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November 2014 Health Newsletter

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» November Health News Review
» Are You Getting 'Baseball Strong' This Offseason?
» What is your baseball offseason timeline?
» The Bennett Lesion: When getting a shoulder MRI in the absence of pain can be ha
» Neck Pain Sufferers Most Satisfied With Chiropractic Care
» Colon Cancer On The Rise In Young Adults

» Drink Water, Prevent Kidney Stones

November Health News Review

November Health News Review

November 12, 2014

(Click here for a 1-page .pdf of this newsletter)


Dr. Arnold's Latest Baseball Newsletter - Are You Getting 'Baseball Strong' This Offseason?


Now, on to the Health Newsletter:


#5
- Overuse Injuries Becoming More Common In Young Athletes - ScienceDaily, October 29, 2014

"Specialization is often driven by parents who believe their child has to start early and stay serious in order to get a scholarship or be the best...a lot of college and professional athletes did not specialize when they were younger,...One of the best pieces of advice I can give to parents and young athletes is to do multiple activities. It's much better to stay diversified."

- Dr. Matthew Silvis

#4 - Why Are American So Fascinated with Extreme Fitness? - NY Times, October 14, 2014

"There’s also a very American fixation on extremes at play: More is always better. If you’re running just four miles a day and doing a few pull-ups, you’re a wimp compared with the buff dude who’s ready for an appearance on 'American Ninja Warrior.' And it’s hardly a stretch to go from lifting a 35-pound kettlebell to wondering why you can’t run half a mile with it, especially when a CrossFit coach is right there, urging you to 'crush it.' Common wisdom seems to dictate that it’s not enough to look good and feel good if you’re not prepared to lift a Mini Cooper off an injured stranger."


#3 - To Improve Memory, Consider Chocolate - NY Times, October 26, 2014

"...the improvement of high-flavanol drinkers meant they performed like people two to three decades younger on the study’s memory task..."


#2 - The Dangers of Eating Late at Night - NY Times, October 25, 201

"To stop the remarkable increase in reflux disease, we have to stop eating by 8 p.m., or whatever time falls at least three hours before bed. For many people, eating dinner early represents a significant lifestyle shift. It will require eating well-planned breakfasts, lunches and snacks, with healthy food and beverage choices." -Dr. Jamie A. Koufman


#1 - Rise and Shine: What Kids Around the World Eat For Breakfast - NY Times Magazine Food Issue

"After birth, babies prefer the foods they were exposed to in utero, a phenomenon scientists call 'prenatal flavor learning.' Even so, just because children are primed to like something doesn’t mean the first experience of it on their tongues will be pleasant. For many Korean kids, breakfast includes kimchi, cabbage leaves or other vegetables fermented with red chile peppers and garlic. A child’s first taste of kimchi is something of a rite of passage, one captured in dozens of YouTube videos featuring chubby-faced toddlers grabbing at their tongues and occasionally weeping."


Testimonial of the month:

"A few weeks or so later...with Dr. Arnold's incredible willingness to address my issues, I am sleeping through the night for the first time in 12 years."  -Jerry, Holtsville


Have a Questions About this Newsletter? 

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Author: Dr. Greg Arnold
Source: Self-research
Copyright: Dr. Greg Arnold 2014


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Are You Getting 'Baseball Strong' This Offseason?

Are You Getting 'Baseball Strong' This Offseason?

November 10, 2014

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With your offseason (hopefully) underway and your conditioning program (hopefully) going well...

Are you getting 'Baseball Strong'?

What Does It Mean To Be 'Baseball Strong'?

Being 'Baseball Strong' means training your shoulder to handle the stresses of throwing the baseball, specifically training the shoulder to handle the most stressful part of the throw, after Ball Release, when the arm has to slow down ('Decelerate').

Looking at the graph below from a 1983 study, you can see the most shoulder activity at the far right, "Stage IV" The Follow Through:



How Can You Train Your Shoulder To Be 'Baseball Strong'?

Being 'Baseball Strong' is the main goal of the Winter Conditioning Program which includes weighted jump rope and medicine ball deceleration training.

Unable to attend the Winter Program?  You can get the winter program outline as well as information on weighted jump rope and medicine ball deceleration training by subscribing to my Baseball Video Library.

Have A Question About This Newsletter? 

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Author: Dr. Greg Arnold
Source: Self-research
Copyright: Dr. Greg Arnold 2014


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What is your baseball offseason timeline?

What Is Your Baseball Offseason Timeline? 

October 7, 2014

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Thank you!  Enrollment in the Winter Conditioning Program has grown from 8 attendees in 2012 to 20 in 2013 to 35 attendees this year.  A most sincere 'Thank you' for your trust in training your children this winter.


'Offseason Conditioning' video now available
in my Baseball Video Library that discusses the offseason timeline and provides an offseason exercise program specific to baseball.  Click here to learn more.


Since year-round baseball is the #1 risk factor for arm injury, it's time to set your offseason timeline using these principles:


#1 - Get off the field!
 
As recommended by the American Sports Medicine Institute: no throwing for 2-3 months and no competitive pitching for 4 months.


#2 - Get 'Baseball Strong'. 
There is a very specific way the baseball shoulder needs to be trained and it's the central approach in the Winter Conditioning Program.  If you are unable to attend the winter program, you can make a pitching lesson appointment and I will show the exercises that need to be done over the winter.


#3 - How strong & flexible is your shoulder?
  The baseball shoulder needs to have a certain balance of strength and flexibility.  This can be done by getting measured and strength tested in my office.


Have A Question About This Newsletter?

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Author: Dr. Greg Arnold
Source: Self-research
Copyright: Dr. Greg Arnold 2014


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The Bennett Lesion: When getting a shoulder MRI in the absence of pain can be ha

The Bennett Lesion

When getting a shoulder MRI in the absence of pain can be harmful

September 4, 2014
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Have you registered for the Winter Program yet? 
Click here to watch a 3-minute video on WHY the program is so important.


Now, on to the newsletter...

2 months ago I received a phone call from a nervous father whose son had a shoulder MRI despite having no arm pain "to make sure everything was OK".

Well, the report stated:

"There is a chronic avulsion fracture...compatible with a Bennett Lesion."

It was the word "fracture" that threw the father into a panic, causing him to believe something was wrong with his son's pitching shoulder.

The good news?  There was nothing wrong with his son's pitching shoulder.

Why? Because the Bennett Lesion is a common change that happens in pitching shoulders.


A 2004 study showed that not only is The Bennett Lesion common in pitchers:



For pitchers with no arm pain, there is no need to be concerned:



This is the danger of getting a shoulder MRI in the absence of pain in pitchers.  It causes unnecessary panic.


Pitching for several years WILL cause changes in your shoulder, it's only natural.

ONLY get an MRI if you have pain!  As Dr. James Andrews says:

"If you want an excuse for surgery, get an MRI."


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Author: Dr. Greg Arnold
Source: Self-research
Copyright: Dr. Greg Arnold 2014


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Neck Pain Sufferers Most Satisfied With Chiropractic Care


Neck pain sufferers reported increased satisfaction with chiropractic care over medication, according to a recent study. In the study, researchers assessed patient satisfaction scores in those suffering from acute and subacute neck pain. Methods of care included chiropractic care, specifically spinal manipulation, home exercise and advice care, and prescription medication. While both chiropractic care and home exercise and advice care were associated with more satisfaction with the information provided versus medication, individuals receiving chiropractic care were the most satisfied with their general care received compared to the two other groups. If you’re suffering from neck pain and need some satisfaction, call your local doctor of chiropractic today for a no obligation evaluation!


Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT. Volume 37, Issue 8, Pages 593–601, October 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Colon Cancer On The Rise In Young Adults


Colon and rectal cancers are increasing among younger adults, according to new research. At the same time, incidents of colon and rectal cancers in those over 50 years of age have been decreasing slightly. Researchers aren’t sure why rates are increasing among young adults, but attribute the decrease in those older adults to the increase in screening and removal of suspicious growths before they’re able to turn malignant. Should things continue on their current path, researchers believe colon and rectal cancer cases in those aged 20 to 34 years could come close to doubling in the next 15 years. For 35 to 49 year olds, those rates could increase by 28 to 46 percent.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: 
JAMA Surgery, online November 5, 2014.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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Drink Water, Prevent Kidney Stones


New guidelines released from the American College of Physicians indicate that preventing kidney stones may be as simple as drinking more water.  Experts suggest drinking enough fluids to generate two liters of urine daily in order to keep kidney stones at bay. Kidney stones are formed from solid crystals in the urine and increasing the consumption of water dilutes the solids and decreases their abilities to form into stones. It should be noted that drinking any fluids does not generate the same benefits of drinking water alone. Certain fluids such as sodas, especially those containing phosphoric acid, can actually increase the formation of kidney stones. Stick with water and consume two to three liters daily with the goal of generating 2 liters of clear urine daily. If the urine is yellow, you're likely not consuming enough fluids.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(9):I-24.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2014


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