Category Archives: WELLNESS/FITNESS

Sports specialization can have a detrimental effect on young athletes

When a young kid shows an early talent for a sport, it’s easy to want to focus solely on developing that talent via sports specialization.

It’s become much more common in recent years for a child to go through intense training in one sport and exclude all others. Many parents believe the best way to have an elite athlete is to master that sport from a young age.

However, studies have shown early sport specialization can actually have detrimental effects to an athlete, including burnout and increased risk of injury, and typically does not lead to college scholarships or professional contracts.

Disc Golf: a low-key sport that is easy to start and fun for all ages

Do you like to throw stuff? Who doesn’t! That’s pretty much the main requirement for playing disc golf. This sport has continued to increase in popularity – and with good reason, too. Disc golf is easy to start, welcomes players of all skill levels, and can be found all around the metro.

Kansas City is actually a hotbed for the sport. According to the Kansas City Flying Disc Club, there are about 30 disc golf courses in the KC area. National tournaments are played here, and Kansas City is home to two disc golf stores.

So what’s so great about disc golf?

Sports fans: Cheering for the Chiefs, Royals or another of your favorite teams is good for your health

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Football season is upon us once again. Whether you’re one of those who are casual sports fans or a true fanatic, cheering for your team can bring highs and lows. But did you know that it can also encourage good health?

That’s not just some lip service from ESPN or Fox Sports. Research shows sports fans are active, engaged and in better health, thanks to their allegiance with a favorite team.

Neck injury: When sports become a pain in the neck

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When any neck injury is suspected a person should not be moved without a medical professional present due to the risk of spinal cord injury.

The neck, also called the cervical spine, is comprised of seven vertebrae stacked on top of each other and separated by discs that act as cushions to absorb shock and provide stability.

In the space between the vertebrae, nerves that supply the arm exit the neck. The spinal cord which supplies sensory and motor function to the arms and legs is protected by the vertebrae (bones), ligaments, discs and muscles around the neck.

Swimming is the exercise that does it all! Get in the pool!

This time of year, it is not hard to convince someone to go jump in a lake. Swimming is a great way to cool off and have fun with friends.

But this low-impact exercise is so much more!

Swimming is a stress-reducing, calorie-burning, mood-boosting wonder. Check out the benefits of swimming a few laps.

Physical therapy can help in prevention and rehabilitation of ACL injuries

Knee injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is unfortunately common during sports activities. The ACL is a thick band of tissue in the center of the knee joint that connects the backside of your thigh bone (femur) to the front of the shin bone (tibia).

The main purpose of the ACL is to prevent the tibia from moving too far forward under the femur and to stabilize the knee during twisting movements. If the tibia moves too far forward, the ACL can be strained and/or ruptured.

Fresh fruits and vegetables…Make the most of summer produce and amp up your diet

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Looking to improve your nutrition and reap the health benefits? Summer is the perfect time to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. A variety of in-season foods are available, so it’s easy to add some variety and try something new.

Dehydration can be serious! Hydration affects muscle performance and is an important component of injury prevention

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Summer heat has arrived, which can make it difficult to stay adequately hydrated in the Midwest scorching heat and humidity. Dehydration is caused by an excessive loss of water from the body, and it not only affects performance due to fatigue, but also sets up any active person for an increased risk of musculoskeletal injury. There is a significant link that has been shown between dehydration and muscle injuries, and this is because muscles require fluids and electrolytes to function properly.

Golf Swing Tip: Keep your head in the game for a better golf swing

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“Keep your head down!” How many times have you heard those words right before attempting to execute a better golf swing? Too often, that message translates into an expectation that the head is to be kept still. Not so. In fact, it is not possible!

Golfer’s Elbow is a common injury that can strike more than just golfers

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The golf swing is a full body movement that requires muscle coordination, strength and joint mobility. If one part of the system breaks down, it can cause a ripple effect to other areas of the body. One common injury is called golfers elbow, aka “medial epicondylitis,” which occurs when there is a repetitive use over time of the muscles on the inside of your forearm.