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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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Center Grove Senior Not Sidelined by ACL Injury

11/12/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Like all high school athletes who want to play college sports, Bobbie Clayton has always regarded summer as a chance to perfect her skills and get stronger. That’s exactly what she was doing one June afternoon when she tore the ACL and meniscus on her right leg. “I was playing defense in our summer basketball league,” she said. “I stepped to the right with my left leg and I heard something pop.” Clayton, a senior at Center Grove High School, walked off the court that…

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Playing it Safe with Sports Injuries

11/04/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 3.5 million sports-related injuries every year in children under 15. Sports and recreational activities contribute to nearly 20 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children. While most injuries heal, some can have lasting effects. As a parent, here’s what you need to know about preventing and treating sports injuries. Types of Sports Injuries Acute injuries occur in a single sudden twist, fall or collision.…

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Ben Davis Trainer Helps Players Stay in the Game

10/15/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Amy Baker, ATC, has come full circle since graduating in 2008 from Ben Davis High School on the west side of Indianapolis. While she was in high school, she served as one of the school's athletic trainers. Today, she’s working full time at her alma mater—this time as a certified athletic trainer (ATC), employed by Indiana University Health as part of a partnership that brings better health care and rehabilitation to high school athletes. After completing a degree in athletic training…

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Know Before You Go: Sports Physicals

07/15/2013 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

It’s the time of year for your child to receive a physical so they can participate in sports in the 2013-2014 school year. Make sure you are ready for your child’s physical by following these tips. Have the form.  Print the physical evaluation form from the IHSAA website to have your child’s physician sign and to get an idea of what the physical will entail. Have your answers ready and always tell the truth. See a physician. According to IHSAA rules, a physical exam form must…

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