Katie Cavuto, M.S., R.D.
Quinoa, Hummus, Trail Mix and homemade energy bars are a far cry from the traditional clubhouse spreads of years past. Considering the competitive atmosphere of professional sports, the Phillies organization and players have adopted a mantra on healthy eating.
There is an understanding that good nutrition is a key component to athletic performance and the overall health of the players. From strength and conditioning programs to batting practice, healthful meals have become a part of the Phillies’ day-to-day training regimen for both the major and minor league teams.
You may be surprised to know that players report to the clubhouse mid-day for a 7 p.m. game time. Considering the time spent at the ballpark, players usually eat 2-3 meals while they are there. Once at the ballpark, nourishing meals are provided by the clubhouse staff. The goal of each meal is to provide clean food choices that include energizing carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats which fuel and nourish their bodies. Curious as to what they eat and why? Here is a peek at the daily menu for the major league players.
Justin Shaginaw, M.P.T., A.T.C.
Grab your helmet and stick and let’s hit the lacrosse field.
A 2007 study by Dick et al in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at injury rates for the men’s lacrosse using the NCAA injury surveillance system from 1988-2004. The results show a nearly 4 times higher rate of injury in games than in practice (12.58 versus 3.24 injuries per 1000 athlete-exposures [A-Es]).
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
The biggest sports news on this year’s April Fool’s Day was no laughing matter.
Tiger Woods announced he would miss the 2014 Masters next week in Augusta, Ga. due to back surgery. Woods had the procedure to relieve pressure from a pinched nerve.
Following surgery, a statement indicated that Woods would begin “intensive rehabilitation and soft tissue treatment” within the week, with the goal of returning to competition sometime this summer.
At Focus Fitness, barre classes have reined supreme and all other disciplines played second fiddle — until now.
With two studios firmly established on the Main Line, early March brought a third Focus location into Center City with the opening of Focus Barre and Yoga at 1923 Chestnut Street.
“Here, there are two great disciplines that fall under one roof so from a client perspective, I feel like they’re getting the best of both worlds since one membership covers both practices,” said co-owner and barre instructor Amy Feeney.
Theresa Shank, RD, LDN
Editor’s Note: To help you get ready for the Broad Street Run Einstein Healthcare Network Dietitian Theresa Shank, RD, LDN, has compiled some of the best advice on how to power up your body for this year's race.
PRE-EXERCISE NUTRITIONAL GOALS
Drink at least 8-16 ounces of water one hour before your run.
Eugene Hong, M.D.
There is a saying taught in medical school to all medical students—usually around the second year—that a key part of becoming a good doctor is “knowing the science and practicing the art of medicine.”
I learned this particular mantra over 20 years ago and still find it very much relevant and applicable today as it was two decades ago (and likely will continue to be in the future). I was recently reminded of this important principle in medicine because of an issue that is a source of discussion (some say semi-controversy) among healthcare providers in sports medicine and musculoskeletal medicine—how to best manage knee osteoarthritis in an active person.
My intent in this blog is not to review the medical literature and cite medical studies supporting one treatment over another; rather, my intent is to highlight to readers of this sports medicine blog that while we know some things about the science of medicine, there is still much room for practicing the art of medicine.
Martin Kelley, P.T., D.P.T., O.C.S.
Shoulder pain is experienced by athletes at all levels and can be aggravated by something as simple as raising your arm or throwing. There are different therapies used to relieve shoulder pain. One such method, therapeutic taping (remember the colorful tape you‘ve seen athletes using at the Olympics and other sporting events?) continues to grow in popularity. But is all taping created equal?
Recently Billy Moore, PT, DPT, one of our outpatient physical therapists, helped present a study on the effectiveness of two specific taping methods in high school athletes. The study, part of his capstone project at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, took a look at 11 local athletes at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor who were experiencing pain in their shoulder. The students came from baseball, softball, volleyball and lacrosse, all sports that require participants to use an overhead shoulder motion.
Two popular taping methods were tested, the Kinesio Taping Method and the McConnell Taping Technique. “While comparisons of these two methods have been done for knee and lower body injuries, there has been less research done on shoulder injuries—particularly those in high school age athletes,” notes Billy. “This study looked to not only compare the effectiveness of the two taping techniques to one another, but also to not using taping at all.”
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
A couple weeks ago, Bill Ling of Clementon, N. J. had a particularly strong workout. Feeling good, feeling confident, Ling went ahead and made a bold statement on his Facebook account.
“I’m going to win the Philadelphia Love Run.”
That was it. No trash talk, no details.
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