The Healthy Athlete – Avoid Injury, Perform Your Best
Who Else Wants To Stay Healthy and Perform Your Best – No Matter Your Age, Sport, or Skill Level
Give Me An Afternoon, and I’ll Give You Strategies To Help You And Your Children Avoid Injuries All Year!
I wrote The Healthy Athlete for you. Yes, you. You might not think of yourself as an athlete, but I would bet you are. You might not be a professional athlete. You might not even play organized team sports. It doesn’t matter. If you like to jog or lift weights or stay active in any form of sports or exercise, this guide to keeping athletes injury free can help you.
People often ask me why I chose orthopedic surgery, and ultimately sports medicine, as a career. My answer has nothing to do with being the team doctor for pro sports teams or performing challenging surgeries. Those are terrific aspects of my job, but it is far from the most appealing part for me.
I love sports medicine because I get to help people return to their sport or activity. It might be a high school athlete returning to soccer after her ACL surgery. It could be an avid weightlifter getting back in the gym after being sidelined with a shoulder injury. Seeing the excitement on my patients’ faces when they are cleared to play is a daily privilege for me.
Sports medicine needs to evolve further through a focus on injury prevention. There’s no question new surgical techniques and rehab exercises will help athletes return from injuries faster. Those are worthy efforts. On the other hand, if we can prevent the injuries from happening in the first place, that would be a true victory.
I wrote The Healthy Athlete to help you and your children prevent sports and exercise injuries.
Do You Make These Mistakes In Your Training?
- The single easiest way to know whether you should see a doctor for aches or pains
- 3 easy adjustments to decrease your injury risk when you start a new workout program
- Why “no pain, no gain” and continuing to train and play through injuries is terrible advice
The Critical Steps To Keeping Your Kids Safe
- What young athletes - and their parents and coaches - need to understand about concussions
- Why we need to focus on fun and not winning or statistics in youth sports
- The one medical professional who should be present at every practice and game…It’s critical you ask your coach or athletic director about it right away!
Top Strategies For Training In Cold or Hot Conditions and Away From Home
- 5 often overlooked tips to train in cold weather
- What will keep you safe on the slopes: 6 skiing and snowboarding recommendations that will still let you have all the fun you want
- 8 easy changes to help you train and perform when traveling
How To Eliminate Overuse Injuries Without Stopping Your Training
- The fastest, safest way to train for a competition without developing a stress fracture
- Why cross training and even creating an off-season can help you avoid injuries - and perform better than ever!
- 4 things to keep in mind about your training when you're sick
The Best Ways To Train Safely And Perform Better
- Do you make this mistake when taking over-the-counter medications for aches and pains? Here’s what you should watch for!
- 4 tricks pro athletes use to recover from injuries…You can use them to recover quickly and safely too!
- Two types of fitness training you should add that can improve your performance…and help you avoid injuries
Things Every Parent Should Know About Youth Sports Injuries
- Did you know you can decrease the risk of an ACL injury between 40% and 70%? Parents should consider this one activity for their kids that can help them avoid surgery and a year out of sports!
- A child will tell you if they are hurting, right? No! They often hide sports injuries. here’s what you can do to get them to tell you something’s wrong.
- 3 not-so-obvious things to watch for to recognize your son or daughter might be burned out from their sport