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» Are Trampoline Parks Safe for Kids?
» Preventing Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries: Proof That Bike Helmets Really Work

December Health News Review  

November Health News Review

December 3, 2015

 

Dr. Arnold's latest pitching newsletter: How to Properly Strengthen Your Throwing Arm in the Weight Room

 

#5 - Tai Chi and Psychotherapy for Better Sleep and More - NY Times November 18, 2005

“Tai chi and cognitive therapy are used to treat insomnia because, unlike medication, they produce no unwanted side effects. With the improvement in insomnia, there’s a reversal of inflammation at the systemic level and the genetic level. Inflammation contributes to cardiovascular disease, depression and cancer.” -Dr. Michael R. Irwin

 

#4 - Brawn and Brains - NY Times November 18, 2005

"Muscular power, especially in the legs, is widely accepted as a marker of healthy aging...of the 324 twins, those who had had the sturdiest legs a decade ago showed the least fall-off in thinking skills...if one twin had been more powerful than the other 10 years before, she tended to be a much better thinker now...a muscularly powerful twin now performed about 18% better on memory and other cognitive tests than her weaker sister...For now, the results imply that whatever your genetic make-up, building muscles can strengthen your mind."

#3 - Going barefoot: Strong 'foot core' could prevent plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and other common injuries - ScienceDaily November 17, 2015

"The small muscles in the feet play a vital role in movement and stability similar to the core muscles in the abdomen....Without the information provided by the small muscles of the foot, the larger muscles over-compensate past the point of exhaustion...which leads to overuse injuries...Start doing the short-foot exercise by squeezing the ball of the foot back toward the heel. The toes shouldn't curl when performing it. The exercise can be done anywhere while seated or standing...the exercise seems to have especially positive results for patients suffering from ankle sprain, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis."

#2 - Mindfulness meditation trumps placebo in pain reduction - November 10, 2015

Healthy mind, healthy body...

"The mindfulness meditation group reported that pain intensity was reduced by 27% and by 44% for the emotional aspect of pain. In contrast, the placebo cream reduced the sensation of pain by 11% and emotional aspect of pain by 13%....Mindfulness meditation reduced pain by activating brain regions associated with the self-control of pain while the placebo cream lowered pain by reducing brain activity in pain-processing areas."

#1 - Even a little is too much: One junk food snack triggers signals of metabolic disease - NY Times November 2, 2015

Looks like you can't eat just one...

"Eating junk food is one of those situations where our brains say 'yes' and our bodies say 'no'. We need to use our brains and listen to our bodies. Even 1 unhealthy snack has negative consequences that extend far beyond any pleasure it brings." -Dr. Gerald Weissmann

 

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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
Source:Self-Research
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The Scars of Tommy John Surgery  

The Scars of Tommy John Surgery

October 8, 2015

(Click here for a 2-page .pdf of this newsletter)

 

An article in today's New York Times showcases Major League ballplayers who have undergone Tommy John Surgery:

 

and while 2 position players were featured (Carl Crawford and Matt Holliday), the comments of 2 pitchers need to be emphasized:

Before being named 2014 NL Rookie of the year and then dominating in the 2015 All-Star game, DeGrom underwent Tommy John surgery in the minors. But it wasn't until after his surgery that he learned the changeup from one of the game's best:

I've written about the importance of the Changeup every year since 2012, with my latest being in May:

 

To watch a video presentation on the changeup, from the best grip to the best time throw it during an at-bat, you can subscribe to my baseball video library.

When DeGrom was asked what may have caused his injury:

 

I recently wrote about the best thing a coach can for their pitchers, which is allowing them to have a routine. To learn more about the best routine you can have between pitching starts, subscribe to my video library.

As for the second pitcher:

he gave the REAL reason why so many Major League pitchers are getting TJS:

 

 

This was echoed back in 2014 by Peter Gammons in an interview on WFAN:

Questions About This Newsletter?

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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
Source:Self-Research
Copyright:Dr. Greg Arnold 2015


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Heat-Related Sports Injuries: When Athletes Are At Greatest Risk  

Football season for high school and college students typically starts in September, one of the hottest months of the year around the US. A recent study conducted at the University of Georgia found that the likelihood of heat-related injury in athletes increased exponentially during this time of year.

2 Times When the Risk of Sports Injuries Are the Highest

According to the study, researchers found that there were two times during training when athletes were at the highest risk for injuries.
Within the first 3 to 14 days of practice, but the rate was much higher during the first three days
On days seven and eight of pre-season training when athletes began practicing twice each day.

Seventy-four percent of the college athletes evaluated suffered from heat cramps, while 26 percent suffered from a combination of heat syncope (fainting) and heat exhaustion. The highest risk came when outdoor temperatures were greater than 82 degrees.

Common Symptoms of Heat-Related Sports Injuries

Coaches, trainers, parents and athletes should all be on the lookout for injuries related to higher temperatures. Symptoms include:
Heat Cramps: Involuntary spasms within the larger muscle groups.
Heat Exhaustion: Heat cramps, copious sweating, nausea, vomiting, headache and weakness.
Heat Stroke: Headache, rapid heart rate and breathing, nausea, vomiting, and altered behavior or mental state.

Chiropractors: Helping Prevent Heat-Related Injury in Athletes

Chiropractors, as well as sports trainers, play an important role in preventing sports injuries during the summer training period. They can educate athletes on the importance of adequate hydration and rest. Additionally, they can demonstrate relaxation and flexibility techniques that can be used to relieve muscle spasms. When athletes and their sports medicine team, including chiropractors, work together they can prevent injuries and have a productive and healthy football season.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Journal of Athletic Training, online August 9, 2016.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Are Trampoline Parks Safe for Kids?  

When a new trampoline park opens up, emergency rooms and pediatric centers nearby are sure to notice an increase in related injuries. The safety concerns of trampolines are no secret, accounting for over 100,000 injuries each year.1 These injuries can range from mild to severe, from sprains and bruises to life-threatening spine and neck injuries. There's even a recoil injury doctors are all-too-familiar with: its called a "trampoline fracture," which is a tibial fracture commonly caused by having more than one jumper on a trampoline at once.2 Bur recent research illustrates that trampoline parks create even more risk than their standalone counterparts. First, they are built to accommodate many jumpers, and although parks' rules dictate only one jumper per "section," these rules are often broken. The hard supports between sectioned components of the trampolines themselves pose a serious risk as well, and they are common culprits for high-impact injuries after a fall. At trampoline parks, jumpers are more likely to collide with others, more likely to sustain dislocations, and more likely to require hospital admission than jumpers on home trampolines.3 If a child is going to jump on a trampoline, practicing good safety skills like supervised, netted jumping with only one jumper at a time, as well as appropriately managing any injuries in the event of an accident, is the best way to keep safe them during these activities. And over half of injuries sustained from trampoline activities are soft tissue injuries,4 highlighting the importance of proper injury treatment and care. For non-life threatening spinal and soft tissue injuries, treatment by a doctor of chiropractic is an excellent, effective, and safe way to heal an injury, strengthen the body, and protect from re-injury.
References:
1. http://www.livestrong.com/article/347980-statistics-on-trampoline-injuries/
2. http://radiopaedia.org/articles/trampoline-fracture
3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27482060
4. http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2016/07/28/injuryprev-2016-042071

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2016/07/28/injuryprev-2016-042071
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Preventing Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries: Proof That Bike Helmets Really Work  

There has been a debate over the years about whether bike helmets really do that much to prevent injuries. Advocates claim that wearing a helmet while riding a bike can save lives. Skeptics, however, dont think that this type of protective gear does that much to prevent head injuries, let alone death. Recently, a study was conducted at the University of Arizona to determine just how effective helmet protection really was for riders.

3 Ways Bike Helmets Protect Riders

During the course of this study, over 6000 bike accident patients were evaluated. Researchers found that helmets did, in fact, protect riders in three important ways. Helmets protected riders from:
1. Severe Traumatic Brain Injures (TBIs)
2. Facial fractures
3. Death, even after a brain hemorrhage.

The Great Debate: The Numbers Prove That Helmets Are Beneficial

The figures gathered during this study are proof that helmets do a good job of protecting riders. For instance, wearing a helmet reduced the odds of severe traumatic brain injuries by over 50 percent. The likelihood of death after a bike accident was reduced by almost 45 percent in helmeted riders. And, these riders were over 30 percent less likely to experience facial fractures. While not all helmeted riders are going to avoid traumatic brain injuries after an accident, helmets can reduce the probability of severe injury and death. The numbers speak for themselves; helmets do much to protect the rider.

Chiropractors Can Be Strong Advocates for Rider Protection

Chiropractors are promoters of health and want to do all they can to help their patients live a happy, injury-free lifestyle. One of the ways they do this is by educating their patients on injury prevention, which includes the use of bike helmets.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:The American Journal of Surgery, online July 29, 2016
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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