By Thomas Gerbasi
Comments by: Victor Khabie, MD, FAAOS
Gary Stark Jr. remembers the old days in the gyms around Brooklyn and Staten Island. Back then, he was going to be the next champion to emerge from the city, a slick boxer with flash, heart, and charisma, one who was getting a lot of attention in a place where you have to be special to earn that right.
And the kids in the gym knew it. There was Danny Jacobs out of Brooklyn, Marcus Browne out of Staten Island, and of course Stark’s own peers, Curtis Stevens, Jaidon Codrington, Paulie Malignaggi, and Luis Collazo.
Just a few years into the new millennium, “Kid” Stark and his friends made up what many believe was the last Golden Age of New York boxing. There was a buzz in the air back then, an idea that multiple champions would emerge from the Big Apple. (more...)
Putnam Country Press/Times, September 25, 2013
By Guest Columnist Dr. Stuart Styles
Knee problems send almost 20 million people to a doctor's office each year. Injuries to the knees are common to all sports and cumulative wear and tear on the knee sends large numbers of older people to doctors' offices as well.
“The knee is vulnerable to injury because it is a hinged joint,” says Dr. Stuart Styles, knee treatment specialist with Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group. “That means it moves in two directions as it bends and straightens, but in a single plane. When forces are applied to the knee from outside that plane – as in, say, a football tackle – injury is likely to one or more of the components of the knee: the bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, or tendons.” (more...)
BWWFitnessworld.com, September 17, 2013
Sports medicine specialist Dr. Scott Levin offers young players tips for preventing football related injuries.
For many years, the number of student athletes playing football at the high school level has far surpassed the number of participants in any other sport. During the 2012-2013 season, more than 1.1 million boys played tackle football and 8,600 girls played tackle or flag football at the high school level, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. And USA Football estimates that there are 3 million youth football players, age 6-14, in the United States. (more...)
Study of NCAA athletes found speed, jumping power changed little over 4-year careers
Comments by: Victor Khabie, MD, FAAOS
THURSDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- College football players may get bigger and stronger during their four-year careers, but apparently all those grueling drills don't make them run faster or jump higher, new research finds.
"This longitudinal study shows you can make [players] bigger, leaner and stronger, but speed and power don't change. You have to recruit speed and power," said study author Bert Jacobson, a professor of health and human performance at Oklahoma State University.
"This advice is more geared for wide receivers, running backs, corners and safeties," he noted. The findings appear in the September issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. (more...)
August 29, 2013
Physical therapist Matt Mikesh with Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group offers tips about exercises that can cause more harm than good.
Exercising is a crucial factor in maintaining a healthy body and mind. This is a commonly known fact and 76% of American adults report that they engage in regular physical activity. Yet according to physical therapist specialist Matt Mikesh with Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group, practicing certain exercises can cause more harm to the body than good. “I see many patients who come in because they have injured themselves working out,” says Mikesh. How can we remain physically active, exercise regularly and at the same time protect ourselves from exercise injury? Mikesh offers the following tips to help us prevent exercise related injury and suggests certain exercises to avoid. (more...)