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Thursday, October 21, 2021
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Common Injuries in Figure Skating
Where it Hurts

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 FIGURE SKATING: THE MOST COMMON INJURIES:

 .I think if you were to ask an Olympic skater to count the number of times they have crashed landed on the ice, they wouldn’t be able to count them on one hand. But they might be able to count it on one wrist. Falling on an outstretch hand is the primary cause of injuries to the upper extremity in figure skaters.

Although injuries to the hips, knees and ankles are much more common, every skater has most likely had atleast one wrist injury. Wrist sprains or fractures of the Radius and Scaphoid bones are common with impact in such position, and are much more common in unexpected falls. With such a rigorous training schedule and high degree of risk, figure skaters are prone to many “sports specific injuries”, and require a multitude of treatments to stay on the ice. Copious amounts of rehabilitation and medical therapy are required to properly treat a skater’s ailments.

With advancements in Orthobiologic therapy and approval by the World Anti Doping Agency, figure skaters have turned to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to help speed up recovery time from injury.

World of Sports in Photos
Sport Quiz

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Sport Stories in Pictures
Name the place this event was held
Name the year, and date
Name the Lead training and Manager 
of the match winner, Name the match loser
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Playscapers Stake Houses
Italian Design Sport Center

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Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) and Italo Rota have unveiled designs for the Playscraper, a Jenga-like skyscraper that stacks together eight tennis courts for a total of 60,000 square feet of playing space. Developed for RCS Sport, one of Europe’s leading sport and media companies, the 300-foot-tall Tennis Tower is designed to be built with the B-Core slab structure, a lightweight stainless-steel sandwich structure developed by Broad Sustainable Building that takes inspiration from the outer shell of a spacecraft and has been used in prefabricated projects. The Playscraper would also incorporate electronic facades to broadcast sports matches and other digital content.


  Developed with no proposed location, the conceptual design for the Playscraper — a Tennis Tower would consist of eight sandwich structures stacked on top of one another to house a total of eight stand-alone tennis courts. Full-height glazing would cap the narrow sides of each rectangular volume to provide panoramic views of the surroundings and to let in ample natural light. Digital facades clad the two long sides to function as massive TV screens for streaming sports matches so that those in the surrounding areas can watch live matches from below.  

Cameroon: World Cup Qualifiers - Lions Intensify Training
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Cameroon: World Cup Qualifiers - Lions Intensify Training

Yesterday in Japoma-Douala, the team focused on offensive and attacking techniques.

In a prelude to their match against the Mambas of Mozambique on Friday, October 8, 2021, in Douala, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have intensified training with more focus on offensive and attacking techniques, ball possession, and finishing.

This day of training of the October Camp for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers has all 27 players in the den. The match on Friday is the second stage around three games of World Cup qualifiers.

During the training session on October 6, 2021, at the Japoma training stadium two, all 27 Lions were present, including four goalkeepers. As the Lions train, it was clear that there was serenity and order in the den. The technical team was busy, working on tactical technical strategies, ball possession, control, and scoring techniques while head coach Antonio Conceiçao was busy observing and giving instructions and recommendations where necessary. The coach in charge of the goalkeepers, Jacques Songo'o, was seen with the four goalkeepers in camp. The goalkeepers including Simon Omossola, Efala Komguep, Narcisse Nlend, were all intact and receiving instructions from the coach. Other players, including Vincent Aboubakar, Kotto Junior, Oum Goueta, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting amongst others were all concentrated during the training.

During a pre-training briefing, defense right back, Fai Collins, and Ngandeu Michael all confirmed that serenity reigned supreme in the camp. They remain optimistic that victory will be theirs come Friday, October 8, 2021, when they will clash with Mozambique.

It should be recalled that Cameroon is second in Group D with three points while Mozambique is bottom placed. The doubleheader games will take place in Douala and Tanger, Morocco respectively.


Sports Related Brain Injuries
Facts and Cases Reported

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Sports-Related Recurrent Brain Injuries

An estimated 300,000 sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) of mild to moderate severity (1), most of which can be classified as concussions (i.e., conditions of temporarily altered mental status as a result of head trauma), occur in the United States each year. The proportion of these concussions that are repeat injuries is unknown; however, there is an increased risk for subsequent TBI among persons who have had at least one previous TBI (2,3). Repeated mild brain injuries occurring over an extended period (i.e., months or years) can result in cumulative neurologic and cognitive deficits (4,5), but repeated mild brain injuries occurring within a short period (i.e., hours, days, or weeks) can be catastrophic or fatal. The latter phenomenon, termed "second impact syndrome," has been reported more frequently since it was first characterized in 1984 (6-8). This report describes two cases of second impact syndrome and presents recommendations developed by the American Academy of Neurology to prevent recurrent brain injuries in sports and their adverse consequences (9). Case Reports

Case 1. During October, a 17-year-old high school football player was tackled on the last play of the first half of a varsity game and struck his head on the ground. During halftime intermission, he told a teammate that he felt ill and had a headache; he did not tell his coach. He played again during the third quarter and received several routine blows to his helmet during blocks and tackles. He then collapsed on the field and was taken to a local hospital in a coma. A computed tomography (CT) brain scan revealed diffuse swelling of the brain and a small subdural hematoma. He was transferred to a regional trauma center, where attempts to reduce elevated intracranial pressure were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced brain dead 4 days later. Autopsy revealed diffuse brain swelling, focal areas of subcortical ischemia, and a small subdural hematoma.

Case 2. During August, a 19-year-old college football player reported headache to family members after a full-contact practice during summer training. During practice the following day, he collapsed on the field approximately 2 minutes after engaging in a tackle. He was transported to a nearby trauma center, where a CT scan of the head showed diffuse brain swelling and a thin subdural hematoma. Attempts to control the elevated intracranial pressure failed, and he was pronounced brain dead 3 days later. Autopsy revealed the brain to be diffusely swollen with evidence of cerebrovascular congestion and features of temporal lobe herniation.

Summary of Related Data

The true incidence of second impact syndrome is unknown. During 1984-1991, four cases were described, and during 12 months, a total of 17 cases were described; most cases have involved male adolescents or young adults and involved participation in boxing, football, ice hockey, and snow skiing (8). Combined data from four states (Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Utah) during indicated an annual rate of 2.6 cases per 100,000 population of sports-related TBI that resulted in hospitalization or death; the proportion attributable to second impact syndrome is unknown.

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