Overview

Myotendinous injuries are common issues in competitive athletes and can impair performance, limit playing time, and disrupt a career. Such injuries are often referred to as “muscle strains, tears, ruptures, or pulls.” Prevention programs for some specific myotendinous injuries have been described for varying levels of play; however, there is little evidence supporting many of these strategies. When an acute muscle injury occurs, the best techniques for clinical assessment, choice and timing of imaging modalities, treatment, and return to play strategies are unclear.

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MYOTENDINOUS INJURY RESEARCH ADDRESSED IN THIS CFP

How can the impact of acute myotendinous injuries on athletic participation be reduced?

What is the efficacy of prevention programs?

What specific prevention, assessment, and treatment techniques are needed for different injury sites (e.g., hamstring vs. gastrocnemius/soleus)?

What is the correlation between imaging and clinical assessment?

Which interventions are effective for treatment?

What are the risk factors associated with an initial injury?

What are the risk factors for re-injury?

Specific Areas of Research Interest
  • Natural history of muscle injury
  • Prevention programs
  • MR (including UTE MRI) and ultrasound imaging features and clinical correlates related to prognosis and recovery
  • Treatment of muscle strain injuries, particularly of the hamstring and gastrocnemius/soleus
  • Assessments for return-to-play readiness
  • Effectiveness of screening programs to identify those at higher injury risk
  • Predictors and risk factors for both initial injury and re-injury

For complete details, please download the CFP Document.

Review and Evaluation Criteria

All qualifying applications will undergo a two-stage review process. The first stage will consist of a confidential scientific peer review. All members of the peer review panel will be bound by a signed nondisclosure agreement, ensuring that information in the applications and evaluation process will not be disclosed outside of the collaboration.

This review will focus on the scientific merit of the proposed research. The applications will be scored on the following criteria, all of equal importance:

  • Relevance and Impact
  • Research Strategy and Scientific Methods
  • Innovation
  • Personnel and Environment

For complete details, please download the CFP Document.

Questions about the CFP should be directed to GE_NBA.Research@ge.com

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