The cover story in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine has a compelling story about ski jumper Sara Hendrik's bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics. She out jumped the training facility safe zone in Germany soaring one and a half football fields. Her landing was good except she came in too fast and ruptured her ACL,MCL and meniscus. She is now racing the clock to try and get her knee rehabbed in time for the Winter Games putting 35 hour weeks at the
gym. If she succeeds this will be one of the more prolific comeback stories in Olympic history considering how recent the injury was. It is inspirational to see that type of perseverance after such a crushing injury. Good luck Sara, hope you can be the 2014 Olympiad come back kid!
This week the health section of the Washington Post posed the question why men shy away from yoga.
It is a stigma for some guys but many(including yours truly)have experienced the benefits after injuries. Once the benefits are are know you begin to understand the higher level of yoga to overall health and well being. It is no coincidence that some NFL teams use yoga in their training. It is more widely recognized in Olympic sports development.
Both Gary Hall Jr. and Sr. were big early proponents in their dry land swim training and coaching.
Recently I bruised a rib after a skateboard injury after a challenge by my daughter that can only be described as more Homer Simpson than Bode Miller. By going to a studio that has smaller numbers you are able to get modifications to help you open up the muscles that are in spasm while protecting against further injury.Sustained practice will also help your ability to limit the extent of injuries and recover more quickly.
My plantar fasciitis Has finally improved!! I would attribute this to consistent use of my orthotics and FS6 Plantar fasciitis sock. I was able to continue to play soccer and a new pair of cleats helped.
I chose not to wear a night splint. I did not inject my heal with a cortisone shot and was on the verge of trying a another laser treatment. I had tried two treatments prior. It's always difficult to say what exactly cured it and I still have an occasional twinge or two. I think that being out of commission with my back for a couple of weeks may have been the final forced rest I needed to get better. You have to have a a self awareness that continuing to do distance running or in my case explosive sports like soccer can cause setbacks but then the alternative is going back to the black and white TV version of your active life versus the color deluxe version.
So my saga with plantar fascitis continues. Pictured here is an ultrasound of my foot. What you would like to see on the fascia is what looks like strands of spaghetti. Mine has some of that but there is also a dark signal indicating on going plantar fasciitis. If you look at the two lines coming off the white curve that looks like a hill that is where the fascia originates off the heel bone. On top of the fascia about mid way the lines are not as clear indicative of degeneration. Some of my patients have a fusiform or cigar shape which indicates more swelling and degeneration.
When I am evaluating athletes that are looking to return to sports I check to see if there is any opening up of the tissue when I punt stress on it suggestive of a tear. It is a great way to monitor there progress of healing. It is the better than an X-Ray study to get to evaluate a sports heel injury that has the classic morning pain and plantar medial heel pain.
An X-ray will show the bone structure better but will not show you the fascia composition, tearing, fat degeneration and
I ended up hurting my lower back about 2 weeks ago playing soccer . The moment occurred leaning over tie my cleats. What set me up was the soccer games going all out the day before and not unwinding my back with some stabilizing exercises after. The injury has helped my fascia heel because it has forced me to slow down playing and I have only played for an hour or so a couple times. My chiropractor suggested I skip yoga and work on pelvic tilts for my back and stop biking hills for a while. Hopefully, the forced rest will continue to help my fascia heal. Until then I still am wearing my F6 Fascia Sock and continuing using orthotics in my cleats and shoes.
I started this blog to share cutting-edge knowledge from my medical practice and my experience with athletes and as an athlete myself. I was a walkon at I.U. for track and after getting hurt my first season switched over to bike racing and raced in the "Little 500". I teach skiing professionally and also fit soccer in between bike riding and running. You know who you are: the weekend warrior and more serious athletes: the best insights, protocols, tips, and tricks for training and living injury free. I welcome your feedback.