Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
From serious matters like concussions and performance enhancing drugs, to inspiring stories of athletes overcoming the odds, we’ve enjoyed covering the sports and fitness scene in and around Philadelphia in 2013.
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Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
Most children who aspire to learn—or master—a sport have the advantage of learning gradually, playing at a level that makes it easier to attain early success. Beginner-level swimmers start out in the shallow end, not the deep end of an Olympic-sized pool. Most youth basketball leagues lower the height of the hoop significantly below the regulation 10 feet.
At the Julian Krinsky School of Tennis at the Gulph Mills Tennis Club, instructors are now enjoying teaching the sport to young children on a smaller, modified court that allows the youngsters to have some success while learning the game.
The school offers classes to players ages 10 and under in which a modified court and tennis ball are utilized. The smaller court and softer ball give children a better opportunity to play longer rallies than they would have trying to negotiate a regulation tennis court.
When I was approached by Pure Barre to try out their patented “Lift. Tone. Burn.” method at their newest studio in Haddonfield N.J., I thought, being the avid exerciser that I am, I was totally prepared for this workout…. I wasn’t, at all!
Let me preface this by sharing that I workout 6 times a week. (Crazy I know, since I’m the health and fitness producer here at Philly.com!) But never, have I ever, seen my muscles shake the way they did at that barre.
Based on ballet principles, Pure Barre utilizes a ballet barre to perform a series of small isometric movements that tighten and strengthen your muscles, creating that lean physique that most women strive for.
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES, Symetrix Sports Performance, athletic trainer at OAA Orthopaedics
Previously we discussed how muscle imbalance leads to movement dysfunction in athletes. When athletes move poorly, either during games or training, they increase their injury risk and decrease performance. There are various systems to assess and correct movement dysfunction: Postural Restoration Institute, Functional Movement Screen, National Academy of Sports Medicine’s (NASM) Corrective Exercise Program, and Vladimir Janda’s systems to name a few. Although these systems have differences, they all target imbalances, not pain.
Karel Lewitonce said, “He who treats the site of pain is often lost.” Although some situations do require treating the site of pain… this statement emphasizes the need to address movement dysfunction and not only focus on painful areas when rehabilitating or preventing injuries.
Evaluating movement dysfunction can be very complex; however, here are some simpler assessments and corrective exercises that can be performed. A common evaluative technique in movement dysfunctionis squatting because it is extremely functional. Ideally, with hands folded to the chest an athlete should be able to squat so they are almost to the floor while keeping their heels on the ground (similar to the way a toddler squats.) Many athletes are unable to squat correctly due to muscle imbalances.
Lawrence S. Miller, M.D.
Golfing can be a great and relaxing sport for many to enjoy, but there are common injuries that can occur in the weekend warrior golfer.
Golf is a full body sport—your swing and stroke involves your entire body. Injuries can occur in many different places, the most common occurring in the low back, elbows and shoulders.
Low back or lumbar injuries can occur during the coordinated movement of the golf swing. This area of your body is subjected to several forces: lateral bending, shearing, compression and rotation. Amateurs often swing harder, instead of more skillfully, to hit the ball farther. This increase of force puts stress on your body and tends to lead to low back injuries. As you get older, you also have an increased opportunity for arthritis as your spine will become less flexible. Good body and swing mechanics is essential for the prevention of low back injuries.
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP, Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
A lot of people have a dream of being a professional golfer. Most day dream off into the wonderful world of caddies, beautiful courses, lots of money and being able to play a sport you love every day of the week.
But the part of the day dream that is missing is that it is a job and when it is treated as such, it encounters many of the same stressors of everyday life if not more.
What people do not see on TV and is not advertised is the not-so-glamorous part of the Tour—the injury trailer. Everyone who has ever swung a club knows that golf is as just as much a mental game as it is physical. So with every little ache and pain golfers report to their therapist because an injury, no matter how small, can throw off the mental game as well as the physical.
Robert P. Good, M.D.
As the health care provider for the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Main Line Health’s 150 volunteers including physicians, physician assistants and nurses have been preparing for over six months to ensure that the competition is a healthy and safe event for all involved. Each day of the competition, from the crack of dawn until the last spectator exits the course, our clinical staff will be stationed at five medical facilities throughout the golf course to care for any players, event spectators or other workers or volunteers who may need medical treatment.
Like many similar sporting events held outside and in temperamental weather conditions, most of the medical needs our volunteers will be addressing will likely be easily treatable conditions such as dehydration or dizziness, a common symptom of too much sun exposure. Also, with the rainy conditions that we’ve been having for the past couple of days, we will see a lot of slips and falls in muddy, wet areas—resulting in sprains and fractures.
For medical emergencies, we’ve brought the emergency department to the course. At five locations across the course, we have stationed emergency facilities, equipped with medical devices and tools that can be used in the treatment of a range of medical problems, from cuts and scrapes to more severe issues.
Robert Cabry, M.D., Drexel Sports Medicine, Team physician - U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician - Drexel
Championship golf returns to the Philly area with the US Open coming soon to the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA. Golf’s popularity has increased in the last 10 to 15 years, and with spring in the air, more and more golfers are hitting the links.
Golf is a wonderful sport, but if we don’t prepare the golfer can suffer frequent and sometimes serious injuries. Most of these injuries are due to overuse and not taking the time to warm up. Rushing to the course to squeeze in a quick nine before dark can lead to back, shoulder, elbow and wrist problems that can land you in the gallery watching instead of playing.
The most common complaint among golfers at any level is low back pain. The golf swing causes a tremendous torque on our spine and a poor swing makes it even worse. Also, those who carry their bag have twice the risk of injuring their back. Most important in prevention is taking time to warm up. An adequate warm-up of more than 10 minutes has been shown to cut the risk of injury in half. Use proper posture when swinging; don’t hunch over the ball. A regular exercise routine that includes core strengthening will also help to keep you on the course and out of the doctor’s office.
- 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