It has been well-established that exercise offers immense benefits to a person’s health, particularly to cardiovascular fitness. Of the numerous exercises available, running for at least 75 minutes per week at a vigorous-intensity level has been known to be very effective, based on the recommendations of government health authorities and the World Health Organizations (WHO). It would now appear that the same benefits may be derived with running for only a few minutes and at slow speeds, according to the results of a study that was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Continue reading…
Extreme sports have grown at an amazing rate over the past 15 years. In the United States, records will show that the two most popular extreme sports, skateboarding and snowboarding, have grown by an average of 50 percent since 1999. Skateboarding enthusiasts are estimated to number over 14 million while there are now 7.2 million people who go for snowboarding. While this may bode well for the sports, it is very unfortunate to note that injuries, particularly those involving the head and neck, have also been climbing at an alarming rate, this according to a recent study that was presented during the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Data from National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NESII)
Active Release Technique or simply ART has been steadily gaining a name for itself in the area of pain management, particularly when it involves overused muscles. This technique has already benefited countless athletes who may have become exposed to injuries due to repeated actions or the sheer number of times muscles and other body parts are used. But as many patients may attest — who may not actually be called athletes or sports persons — they have experienced relief and recovery from various other medical conditions with the use of ART.
What is ART?
ART is a pain management system that was developed by Dr. P. Michael Leahy in the early 1990’s for the treatment of various medical conditions that involve the muscles, ligaments, nerves, tendons, and fascia. The objective of ART is to bring back optimum motion, texture, and function of the soft tissue and the release of any nerves or blood vessels that have been entrapped as a result of the injury.
The rate of injuries being sustained by young athletes has been increasing steadily over the years and this has become a cause of concern not just for the parents but also for the health and school authorities. Considered as young athletes in this case are those between the ages of 8 and 18 years and who engage in sports activities.
To illustrate this point, a team of researchers from the Loyola University Medical Center and the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago conducted a survey involving young athletes who came into the medical facilities mentioned for physicals or consultations. From 2010 to 2013, a total of 1,200 athletes were recorded by the research team to have made such visits. Of this number, sports injuries were noted in 843 cases or slightly over 70 percent.
Injuries Sustained by Young Athletes
Perhaps no other medical condition has caused so much disability in adult men and women from different countries than the very common osteoarthritis. This joint disorder can have devastating effects and can make a huge impact on a person’s quality of life. While this condition has been associated with adults in their 60’s, this may affect men and women even as early as mid-life.
It may be worthwhile to know the more common symptoms of this disorder in order to address it as early as possible. Below are the four common symptoms of osteoarthritis.
To many people suffering from this disorder, the pain has been described as a dull aching that may proceed to a deep and throbbing pain. This pain may surface as a minor ache in the initial stages, which may be relived after resting the affected joint. When the condition worsens, this pain may become a sharp one that may be triggered by even the slightest movement. No amount of rest can provide comfort at this stage.
The incidence of fibromyalgia has been steadily increasing over the years with more than four percent of the adult population suffering from this condition. This has been particularly distressing to women who get this disorder 90 percent of the time. While no official explanation has been adapted by the medical world, it would appear that being overweight and inactive are associated with this disorder, according to the results of a recent study which was published in the medical journal Arthritis Care & Research.
In a large scale study conducted by researchers from the University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, a total of 16,000 healthy women were followed up for 11 years. During this period, 380 women were reported to have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Seventy Percent Risk if Overweight
Evaluation of these women revealed two prime risk factors of this condition which were identified as being overweight and lack of exercise. Compared to a woman who has maintained her ideal weight, a woman with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or over was found to have a 70 percent higher risk of getting fibromyalgia. It should be noted that this risk rises as the weight of a woman increases. A person is considered overweight if BMI is over 25 and obese if it exceeds the 30 BMI mark.
Forty Percent Risk if Inactive
For so many years now, therapy for ankle strains or sprains, at least as first-aid in many cases, has always been Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation or more known in the sport medicine world as RICE. But lately there have been strong moves from various sectors, such as the editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, to replace this traditional therapy with another one known as POLICE or Protection, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
Alarming Rate of Injuries and Recovery
Triggering the unexpected attention to these conditions are the alarming statistics associated with ankle injuries and their unsatisfactory rates of recovery. In a recent issue published by the American Journal of Medicine, it was reported that 28,000 ankle injuries occur every day and that only 35 to 85 percent of sprained ankles are healed in three years. Continue reading…
You may have heard in the news that your favorite sports personality has been sidelined for the rest of the season due to an injury called plantar fasciitis. This condition may sound alien to you and assume that this occurs only to athletes. You may be correct in assuming that this disorder hits most athletes, but you are wrong if you think plantar fasciitis will not affect non-athletes like you.
While plantar fasciitis is among the five most common injuries in sports, the bulk of medical visits come from ordinary people. In fact, it estimated that over 10 million adults are affected with this condition and healthcare providers treat rough 1 million patients every year.
Before we talk about the condition, let’s get to know the part involved- the plantar fascia. It is a thick group of tissue that is located at the bottom of the feet from the heel towards the toes. This tissue sustains the foot’s arch.
Too much usage or straining of the plantar fascia may lead to tearing or damage of these tissues, but before it gets worse, the body reacts by using its usual defense mechanism, Inflammation, to let us know that something is wrong. This inflammation or swelling of the plantar fascia is what we refer to as Plantar Fasciitis, which therapy clinics like PromedX Sports Injury & Wellness Center cater to.