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Freeze Out Fat: Tips For Working Out In the Cold


Dipping mercury levels can make it difficult to get motivated for an outdoor workout. But your basement can get a little boring and sometimes you just need some fresh air. Keep moving even on cold days by following these smart tips from John Baldea, M.D., a sports medicine physician at Indiana University Health.  Ease into it. “Try to acclimatize yourself to the cold gradually before going outside to exercise,” says Dr. Baldea. If possible start by heading out when the thermometer…

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Are you getting too much exercise?

01/12/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

It’s that time of year when we’re bombarded by advertisements for gym memberships and training equipment. But there really is such a thing as over-doing it. While the harms of a sedentary lifestyle and the benefits of exercise are well publicized, what isn’t well known is that training too hard or too much may not be healthy. Most adults need approximately 150 minutes of moderate aerobic intensity exercise per week. In addition, you should also be getting strength and resistance…

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Physician Profile: A Life That Revolves Around Sports

08/06/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Bryan Mayol, MD, feels fortunate for the advantages he had when it came to making a career choice. He was able to attend a college prep school in Evansville, Indiana because his mother taught at the school. In early high school, students were encouraged to start thinking about careers. “I’m just one of those lucky people who knew early on what I wanted to do in life,” says Mayol, a sports medicine physician at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “Science…

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Sports Injuries

07/16/2015 | Orthopedics & Sports MedicinePrimary Care

Experts estimate that 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur every single year. It is important to understand what a concussion is and to be familiar with the signs and symptoms so that you or your child can manage it appropriately.  What is a sports concussion? Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that are caused by a rapid acceleration or deceleration of brain within the skull.  It may be caused by a direct blow to the head or can result from an abrupt movement of the body. The brain…

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Running and Its Transformative Features

03/19/2015 | Orthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationEvents

Running is a simple exercise with several benefits. Behind cross-country skiing, running comes second for burning the most calories in one mile. On average, an individual burns 100 calories per mile they run. It is a cheap, high-intensity work out that requires little equipment that can be done at any time of the day. What happens to your body when you run? Running might not be enjoyable at first, and here’s why! The initial burst of energy you feel is adenosine triphosphate, or the energy…

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What is a Functional Movement Screen?

10/08/2014 | SafetyOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

What is FMS? The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a series of tests designed to assess movement patterns and identify risk factors for injury, so they can be addressed before they lead to problems. Research has shown that when used as part of a preseason screening program FMS scores can predict injury risk. Who is it used for? The FMS is designed for individuals who are not currently injured. It is a great tool for athletes of all ages and levels from beginners to professionals. In fact, several…

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Don’t Let Joint Pain Stop You

04/17/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports MedicineEvents

What is joint pain? There are many types of joints in the human body – fixed, hinge, ball, socket and pivot.  Joint pain is a discomfort that arises from any joint, the point where two bones meet.   Within each joint is surrounded by a fluid filled pocket known as bursae; the bones have a protective lining made of cartilage that help the bones move over each other easily.  If any part of the joint is compromised through trauma, injury or inflammation, you will experience…

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Patient’s blood helps treat a painful chronic injury

03/21/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Steve Shepherd was moving a heavy appliance when he had the accident that put him through two years of pain. The resulting tendonitis in his left elbow was first treated with cortisone shots and physical therapy, but Shepherd’s pain persisted. “I didn’t really notice much of an improvement,” says Shepherd. “I had sharp pain even when I wasn’t doing anything.” His family physician eventually referred him to John Baldea, MD, an orthopedic and sports medicine…

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Four common golf mistakes that can impact your health

03/18/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

It’s one thing to have an unreliable golf swing, quite another to harm your own body because of it. In today’s post, a certified athletic trainer at Indiana University Health Sports Performance shares four hints to keep bad habits at bay and help golfers play in good health. Incomplete follow through. Poor follow through in a golf swing not only causes the ball to veer left or right—it’s also hard on your body. “When golfers don’t follow through completely,…

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Sports-focused physician helps Indianapolis runner avoid surgery

02/27/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

After recovering from an injury that threatened to end her running days, Kathy Pratt says she learned something that can help other athletes: select doctors and caregivers who share your goals. “I felt like I had a whole team of people at IU Health who were committed to getting me back out there,” says Pratt. “I learned that surgery isn’t always the best option and that a physical therapist can improve your flexibility and gait with small things, and a lot of those things…

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