Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital August 25, 2016
During the late summer and fall, popular outdoor activities include tennis, golf, and running. In this blog roundup, Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, Surgical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), offers some helpful advice on ways to avoid common injuries while enjoying these activities.
Tennis has many proven health benefits, such as improving cardiovascular fitness, balance, motor control, hand-eye coordination, bone strength, and flexibility. Learn how to avoid some of the most common tennis injuries, whether you’re a pro or a beginner.
Golf is a terrific way to enjoy the outdoors and stay active, especially if you choose to walk the course. On average, a golfer playing 18 holes on foot will walk anywhere from three to six miles. Read our tips on the prevention of common golf injuries and how to recognize the signs of injury.
In order to get ready for a long-distance running event, every runner should have a training plan that gradually builds intensity as race day approaches. This post explains some of the most common running overuse injuries and what you should do to get back on track.
Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital June 9, 2016
Runners should add stretching to their daily routine, making sure their calves and Achilles tendons aren’t tight.
Authors: Elizabeth G. Matzkin, MD, is Surgical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Team Physician for Stonehill College Athletics, and Emily Brook is a research assistant in the Women’s Sports Medicine Program.
Every runner should have a training plan that gradually builds intensity as race day approaches. As any runner knows, there are almost always physical setbacks during training. Some injuries may go away quickly, while others may linger. In this post, we explain some of the most common running overuse injuries and what you should do to get back on track.
What is it and why does it happen?
Also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, runner’s knee – which can occur in one or both knees – is one of the most common training setbacks. When your thigh muscles are weak, it causes your knee cap (patella) to be slightly displaced and rub against other structures. This can lead to pain around the knee cap during running or walking, grinding or crunching noises as your knee moves, and difficulty going up or down stairs or getting up from a chair.
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