Sports Medicine News and Updates

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What's New

  • Team Member Competes in 2024 Olympic Trials: Congratulations to Sports Medicine Dietitian Sakiko Minagawa (pictured,) who competed at the 2024 Olympic Marathon Trials in February.
  • New Sports Medicine Provider: Megan Liberty, DO, joined the Sports Medicine team in September 2023. Dr. Liberty is board certified in pediatrics and primary care sports medicine. In addition to caring for athletes from all sport backgrounds, Dr. Liberty has a particular interest in dance medicine. She has 18 years of professional ballet training and extensive performance experience. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Liberty here.
  • Functional Rehabilitation Podcast: Eric Leighton, AT, ATC, and Jesse Parthemore, AT, ATC, MS, visited the PediaCast studio to discuss functional rehabilitation for the student athlete. With the proper guidance, athletes can overcome injury, improve performance and return to play safely and efficiently. Listen to the full podcast here.

News & Updates

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PediaCast 555: Sports Nutrition for Student Athletes

Dr. Mike and Alycia Kingcade join Sport Medicine's Sakiko Minagawa and Dr. Tom Pommering to discuss sports nutrition in student athletes. Topics include food as fuel, energy availability, dietary supplements, sports drinks and picky eaters.

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Neck Guards: An In-Demand Addition to Hockey Safety Gear

In fast tempo games like hockey, it can be easy to get caught up in a play. It is in these moments when players will put their body on the line to win the game. In doing so, it can lead to some amazing highlight reels while revealing dangerous vulnerabilities.

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Physical Therapy for an ACL Injury

In the eyes of many young athletes, no situation can seem more hopeless than a serious knee injury that requires surgical repair. It may feel career-ending to some athletes, even those who have multiple sports seasons left on the horizon. Luckily, in most cases, this does not have to be the case.

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What Running Distances Are Safe for Children?

The American Academy of Pediatrics supports running and gives some helpful recommendations for families considering whether to have their children compete in longer distances, such as a 5K race or longer.

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Dance Injuries: From Rehab to Rehearsal

When a medical professional is actively involved and there is appropriate communication, young dancers are less likely to miss dance time, and there is a reduced injury rate. Learn what to do if you’re a dancer with an injury.

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Basketball: Training, Recovery, and Injury Prevention

Basketball is a fast paced and exciting sport, with physical skills and moves that are jaw dropping. To play this sport at their best, athletes have to prepare their bodies by properly warming up, eating well, giving themselves a chance to recover, and doing what they can to prevent injuries.

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Fighting For His Life | Gavin's COVID-19 Story

Gavin, a healthy football player with no pre-existing conditions, suffered from severe COVID-19 complications and was fighting for his life. Learn about Gavin's Fight and the role his athletic trainer played in his recovery.

In a recent study, researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital examined saliva samples to determine potential development of persistent post-concussive symptoms in children.

Saliva, Genomic Analysis Used to Identify Promising Biomarkers for Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms in Children

In a study published in Frontiers in Public Health, researchers with the Center for Injury Research and Policy, Division of Sports Medicine, and the Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have demonstrated a method by which increased risk of persistent post-concussive symptoms (PPCS) in children with concussion can be identified. This could allow families and their care teams to better assess recovery time of children with concussion.

What is Golf Medicine?

What is Golf Medicine?

Whether you and your child play golf to relax on the weekends or to be competitive, a risk of injury exists just like in other sports. It is important to take precautions against getting hurt and to seek medical attention in the case of injury.

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Hockey Injuries: Know the Risks

Hockey season is in full swing and the excitement for end of the season tournaments is just around the corner. For players, parents, and coaches alike, it is important to be aware of the most common injuries that can happen on the ice.


Wrestling and Skin Conditions: Symptoms and Prevention

The sport of wrestling requires close skin-to-skin contact between opponents. This close contact means there is a high possibility of catching or spreading a variety of skin conditions ranging from ringworm, one of the most common, to impetigo and even MRSA.

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Announces Livingston Orthopedic & Surgery Center

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Nationwide Children’s Hospital announced today the Livingston Orthopedic & Surgery Center, which will break ground in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Changes in Post-Concussion Care: What Parents Need to Know

No athlete wants to sit on the sidelines when they’re hurt, but that’s often what’s recommended to help their brain heal after a concussion – a form of traumatic brain injury.

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No More Sitting in the Dark?

A new study by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy, Sports Medicine, and Emergency Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital investigated objectively measured, self-paced physical and cognitive activity across the first week post-concussion.

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Diagnostic Ultrasound: Evaluating Athletes at a Faster Pace

While most people think of ultrasound as a device used during pregnancy, it is an important tool used by many medical specialties – including sports medicine.

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