Summer is when recreation peaks and organized sports will be starting again soon. These same athletes and weekend warriors often experience injuries. This month we want to make sure that you know about the variety of conditions that our clinicians treat. Plus, there’s a bonus exercise, that if included in a regular training routine, can decrease the risk of athletes experiencing a hamstrings injury by 51%!
How to Cut the Risk of Hamstrings Injuries
Injury prevention is an important part of our mission. Not long ago, physical therapists identified the preventive power of proper training and its impact on ACL injuries. Click here for that reference.
This month we want to share the reference for an exercise, called the Nordic hamstring exercise, that when incorporated into a regular sports training routine, can reduce hamstrings injuries by 51%. Click here for the reference and make sure you watch the video for more details.
More Evidence that Eating a Diet of Minimally Processed Foods is Better for You
In a recent study, scientists found that when people consumed a diet of highly processed foods, they took in more calories and gained more weight than when on a diet of minimally processed foods.
The highly processed diet had foods like canned ravioli, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pork sausage, and tater tots. The minimally processed diet had foods like salad, grilled beef roast and vegetables, and baked fish. People noted that the diets both tasted good and were satisfying.
On the highly processed diet, people ate more calories and gained an average of 2 pounds. On the unprocessed diet, they ate fewer calories and lost about 2 pounds.
The clinical researchers concluded that limiting consumption of ultra-processed foods may be an effective strategy for obesity prevention and treatment. Click here for the reference.
Falling down - it’s almost worth doing a piece every month as a constant reminder of the dangers. In a recent research article published in JAMA, the authors stated, “In the United States, an estimated 28.7% of adults aged 65 years or older fell in 2014. Falls result in increased morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. Risk factors for falls include age, medication use, poor balance, and chronic conditions (ie, depression, diabetes).”
Once again, we encourage you to read and share this reference on fall prevention...doing so could save the life of a loved one.
Here are some valuable references:
- What you can do to prevent falls.
- Brochure for family caregivers with steps to help prevent older adult falls.
- Check for safety by eliminating hazards in the home.
- Postural hypotension - what is it and how can be done about it.
Thanks for reading and see you next month.
Until Next Month,
Thanks from Scott Schultz, PT, Cert MDT