Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP, Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
More and more studies are showing the health risks of sitting at your desk for too long. Heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers have all been shown to increase in those individuals that lead a sedentary lifestyle. Studies are beginning to equate sitting to smoking in terms of harm to overall health.
Compound that with sitting at home and watching television when you get home and people fail to realize how long they are truly sitting in a day. Sitting for an hour can already start to have harmful effects. We have become a culture of sedentary individuals.
There are small things that you can do every day that will make you a less sedentary person. The difficulty for most people is getting started. However, once you used to doing these things then they will become habits as opposed to things that you constantly have to think about on a daily basis. Start small and work up to some of the ones that take more time and thought. Getting up for five minutes can change how your body is reacting.
Editor's Note: Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn is back at it for his third Broad Street Run this year. Here, he'll share his training experience with us.
I give the mala ojo to anyone trying to sell their 2014 Broad Street Run bibs on the black market.
It is reported that some 4,800 interested parties got skunked when they were not picked in the lottery. I entered the first day and got in. One of my cohorts entered the last day and got in. Some who have run 10 or more Broad Streets got shut out.
No matter how you are involved in athletics, you need to know the dangers that accompany your sport. This Strained Sports infographic will help you digest the mountain of statistics and help you better understand how the injuries stack up against each other from sport to sport.
With the hope of informing, this graphic has the purpose of raising awareness of sports injuries, whether they are minor ankle problems or fatal brain injuries. Because the potential dangers aren’t always at the forefront of discussions, learning about the more serious side of sports will allow you to make an educated decision about participating. Additionally, this infographic can serve as a guide to understand what sort of injuries to watch for by sport.
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
To provide you with the timely, credible, in-depth resource you need to keep competing in whatever your activity of choice, we have been growing our panel of bloggers to include sports medicine experts from around the Philadelphia region. Here is a quick look at our regular contributors, beginning with the editor. Stayed tuned for even more.
Rob Senior, Philly.com's sports medicine and fitness editor, has covered sports medicine, physical rehabilitation and various aspects of fitness for a variety of publications.
He also enjoys following college and professional sports, and coaches his children's youth teams. Rob resides in Limerick, Pa. with his wife Maria and their children.
Robin Bilazarian, L.C.S.W., D.C.S.W., D.C.E.P.
This has been a cold and snowy winter, the perfect landscape for the winter blues. For some, this occurs every year and they carry a diagnosis of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Missing sun light may be a factor. Even removing the bright decoration of the holidays may be a contributor to the winter doldrums.
By February, most of us have had enough of winter’s extremes. We are hyper-animated, annoyed and distressed by any more snow in the weather forecast. We crave sun light, warm breezes and colorful flowers. We dream of crocuses, daffodils and baseball.
Whether you suffer from SAD or are just sick of drab winter, it is worth the fight to reclaim some happiness this month. So take some action to pull out of your slump. Here are some suggestions.
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP, Team Physician - Drexel, Philadelphia University, Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Musculoskeletal complaints account for about 20-30 percent of all primary care office visits. Having pain or dysfunction in the front part of the knee is a very common presentation in the sports medicine office, and a common reason for a patient to see their healthcare provider with a knee issue.
There are a number of pathophysiological etiologies to anterior knee pain. This blog post will describe some of the common as well as some of the less common causes. It should be said first, however, that a good history and thorough physical exam are essential to an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the anterior knee symptoms. In turn, an accurate diagnosis is essential to optimal management and the best possible outcome.
Two of the most common causes of anterior knee pain in the active person, and what we see in the sports medicine office, are Patellofemoral Syndrome (or what I like to refer to as Patella Tracking Dysfunction) and articular cartilage conditions such as chondromalacia or osteoarthritis (from injury, damage, or wear and tear) involving the patellofemoral compartment.
Heather Moore, P.T., D.P.T., C.K.T.P.
With the snow and cold and workout boredom setting in, many people have already lapsed on the New Year’s resolutions set only a few weeks ago. They’ve fallen into not exercising and resuming old patterns of letting work, kids, social schedules get in the way of leading a healthier and happier lifestyle.
The good news is it is never too late to get back on the workout wagon and resume achieving those goals that you set a little over a month ago. There are a few things to consider as you begin to work on creating the new you that you wanted to do so just shortly ago.
1. Avoid workout boredom. Most people fall off the workout wagon because there are so many times in a row you can hop on a treadmill, the elliptical, the bike and just mindlessly go for a half hour or hour. Eventually it becomes old and when you lose sight of your goals you can justify replacing this time with so many other more pressing things.
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
It’s been a frigid winter, and the area just got pounded yet again with over a foot of snow in some areas. Surely, no one has thought about going for a long bike ride or competing in a triathlon lately.
And that’s just the way Matt Reece wants it.
Reece is one of the managing members of the Endurance Sports Expo, presented by Competitor. The 5th annual Expo takes place this weekend, February 22-23, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.
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