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» The Harm of Throwing Over The Top - Part 2
» The Crow-Hop: Helping Make Flat-Ground Throwing Safer For Pitchers
» Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast
» Chiropractic Physicians Urge Conservative Approach to Pain Management
» Social Media... Depressing

July Health News Review  
July Health News Review

July 7, 2015

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Dr. Arnold's latest pitching newsletter: A lesson in failure for baseball players from Silicon Valley

Now, on to the newsletter...

#5 - Heart attack risk increases 16-21% with use of common antacid - ScienceDaily June 11, 2015

"The FDA estimates about 1 in 14 Americans has used proton pump inhibitors. Doctors prescribe PPIs to treat a wide range of disorders...The drugs can also be purchased over the counter. PPIs come in a variety of slightly different chemical forms...brand examples of PPIs are Nexium, Prilosec, and PrevAcid."

#4 - The food-waste paradox - ScienceDaily June 9, 2015

"...strategies that are intended to save money such as buying in bulk and shopping monthly (rather than more frequently), and cooking from scratch, actually contributed to the generation of food waste and ultimately did not result in savings."

#3 - The less you sleep, the more you eat - ScienceDaily June 1, 2015

"...after a bad night's sleep, the hormone controlling appetite is affected, emotional stress is greater, more food is desired to compensate for lack of energy and impulsivity is increased, all of which affect the amount of food that you would consume in a day."

#2 - Breastfeeding Status at Age 3 Months Is Associated with Adiposity and Cardiometabolic Markers at Age 4 Years in Mexican Children - Journal of Nutrition

"These data confirm the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and prolonged breastfeeding for later cardiometabolic health."

#1 - Chocolate for your heart - ScienceDaily June 15, 2015

"...compared with those who ate no chocolate, [eating up to 100 grams per day] was linked to an 11% lower risk of cardiovascular disease...9% lower risk of hospital admission or death as a result of coronary heart disease...and a 23% lower risk of stroke..."

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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
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The Harm of Throwing Over The Top - Part 2  

The Harm of Throwing 'Over the Top', Part 2 

June 5, 2015

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I have just completed my 'Healthy Arm' Program, a 6-step approach to arm injury prevention. 

Learn more about my 'Healthy Arm' Program by clicking here!

In 2014 I wrote a newsletter on why teaching kids to throw "over the top" is a bad coaching concept because of how it changes upper body position and puts more stress on the elbow:

Now a new study again proves this to be true:

In the study, the average shoulder tilt for each pitcher was 24 degrees.  And while velocity increased by 1.5% (1.1 mph) for every 10 degrees of shoulder tilt over 24 degrees, shoulder stress increased by 3.2% and elbow stress increased by 4.8%.

For the researchers, this increase in arm stress WAS NOT worth the price of the extra 1.1 miles per hour:

because the elbow ligament ("UCL") is already very close to injury and adding stress by tilting more will bring the elbow too close to injury;

They concluded:

So...what throwing drill can help a pitcher minimize shoulder tilt?

It's called The 2-knee drill and a video of this drill is available in my Baseball Video Library.  To subscribe to my video library, click here.

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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
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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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Author:Dr. Greg Arnold
Copyright:Dr. Greg Arnold 2015

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Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast  

Skipping breakfast can lead to a reduced athletic performance later in the day according to U.K. researchers. In a group of 10 males, researchers compared performance later in the day when eating breakfast as well as when skipping breakfast. In this particular group of individuals, when breakfast was skipped, even though more calories tended to be consumed during lunch (an average of approximately 200 additional calories), their later day performance was still reduced. More studies will need to be performed but if you're an athlete with an athletic performance later it the day, making a decision to skip breakfast may reduce your overall performance, even if more calories are consumed later in the day.

Source:Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, online May 12, 2015.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015

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Chiropractic Physicians Urge Conservative Approach to Pain Management  

Painkiller overuse has led to negative outcomes for musculoskeletal conditions, reveals JAAOS study
Arlington, Va.— With new research highlighting more risks associated with the increased use of opioids for pain, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) strongly urges patients and healthcare providers to consider first exhausting conservative forms of pain management. According to a recent report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), the increased usage of opioids has led to unanticipated consequences such as a tolerance among some patients to the drug hydrocodone and negative treatment outcomes for conditions such as work-related musculoskeletal disorders, joint replacements and spine surgery.

"Beyond the risks of overuse and addiction, prescription drugs that numb pain may convince a patient that a musculoskeletal condition is less severe than it is, or that it has healed. That misunderstanding can lead to over-exertion and a delay in the healing process or even to permanent injury," says ACA media spokesperson Robert Hayden, DC, PhD.

JAAOS points out that more than 80 percent of the world’s opioids are consumed in the United States and that orthopedic surgeons are the third-highest prescribers of these medications – behind primary care physicians and internists. Researchers note that orthopedic surgeons must continue to treat pain but also implement strategies to battle the opioid epidemic.  

According to Dr. Hayden, one potential strategy is the use of conservative forms of care for pain before initiating higher-risk options such as opioids. A conservative health care model emphasizes more cost-effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications or surgery for pain management and health enhancement. For example, conservative management of back pain may include trying spinal manipulation combined with exercise and stretching prior to moving on to procedures involving higher risk.

Health care quality organizations now recognize the value of a conservative approach. Earlier this year, the Joint Commission, which certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including every major hospital, revised its pain management standard to include chiropractic services and acupuncture. Clinical experts in pain management who provide input to the Commission’s standards affirmed that treatment strategies may consider both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches.

Author:American Chiropractic Association
Source:Acatoday.org, online May 20, 2015.

Copyright:American Chiropractic Association 2015

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Social Media... Depressing  

A growing amount of research indicates those suffering from depression, loneliness and other mental health issues can be at risk for addiction to excessive internet usage. A new study shows similar findings with Facebook usage. Facebook addiction or intrusion arises when Facebook usage begins to negatively impacting one’s day-to-day activities and interpersonal relationships. In this recent study, 672 Facebook users were assessed utilizing questionnaires to determine their degree of Facebook addiction and current level of depression, if any. Researchers found those individuals with higher depression scores suffered from higher levels of Facebook addiction. Additionally, their time spent online was also associated with the degree of Facebook addiction - the more time online, the more Facebook addiction. However, time spent online alone was not associated with depression. These findings indicate that Facebook and likely other social media websites have a heightened attraction to those suffering from depression and addictive behaviors. Findings also identified those with the highest risk of becoming addicted to Facebook - young males spending an extensive amount of time online.

Source:European Psychiatry, online May 8, 2015.
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