Monthly Archives: July 2011

A-Rod Seeks Second Opinion

Alex Rodriguez was was already in the midst of his longest career drought without a homer (going back to June 11) before hearing the news that his right knee has a slight tear in the cartilage.  As the argument always goes, this 14 time All Star has the option of playing through his injury and making it worse, or missing time on the field and enjoying full recovery.  The knee had been tweaked on June 19, but the always cool A-Rod pretended like nothing ever happened.  Now, with an official word declaring that he really needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus, no one should be surprised that he’s seeking a second opinion.

“I want to talk to (Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher) Ahmad,” said Alex, “and then I’m gonna see Dr. K and we’ll call Dr. Ahmad and make a decision collectively.  It’s hard to get into missing 20, 30, 40 games when you don’t know, but at the same time you don’t want to limp toward the finish line. The most important games are played at the end.”

The problem is often argued, however, that doctors in the world of professional sports might be urged to approach an injury with more optimism than objective medicine would require.  This is not broad accusation is not altogether true, but if a second opinion gets him back in the game too early and his knee gets worse, questions will be asked.

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Caylee’s Law Controversy

Last week, it was hard to miss the attention that news outlets had given over to the final chapter of a six week trial over Casey Anthony, a single mother who was accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008.  On Tuesday, the jury returned with their somewhat shocking verdict.

Anthony was found not guilty of murder, manslaughter or abuse, but was still found guilty on four counts of lying to federal officials and thereby obstructing justice.  By Thursday, Anthony had been sentenced for up to 4 years in prison, most of which she had already served.  And after several hours of calculation, it was determined that Anthony would walk free on Wednesday, July 13.  Today, in fact.

The aftermath of last week’s verdict cannot be understated.  Many have lashed out at the jurors, who agreed that Casey had psychological problems but did not believe that this was sufficient evidence of murder (the prosecution, they contended, was unable to lay out a clear case with anything more than suspicion), prompting most of the jury to avoid having their names made public and thereby endanger their own lives and their families.  Others lashed out at the system, which for all intensive purposes, was entirely constitutional (impartial jury, right to counsel, etc).

The vast majority of Americans, it seemed, were convinced that the verdict would come back ‘guilty’ on all charges, which has left many with a bad taste in their mouth.  One woman went so far as to introduce a bill to Congress called Caylee’s Law, which would require parents to notify authorities within 24 hours of their child’s disappearance (Casey waited 31 days to come forward about Caylee) or within 1 hour of their child’s death.  The conversation over Caylee’s Law immediately went viral in social media, but a constitutional law professor from Harvard argued that while Casey’s actions were bizarre and frightening, a blanket ruling on parental obligations is not the right way to go.

“This is an understandable reaction to … a verdict that people feel unsatisfied with, but violating the Constitution would hardly solve the problem.  There is no basis I can see for any congressional power to deal in this broad way with all cases of injury — and perhaps fatal injury — to children.”

Injuries happen, he argued, but it is not the task of Congress to legislate parental responsibility.  As Anthony walks out of prison today, having already earned credit for time served, Caylee’s Law will probably still be making headlines.  Whether it amounts to anything more than popular, angry rhetoric is an entirely different story.

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Time Capsule 2010: Jon Plays On

Very few people in this world, famous or otherwise, have the ability to appear timeless even as they age.  George Clooney (though let’s try to forget his time on Roseanne), Heather Locklear, and Matthew Broderick are just a few.  But the one person who absolutely must be on this list is Jon Bon Jovi, whose face appears to have never aged beyond his twenties.  Just a year ago today, it was Jon, at age 48, who performed in concert despite tearing his calf muscle.  How’s that for being a rock star?

As the women continued to swoon over his invincible reputation, the story went something like this.  The band was in Jersey, playing their cover of a Dave Clark Five song called Glad All Over, but about halfway through the music, Jon grabbed his leg with a guitar in hand and started limping.  By the end of the song, he was leaning on the microphone stand and telling the audience, “My calf muscle just blew out!”  Sure, they thought.  This guy doesn’t have human problems like us!  Turns out, yes he did and yes he does.

“Don’t you worry, folks,” said Jon, “I ain’t got nowhere to go. I’m old. What can I tell you? But I’m still good lookin!”

Take a breath, ladies.  He’s right about one thing.  His age may not show on the outside, but it certainly shows on the inside.  Just last month, he injured his knee during a show in Finland, saying “It was raining, we were outside. It was nothing that abrupt… it just sort of gave out and tore.  Fortunately, we have a week off. So the doctor claims I’ll be alright for Istanbul eight days later. I can’t dance anyway, so it’s not gonna hurt anybody.”  He underwent surgery just a few days later.

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Vino Breaks Leg in Tour de France

Alexander Vinokourov, known around the world as ‘Vino’, went through disgrace and embarassment after the 2007 Tour de France for allegedly blood doping to help prepare for the competition.  Initially, he retired to save himself any future loss of integrity, but within a year, he was back in the hunt.  On Sunday, during the 2011 Tour de France and more than three years removed from his initial retirement, the road bicycle racer fell in a crash that may well have brought a forced end to his career.  Word is, Vino was going to ‘officially’ retire after this race regardless. 

Bystanders called it an ugly crash, causing several injuries for multiple riders including Jurgen Van Den Broeck (who was bleeding from the back of his head) and David Zabriskie (who apparently broke his wrist).  But for Vino, the likelihood of getting back on a bike in the near future went immediately off the table.

The crash took place on the downhill slope of the Col du Pas de Peyrol.  With speeds at an all time high, a collision threw him into the trees along the side of the road.  Medical personnel were standing by to help him limp back to a safe zone, but it was quickly determined that his injury amounted to a broken femur.  Recovery would take up to or more than a year, which leaves some speculating whether the oft feared competitor will fight to make one last run at the Tour in the future.  For now, he’ll be sitting out.

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Army Major Daniel Gade: An Athletic Hero

Daniel Gade was roughly 20 years old when he graduated from West Point in 1997.  He joined the army as a company commander during peacetime until the events of September 11, 2001 turned global attention to the Middle East.  After being wounded twice in action, Gade spent the bulk of 2005 recovering from injuries, the worst of which included full amputation of his right leg from the hip after a tour of duty in Iraq.  For many soldiers, coming back from the physical and emotional turmoil of war injuries can be life altering.  Not for Gade.

He quickly learned to use his new prostheses, became a two-time Purpose Heart recipient, and eventually earned a place in the White House as the Associate Director for Domestic Policy where he took a key role in dealing with disability and health care issues.  Of course, walking freely and swiftly through the halls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue gave him a significant boost of confidence.

Last Sunday, Gade even showed up for the Owasco Man Sprint Triathlon in Auburn, New York.  The sport requires 1,000 yards of swimming, 14 miles of biking, and 3.1 miles of running.  Gasp!

“When I got hurt,” said Gade,  “it became important for me to, for my own mental health, to show others that wounded soldiers are going to be okay, that you just keep working on it and you keep doing your best… if you give up you’re never going to succeed.”  He called the triathlon a ‘metaphor’ on life, particularly his own.  For the United States of America, Gade is a hero.  To his family, even moreso.

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Levens Documentary: ‘Bell Rung’

Dorsey Levens was an all star running back in Green Bay during the 1990s when the Packers were fighting the NFC’s third string against reigning dynasties like the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.  Unlike many in the world of professional football, Levens rarely had any controversies and always played with respect for his teammates and opponents alike.  And since retiring in 2006, he somehow managed to squeeze in an acting role in the film We Are Marshall.  But it’s his next endeavor that has people talking.

Levens is producing a documentary about professional football called Bell Rung: An Alarming Portrait of Professional Football.  Don’t use too much imagination in figuring out what it means to have your ‘bell rung’.  Levens knows first hand what it means to get clocked.  The rest of us can only wince at the television.

The film is intended to bring even more awareness to a growing concern among fans and players: whether or not it’s okay to acknowledge pain or weakness in the culture of football.  Would you be seen as a coward to admit dizziness after a concussion?  A wimp, perhaps?  Sometimes even fans can be heard in the stands claiming that a player just ‘doesn’t want to play anymore’ when they may, very well, be seriously hurt.  The pressure to get back in the field of play for a team is enormous.

“When you’re in the league, you don’t want to ruffle any feathers,” Dorsey said. “You don’t want to worry about endorsement deals. You don’t want to stick your foot in your mouth. There’s a small opportunity to make a lot of money in this league, and you’ve got to capitalize on it. We all know that one slip of the tongue can cost you millions, literally, so I think guys are like, ‘I’ll give you a little bit, but I’m not going to give you what I really feel.’ ”

Here’s to hoping his film helps to change the culture in football.  We all know the game is great, but we’d much rather see healthy athletes on the field than those who are at risk of doing irreparable damage to themselves.

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Stretch Before Running, Forest!

The story of Forest Gump is already a beloved classic for its heartfelt characters and larger than life tales.  In one of the most iconic scenes of the film, Forest decides, on a whim, to start running from coast to coast and back again with no apparent reason.  No one tells him to run, nor does anyone tell him to stop.  He just runs.  And eventually, after three years, two months, fourteen days and sixteen hours, he decides to go back home.

Most of today’s runners, like Forest, did not start out as track stars or well known athletes.  For the average American, running started as a cardio exercise that not only works up a sweat, but gives you time to think and reflect while burning a few calories.  The only problem is that few of us learn how to avoid the risks of running ourselves into an injury.

Everything from bones and muscles to tendons and ligaments require conditioning and strengthening, which is a habit and craft with former athletes, but not so with everyday Americans.  A body unprepared to run may succeed initially on a sprint, but running is about patience and endurance rather than urgency and sudden starts.  One of the most common injuries associated with runners is a hamstring strain.  Essentially, this is when muscle fibers are unreasonably stretched or torn with associated pains in the upper leg that can range from sudden cramps to immediate burning.

The solution for successful running is to consider the activity as part of a long term project for your health.  Learn to take 10 to 15 minutes of stretching time before each run and then cool down with closing stretches after a run is over.  Working your body into a peak physical condition is far better than rushing it to handle what it was never trained to do.

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Djokovic Conquers Wimbledon

In June, the Brace Shop made mention of Britain’s #1 Tennis Player, Andy Murray, who ripped an ankle tendon and lost to Spain’s #1, Rafael Nadal, in the French Open.  At the time, Murray seemed to be playing it off like nothing happened and that seems to have served him well (forgive the pun).  He pulled out an impressive showing through Day 10 of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, but ultimately crumbled on Day 11 when faced with yet another match against Nadal.  But it was not Rafael Nadal who conquered the Men’s Singles Final in Wimbledon this year.  That honor belongs to Novak Djokovic, who laid waste to Nadal on Day 13 with a score of 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, and 6-3.

Djokovic may well be the best tennis player you never heard about until 2011.  This isn’t to say that he just showed up on the scene.  Hardly.  Back in 2007, he defeated world number three Andy Roddick, world number two Nadal, and world number one Roger Federer at the Rogers Cup, becoming the youngest player to accomplish this feat in succession.  Clearly he knows how to play the game.

The reason he isn’t mentioned as often as other greats is because Djokovic plays for a nation that most people still aren’t comfortable discussing with a positive spin.  Serbia, which now forms just a fraction of the once more well-known Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (where he was born in 1987), was accused of  human rights abuses by the international community in the 1990s.  And those familiar with Serbian history associate the origins of World War I with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Bosnian Serb, part of an organization called the Black Hand.

Since the 1990s, Serbia has achieved its independence (2006) for the first time in nearly a century and appears to be well on its way to becoming a reputable and even neutral country in the European Union.  Favorable opinions of men and tennis legends like Novak Djokovic will certainly help in illustrating that this once controversial nation is now just another competitor in the world of professional sports and international cooperation.

An overlooked incident last April makes Djokovic even more of a standout icon in the world of professional tennis.  When fear of a knee injury made him believe his long term goals might be thwarted, Djokovic sat out the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 1000.  Where other competitors might have pressed on for glory and further injured a nagging problem, his decision to sit out allowed him to regain confidence for future matches.  Our hats go off to Djokovic, who can now hoist the most prized trophy in tennis and bring it home to Serbia.

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Fireworks on the 4th

For many Americans, celebrating the 4th of July means pulling out the grill, lounging on lawn chairs, and, of course, lighting up some fireworks at the end of the day.  Even John Adams, one of the most beloved Founders, insisted in a private letter to his wife that this would “be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival… It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

He was right.  More than two centuries beyond the original declaration, Americans have not forgotten about their precious freedom or the men and women who still fight to protect it.  Sometimes, we even hurt ourselves in celebration.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that approximately 9,000 people visited the ER as a result of July 4th fireworks in 2010.  Almost all of those injuries were burns that came as a result of firecrackers, sparklers, bottle rockets and a host of other individually sold fireworks that people use on their own in the streets.

Needless to say, safety should be of the utmost importance so that no festivities have to be ended abruptly with an ambulance.  Here are just a few ideas for minimizing injury: (1) Read the labels, (2) Avoid having young children handle fireworks, especially knowing that loose clothing can easily be flammable, (3) Only allow older children to use fireworks under adult supervision, and (4) Keep a bucket of water close by for the rare occasion that a small fire braeks out and a quick solution is needed.

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Creating the Best of the Best

Within the ranks of the U.S. Military, no one would argue that each member serves its operation proudly and rigorously from the first moment of basic training.  Marines, however, take an additional pride in calling themselves the best of the best.  They are, in their own words, the toughest of the tough.  But in order to achieve this kind of reputation, outspoken recruits and observers have acknowledged that Marine Corp Basic Training is the most ‘bone crushing’ in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Military reports ranging from 2004 to 2010 show this to be true.  Exactly 688 tibias and fibulas have been broken in six years, far more ‘lower leg breaks’ than any other facility in the military.  That number reflects, at least in part, a number of recruits who enter the marines without being in peak physical condition upon arrival.  With the war on terror, more citizens were willing to come on board to fight while more recruiters were willing to accept a lower grade of preparation than recent years might have allowed.  Nevertheless, ready or not, Marine Corps basic training isn’t catered to the weak-willed or physically-meek.

Experts say that it is the amount of running during basic training that provides a test for potential stress fractures.  The average amount of running for the 12-week training is 37 miles, which tends to weaken bones in the lower leg.  Those who run the slowest in the beginning are more likely to experience a leg problem than those who keep up with the rest of the group from day one.  While our hats go off to those who make it past the 12th week to earn the title of United States Marine, the Brace Shop is just as concerned about the recruits who fall just a little short and need support after an injury from basic training.

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