March 2015 Health Newsletter

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» March Health News Review
» Revisiting 3 Pitching Mechanics Myths, Part 2: The Myth of Tucking the Glove
» Revisiting 3 Pitching Mechanics Myths, Part 1: The Myth of the Balance Point
» School Baseball Tryouts 'To Do' List
» Chiropractic First - Surgery Last
» Chiropractic - Safe and Sound
» Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress to Further Integrate DCs in Military, VA

March Health News Review  

March Health News Review

March 5, 2015

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Dr. Arnold's latest pitching newsletter: Pitching Mechanics Myths Revisited, Part 2: The Myth of Tucking the Glove

Is Your Pitching Shoulder Ready for 2015?  Click here to learn how you can find out.

Now, on to the newsletter...

#5 - Pea Protein Proves Effective Alternative to Whey for Muscle Strength and Size - NOW Foods January 31, 2015

“The comparable [muscle strength and size] results with those obtained for whey intake make pea protein an alternative to whey-based dietary products for athletes from different levels and sports.”

#4 - Another breastfeeding benefit: Preparing baby's belly for solid food - ScienceDaily February 5, 2015

"This study provides yet more support for recommendations by the World Health Organization and others to breastfeed exclusively during the first six months of life," - Dr. Amanda Thompson

#3 - Doulas, a Growing Force in Maternity Culture, Seek Greater Acceptance - NY Times February 10, 2015

"For many women, the doula (an antiquated Greek word for a female servant) offers less-fraught emotional support than do sisters, mothers or husbands. They offer tactics to help women manage the pain of labor, as Lamaze breathing classes did to a previous generation. They are familiar faces and patient advocates in a situation where the patient may be meeting the nurses or the obstetrician on call for the first time during the birth. They also consult on prenatal subjects like nutrition and postpartum challenges like breast-feeding."

#2Was Brian Williams a Victim of False Memory? - NY Times February 9, 2015

"Memories don’t live as single, complete events in one spot in the brain. Instead they exist as fragments of information, stored in different parts of our mind. Over time, as the memories are retrieved, or we see news footage about the event or have conversations with others, the story can change as the mind recombines these bits of information and mistakenly stores them as memories. This process essentially creates a new version of the event that, to the storyteller, feels like the truth."

#1 - Slow Runners Come Out Ahead - NY Times February 4, 2015

"The ideal amount of jogging for prolonged life, this nuanced analysis showed, was between 1 hour and 2.4 hours each week. And the ideal pace was slow...Plodding joggers tended to live longer than those who ran faster. In fact, the people who jogged most often and at the fastest pace — who were, in effect, runners rather than joggers — did not enjoy much benefit in terms of mortality. In fact, their lifespans tended to be about the same as those who did not exercise at all.

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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
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Revisiting 3 Pitching Mechanics Myths, Part 2: The Myth of Tucking the Glove  

 3 Pitching Mechanics Myths Revisited, Part 2

The Myth of "Tucking the Glove"

March 8, 2015

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Following up on Part 1 which dispelled the myth of having a balance point, I now dispel the concept of 'tucking the glove' when throwing/pitching.

As with the balance point, I was taught to 'tuck' my glove growing up.  But this was proven to be an incorrect concept in this 2001 study:

where researchers found that less glove movement increased accuracy:

It's very useful to relate glove movement to hand movement when hitting.  During the swing, we see that steady hands produce a steady swing.

SO...when throwing/pitching, a steady glove produces a steady throw.

When we teach to 'Tuck the Glove', we are introducing MORE movement into the throwing motion, producing an inconsistent throw.

Let's take a look at video...

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Revisiting 3 Pitching Mechanics Myths, Part 1: The Myth of the Balance Point  

Revisiting 3 Pitching Mechanics Myths

Part 1: The Myth of the Balance Point

February 6, 2015

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In part 1 of this 3-part series, I'm addressing one of the most commonly taught INCORRECT pitching concepts: to have a balance point during the leg kick.   I first covered this in a 2009 newsletter but will go into greater depth here.

I taught this concept for years to my pitching students...BUT IT'S WRONG.

A 2004 study compared pitchers who used a balance point and those who did not:

They found that pitchers using a balance point had MORE HEAD MOVEMENT which resulted in LOWER VELOCITY and DECREASED ACCURACY.

This led the researchers to conclude:

This can be seen with video analysis.  You can see a pitching video analysis here.

IN SUMMARY, having a balance point during the leg kick:

1) Creates an un-athletic posture

2) Decreases quickness to the plate = decreased momentum = slower velocity
('Be Quick but Don't Hurry'!)

3) Slows delivery tempo = poor timing = decreased accuracy

Coming up next month, Part 2: The myth of 'tucking the glove.'

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School Baseball Tryouts 'To Do' List  

School Baseball Tryouts 'To Do' List

January 6, 2015

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Have you registered for the January-February throwing/conditioning program?

With school tryouts 8 weeks away, here are 3 things you can do to get ready:

- Long toss 3 times per week at 120 feet

While the current maximum long toss distance recommended by the American Sports Medicine is 180 feet, keep your throwing to 120 feet as it is January.  You can build up to 180 feet by March/April.

The purpose of long toss is NOT to increase arm strength but to PERFECT TIMING.

You can learn about long toss in my Baseball Video Library.

- Don't get on the mound until you've long-tossed for at least 2 weeks

One of the biggest mistakes is getting on the mound too soon.  Pitching off a mound at 60 feet puts MORE stress on your arm than throwing 120 feet on flat ground throwing.

#3 - Make sure your shoulder is 'Baseball Strong'

Make an appointment to get your rotator cuff strength tested and make sure your shoulder is ready to handle the stresses of throwing again.

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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
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Chiropractic First - Surgery Last  
Many individuals suffering from back, neck and spinal-related conditions experience mild to moderate, even severe chronic pain. Often, a sense of frustration and hopelessness lead many to obtain surgery in their quest for relief before considering other forms of safer, less invasive care. The medical research discussing the complications of surgery are loaded with statements including, "Surgical site infection (SSI) after spinal surgery can result in several serious secondary complications, such as pseudoarthrosis, neurological injury, paralysis, sepsis, and death." Certainly there are conditions that may require surgical intervention. However, it's essential to first ensure that other forms of safe, non-invasive, mainstream interventions such as chiropractic care have first been considered, especially given the severity of complications related to spinal surgeries. If you or a loved one are experiencing neck, back and/or spinal related pain and/or discomfort, or, perhaps it's simply time for a checkup, call your local doctor of chiropractic today. Most chiropractors offer no obligation consultations allowing an opportunity to meet with the doctor and discuss your case prior to making any decisions about care.
Source:The Spine Journal. Vol. 15 Iss. 3, March 1, 2015. LLC 2015

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Chiropractic - Safe and Sound  
Every once in a while someone makes a comment suggesting chiropractic care might not be completely safe. They may claim that chiropractic care to the neck region might have associated risks of stroke. Make no mistake - chiropractic care is actually one of the most natural, safe and least invasive forms of health care available. Doctors of chiropractic are trained extensively to deliver their care in a safe, natural and non-invasive manner. Not only have millions of patients experienced the safety and effectiveness chiropractic care has to offer, numerous studies in existence back this up. One of the most recently published safety related studies evaluated the incidence of strokes in approximately 1.16 million 66 to 99 year old Medicare beneficiaries following visits to medical doctors vs. visits to doctors of chiropractic. Ironically according to researchers, their findings indicated that 7 days after their visits slightly more beneficiaries who visited a medical doctor as compared to a doctor of chiropractic ended up suffering from a stroke.
Source:JMPT. February 2015 Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 93–101. LLC 2015

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Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress to Further Integrate DCs in Military, VA  
Arlington, Va. – At the urging of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), two new bipartisan bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to further incorporate doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in the nation’s military and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care systems. Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) introduced H.R. 802, bipartisan legislation that would provide TRICARE recipients with access to DCs, as well as services to manage pain and address neuromusculoskeletal disorders and related illnesses. Services provided by DCs are currently only available to active-duty troops at 60 military treatment facilities in the United States and at bases in Germany and Japan. "Congress needs to ensure that the services delivered by DCs are available to retirees, dependents and survivor beneficiaries in the military TRICARE system, a benefit that is now available to many in the private sector," said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC, FACO. "This inequity has resulted in medically retired servicemen and women losing their chiropractic benefits immediately upon discharge." Additionally, Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced S. 398, "The Chiropractic Care Available to All Veterans Act," a bill that would integrate the services of DCs at all major VA medical facilities over several years and codify chiropractic as a standard benefit for veterans accessing VA care. Although the VA currently provides access to a DC at just over 50 major VA treatment facilities within the country, a great number of America’s eligible veterans continue to be denied access to chiropractic. The VA has no DCs on staff at a majority of the VA’s health facilities  and referrals to chiropractic services outside the VA system are rarely provided at these and other locations. "Congress should enact legislation to eliminate disparities in veterans’ access to chiropractic services,” said Dr. Hamm. “Veterans deserve access to the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic, especially since a great number of returning overseas veterans are suffering from musculoskeletal ailments.  Who better to treat these brave men and women than chiropractic physicians?" According to ACA's Department of Government Relations, the 2015 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC), Feb. 25-28 in Washington, D.C., will serve as a major lobbying opportunity to build support for these bills. Additionally, all chiropractic physicians and students are encouraged to visit ACA's Legislative Action Center to directly contact their member of Congress ahead of NCLC 2015 and urge them to co-sponsor and support enactment of these bills.

Author:American Chiropractic Association - February 11, 2015.
Copyright:American Chiropractic Association 2015

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