May 7, 2002

MEDIA CONTACT: John Lazarou
PHONE: 410-502-8902
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SPORTS MEDICINE NEWS TIPS

Listed below are story ideas from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Division of Sports Medicine. To pursue any of these stories, contact John M. Lazarou, 410-502-8902 or jlazaro1@jhmi.edu

ACL INJURIES AS COMMON AS "THREE-POINTERS"
The NBA playoffs bring us pro basketball at the top of its game, with gifted athletes running, leaping and cutting. Those moves can put any player at risk for an injury, but anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee tears of the knee suffered by these athletes is common. Nobody's advising giving up sports, but some simple safety measures may make a big difference. Orthopedic surgeon Andrew Cosgarea, M.D., can offer insight and training tips that reduce risk of knee injuries. According to recent statistics issued by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, each year more than 100,000 ACL repairs are performed on an inpatient and outpatient basis in the United States. The majority of injuries are among athletes 15 to 25 years old, and about 70 percent of these injuries occur in non-contact situations.

WEEKEND WARRIORS, BEWARE! HOW TO TELL IF YOUR INJURY IS SERIOUS
Registration for recreational softball, baseball, basketball and other sports league, are in full gear as warm weather months approach and "weekend warriors" may ignore warning signs of injuries that need quick attention. While some sport injuries are immediately evident, others can creep up slowly and progressively get worse. Edward G. McFarland, M.D., director of sports medicine and shoulder surgery at Johns Hopkins, can explain "good or bad" pain following strenuous activity, and how to handle pains sustained through the summer season.

TENNIS. ANYONE?
Tennis players of all skill levels can improve their health along with their game with some simple techniques and conditioning for preventing the most common tennis injury, lateral epicondylitis, otherwise known as tennis elbow. Brian J. Krabak, M.D., Director, orthopedic instrumentation laboratory and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, is an expert on what treatments, medical and surgical, are available.



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