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Trends In Performance Training

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IMG 0008Many High Schools and Sports Medicine Clinics, including The Center for Physical Rehabilitation, are relying on new trends in performance training. The focus of these programs is to improve the “athlete” as a whole, and not just focus on weight lifting or specialization of sport. Those types of training are seeing their last days, as incidence of injury is increasing. More and more, athletes as young as 10-12 years of age are experiencing overuse injuries such as stress fractures, tendonitis and strained muscles.

There was a recent article from The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio where Dr. James Andrews, a world renowned orthopedic surgeon in Alabama, has announced writing a book called “Any Given Monday: Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them, for Athletes, Parents and Coaches -- Based on My Life in Sports Medicine”, which details a sharp increase in youth injuries in the past decade, due to overuse. He also helped start a prevention program called STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention). His biggest goal is keeping youth athletes on the playing field, and out of the operating room. He explains that some parents and coaches don’t realize that their young athletes don’t have the physical ability to withstand the intense training that more mature Collegiate or Professional athletes can.

Some of the new trends mentioned above include ACL prevention programs, such as Sportsmetrics, and performance enhancement programs that utilize dynamic warm-ups, speed and agility training, “functional” weight training (in lieu of overtraining with Olympic Lifts) and teaching proper stretching.

For more information on Dr Andrew’s article in The Plain Dealer, follow this link:


For questions regarding more information on some of the Center for Physical Rehabilitation’s offerings,

please visit www.pt-cpr.com

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Keep Your Cool

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As hard as it is to believe, fall sports are just around the corner. This means intense late summer training sessions in potentially hot and humid weather. Add protective gear to the equation and heat related issues become very real. This applies to those who work or play outside regularly. Being educated about the warning signs and symtoms, prompt treatment options and prevention is critical.
There are three major heat related issues: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat cramps are the initial sign of the body overheating and present with fatigue, exhaustion, thirst and muscle cramps. Heat exhaustion is the next stage and can be identified by heavy sweating, rapid pulse, lightheadedness, headache and feeling faint. These can be easily treated if done so immediately. If body temperature continues to rise to 104 degrees, then it's classified as heat stroke which can cause damage to your heart, kidneys, brain and muscles. Symtoms may include the ones previously listed and also lack of sweating, flushed skin, confusion and unconsciousness. In such cases, seek emergency help.

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Exercise and Cancer

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Every one of us knows someone who has had to deal with cancer of some kind. As of 2009, over 12.5 million cases of cancer had been diagnosed, and we have watched them struggle with their recovery. There is longstanding research that a healthy diet and regular exercise can be beneficial in reducing the risk for developing cancer. However, recently, more research has been directed towards exercise during and after treatment.
Exercise during cancer treatment has been shown to affect quality of life in areas including body weight, overall fitness, muscle strength, flexibility and symptoms of pain and fatigue, as well as reduce chemotherapy doses and delays in chemotherapy treatments.

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Kick Start A Healthier Lifestyle

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Summer is a great time to get fit and eat healthy.  The short, cold, snowy days have passed and the sun is finally shining!  There are a lot of affordable fresh fruits and veggies available and the Michigan weather is finally allowing us to get outside! In terms of exercise, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends 30 minutes of mild to moderate exercise 5 days per week.  This can be broken down into 10 or 15 minute increments.  I recommend simply starting with walking.  It's fun, free, low impact and most everyone can tolerate it.  In terms of intensity, you should be working out at your target heart rate which is about 50-85% of your maximum heart rate.  Your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age.  There is a great chart you can find on the AHA website, www.heart.org.  In addition, this website has a lot of great information about diet and exercise.  It’s definitely a great source of reliable information.

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