As the warm spring weather coaxes people to lace up their running shoes or break out their baseball gloves, it’s important to take steps to prevent common sports injuries like sprains, strains, dislocations or bone fractures.
“Injuries are part of playing sports,'' says Matthew Hilton, DO, board-certified family medicine and sports medicine physician at Holland Hospital. “But we can do a lot to prevent them.”
The most common reason people seek medical care isn’t diabetes, cancer or even heart disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, it’s pain. In fact, it’s estimated that 100 million Americans struggle with pain symptoms daily, and chronic pain is the nation’s leading cause of long-term disability.
When used with consistency, today’s trackers can make a positive difference in your fitness routine by providing an extra punch of motivation and accountability. The right one for you (or the people on your holiday shopping list) will be based on personal needs.
Fast forward to my life now as a dietitian with a passion for working with current student athletes, and I realize the silliness of my carb loading, especially given the fact I sprinted for maybe 90 seconds at the average meet.
Tennis elbow is one of the most common injuries of the elbow but, despite the name, it's actually more common in non-tennis players than those wielding rackets. The fancy name for tennis elbow is "lateral epicondylitis," which describes the bony area on the elbow (lateral epicondyle) where the tendons become irritated or inflamed ("itis" means inflammation).
If you have elbow pain with throwing, there are things that a player can do. The most obvious treatment for overuse is rest, especially from the activity that created the injury. Icing the area also helps to reduce soreness and inflammation. And Ibuprofen can also help with any pain. If symptoms persist, it is important to contact a physician for an examination, to determine if X-rays or an MRI scan is warranted, especially if the player lacks full-joint motion.
Last month I talked about pitch counts, rest days and overuse injuries. In part 2 of my blog series on Throwing Injuries, I want to address the multiple sport athlete and offer several qualified perspectives from well-known coaches and professional athletes.