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Sports medicine research

Injuries in Female Collegiate Athletes with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PI, Matthew McElroy, DO

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common problem in women of reproductive age. PCOS is a major risk factor for metabolic syndrome, and women with metabolic syndrome have higher rates of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and infertility. The identification and treatment of PCOS at an early age can help delay or prevent progression to metabolic syndrome. This study will identify female athletes with PCOS and determine if they are more prone to injury, inflammation, malnutrition and insulin resistance.

Reduction of Concussion Symptoms Through the Use of Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy: A Prospective Study

PI, Matthew McElroy, DO

Concussion incidence in high school and collegiate sports is high, especially in football. These injuries have become the focus of the sports world, as coaches, trainers and medical personnel are more vigilant than ever in screening for concussions. Once diagnosed, return to play is dependent on recovery from symptoms followed by a specific protocol for clearance; the sooner the symptoms subside the sooner the protocol is initiated. Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) is a low-risk procedure that has minimal side effects and has been used to decrease both headache intensity and frequency. We are investigating whether OMT decreases symptom duration and severity of headache in concussion management.

Perception of Exercise Prescriptions in Patients Presenting with Musculoskeletal Complaints

PI, David Ross, MD

Exercise is an important part of fitness and overall well-being. Current trends in healthcare place an emphasis on encouraging patients to take a proactive role in their care. Our goal is to evaluate perspectives of exercise prescriptions among patients presenting with musculoskeletal complaints. We hope to use this data to evaluate our strategies as providers in encouraging patients to take a proactive role in their recoveries.