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Icing an Injury

How to Use Ice Properly to Treat Injuries

As as a Certified Athletic Trainer on Hartford HealthCare’s Sports Medicine team, Rebecca MacEwan treats all kinds of injuries on and off the field. Sometimes the technique she uses help an injured athlete is the most common, ice.  Ice and other cooling  methods are great for treating many conditions, says MacEwan, ...


How the Right Footwear Gets the Sports Season Off on the Right Foot

It’s back-to-school time, which also means it’s back-to-sports time for student athletes. For those heading back out onto the field, court or gym, new athletic footwear are part of every back-to-school shopping list. The proper type and fit of your athletic shoes can make a big difference in injury prevention...


Let the 10 Percent Rule Help You Prepare for a New Sports Season

Rest, both physical and emotional, is an important part of any sport. Maintaining a level of fitness during the off-season, however, is both good for the body and can help reduce the risk of injury when the season starts again. Taking a few days to a week off after your...


What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

It can happen on the soccer field, in a car accident or at work – but after sitting in a dark room, quietly for a few days, the concussion you’ve suffered should heal, right? Not always, according to Stephanie Alessi-LaRosa, associate director of the new Sports Neurology Program in the...

Sports neurology

Why an Athlete Might Now See a Sports Neurologist

What is a sports neurologist? With the dramatic increase in head injuries in football and other sports, this relatively new subspecialty of neurology has become increasingly prominent. Dr. Stephanie Alessi-Larosa is a sports neurologist with the Hartford Healthcare Ayer Neuroscience Institute: Q. Sports neurology is a somewhat new field. Why...

Romberg Exercise

What is Romberg Exercise?

Balance exercises can reduce the risk of a fall for people with vertigo. Improved balance can also encourage people with vertigo, and its sensation of spinning, to increase physical activity and enhance their social life. The Romberg exercise is both an easy and an effective way to reduce symptoms of...


Why Athletes are More at Risk for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Markelle Fultz makes a living – he was the NBA’s No. 1 pick overall in the 2017 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers — by keeping his arms aloft, guarding his team’s basket from the jump shots of opposing players. Now, that very movement has sidelined him for at least a...