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Strength Training is Crucial for Bone Health

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Strength Training Builds Bone MassEveryone knows that exercise is an important component of staying healthy, but the importance of strength training is often overlooked.  Training with weights or other resistance is important for many reasons; building muscle mass helps to prevent certain injuries, control weight, and build stamina.  But resistance training has another very important goal: developing strong bones.

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ACL Surgery in Growing Children

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A few weeks ago I wrote about some recent studies reporting a rise in ACL injuries in kids and discussed some of the causes of this trend.  Since then I have had a few questions about treatment of these adolescent ACL injuries, so today I am going to explain how the thinking on this has evolved over the years and ...

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Do Sports Medicine Specialists Order Too Many MRIs?

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On Saturday, the New York Times ran an article called “Sports Medicine Said to Overuse MRIs.”  The author of the article and several quoted orthopaedists claim that the field’s reliance on MRIs has crossed the line from appropriate use to overuse.  In fact, the article claims that MRIs are “given to almost every injured athlete or casual exerciser.”   If this claim ...

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How to Prevent Basketball Injuries

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It’s that time of year again when the sound of leather bouncing on hardwood fills gymnasiums throughout the region. Basketball is called a “non-contact” sport, but anyone who plays or follows the game knows this isn’t a true a description.  Basketball is a very physical sport, perhaps more so now than ever before, and staying healthy for an entire ...

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Why are Children’s Sports Injuries on the Rise?

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Several recent studies, including this one from Philadelphia, have shown a significant rise in children’s sporting injuries over the past 10-15 years.  A large percentage of these are knee injuries such as ACL or meniscus tears, which can have ramifications on knee health as an adult if not treated adequately during childhood.  Throwing injuries of the shoulder and elbow, such ...

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