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When Can I Return to Play After an Orthopedic Sports Injury?

AS AN ORTHOPEDIC surgeon specializing in sports medicine, the timing of when a player can "return to sport" is one of the most frequently asked questions of me – from the patients ...
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Why the PEP Program May Help Prevent ACL Injuries in the NFL

At one point in history, anterior cruciate ligament injuries were career-ending for professional football players. Even today, they can sideline a player for an entire season. On the surface, this ...
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Ethics in Sports (and All) Medicine

The Larry Nassar sexual assault case was a life-altering journey of heartbreak for his victims and a scandalous and hugely disappointing blow to the field of sports medicine. And it has illuminated ...
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This Year, Vow to Exercise More Safely

The New Year has always been a perfect transition to making those changes you've been talking about (and possibly putting off) all year long. There's just something about the changing of the ...
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Prepare for Aging: Focus on Fitness

The concept of physical fitness for improved health and wellness is one that permeates much of western history. Forty years ago, however, public health recommendations emphasized vigorous physical ...
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Is Sports Specialization in Children a Good Thing?

Over the past 40 years, youth sports culture has changed dramatically. Neighborhood kids meeting up in the evenings for a relaxed pick-up game of basketball or baseball has slowly been replaced with ...
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Inspiration After Injury: an Analysis of the Athletic 'It' Factor

Over the course of a decades-long career in orthopedic sports medicine, I've had numerous opportunities to see some of our world's most heralded athletes at their absolute best – and ...
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You Were Born to Be an Athlete

As a sports doctor and orthopedic surgeon who has studied the human body on an evolutionary level and cared for it on a mechanical one, I've long held the opinion that we were all born to be ...
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Preventing Heat-Related Illness in Athletes

As summer ramps up and temperatures do the same, athletes of all ages, sports types and levels are at a heightened risk for experiencing some degree of heat illness. In fact, heat-related illnesses ...
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Health Care Reform Is in Your Hands - and it Means Combating Inactivity

Unlike any generation before us, our world is in an age of information at our fingertips. Yet our country inches toward an unprecedented epidemic of chronic disease, and it begs some serious ...
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How to Exercise When You Have Arthritis of the Knees

Millions of Americans and their loved ones are intimately familiar with arthritis – the inflammation, swelling and stiffness that can take our once limber joints hostage at any time and cause ...
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Springtime Safeguards Against Knee Injury

The clocks are set forward, the temperature is starting to inch toward beach-worthy weather and the flowers are blooming. Spring is officially sprung, and with it comes a new and exciting season of ...
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Preventing and Reducing ACL Injury: a 'PEP' Talk for Every Athlete

Bert Mandelbaum, MD recently authored a blog for U.S. News & World Report about how the PEP Program helps prevent and reduce ACL injury for athletes. As an avid researcher and orthopedic surgeon ...
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Running and its Impact on the Knee Joints

To all the dedicated daily runners out there, AND everyone who has ever debated starting – listen up, because science has just produced some great news for you. Now, some folks might still ...
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Winning at Life in 2017

Around this time of year, many of us take a moment or two to reflect on what the preceding 12 months had in store. Was it a winning year for you? Was it the most trying year of your life? No matter ...
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Habilitation Over Re-Habilitation: A PEP Talk

The number of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears athletes at all levels and in all types of sports are experiencing continues to represent a dynamic challenge for sports medicine. Not only are ACL ...
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The Greatness in Gratitude

Have you ever gone through a phase where you’re struck with an overwhelming sense of lack of motivation and you’re just not feeling like you can tackle the world, much less day-to-day ...
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Losing like a Winner

During my time as FIFA Medical Officer in at the Rio 2016 Olympics, I bore witness to some incredible feats of athleticism. From competitors demolishing long-held world records to countless athletes ...
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Health Risks at the Rio Olympics, by a Doctor Who Was There

www.medscape.com Sideline Consult Were Zika Fears Overrated? I came to Rio de Janeiro this year with the memories of many great Olympic Games I've attended. But I had a lot of other considerations ...
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Meniscus Tears & Treatment Options

With football season returning and training camps well underway, we’re seeing a number of players such as San Diego Chargers’ wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who recently underwent ...
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An Antidote to THIS Life-Limiting Allergy

When it comes to what the medical community knows about allergies today, we’ve made incredible progress in the last few decades – and society has jumped on board to help. From the news ...
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Relentlessly Pursuing Your Dreams

Have you ever set a goal for yourself? Or had a dream you wanted to realize? If you are like most of us, you might have started out full speed ahead, but then slowly lost some of that drive and had ...
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Millennials: Blazing the Trail of Change

With graduation season and Father’s Day imminent, I’m taking time this month to reflect specifically on the Millennial/Contemporary Male. It’s a subject I’ve written on ...
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Fitness Motivation after Traumatic Experience

Watching the 120 th Boston Marathon (the world’s oldest marathon) recently, my heart was filled with a mix of emotions – Nostalgia because I was there in 2001, at the time serving in the ...
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When Character Breaks Down

Another day, another professional athlete making headlines for all of the wrong reasons. And why, because they wanted to take a shortcut to achieve victory. Former World number one women’s ...
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