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» The Pitch Revisited - Part 4
» The Crow-Hop: Helping Make Flat-Ground Throwing Safer For Pitchers
» Chiropractic For Tension Headaches
» Research Calls for Conservative Treatments Before Painkillers for Low-Back Pain
» Mediterranean Diets With Olive Oil and/or Nuts Improve Brain Health

May Health News Review  

May Health News Review

May 6, 2015

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Dr. Arnold's Latest Pitching Newsletter - The Pitch Revisited, Part 4

Now, on to the newsletter:

#5 - Just an hour of TV a day linked to unhealthy weight in kindergartners - ScienceDaily April 26, 2015

"U.S. kindergartners watched an average of 3.3 hours of TV a day. Both kindergartners and first-graders who watched one to two hours or more than two hours daily had significantly higher body mass indexes than those who watched less than 30 minutes or 30-60 minutes a day..."

#4 - Babies as young as six months using mobile media - ScienceDaily April 25, 2015

"The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages the use of entertainment media such as televisions, computers, smartphones and tablets by children under age 2."

#3 - Can Orange Glasses Help You Sleep Better? NY Times April 7, 2015

"Studies have shown that such light, especially from the blue part of the spectrum, inhibits the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that helps people fall asleep...A Swiss study of 13 teenage boys...showed that when the boys donned orange-tinted the evening for a week, they felt “significantly more sleepy” than when they wore clear glasses."

#2 - Eating out = high blood pressure? - ScienceDaily April 10, 2015

"Professor Tazeen Jafar's team surveyed 501 university-going young adults aged 18 to 40 years in Singapore...including meals eaten away from home and physical activity levels...pre-hypertension was found in 27.4% of the total population, and 38% ate more than 12 meals away from home per week...even eating one extra meal out, raised the odds of prehypertension by 6%."

#1 - Flaxseed Further Helps Medication Improve Cholesterol Levels - NOW Foods April 15, 2015

30 grams of milled flaxseed "lowers total and LDL cholesterol in patients with peripheral artery disease and has additional LDL cholesterol–lowering capabilities when used in conjunction with cholesterol-lowering medications.”

Testimonial of the month:

"I was referred to Dr. Arnold being told that his abilities may help my 20 yr. old son who was struggling with foot injuries for over a year and a half. We had already been to several physical therapists, two orthopedic surgeons and a chiropractor. I thought how could a 'pitching doc' be of help for a runner with a chronic tendon injury of the foot? I couldn't have been more wrong. Not only was Dr. Arnold receptive to his injury he knew right away what needed to be done...Dr. Arnold had him back to running by the end of the week, eating much better and added in additional supplementation. His level of caring and knowledge was amazing. We can not be more grateful to Dr. Arnold for doing what he knows best and we will certainly continue to use his services and will not casually recommend him but insist that anyone with an issue get into his office and include his treatment on your road to recovery." -Diane, Setauket

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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
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The Pitch Revisited - Part 4  

The Pitch Revisited, Part 4

May 8, 2015

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"Hitting is timing.  Pitching is upsetting timing."

-Warren Spahn
13 20-win seasons

Some facts:

83% of starting MLB pitchers threw this pitch "with some regularity" in 2014

This pitch "throws power hitters off balance and is easy to keep below the knees."

It's been the go-to pitch "for a number of great pitchers, from Trevor Hoffman to Jamie Moyer to James Shields."

And according to a National League scout: 

What pitch are they talking about?  The changeup.

I've written about the changeup 3 previous times, in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Now we're here for Part 4 because of this article:

Where they talk about the most important aspect of the changeup:


To conclude from the article: 

"The beauty of the changeup is its simplicity.

It’s a beautiful thing to watch when you are aware of what a good one looks like."

I've found only 1 grip that gives the deception that's needed for a great Changeup.  To learn that grip, you can subscribe to my Baseball Video Library and watch a video presentation on The Changeup.

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The Crow-Hop: Helping Make Flat-Ground Throwing Safer For Pitchers  

The Crow-Hop

Helping Make Flat-Ground Throwing Safer For Pitchers

April 7, 2015

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When discussing long toss with my pitching students, I strongly emphasize the use of a crow-hop to improve quickness, build momentum, and perfect timing in the transfer of energy from the lower body to the upper body.

Now a 2014 study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine shows the benefits of the crow-hop on minimizing arm stress:


Pitchers throwing 60 feet on flat ground from a stationary position had similar arm stress as throwing off the mound BUT produced much less velocity:

While throwing with a crow-hop at 120 and 180 feet produced lower arm strain than either throwing 60 feet off the mound or 60 feet in a stationary position on flat ground:

This led the researchers to conclude:

To watch a video on proper long toss and a proper throwing drills for long toss, you can subscribe to my Baseball Video Library by clicking here

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Chiropractic For Tension Headaches  

A good portion of those seeking chiropractic care do so for the relief from headaches. Of all the different types of headache, tension headaches are the most common representing approximately 60% of all headaches. Tension headaches are caused by the sustained contraction of the muscles in the neck and head region. Sufferers experience a constant tight or pressure sensation with mild to moderate pain, generally feeling like a tight band is wrapping around the head, lasting from hours to days. According to a new Danish study, tension headache sufferers exhibit neck and shoulder strength up to 26% weaker than in non-sufferers. Also found in those with tension headaches were muscle imbalances between sets of muscles that hold the head straight. Researchers weren’t sure whether the measured muscle weaknesses and imbalances were the result of the tension headaches or a cause of them. The good news is that most chiropractors have great success treating tension headaches. Biomechanical imbalances of the cervical and upper thoracic spine, and, muscle weakness and dysfunction are all things most chiropractors evaluate when treating tension headaches. Chiropractic adjustments along with stretching and strengthening exercises are commonly utilized with much success. If you believe you’re suffering from tension headaches, call your local chiropractor today!
Cephalalgia, online April 1, 2015. LLC 2015

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Research Calls for Conservative Treatments Before Painkillers for Low-Back Pain  

Arlington, Va. – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in response to recent research calling into question the efficacy of acetaminophen in the management of spinal pain, strongly encourages patients and healthcare providers to consider the benefits of a conservative approach to back pain. According to the British Medical Journal study, the widely used painkiller is ineffective against low-back pain and offers only "minimal short-term benefit" for people with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. Similar conclusions were reached in a study published in The Lancet in July 2014, that acetaminophen "does not ease low-back pain."
"People need complete information about their treatment options," said ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC. "Research supports the use of more conservative treatments as a first-line defense against pain. This sensible approach not only reduces healthcare costs, but may also help some patients avoid riskier treatments altogether."
A "conservative care first" approach to health care encourages emphasis on more cost-effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications for pain management and health enhancement. Conservative management of painful conditions may include chiropractic manipulation combined with exercise and stretching prior to moving on to high-risk procedures. Chiropractic physicians are the highest-rated healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatments due to their patient-centered, whole-person approach that provides greater interaction and communication for appropriate diagnosis and development of more cost-effective treatment plans.
"There are effective, more conservative treatments that help many patients lessen reliance on addictive painkillers and get back to their normal lives and activities," said Dr. Hamm. "The services provided by chiropractic physicians are not only clinically effective but also cost-effective, so taking a more conservative approach at the onset of low-back pain can also potentially save both patients and the healthcare system money down the line."
Numerous recent studies have clearly shown the dangerous overreliance in the United States on prescription painkillers. This has tremendously increased Americans’ risk for overuse, and abuse of these drugs if taken for long periods, leading to more than 17,000 related deaths in 2010 (more than heroin and cocaine combined). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the abuse of prescription pain medications an "epidemic."

Author:American Chiropractic Association, online April 10, 2015.
Copyright:American Chiropractic Association 2015

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Mediterranean Diets With Olive Oil and/or Nuts Improve Brain Health  

Looking to enhance your brain function and improve memory? New research out of Barcelona, Spain indicates a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil and/or mixed nuts can do just that. Researchers randomly assigned 447 healthy aging individuals (average age 67) who were considered at high risk for a cardiovascular complication to 3 different dietary groups - A Mediterranean diet group supplemented with extra virgin olive oil (1 liter per week), a Mediterranean diet group supplemented with mixed nuts (30 grams per day), or a control diet group where participants were advised to reduce dietary fat. All participants received cognitive function tests at the beginning of the study, and those remaining in the study (approximately 75%) after approximately 4 years received the testing again. In general, participants consuming the low-fat control diet experienced a significant decrease in memory and cognitive function. Conversely, participants consuming the Mediterranean diet with nuts experienced significant improvements in memory, while those adding extra virgin olive oil experienced significantly better cognitive function. Both nuts and olive oil contain oleic acid which is one of the most common fats making up the brain which is 70% fat and is dependent upon getting its nourishment from the foods we eat. The antioxidant-rich foods in Mediterranean diets as well as nuts and olive oil provide nourishment to the brain and appear to help protect against overall brain health and cognitive decline.
Source:JAMA Internal Medicine, online May 11, 2015. LLC 2015

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