GE Healthcare and NBA provide analytical data on common spine injuries: 4 thoughts

Written by Eric Oliver | August 26, 2016 | Print  |

The NBA and GE Healthcare are issuing a call for proposals for researchers in orthopedics, sports medicine, radiology and other disciplines asking for research and evidence based treatments on myotendinous injuries. 

Here's what you should know.


1. A myotendinous injury impacts the complete area where muscles transitions into tendon. The injuries often impact an athlete's performance, limit playing time and can recur frequently.


2. Despite the injury being incredibly prevalent, very little issue on the topics exists.


3. Sports medicine physician at the University of Washington Kimberly Harmon, MD, said "We don't know what we can tell people to do to avoid and best treat these injuries, and we're hoping this research can answer that."


Dr. Harmon continued saying treatments like icing, massage and physical therapy seem to work, but are unproven. Research is needed that looks at speeding up return of play and prevention of injuries.


4. The NBA and GE are funding the program hoping it'll address questions regarding the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of acute and overuse injuries among NBA athletes. They are hoping the findings can be applied to future basketball players, athletes and the general population.


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