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.
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
You may not believe it if you’ve stepped outside this morning—but the Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a mere two months away. Preparations have begun in earnest, including the 2nd annual lottery that took place earlier this month.
Tomorrow, the build-up to the Run continues with the kickoff to a partnership between Team Philly Race Training and the Sports Industry Research Center at Temple University. The joint venture will conduct a study to evaluate a 10-week training program for Broad Street. The plan will be unveiled tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. at Philadelphia Runner, 3621 Walnut Street. Runners of all levels are invited to attend.
“We’ve been studying attitude and behaviors of runners for the past few years,” says Jeremy Jordan, Ph.D., Director of the Sports Industry Research Center at Temple. “It was a natural fit to get involved with Team Philly, especially for an event like the Broad Street Run.”
Arthur Bartolozzi, M.D.
We often hear of athletes tearing their knee cartilage—the common term for the meniscus. In an athlete, a torn meniscus most often happens from a twisting or rotating injury or getting hit on the side of the knee as might occur in a soccer or basketball game.
As we get older the meniscus becomes more brittle and it is not unusual to have meniscus damage in your 40s, 50s or 60s. In older adults, a meniscus is frequently torn as a result of activities involved in daily living such as squatting, kneeling, or lunging.
So how do you know if your meniscus is torn?
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
On Tuesday night, three accomplished doctors from three very different backgrounds convened at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia to discuss the issue of head injuries in football.
The talk, entitled “Football: America’s Pride or America’s Shame?” featured Doug Swift, MD, who won two Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins of the 1970s before turning his attention to medicine as an anesthesiologist; H. Branch Coslett, MD, professor in neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; and Paul Butler, MD, a retired surgeon who gained fame—or notoriety, depending on your stance—by voting to end football in his local school district, where he served as a board member.
The title of the talk “America’s Pride or America’s Shame?” didn’t seem to leave much room for a middle ground, but in the end the highlight of the presentation was its non-judgmental approach to accepting that there is a large gray area in the entire discussion. Football players, coaches, doctors, even opponents of the sport were able to walk away saying they’d learned something, and hopefully with a greater understanding of the other side of the debate.
- Alfred Atanda, Jr.
- Arm, Shoulder Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Brian Cammarota
- Broad Street Run
- Cassie Haynes
- Children, Teens
- David Berkson
- David Rubenstein
- Desirea D. Caucci
- Eugene Hong
- Head Injuries
- Heather Moore
- In The News
- Jim McCrossin
- Joel H. Fish
- John Quinn
- Julie Coté
- Justin Shaginaw
- Kelly O'Shea
- Kevin Miller
- Knee Injuries
- Michael G. Ciccotti
- Other Sports
- Performance Enhancement
- Peter F. DeLuca
- Philadelphia Marathon
- Philly Marathon
- Physical Therapy
- R. Robert Franks
- Robert Cabry
- Robert Senior
- Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
- We Tried It
- Working Out