PSSM July runners

The Physical Cost of Running: Common Injuries

By Mathieu Lentine, D.C.

The glory of running and the defeat of injury are both well known to Dr. Mathieu Lentine, D.C. Lentine was a competitive runner for nearly 16 years. He ran in high school, college and post collegiately. “I never liked to run but loved to race so that was what my training was always geared around,” Lentine said. In high school and college he ran cross country and track and has ran every distance up through marathon. It was all of […]

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How to Make Volleyball a Day at the Beach

By Judelkiss Todd, DPT

Getting down and dirty for beach volleyball can be a win every time with the right preparation. Dr. Judelkiss Todd from Performance Spine & Sports Medicine serves up tips for this favorite sport, but she warns even the best prepared people might feel the effects of a day of beach volleyball. “Sand is tough to play in. You’ll be slower, you’ll tire faster and your vertical jump will be reduced to millimeters,” said Todd. “The quadriceps and calves will burn, […]

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Benefits of Coconut Water

By Gary Fuschini, PTA

The clear liquid found on the inside of immature, green coconuts is known as coconut water. It has a mildly sweet, nutty flavor and is contained in coconuts which are between 5-7 months of age. Coconut water should not be confused with coconut milk, which is extracted from the meat of the mature coconut. Consumption of coconut water has become very popular especially among those who exercise. Containing many vitamins, minerals and nutrients, the purported health benefits are numerous. These […]

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Take the pressure off the little ones: how to lower stress in children

By Mahmud Ibrahim, M.D.

When the pressure is on some kids lash out. Dr. Mahmud Ibrahim of Performance Spine and Sports said there are usually signs that children are under stress and most of them are a cry for help. He said some warnings that a child is facing too much stress can be short-term behavioral changes, mood swings, acting out, changes in sleep patterns or bed wetting. “Some kids have physical effects, including stomachaches and headaches,” said Ibrahim. “Others have trouble concentrating or […]

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Breakfast Should Never Be a Hunger Game

By Michael Pismarov, D.C., CCSP

It doesn’t make sense that less food would equal more weight, but according to Dr. Michael Pismarov of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, it’s true for people who skip breakfast. “Those who skip breakfast often weigh more and are more likely to eat higher calorie snacks throughout the day to rid themselves of hunger,” Pismarov said. He said for adults, skipping a meal here and there is okay if nutritional requirements are met throughout the day, but he said children […]

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By Jim Tholany, DPT

Although the temperatures outside may beg to differ, spring is finally here. This is where the resurgence of activity and recreational injuries start to bring people back in outpatient Physical Therapy clinics across the northeast and other parts of the country. Generally, the vast majority of these injuries can be mitigated with appropriate progression of training and making sure they remove injury precursors of the table. The most common spring activities I see injuries involve running. In most cases, most […]

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Text Neck: Extreme Cell Phone Usage is a Huge Pain in the Neck!

By Mathieu Lentine, D.C.

Take a trip to the mall and look around; start counting how many people you see with their heads down looking at their phones. Some will be on the phone for a few seconds at a time; others will be on it for a few minutes at a time. Now take note of their posture. Their heads are most likely pointed downwards; ears are protruding forward past the shoulders; back is slumped forward; and shoulders are rounded in so the […]

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Fallen and Can’t Get Up?: Balance in the Elderly

By Judelkiss Todd, DPT

Have you experienced recent missteps or loss in balance recently? Falls are one of the most common reasons for hospitalizations and hip fractures in the elderly. In 2013, 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 734,000 of these patients were hospitalized1. As we get older and remain more independent in our homes, fall risks and fall prevention strategies must be in the forefront of our minds. Fall risks can be environmental or […]

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