Archive: April, 2013
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
In light of the tragic events in Boston on April 15, it made sense that added security measures would be in place for this weekend’s Blue Cross Broad Street Run. This afternoon, we learned what some of those measures will entail.
First, no bags, backpacks or coolers will be permitted in the Navy Yard, where the race concludes.
Philadelphia police officers will be stationed along the course and at every water station. Attendees and spectators are urged to report any suspicious activity to an officer or call 911. Runners and spectators can register at www.readynotifypa.org to receive any emergency text alerts. Authorities and officials will be using this system to communicate any urgent news during the race.
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D., Director - The Center For Sport Psychology in Phila., Sports Psychology Consultant - 76ers & Flyers
Whether the race is a sprint, middle distance or a marathon, running is a very mental sport. The sport is mentally challenging because of the confidence, composure, concentration, and often times pushing through physical pain that it requires.
The Broad Street Run is challenging in another way because it is a 10-mile race. Some runners train for 5k and 10k races. Others train for half marathons or full marathons. But a 10-mile distance is different, if not unique and thus preparation requires not only a different physical training regimen, but also the development of a different mental game plan in terms of pacing oneself, tactics, etc.
There is also a unique mental challenge for the anticipated 20,000 runners who have never run as long as 10 miles before. When running a longer distance than ever before, there are certain “mental blocks” that one has to overcome. The most common mental block would be fear of failure. That is to say, setting a new goal for oneself and experiencing some of the disappointment and perhaps embarrassment if one is not able to finish the race and achieve the goal.
Timothy P. Amann, D.O.
Whether you are a competitive athlete, someone who exercises regularly to stay in shape or a couch potato, you will most likely have to deal with an injury that interrupts your routine at some point in your life.
Injury refers to the loss of function of a body part, such as a muscle strain, ligament sprain, tendonitis, or more serious issues like a fracture or ligament tear.
A lack of muscle strength, inflexibility, or imbalance can predispose you to injury. Injuries also occur as a result of overuse. The best ways to reduce the likelihood of injury are to stay fit, choose your activities wisely, utilize proper form, and participate in adequate warm-up, stretching, and cool-down sessions.
David Berkson, MD, Drexel Sports Medicine, Asst. Team Physician - Drexel University
Last week the annual conference of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) was held in San Diego. This is the largest Primary Care Sports Medicine conference in the United States, with over 1,400 attendees.
The AMSSM attracts the leading experts from around the world to present on the latest research and recommendations on a variety of topics. Two of the highlighted topics this year were screening for sudden cardiac death and concussions.
Numerous cardiac abnormalities can cause a potentially fatal issue for athletes. The difficulty is in identifying these abnormalities before the event happens. Many of these conditions show no signs or symptoms for the patient. Recently a conference was held in Seattle looking at how some of these ailments may be identified by performing an EKG on the athlete during their pre-participation physical exam.
Cue the Seinfeld theme.
There are times when you really have to wonder about fate, about certain little things you do that, in retrospect, actually come together for a reason.
And it makes you wonder.
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
In the summer of 2010, Amber Rosenberry, then 30, was walking through her Philadelphia neighborhood when she tripped over a crack and fell into the street, just as a delivery truck was driving by.
The rear wheels crushed her right arm. After repeated surgeries, it was encased for months in a metal brace.
These were dark, depressing days for a young woman new to Philadelphia. Her Washington Square West neighbors rallied around her. Local salons took turns washing her hair. A coffee shop would open cans of food for her.
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D., Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician - Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon - Flyers
In late February, the medical staffs of all 32 teams make the annual trek to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine. Approximately 335 college football players are invited to the Combine. The players have 15 minute interviews with the coaches and GMs, they participate in various workouts but the most important aspect of the Combine is the medical examinations. The athletes could refuse to workout but they cannot refuse a physical examination.
The players go through a medical and orthopaedic examination. There are six orthopaedic rooms each with 5-6 teams per room. The original Combine was made up of the Eagles, Bears, Lions, Steelers and Dolphins only. The NFL has kept these teams together in the same room and recently added the Texans. The Eagles do not give me a list of players that they are specifically interested in the draft, they want me to exam every player the same because you never know how the draft will progress.
The examinations are spread out over 4 days:
- Day 1- Offensive Line, Punters and Kickers
- Day 2- Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Tight Ends and Wide Receivers
- Day 3- Defensive Line and Linebackers
- Day 4- Cornerbacks and Safeties.
The Fairmount Running Club formed in 2003 for the purposes of safety, fitness, and mutual motivation. The club started with only a handful of people and today has grown to 600 members and participants of all abilities and levels. Last year, the Fairmount Running Club was voted the #1 Running Club in the City on the 2012 Philly Hot List.
There are no membership fees to join the Fairmount Running Club—newcomers and beginners are always welcome. With the increase in membership, the Fairmount Running Club has also added social events for members. They toast the achievements of their members at a monthly, “No shower happy hour,” and host tailgate parties after local races like the Broad Street Run and Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half.
The Fairmount Running Club strives to be a good ambassador of running and the local neighborhood. To support the running community, members often volunteer for local races each year, and host fundraisers for local running charities like Students Run Philly Style.
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