House Calls

SUM 2019

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for the family A Body In Motion … … helps avoid injuries! A Roper St. Francis Healthcare affiliated sports medicine doctor encourages youth athletes—and their parents—to stay active during the off-season – B Y S T R A T T O N L A W R E N C E Play Defense Though not all musculoskeletal injuries can be prevented, many can. Dr. Sullivan shares additional tips for minimizing your risk: • Stay active—and mix it up. Frequent exercise helps the body stay limber, lowering your chance of sustaining an orthopedic injury. And cross training, or participating in multiple sports or activities to strengthen and stretch a variety of muscle groups, helps to prevent overuse maladies. • Drink responsibly. Though most of the ankle fractures, strains, and sprains Dr. Sullivan treats are sports related, he sees a noteworthy number of cases involving falls due to intoxication. • Eliminate tripping hazards. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among people ages 65 and older, and many happen at home. To reduce your risk of in-home stumbles no matter your age, clear your house of hazards such as uncovered extension cords and raised-edged area rugs, and be sure staircases and hallways are well lit. T he lazy days of summer are upon us. For children, that often means afternoons spent by the ocean or pool and a healthy dose of hang time with friends. And while the early alarms and scheduled routines of fall may be far from their minds, there's one aspect of the impending season that student athletes (and their helpful parents) should consider. "For teens and youth, fall is busy season for sports-related orthopedic injuries like strains and sprains," says Roper St. Francis Healthcare affiliated orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine doctor Robert Sullivan. And now, he notes, is the best time to help stave off those common ailments. "Rest is important for young athletes, but they shouldn't stay stagnant all summer. Off-season strengthening and cross training significantly lower an athlete's risk for injuries once the sports season starts again," he says. Due to frequent growth spurts, middle- and high- schoolers are particularly susceptible to muscle and tendon injuries, notes the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. (Bones typically grow first, resulting in stretched ligaments and muscles until they have time to lengthen, too.) But they're not the only group prone to these common orthopedic woes. Adults of any age who jump into an exercise regimen—like when school starts back and schedules normalize—increase their chances of musculoskeletal maladies. "It's important to ease into an exercise routine," says Dr. Sullivan, who suggests making summer strength training a family affair. That doesn't have to look like a trip to the weight room. Fun activities like beach volleyball, soccer, and stand-up paddle boarding help strengthen muscles, and yoga or simple stretching can boost flexibility, both of which are key to warding off injury. 12 { summer 2019 } h o u s e c a l l s a. 96 b. 145 c. 206 d. 280 Answer: c. 206. Babies are actually born with 270 bones; however, by adulthood, some have fused together, totaling 206. POP QUIZ! How many bones does the adult human body contain? P H O T O G R A P H S F A M I L Y B Y M O N K E Y B U S I N E S S I M A G E S / S H U T T E R S T O C K & B A N D A G E B Y P O R T R A I T I M A G E S A S I A B Y N O N W A R I T / S H U T T E R S T O C K

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