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  • OAAA Lunch and Learn Series: Findings from Audience Research

    Hear Terry Brady, PhD, senior behavioral scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discuss lessons learned from audience research from primary care practices on July 18,noon to 12:30 pm, ET. Hosted by the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) as part of its Lunch and Learn series, Brady's presentation will focus on how the research was conducted, the key findings, recommendations, and putting the findings into action. Dial-in information and Brady's Powerpoint are available in this invitation from OAAA.

    APTA is a member of OAAA.

    Track-related Injuries on the Rise in Children and Teens

    From 1991 through 2008 more than 159,000 children and adolescents aged 10 to 18 were treated in US emergency departments for track-related injuries, say researchers at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The annual number of track-related injuries increased 36% during the 18-year study period, increasing from 7,702 in 1991 to 10,496 in 2008.

    According to the study, the most common injury diagnoses were sprains and/or strains (52%) and fractures or dislocations (17%). The study looked at 7 different track-related activities—sprinting, cross country, running, hurdles, relays, stretching and/or drills, and "other" activities. The most common activities being performed at the time of injury were running (59%) and hurdles (23%).

    The most commonly injured body parts varied across activity and across age group. For instance, elementary students were more likely to sustain upper extremity injuries while high school students were more likely to sustain lower leg injuries.

    "With this in mind, track-related injury prevention efforts may need to be tailored by activity for different age groups in order to most effectively address the injury concerns the athletes are facing,” said Lara McKenzie, PhD, principal investigator at the Center for Injury Research and Policy and senior author of the study.

    Free, full-text of the study is available in The Physician and Sportsmedicine.  

    New NIH Program to Focus on Brain's Role in Pain

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched a new multidisciplinary research program focusing on the role of the brain in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain. Based in NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, this collaborative effort will complement basic science and clinical research efforts of other ongoing intramural neuroscience, imaging, and mental and behavioral health research programs.

    NIH has appointed Catherine Bushnell, PhD, an internationally recognized pain and neuroscience researcher, scientific director of the program. Under Bushnell, the program will continue to work toward the development of better ways to safely and more effectively treat chronic pain, and advance research on the intersection and integration of pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches.

    Research projects will include investigating the role of the brain in pain processing and control, and how factors such as emotion, attention, environment, and genetics affect pain perception. The program also will explore how chronic pain produces changes in the brain that can modify how the brain reacts to pain medications such as opioids.