August 2013 - Orthopaedics Plus

Injury-Free Running Tips

Nice weather means it’s that time of year when many try and shake up their regular gym routines by moving outdoors. For a lot of people, this means jogging. While jogging outdoors has many benefits and is a great way to get/stay in shape, it is not uncommon for injuries to occur. Read these tips below in order to stay injury-free and be able to keep up with the rest of your summer activities: (more…)

Beat the Heat

iStock_000007004164SmallWith summer not yet over and temperatures still rising, it is important to prevent heat stress. Overexposure to extreme heat can cause illness, injuries, and even death. Types of heat stresses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes. Be ware of signs, symptoms, and risk factors in order to stay safe.

Those at a greater risk are people who work outside, are over the age of 65, are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take medications that may be affected by the heat. Symptoms may include profuse sweating, chills, confusion/dizziness, nausea, and more.

When is it Safe for an Injured Athlete to Return to Play?

Breaking the TackleAnytime is a frustrating time to be injured. Kids often return to play too soon and end up injuring themselves even further. Follow these tips the American Academy of Pediatrics offered to determine if an athlete is ready to play so you can make the most of the summer.

Make sure you have an accurate diagnosis. Injuries need to be specifically identified so you can determine what an appropriate treatment plan is and when treatment is successful. Ask, how does the condition affect performance? And, what is the risk of the condition getting worse from returning to play? If the injury will affect an athlete’s play or possibly become worse from play, the athlete is not yet ready to participate. (more…)


Diving is growing in popularity and is not only a good summer sport, but can be done all year long. It is considered a collision sport because of the impact the athlete experiences upon hitting the water. This impact is strong enough to break bones and dislocate joints if a dive is performed incorrectly.

Choosing A Sports Program

iStock_000018509357XSmallAs the lazy days of summer wind down and the return to school and activities enters parents minds, are you wondering what sports program is right for your child? If so, here are some things to keep in mind.

Consider sports as a way to foster physical health and to develop healthy muscles. Basic motor skills can be refined by participation in a sport, not to mention the mental health benefits of increased self-esteem from regular exercise and the social learning process involved in being part of a team. Winning should not be the goal. Kids who start sports early often establish lifelong habits of exercise so pick a sport that will help your child to engage in carefree summer exercise.