Kids and sports: How specialization can lead to overuse injuries
If it takes 10,000 hours of "deliberate practice" to truly master a skill, as author Malcolm Gladwell contends, it would make sense that the earlier you specialize in an activity, the better you will be. While this may be true, it’s not without consequences. Kids who start specializing in one sport early may put their health at risk.
More kids than ever are playing sports these days, leading to more sports injuries in general. But we’re also seeing – especially in larger cities such as Dallas – kids at younger ages specializing in one sport, which leads to more overuse injuries that can plague them into adulthood.
Women are not guys. OK, we’ve said it. Sure, we can run for president, fight in wars, hold the same jobs as men. But when it comes to our health, we’re different.
“No. 1,” says Katherine Coyner, an assistant professor in orthopedic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, “understand the genetic difference between men and women. From a hormonal level, there’s the difference of men having more testosterone and women having more estrogen.”
The story behind the tent on Alabama's football sideline
When a player gets injured in a football game, they are typically brought to a trainer's table on the sideline where a medical evaluation is done in front of 100,000 people and a television camera capturing every moment of pain and emotion. Short of taking a player back to the locker room, which presents its own logistical challenges, holding up towels is the only way to shield something from view.
Exercise can be a great stress reliever. But if the thought of doing your regular routine makes you cringe, your workout may actually add to your stress. To combat this, here are three ways you can shake up your fitness routine and start enjoying your workouts again.
Women and ACL Tears: Why they occur, and how to avoid them
First comes the pop, then comes the pain. For those who play sports, the sound and sight of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a too-common experience. And, as it turns out, much more common in women than men, with an occurrence rate eight times as high.
News from the Perry Outreach Program at UT Southwestern!
Something amazing happened on Saturday, October 5th, 2013 during the Perry Outreach Program in Dallas, TX. Forty local students from five schools immersed themselves in the challenging fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering and accomplished things they never thought possible.
Fewer than 7% of all practicing orthopaedic surgeons and doctoral-level engineers are female, but you wouldn't have thought that by the way these students dove right in!
Our students repaired a broken femur using an "ex-fix," learned to suture, and straightened a spine with scolosis. They also plated fractures and reconstructed a knee.
Throughout the day, they interacted with leaders in the orthopaedic surgery and engineering communities, including the UTSW Dept of Orthopaedics, as well as the University of Delaware Dept of Mechanical Engineering and Dept of Biomechanics and Movement Science.
Details of this exciting day are now on our website, as well as Facebook.
Thanks to our faculty, volunteers, and students, the October 2013 Perry Outreach Program at UTSW was a huge success! We're looking forward to running another program in Dallas next year.
In the meanwhile, remember ladies: Keep pushing yourselves, find quality mentors, and do what you love!
Drs. Kathy Coyner, Kirsten Tulchin-Francis, Jenni Buckley and Annalisa Na
UT Southwestern/ University of Delaware
UT Southwestern named the official health care team of the Dallas Stars
UT Southwestern Medical Center physicians will oversee the health needs of the Dallas Stars as the team’s official medical provider, marking the first time a single organization has managed the entire spectrum of medical care for the National Hockey League club.
Keep Kids in the Game for Life Through the STOP Sports Injuries Campaign
Today, leaders at UT Southwestern Sports medicine are coming together with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers' Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and Safe Kids USA to promote the STOP Sports Injuries campaign.
You probably know someone with osteoarthritis - it affects men and women of all races and backgrounds (though it is more common in women). It usually appears in those 45 years of age and older, but it can affect younger people as well.
An educated patient is an empowered patient. The more you know about your own medical conditions will not only help earn the respect of your doctor, but it will help you come up with questions to ask a doctor prior to choosing him or her to treat you.
You need to know your foot type and what type of shoe best supports your arch and running style in order to find the best running shoe for you. Knowing these key points will help you find a shoe that may prevent injury and promote performance.