Sports Medicine

Recover Like an Olympian

2022-04-25T09:31:51-07:00

RECOVER LIKE AN OLYMPIAN

When competition day is looming or when every missed game is a hit to the team, there is enormous pressure on an injured athlete to get back to competition as quickly and safely as possible. A sports medicine team includes physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and others. All these roles work together to guide the athlete through recovery back into their game – stat!

In the Tokyo Olympics 2020/2021, USA Women’s Volleyball “opposite” Jordan Thompson rolled her ankle on a bad landing from a blocking jump. An ankle “roll” is a sideways twist that stretches or tears one or [Learn More]

Recover Like an Olympian2022-04-25T09:31:51-07:00

Sports And Alcohol: Hold On to Your Coozie

2022-05-16T13:04:10-07:00

If you must drink during your summer sports, at least stay safe

John (name changed) just finished a taxing mountain bike ride with his weekly bike group. Each ride ends with social hour and an ambitiously-stocked beer cooler at the trailhead parking lot. A few IPAs later, John pedaled home on the street at a leisurely, buzzed pace when his phone hummed from the bottom of his pocket. Reaching down, he fumbled a few brief seconds before everything went black.

Smack.

John swerved into a parked car and lay unconscious for 15 minutes before a passerby found him and helped get him medical attention. [Learn More]

Sports And Alcohol: Hold On to Your Coozie2022-05-16T13:04:10-07:00

Falcons Alex Mack Played In Super Bowl With A Fibula Fracture

2022-04-22T13:42:00-07:00

The NFL lineman risked two existing fibula injuries for the big game.

Alex Mack of the Atlanta Falcons
Source: WEBN-TV, Flickr

Alex Mack of the Atlanta Falcons played in 2017’s Super Bowl LI with a fibula fracture. Mack suffered the fracture during the Falcons’ NFC Championship Game win over the Green Bay Packers, but it was not discovered until after the game. The injury was slightly above a metal plate in Mack’s distal fibula, which was inserted in 2014 to fix a previous fracture.

First off, this is not [Learn More]

Falcons Alex Mack Played In Super Bowl With A Fibula Fracture2022-04-22T13:42:00-07:00

Treating Pro Grid Athletes Applies to Recreational CrossFit

2022-04-22T13:19:36-07:00

Treating Pro Grid Athletes Applies to Recreational CrossFit

When a colleague reached out to me to become involved with the San Francisco Fire, the new Bay Area franchise for the National Pro Grid League (NPGL), I was immediately interested.

And I also got my GSOS colleague Dr. Matthew Pecci involved. As a primary care physician and sports medicine specialist, he has the perfect skills to sort through the majority of these athletes’ issues. I handle the orthopedic issues for The Fire and Dr. Pecci handles their assortment of other common primary care issues. Together we developed a [Learn More]

Treating Pro Grid Athletes Applies to Recreational CrossFit2022-04-22T13:19:36-07:00

What Are the Side Effects of Taking Steroids?

2022-04-22T12:52:51-07:00

Dr. Matthew Pecci, a sports medicine doctor, discusses the side effects of steroid use on the heart.

Question: What are the side effects of taking steroids?

Answer: Many people may use steroids and may not have any immediate noticeable negative side effects. But there are too many potential side effects for them to be considered safe. Some of the side effects are acne, breast development in males, mood changes, and a shutdown of your body’s normal production of testosterone. The most serious side effects are the effects on the heart, including an increase in bad cholesterol, [Learn More]
What Are the Side Effects of Taking Steroids?2022-04-22T12:52:51-07:00

Youth Football Injuries Are Up: 10 Tips to Bring Them Down

2022-05-16T13:04:42-07:00

Total youth sports injuries are down for children ages 5-14, yet football injuries for that age group are up—22.8 percent in the last 10 years, according to the American Academy of Orthopaeidc Surgeons. About 10 percent of players suffer an injury and of those, 36 percent require some recovery time or treatment.

Here are 10 tips to prevent injuries. Parents, coaches, and players should adhere to these tips, which apply to youth football players of all ages.

1. Think Safe

The old culture of playing through pain in youth sports is over. Parents and coaches should stress that if a player feels hurt he [Learn More]

Youth Football Injuries Are Up: 10 Tips to Bring Them Down2022-05-16T13:04:42-07:00

Outpatient Total Hip Replacement Puts Golfer Back in Game

2022-05-16T13:25:01-07:00

James Murchison hip replacement GSOS patient

New anterior surgical method cuts costs and recovery time in half

James Murchison had always been an avid athlete. Whether skiing down a mountain or perfecting his golf game, the former baseball and soccer college athlete made it a point to stay active and in shape.

But after a ski injury five years ago, he felt pain in his groin. He assumed he had pulled a muscle. But after visiting an orthopedic physician, the x-rays told a different story.

The angle of the femur, the large bone in [Learn More]

Outpatient Total Hip Replacement Puts Golfer Back in Game2022-05-16T13:25:01-07:00

When can I return to play after a concussion?

2022-03-01T16:22:30-08:00

Dr. Charles Preston explains how much time a concussion should heal before returning to play sports.

Any athlete who has a head injury should let their athletic trainer or parents know as soon as possible. A healthcare professional experienced in evaluating for a concussion needs to let you know when it’s safe to return to play, because returning to play too early can be dangerous.

If your concussion involves memory loss or loss of consciousness, you may not be able to return to play for one to two weeks. After a severe concussion, you may not be able to return to play [Learn More]

When can I return to play after a concussion?2022-03-01T16:22:30-08:00

When Are You Supposed to Use Ice or Heat on an Injury?

2022-03-01T16:26:57-08:00
Dr. Michael Michlitsch of Golden State Orthopedics & Spine explains when ice or heat should be used to treat an injury.

Question:
When are you supposed to use ice and when are you supposed to use heat?
Answer:
Ice should be used for the first 48-72 hours after an acute injury or until the swelling goes away. Ice should not be left on for more than 20 minutes at a time unless you have some covering on the skin to prevent an injury from the cold. Heat should be used on chronic injuries or stiff muscles or joints and should be used [Learn More]
When Are You Supposed to Use Ice or Heat on an Injury?2022-03-01T16:26:57-08:00

What Is the Best Way to Prevent a Pulled Muscle?

2022-03-01T16:27:42-08:00
Dr. Charles Preston of Golden State Orthopedics & Spine gives tips on preventing a pulled muscle.

Question:
What is the best way to prevent a pulled muscle?
Answer:
Pulled muscle is a common sports injury. It can range from minor injury to complete rupture. Many factors can lead up to this injury and those factors are what you can pay attention to in order to prevent muscle strain. The keys to prevention are proper warm up, sufficient flexibility, adequate strength and hydration.
What Is the Best Way to Prevent a Pulled Muscle?2022-03-01T16:27:42-08:00
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