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  • Preventing Injury in Football Players

    Injuries are common in American football due to the combination of high speeds and collision contact. They can occur almost anywhere in the body, but data from college athletes shows that ligament sprains of the knee and ankle are the most commonly reported injuries. However, certain player positions may be more prone to injury overall and the type of injury sustained may vary among the positions.

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  • The Utility of Medical Imaging for Hip-Related Groin Pain

    Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome occurs when an extra bone -- known as a bone spur -- grows along one or both of the bones that form the hip joint. The irregular shape causes unwanted friction within the ball-and-socket joint, which can lead to tears in the surrounding cartilage and pain in the groin area.

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  • Sports Medicine: Doctor in the House

    At an NFL game, there may be a half dozen or more doctors on the sidelines, with various specialties and backgrounds. At the high school level, however, a team is lucky to have one physician on hand. Even then, this doctor will often change from year to year, if not from game to game.

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  • Spartan Athletes Reap Benefits of Sports Medicine Doctor

    Dr. Alex Weber excused himself before heading out toward the 40-yard line, in the direction of the injured Monrovia football player prone on the La Cañada High School field turf.

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  • PUSD Football Scores Partnership with Keck Medicine of USC

    Although this year’s football season may have ended in disappointment for the three Pasadena high schools who offer a pigskin program (Muir, Pasadena High, and Marshall Fundamental), the school district’s newfound partnership with Keck Medicine of USC is poised to be a winning combination for years to come. Spearheaded by Dr. Alexander Weber, assistant professor of clinical orthopedic surgery, and his team of sports medicine physician fellows, the folks at Keck Medicine have undertaken the critical mission of supporting the Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) football teams.

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  • ACL Reconstruction: More About Skill Than Technique

    Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is one of the most common orthopedic surgeries performed today, but still there is a lot of debate on whether there is a “gold standard” approach to reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament. When creating a treatment plan for an individual patient, a surgeon has quite a few decisions to make on how best to handle the reconstruction.

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  • Controversy, cost may not dim potential of stem cells in the shoulder

    It is widely known and reported in the literature that shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff tears, tend to heal slowly and the management of glenoid labral tears, subacromial impingement and the degenerative, arthritic shoulder may be challenging. Therefore, research into biologic treatments for these conditions is underway. This includes exploring the effect in the laboratory and the OR of various types of stem cells on healing when injected or used to augment arthroscopic or open surgery.

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  • Slippery When Wet: Preventing Water Sports Injuries

    Whether you’re water skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, paragliding, kite surfing or jet skiing, water sports can be a blast. But it’s important to know the risks involved in each activity, the common injuries and how to prevent them.

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  • USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital physician volunteers to work with La Cañada High student athletes

    As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, Alex Weber has worked with the most elite of athletes, honing his skills with University of Michigan's basketball team, the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls.

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