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The Vancouver Canucks announced on Tuesday that winger Mason Raymond suffered a vertebrae compression fracture. The back injury will sideline Raymond for 3-4 months. The 25 year-old was injured in Monday night’s 5-2, Game 6 loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. Just 20 seconds into to Game 6, Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk nailed Raymond into the boards as the Canuck was leaning forward. After a several minutes on the ice, Raymond was helped off by teammates and then taken on a stretcher to a Boston hospital. Simply put, a vertebrae compression fracture is a major back injury...
On Sunday, June 5, 2011, Lil’wat Nation of Mount Currie, British Columbia had their first annual Lil’wat Satellite Sun Run . As SportMedBC’s RunWalk Coordinator , I had the pleasure of attending the event! Upon my arrival, I was gree
A blister on a key spot on your foot can result in your star midfielder running like the most out of shape goalkeeper! While very minor, if not taken care of, blisters can be debilitating. They are caused by a combination of moisture and rubbing, which is normal for the inside of a soccer boot. More tips at the Province Sports Academy . They are a number of ways to prevent blisters. Wearing a synthetic or wool liner sock underneath your soccer socks will help. These socks will wick away moisture, preventing blisters. It’s also a good idea to break-in new boots by wearing them for short...
Here’s a very interesting piece by Karim Khan for the British Journal of Sports Medicine . Titled, Are the recommendations for fluid intake in humans valid? , guest author Dr. Evan Lloyd reviews the research and examines recommendations, health, thirst and sports drinks. Read article . SportMedBC’s Manager of Performance, Dr. D’arcey Musselman also reviewed the article. Here are her thoughts: “This article presents some interesting comments in regards to fluid intake. “I agree that laboratory experiments do not necessarily translate or reflect how the body will respond in the ‘field’...
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...

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