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Surgical Intervention of a Fibular Stress Fracture in a Male Basketball Player: A Case Report

Randall G. Meador, Travis L. Randolph, Brenden J. Balcik, David F. Hubbard, and Barry McDonough

This is a case of a 21-year-old male, African American Division I basketball player with a fibula stress fracture. The athlete initially reported pain, without distinct injury and was diagnosed with a stress fracture. After a short period of immobilization in a walking boot, this individual opted to undergo surgical intervention consisting of an intramedullary screw inserted in his left fibula. This was in consultation with the orthopedic team physician and orthopedic trauma surgeon. After a brief period of rest and continued immobilization in a walking boot, weight bearing as tolerated, the patient was able to start rehabilitation. He continued rehabilitation and progressive return to activity and was able to return to limited practice approximately 4 weeks. He played 13 min of a game in under 5 weeks (31 days). Stress fractures are not uncommon in basketball players, but a fibula stress fracture is one not often seen, and there is a paucity of data in the literature regarding this injury. A nonoperative approach to treatment of a fibula stress fracture typically yields good results but may lead to longer return than a surgical intervention. Providing athletes options for treatment may result in a quicker recovery. This case demonstrates a novel treatment option resulting in a quicker return to play.

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Female Collegiate Gymnasts’ Perceptions and Beliefs on Preventative Training Programs

Jessica C. Martinez, Ja’Naya M. Alexander, and Kelly D. Pagnotta

Gymnastics has the highest injury rate of all women’s collegiate sports, most occurring to the lower extremity. Preventative training programs (PTPs) effectively reduce lower-extremity injury rates. This study aimed to determine the perceptions and beliefs of female collegiate gymnasts regarding PTPs. Participants reported that they would be more likely to participate in a PTP if it resulted in fewer injury risk factors (p < .001), less likely to suffer an anterior cruciate ligament injury (p < .001), and fewer leg injuries (p < .001). Marketing and education of PTPs should be targeted and focus on what is most important to stakeholders to increase compliance.

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Lower-Extremity Visuomotor Reaction Time Is Not Different Between Males and Females Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Francesca M. Genoese, Michelle C. Walaszek, Katherine Collins, Elaine Reiche, Ashley Triplett, Matthew S. Harkey, Christopher Kuenze, and Shelby E. Baez

Visuomotor reaction time (VMRT) is predictive of lower-extremity musculoskeletal injury and may be a modifiable anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury risk factor that affects the incidence of primary and secondary ACL injuries in females. However, it is unknown if females with ACL reconstruction (ACLR) experience diminished VMRT compared with their male counterparts. The purpose of this study was to compare lower-extremity VMRT (LEVMRT) between males and females with ACLR. Female (n = 40) and male (n = 20) participants who were between 4 and 12 months after primary, unilateral ACLR completed a LEVMRT task with each limb using a series of wireless light discs. Mann–Whitney U tests were used to compare between-group differences for LEVMRT (in milliseconds). No statistically significant sex differences were observed for LEVMRT when the ACLR limb deactivated the light discs (females = 509.5 [132.5], males = 507.0 [79.8]; p = .77) or when the ACLR limb was stabilizing while the nonsurgical limb deactivated the light discs (females = 528.5 [105.3], males = 546.0 [92.5]; p = .77). Both males and females may benefit from visual motor training to improve VMRT after ACLR.

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Disagreement of Rehabilitation Adherence Perceptions Among Athletic Trainers and Injured Collegiate Athletes

Luis Torres, Shala E. Davis, Colleen A. Shotwell, and Fredrick A. Gardin

Collegiate athletic trainers continue to report adherence to physical rehabilitation programs to be a problem in collegiate athletics, as rehabilitation adherence among collegiate athletes can range between 40% and 90%. Inconsistent appropriate adherence to these programs may limit patients’ ability to successfully recover from their sports injuries. This study sought to understand if differences in perception of rehabilitation adherence existed between athletic trainers and collegiate athletes. A nonsignificant fair inverse correlation was found between the athletic trainer perceptions and patient self-perceptions of rehabilitation adherence after an examination of 19 separate physical rehabilitation programs led by 5 collegiate athletic trainers (R = −.48, p = .06). Given the found practitioner–patient disconnect, collegiate athletic trainers should consider further encouraging patient involvement within their rehabilitation programs through various tactics such as the use of patient-rated outcomes or conversations that minimize patient distress.

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Professional Identity in Irish Certified Athletic Therapists

Siobhán O’Connor, Oran Lavelle Hayes, and Kate Sheridan

Professional identity is an important construct that considers an individual’s own values, beliefs, attitudes, and motives surrounding their own role in their profession. No research has examined this concept in athletic training/therapy beyond the U.S. context. We examined professional identity in Irish certified athletic therapists (n = 81) using the Professional Identity and Values Scale. Participants presented with a total Professional Identity and Values Scale score of 92.0 ± 9.9. Age (r = .26, p = .02; r = .27, p = .02) and years of experience (r = .29, p = .01; r = .32, p = .0004) were positively correlated with total Professional Identity and Values Scale score and professional development subscale score, respectively. No gender differences were observed (p > .05). Despite being a new emerging profession, Irish athletic therapists presented with a strong professional identity.

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Optimizing Health-Related Outcomes Following Musculoskeletal Injury Through the Integration of Self-Efficacy Theory and the Fear Avoidance Model

Bridget M. Walsh, Ke’La H. Porter, and Matthew C. Hoch

A primary goal of rehabilitation is to produce optimal health-related quality of life outcomes, which includes returning patients to their desired level of activity. Injury-related fear, kinesiophobia, and fear-avoidance beliefs are psychological factors that negatively impact health-related quality of life and are associated with decreased levels of physical activity. Conversely, increased levels of self-efficacy have been linked to favorable rehabilitation outcomes. To promote full recovery and optimal health-related quality of life, the rehabilitation process should consider addressing self-efficacy and injury-related fear (e.g., kinesiophobia, fear-avoidance beliefs). Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to introduce a theoretical framework which integrates self-efficacy theory and the Fear-Avoidance Model to mitigate injury-related fear and optimize patient outcomes following musculoskeletal injury. The intention of this theoretical framework is to provide clinicians with psychosocial interventions to improve self-efficacy and prevent the progression of injury-related fear at varying times throughout the rehabilitation process.

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Epidemiology of Shoulder Dislocations Presenting to Emergency Departments in the United States, 2007–2020

Rebecca R. Rodriguez and Kenneth C. Lam

Context: Shoulder dislocations are the most commonly treated joint dislocation in the emergency department. Zacchilli and Owens previously reported on the epidemiology of shoulder dislocations presenting to the emergency department in the United States from 2002 to 2006. At the time of data collection and analysis, no epidemiological report had been published to update these findings. Purpose: The purpose of our study was to provide an updated epidemiological report from 2007 to 2020. Results : A total of 26,203 shoulder dislocations were recorded in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database from 2007 to 2020. The highest rates occurred in males (71.4%, n = 18,722) and patients aged 20–29 years old (28.2%, n = 7,292). The most common mechanism of injury was sports involvement (48.6%, n = 12,735). Interpretation: Our findings suggest that rates of shoulder dislocations have remained consistent with previous research on this topic, indicating no significant changes over the past 19 years. More effective prevention strategies are needed, especially for at-risk populations.

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Continuing Education Assessment

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Volume 29 (2024): Issue 2 (Mar 2024)

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Are Irish Athletic Therapy Students Confident in Concussion Assessment and Management? A Cross-Sectional Study of Final Year Students’ Self-Efficacy

Anna P. Postawa, Enda F. Whyte, and Siobhán O’Connor

Concussion is one of the most challenging injuries for sports medicine clinicians. It is crucial that students develop high self-efficacy for concussion-relevant skills during professional education, as it impacts the quality of their patient care. This study aimed to explore Irish final year athletic therapy students’ self-efficacy in concussion assessment and management and the factors that impact its development. Participants’ level of self-efficacy varied, from low to high, depending on the skill assessed. Lack of practice and lecturer’s positive feedback impacted student self-efficacy the most. Educators should provide students with an opportunity to practice their skills in an environment that facilitates feedback.