated, in part because of the large number of possible causes of knee pain. Patients are not always able to pinpoint the exact location of their pain, and injuries may not be clearly visible on imaging tests. In some situations, a physical examination and the information you provide are sufficient. But most diagnoses require at least an x-ray, and in some cases the doctor may recommend more advanced imaging and laboratory tests to determine the cause and extent of damage. But be aware that even expensive tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may not be conclusive or even useful. While MRI may reveal an abnormality, it may not be the source of the pain. Studies show that MRI can be too sensitive and often reveals abnormalities in patients who have no pain.
What does Tom, Dick, And Harry stand for?
Athletic trainers use the mnemonic device "Tom, Dick, And Harry" to remember the location of tissues on the medial side of the ankle, from anterior to posterior. “T” corresponds to tibialis posterior, “D” corresponds to flexor digitorum longus, “A” corresponds to posterior tibial artery, “N” corresponds to tibial nerve, and “H” corresponds to flexor hallucis longus.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Training Education Program.)
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