Learn About Spinal Cord Injuries

Learn About Spinal Cord Injuries

Article Featured on Shepherd Center

Every year, about 12,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury. That’s 30 new injuries every day. Most of these people are injured in auto and sports-related accidents, falls and industrial mishaps. An estimated 60 percent of these individuals are 30 years old or younger, and the majority of them are men.

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Teens playing through pain, not taking sports injuries seriously, says study

Teens Playing Through Pain, Not Taking Sports Injuries Seriously

Article by Elizabeth Murray | Featured on Today

During a high-school field-hockey game in September 2013, near her Virginia hometown, Brie Boothby was struck in the side of her head with an opponent’s stick. Boothby blacked out.

“The only thought in my mind was getting back in the game,” she told TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones. And despite her injury, the field-hockey player kept playing. “I thought I had to be tough. I thought I had to go back in because we were losing and I needed to support my team.”

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Torn Rotator Cuff

Rotator Cuff Tears

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A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. In 2008, close to 2 million people in the United States went to their doctors because of a rotator cuff problem. A torn rotator cuff will weaken your shoulder. This means that many daily activities, like combing your hair or getting dressed, may become painful and difficult to do.

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Over Use Injuries

Overuse Injuries

Last spring, a student I was tutoring told me his back hurt. The boy, a 14-year-old in Washington, D.C., had played on school and travel soccer teams in the fall. Despite his pain, he was still playing travel ball, competing in weekend tournaments and practicing twice a week. I watched him struggle to squeeze in schoolwork around these commitments. At some points, he was reduced to lying on the floor with his feet up against the wall as we worked to prepare him for quizzes.

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