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May 7, 2009

Childhood Obesity Epidemic Part II: Exercise Can Cure Childhood Obesity

People have theorized for many years that obesity must be genetic. Scientific research has validated this theory and more importantly, a recent study has shown that while there is an obesity gene that may predispose one to obesity, one can control the outcome with exercise.

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Apr 24, 2009

CHILDHOOD OBESITY EPIDEMIC Video Games Can Be Problem and Solution!

Last week, a mother from Old Forge asked me if I thought video games contribute to childhood obesity in this country. I told her that a recent study suggests that video games can be the problem and the solution!

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Mar 28, 2009

Prevention of Cheerleading Injuries: Part II of II

Cheerleading includes gymnastics, tosses, partner stunts, and pyramid building. These challenges pose increased risk of injury. Injury prevention and safety precautions are essential help prevent injuries.

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Mar 28, 2009

Cheerleading Injuries: Part I of II

Since 1980, cheerleading progressed to include highly skilled and competitive athletes. Increased injury rates occurred in response to this evolution. Research indicates that injuries increased 110% from 1990 through 2002, while participation increased only 18%.

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Mar 28, 2009

How to live with a cast or splint

Casts or splints are used to support and protect bones and soft tissues after injury or surgery. A broken bone or severe ankle sprains are two good examples. The immobilization provided by a cast or splint protects the injury, allows healing with proper alignment, and reduces pain, swelling and muscle spasm.

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Mar 28, 2009

Post Exercise Muscle Soreness? Use Caffeine

Did you ever wonder how Lance Armstrong gets back on his bike at the Tour de France every day after several days of intense biking without time for recovery? How can he pedal another day? Aren’t his quads sore? Exercise enthusiasts often inquire about the best method to reduce muscle soreness following intensive training from lactic acid buildup.

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Mar 11, 2009

Breast Cancer and Frozen Shoulder

Guest Columnist: Gary E. Mattingly, PT, PhD Donna, Mary, Patty, Louise are four physical therapy patients.   These four women have many things in common.  All were diagnosed with breast cancer, all had mastectomies, all had radiation and chemo, all lost their hair, and all had complications resulting in tight painful shoulders. Currently, conventional management for […]

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Mar 11, 2009

Exercise May Improve Breast Cancer Survival

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association from Harvard now shows that regular exercise can actually improve the survival of patients with breast cancer.

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Mar 11, 2009

Boomeritis: Sports injuries of the baby boomers

As baby boomers continue to enjoy sports with the same vigor and intensity as when they were younger, they are finding that their older bodies just can't keep up. While these individuals often succeed in finding the balance of fitness and craziness, they have had times when they took it too far.

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Mar 8, 2009

ERGONOMICS: Part 3 of 3 of ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING WITH LOWER BACK PAIN

Guest Columnist: Janet M. Caputo, PT, OCS Ergonomics is the process of changing your environment to encourage good body mechanics. This can be accomplished by a modifying a tool, work station, counter height, task, or job. Performing tasks within the best work zones encourages safety and decreases risk of injury through facilitating neutral spine postures. […]

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