Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
The sports medicine world lost one of its pioneers late Thursday night when Dr. Frank Jobe passed away in Santa Monica, Calif. at the age of 88.
As co-founder of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Dr. Jobe was perhaps best known as the Godfather of Tommy John Surgery, the preferred term for ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction. He performed the first such procedure on its namesake, a Dodgers pitcher, in 1974.
Dr. Jobe also served as a mentor to Michael Ciccotti, M.D., director of sports medicine at the Rothman Institute and head team physician for the Phillies.
Justin Shaginaw, M.P.T., A.T.C.
For statistics on common baseball injuries, click here.
It’s that time of year. Spring sports are in the air, even if the spring weather isn’t. Let’s head to the ballpark and start with baseball.
Justin Shaginaw, M.P.T., A.T.C.
A 2007 study by Dick et al in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at injury rates for the men’s baseball using the NCAA injury surveillance system from 1988-2004.
- The results show a 3x higher rate of injuries in games than in practice.
- Division I players had higher injury rates for both games and practice compared to Divisions II and III.
- Practice injuries were nearly 2 times higher in pre-season than in-season.
- Game injury rates were higher in the regular season than post-season play.
45% of all injuries were to the upper extremity and about 30% were to the lower extremity. The most frequent game injuries were:
Upper leg strains (11%)
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
Finishing a race is cause for celebration. After weeks (months?) of training, dieting, and living with a great deal of structure, it’s time to relax. Maybe you pop a few beers or sit down to a feast of a dinner.
Imagine being able to indulge right at the finish line! Such is the inspiration for the ½ Sauer ½ Kraut Marathon & Half-Marathon, scheduled for June 14 at 8 a.m. through the trails of Pennypack Park.
Runners are treated to a jaunt through one of Philadelphia’s more scenic, peaceful settings, and greeted at the finish line with a German feast including bratwurst, sauerkraut and German potato pancakes.
Has your appetite for love made you fat? When we sink our teeth into a new relationship, we often neglect to mind our munchies. Upon entering the dating scene, nerves have a way of crushing any cravings for delectable dishes.
I recall one dating experience, where I was so nervous that I could only stomach an oyster and copious amounts of water. Six hours, ten calories and an impending hypoglycemic attack later; I said my goodbyes and feverishly drove home in a quest for a substantial meal. Emotions have a peculiar way of affecting our eating habits.
That being said, enjoying a meal is often associated with comfort, and once that level of relaxation is achieved (right around the time you can use the restroom without turning on the faucet), the flood gates open to late night stops at Wawa and time spent on the couch eating bags of Doritos, polishing off a few bottles of wine. In my family, we call the weight gain associated with new romance “Happy Pounds.”
Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D., Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Intercollegiate athletics are well integrated into the college and university experience. Student-athletes are provided an opportunity to perform, socialize, develop self-confidence, improve self-esteem and have a healthy, active lifestyle. In addition, they often get experiences and mentorship that can help shape them into young adults that will be productive members of society. The rest of the campus community also benefits as they get to watch competitive sports, develop a sense of loyalty and pride towards their institution, and be part of the campus excitement associated with a particular team.
The most powerful benefit of intercollegiate athletics, however; is probably the financial impact that it has on the institution. Money generated by sports activities helps to fund construction of new buildings, such as dormitories and libraries. Also, it provides funding for research opportunities, professor salaries, and recruitment initiatives to attract more students to the school.
This is particularly evident at large Division I schools with successful football and basketball programs. For example, an ESPN.com poll from 2008 showed that the top four athletic programs in total revenue made well over $100 million dollars each that year. The majority of this money is generated from ticket sales, media rights, branding, and donations. While the bulk of the money is used to fund coach pay, team travel, marketing, and student tuition, none of the money is designated specifically for athlete compensation. As a result of this, the decision as to whether or not to pay college athletes has become a hot topic for discussion both in the sports and lay press.
Heather Moore, P.T., D.P.T., C.K.T.P.
I am always amazed when athletes come to me who have done some of toughest races in the world and I ask them to do twenty push-ups and they cannot. People seem to ignore the arms and the upper body even though the lungs, which feed your muscles with oxygen and can only function at maximal capacity if the arms and shoulders are in the best shape possible, are housed in the rib cage supported by the muscles of the arms and the shoulders. Ignoring the arms does not allow the body to function at the most efficient and strongest that it can.
Working out the arms does not mean bench pressing the most you can or lifting as much weight over your head. This can be detrimental to your athletic performance, instead of beneficial. The most effective exercises for the arms can most often be done with just your body weight, especially if you are not used to working out your arms.
The most important thing to remember when you are working out any body part is to watch your form. Improper form can lead to incorrect training and injury. Many people when they lift their arms often use the upper trapezius muscles. The upper trapezius muscle is found on the top of the shoulder. These are generally very strong and like to be active when moving the arms, especially if the arms are trying to lift too much weight.
Robert Cabry, M.D., Drexel Sports Medicine, Team physician - U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician - Drexel
Now that the Olympics have ended, many of us want to get back on the skis or give snowboarding a try. Going for a ski weekend in the Poconos is one thing, but that trip to Breckenridge is another.
Certainly the slopes are more challenging out west, but many forget the altitude. High altitude can be a real problem for us Philly folks living at sea level. The low oxygen levels that you breathe at high altitudes can cause health problems, and even the physically fit Olympian must take caution.
Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is an illness that is caused by low air pressure and low oxygen levels at high altitudes (above 8000 feet). In most cases the symptoms are mild and feel like a hangover. Headache, nausea and fatigue are most common, but additional symptoms include dizziness, loss of appetite, rapid heart rate and shortness of breath. Mild AMS is not life-threatening, but can be a warning sign of a more serious problem to come. AMS can lead to lung or brain swelling that quickly can become fatal. The good news is most people only suffer the mild symptoms of AMS.
- Alfred Atanda, Jr.
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