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The MOST Important Thing to Do Between Pitching Starts  

The MOST Important Thing to Do Between Pitching Starts

July 4, 2014

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After the school baseball season ended, several of my pitching students started reporting arm soreness after pitching for their weekend tournament teams that they did NOT have during the school year.

Why the pain all of a sudden?

Because they stopped throwing on a daily basis during the week.

The danger of pitching for tournament teams is the lack of team practice during the week, turning the pitchers into 'Weekend Warriors'.

Not throwing enough between starts leads to a loss of timing
, increasing arm stress/soreness and risk of injury.

If you have a choice between a bullpen session and long toss, I STRONGLY prefer long toss.

Throw more.  Pitch less.

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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
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July Health News Review  

July Health News Review

July 4, 2014

Dr. Arnold's latest pitching newsletter: The MOST important thing to do between pitching starts

#5 - Young indoor tanning increases early risk of skin cancer - ScienceDaily June 23, 2014

"...indoor tanning products can produce 10 to 15 times as much UV radiation as the midday sun, and supports the recommendation of medical groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, to minimize ultraviolet exposure, including from indoor tanning."

#4 - Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth - NY Times June 24, 2014

“If we can get that first 1,000 days of life right, we’re really going to save a lot of trouble later on and have to do far less remediation.” -Dr. Dipesh Navsaria

#3 - Sports Should Be Child's Play - NY Times June 10, 2014

"...kids in the study who were highly specialized had a 36% increased risk of suffering a serious overuse injury...elite athletes generally practiced their sport less through their early teenage years and specialized only in the mid-to-late teenage years, while so-called sub-elites — those who never quite cracked the highest ranks — homed in on a single sport much sooner."

#2 - Sleep after learning strengthens connections between brain cells and enhances memory - ScienceDaily June 5, 2014

"The scientists found that the sleep-deprived mice experienced significantly less [nerve] growth than the well-rested mice. Furthermore, they found that the type of task learned determined which [nerves] would grow."

#1 - Steering Clear of Poison Ivy - NY Times June 16, 2014

"Should you contact [poison ivy/oak/sumac plants]...lukewarm, soapy water is best, but even plain water can limit exposure to the sap...You can relieve a rash by applying cool compresses with an astringent like Burow’s solution, soaking the affected area in colloidal oatmeal, or using calamine lotion...Do not apply products containing a topical antihistamine, like Benadryl, which can cause a sensitivity reaction that makes matters worse."

Testimonial of the month

"I had knee problems for years and though it was just a hereditary thing...After just 3 visits, my knee feels amazing now."

-Bethanne, Smithtown

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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
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Back Pain Sees Little To No Benefit From Steroid Injections  

Back pain is a widespread debilitating condition affecting millions of individuals annually. Relief from back and related leg pain is offered in numerous forms by many different provider types. Unfortunately, some of those solutions aren’t all that effective, if at all. Newly published research from the prestigious medical journal New England Journal of Medicine has found steroid injections for the treatment certain types of back pain provides little if any benefit and in some cases has serious side effects. Researchers followed 400 patients from 16 different locations throughout the U.S. who suffered from lumbar central spinal stenosis with moderate-to-severe leg pain and disability - a condition where the space for the nerve roots in the lower spine has narrowed causing impingement on the nerve roots resulting in back and leg pain. Patients received an injection of either lidocaine (a pain killer) or lidocaine with a corticosteroid.  The results not only indicated no significant difference in pain within the two groups, it also revealed five times the number of infections and sickness (ten vs. two) in those receiving the corticosteroid.

Source:N Engl J Med 2014; 371:11-21July 3, 2014
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Acute Low Back Pain - What's The Prognosis?  

According to a newly published study the previous low back pain (LBP) practice guidelines used by physicians have underestimated the likelihood of acute bouts of LBP recurring as well as turning into longer term chronic LBP. In the study, researchers followed 605 acute LBP patients who had an average pain intensity score of 5.6 out of 10 and a disability score of 15.8 out of 24. Eight percent had declared sick leave between pain onset and the baseline interview. Thirteen percent of 521 patients (86% follow-up) experienced chronic pain at 6 months and 19% of 443 patients at 2 years. At 6 months, 54% had experienced at least 1 LBP recurrence, and 47% in the subsequent 18 months. So what does this all mean? Simply, that LBP has a high tendency to return as well as turn into something more serious and more long term. Don't take a chance and think your back pain is just temporary or that taking a substance to mask the pain is the fix. Chiropractors are highly trained to evaluate and provide care for the back and spine. Chiropractors look to the source of LBP and focus on correcting the cause and not just simply masking the symptoms. Get proactive with your health and call your local chiropractor today!

Source:Spine: April 15, 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 8.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2012

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More TV Equals Less Life

Watching TV may bring short-term enjoyment but too much TV time can not only be bad for your health, it can also shorten your life. Spanish researchers have found those who watch 3 or more hours of TV daily double their risk of an early death. Data from over 13,000 adults with an average age of 37 was analyzed to determine if time watching TV was related to an increase in earlier death. The results were substantial. As compared with those individuals watching an hour or less of TV per day, those watching 2 hours per day increased their risk of early death by 40 percent and those watching three or more hours daily doubled their risk for early mortality. According to researchers, a less active sedentary lifestyle increases body fat, reduces muscle and makes the body less responsive to insulin. As a result, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain cancers become more prominent, all of which are leading causes of death. So get up, get out and get active - and don’t forget to turn off the TV!

Source:Journal of the American Heart Association, online. June 25, 2014.

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