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Sports Medicine

When a Little League Injury Is a Major League Problem

Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Sports
Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D.

Kids as young as six and seven now routinely play one sport all year round, not just to the detriment of their experience, but increasingly at their physical peril.

What Parents and Young Athletes Need to Know About Marfan Syndrome

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

Marfan syndrome is a diagnosis easy to miss unless one deliberately considers it and pays a great attention to detail. If your young son or daughter is playing basketball or volleyball and you are hearing the comments above, please take him or her to a physician for the appropriate tests -- at the very least to rule the condition out and have some peace of mind.

Longevity vs. Durability: Can You Have Both?

Nicholas DiNubile, MD | Posted 07.16.2014 | Fifty
Nicholas DiNubile, MD

We've extended the warranty on the human heart, and people are living longer. We've improved care for skin, and people look better. But it's your frame that gets you where you need to go whenever you need to get there.

The Pharmacologics of Exercise: Yes, Exercise Is Medicine!

Nicholas DiNubile, MD | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicholas DiNubile, MD

As health care is reformed in the United States, comprehensive strategies must be included to encourage more individuals of all ages to incorporate exercise into their daily routines, a cornerstone of personal health care reform.

Behind the Prep: What It Takes to Get an Athlete Ready for the NFL Combine and Draft

Dr. Joseph Horrigan | Posted 06.24.2013 | Sports
Dr. Joseph Horrigan

As you watch the NFL Draft selections, keep in mind these players began training last spring for the college season and then went straight into six weeks of focused training to try to reach peak performance at the NFL Combine or their college Pro Day.

In the RG3 Injury Saga, Where Were the Redskins?

Shawn Sorenson | Posted 03.25.2013 | Sports
Shawn Sorenson

RG3's injury is serious -- his recovery formidable and full of uncertainty. What will his teammates do to support him? What will coaches and management do to get better? How will the culture of the organization evolve? That's where we'll learn what this team is made of.

Brandon Roy and Athlete Transition: The Most Important Issue in Sports Medicine

Shawn Sorenson | Posted 02.22.2013 | Sports
Shawn Sorenson

Every year, 21 percent of NBA players retire from basketball, completing an average 4.8 year pro career. Likewise 18 percent of major leaguers, 29 percent of the NFL, 18 percent of the NHL and a quarter of college athletes exit elite sports annually. All face their own transitions.

10 Surefire Ways To Keep Your Muscles Strong And Avoid Injury

Jordan D. Metzl, M.D. | Posted 05.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Jordan D. Metzl, M.D.

A lot of things can cause an injury, and we have a lot of body parts that can be hurt. These are my top 10 prime directives for keeping your muscles strong and avoiding injury.

Greek Mythology Isn't the Only Place to Have Achilles Problems

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 05.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

Achilles' tendon problems aren't limited to Greek mythology. They affect thousands of athletes every year, even those at the highest level. These injuries must be treated quickly and appropriately or they can severely hinder performance.

One of the Best Writing Tips Ever: Spin Class!

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Robinson

I never thought I'd take one of these classes, because who doesn't look stupid in padded bike shorts indoors? Then I discovered that I can solve any thorny writing problem in spin class.

Basketball Season Changed by ACL Tears

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

The Wizards' star Josh Howard and Purdue's forward Robbie Hummel tore their ACLs a few weeks ago on the court, ending their season and potentially changing the fate of their teams' title hopes.

Sleep And High Performance: What Olympic Athletes Know About Sleep.

Michael Gervais, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Gervais, Ph.D.

If quality sleep is considered "fundamental" to high performance - how are you doing in this department? After all, all of us are performing in some aspect of our lives.

Effects Of Training On Unstable Surfaces For Sports Performance

David Buer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Buer

Training on unstable surfaces like stability balls increases activation of core stabalizer muscles, but it is not a complete or ideal form of training for enhancing potential for increased athletic performance.

A Mother Plays Monday Morning Quarterback

Elizabeth Donoghue | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Donoghue

Last week, my ten-year-old son, Mikey, suffered a concussion in third game of his first season of tackle football. I'm in a quandary: do I end tackle football now and forever, or let him play?

Rotator Cuff Problems Don't Just Affect Pitchers...

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

90 to 95% of people undergoing surgery for rotator cuff tears typically have good to excellent outcomes. The results for professional baseball players, however, have been less promising.

Injuries Occur When Kids Are too Active in Sports

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ramon Resa, MD

I advocate for our kids to become more balanced. Stressful organized sports take away from family time, and the experience no longer remains a simple and pleasurable experience.

A Note on George Carlin about Steroids and Sports from a Practical Idealist

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

Battle and competition have become not only endemic to the sports of our times but to how we see the world and how we teach our children.

Getting More Aggressive with Clavicle Fractures

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

Although these fractures are very painful, the majority can successfully be treated with conservative measures, particularly non- and minimally-displaced fracture.

Mariano Rivera And The Importance Of The AC Joint

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

Shoulder problems in pitchers are usually related to the rotator cuff muscles or the labrum. Luckily for Mariano Rivera, the shoulder pain that he had during last season was related to his AC joint

Hip Pointers Aren't Just About Hips...Or Football Players

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

With athletes being bigger and stronger, and play becoming more physical, there seems to be an increasing number of "hip pointers" occurring amongst basketball players.

Rx for Your Golf Game to Prevent Injuries

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

What do Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Fred Couples and Davis Love III have in common, besides the ability to hit a golf ball farther than most mortal men?

Joe DiMaggio Sports Medicine Blog: Watching the Olympics Can Be a Pain in the Butt...Literally

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

Buttock pain can be persistent and annoying, and the wrong exercise can make it worse. Yet there are effective treatments.

Joe DiMaggio Sports Medicine Blog: Is Tommy John Surgery Becoming an Epidemic?

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

"Tommy John Surgery" has become commonplace among professional baseball players. Unfortunately, the same can be said for younger athletes.

Flip-Flops: Not A Good Idea For Sports And Exercise

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

Flip-flops are fine for the beach or the pool, but overuse can lead to a variety of other problems. Their lack of support can lead to more severe injuries such as ankle sprains or fractures.

Tennis Elbow Doesn't Just Affect Tennis Players

Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Josh Dines and Dr. Rock Positano

It's incredible that Nadal and Federer were able to hit the ball as hard and with as much accuracy at 9pm as at 9am. Unfortunately, for most of us, overuse of a particular body part often results in pain or injury.