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Athlete's foot (Tinea Pedis) is a fungal infection which mainly affects the feet (it can also spread to other parts of the body). The condition is recognized by dry scaling and cracks in the skin surface between the toes. If left untreated, the fungus progresses to large patches of flaky, itchy skin. Soccer players are prone to athlete’s foot as weather conditions vary throughout a season. Sweating, contact with other players, personal hygiene, and soccer boots all add to the risk of infection. Symptoms include pain and itching, along with scaling and flaking of the skin. Small pimples,...
A stretching or tearing of the ligament occurs when joints are moved beyond their normal range of motion and the collagen fibers within the ligament are pulled apart. Joint "sprains" most frequently occur at the knee (medially), the ankle (laterally), and the acromioclavicular joint of the shoulder (shoulder separation). Ligament injuries are graded by physicians: Grade 1 (mild): Ligament is stretched but still intact. Bleeding is minimal, some mild pain and swelling with no instability. Grade 2 (moderate): Involves a partial rupture of the ligament. Moderate bleeding, pain and swelling...
With the NHL Playoffs now down to the final four and a home team continuing their quest for the Stanley Cup, even more British Columbians are fired up about the Vancouver Canucks . The sport of hockey has never been more popular in this province. But an unfortunate problem continues to hurt the game: Concussions. Over 100 concussions were recorded in the 2010-11 NHL season , at least 10 of them occurring in less than five weeks of playoff action. During game 1 of the Western Conference final between Vancouver and San Jose, the CBC ran an announcement from ThinkFirst , the national non-profit...
In the muscle-tendon unit, the area where the muscle joins the tendon is often the weakest link in the chain. Consequently, this is often the location where acute ruptures or complete tearing of the tendon occurs. The tendon, however, can also completely tear away from its bony attachment. A rupture of the Achilles tendon is a common injury for soccer players. Achilles tendon ruptures often occur when quick, explosive actions are involved - like when a player cuts to get away from an opponent or chases after the ball. Micro tears of the tendon from prolonged tendonitis can also be a...
Just a few spots left in our SportMed First Aid course in New Westminster. The course takes place this Saturday, May 14th at Douglas College. All the details are below.
A series of proposals aimed at reducing the number of serious injuries in ski racing was unveiled earlier this week by Alpine Canada after the conclusion of a two-day Safety Summit held in Calgary. The summit brought together leading doctors, scientists, coaches, athletes, equipment specialists and other experts from the ski community. Following a series of presentations, discussions and workshops, Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA) president Max Gartner announced a series of measures aimed at improving safety in domestic ski racing, as well as a strategy to work with the International Ski Federation...
Call it a concussion knowledge blitz. The CFL is teaming up with Football Canada and other organizations to promote head injury awareness, prevention, management and research. Flyers and posters with information and guidelines on how to deal with concussions will be distributed to tens of thousands of players around the country. The goal is to educate players and coaches at all levels and dispel any remnants of the old-school gridiron habits where players made premature returns to the field. "I think that culture has shifted," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said Tuesday. "I think that concept...
When a player rises for a header – unfortunately more often than not – their elbows also rise, striking the opponent in the face. That’s just one of the ways a soccer player can suffer a dental injury . A tooth may chip, be knocked loose or get completely knocked out. A blow to the upper or lower jaw is the usual mechanism by which the teeth can be damaged. A fractured tooth could expose the nerve, rendering the tooth very sensitive to cold, and thereby requiring the athlete to keep his/her mouth closed. Signs and symptoms include cracking, splitting or chipping of the tooth, along with pain...
There’s just a few spots left in this weekend’s SportMed Athletic Taping course on Vancouver Island. Taking place at John Barsby Commun
A couple of spots remain in our SportMed First Aid and Athletic Taping courses. The courses

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