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Concussions and Sports

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The media is placing a great deal of attention on athletes at all levels and their injuries. It is important to understand what some of the most highly publicized injuries are and how are they treated.  Concussions in sports are one of those highly publicized injuries that can occur during many different types of activities.  A concussion is an injury to the brain that occurs from rapid shaking, coming to an abrupt stop, or a direct blow to front or side of the head.  These are just a few of the many ways an athlete can suffer a sports related concussion.   There are several different degrees of concussions with differing levels of severity and symptoms.

Sports concussions and its long-term effects are undergoing a great deal of research into the prevention, detection and treatment of these injuries.  The symptoms of a concussion can vary from a simple headache to dizziness, loss of memory, confusion, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to loud noises and loss of consciousness.  Each person responds to a concussion differently.  Athletes who experience a concussion can have symptoms that continue for days, weeks and even months. 

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

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Have you ever wondered what you could do to help your body deal with pain and inflammation from the inside?  We do our best to follow the proper channels our doctors and therapists set for course of treatment regarding exercise, stretching, posture and certain medicine but have thought about the food you are ingesting and how it may be affecting your healing process?

It’s no surprise that there are millions of diets out there claiming to help loose weight but there are also great ones that may affect inflammation.  One idea is the anti-inflammatory diet.  This is rather a concept than a true spelled out diet.  Chronic inflammation has been shown to be the root of many serious illnesses those of which include heart disease, Alzheimer’s, many cancers, and has been linked to arthritis.

Older woman and younger woman walkingPhysical therapists are educated thoroughly in the anatomy and physiology of the body. We have extensive knowledge in the area of bones, joints, muscles, nerves, and how they work together in function of the body.  Most people know that physical therapists treat injuries to the knees, shoulders, neck, back etc.  However, many do not realize that some physical therapists have additional training in the treatment of the muscles of the pelvic floor. 

One out of 7 American women ages 18-50 have pelvic pain. 61 percent of them have “no diagnosis”. 26 percent of women ages 18-59 have involuntary leakage of urine.  85 percent of women who have bladder or bowel incontinence and/or low libido do find significant improvement or even a cure with treatment by a women’s health physical therapist.

People who could benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy include those experiencing tail bone (coccyx) pain, abdominal pain, vaginal pain, pain with intercourse, urinary or fecal incontinence (involuntary loss of urine or stool), or prolapse (feeling of falling out or pressure).  Many people experience these symptoms if they have a history of falling on the buttock or tailbone, have been pregnant or delivered children including c-section delivery, experienced menopausal symptoms, had a hysterectomy, or have had a large weight gain.  Even teens can have incontinence, especially if they are involved in high-impact sports such as gymnastics or running.

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GolfSo, why is fitness training for golf so important, even for someone who only plays a few times a year?  In 2006 and 2007 I have had the opportunity to participate in 2 of the 3 levels for golf fitness training at the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).  TPI was initially designed to help train professional athletes from all over the world who played the game of golf.  Dr. Greg Rose and David Phillips, both cofounders of TPI, developed a program that would help those training golf clients even at an amateur or novice level.   I have gone through 2 of the 3 levels for the golf fitness program.  The first level is based on the general evaluation of a golfer through video feedback or tests that are done to help determine the physical limitations as well as the mechanics of the golf swing.  The second level is a more advance track and more specific to fitness training for golf.  TPI is a organized with many professionals involved in the medical, fitness, nutrition and biomechanical fields.  Together they help contribute to the success of many golfers at all levels.

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