Dr. Melissa Leber speaks with former professional tennis player, Mal Washington, about training methods, overuse and overtraining in athletes.
During the 2018 US Open Health Desk presented by Mount Sinai, Dr. Melissa Leber, Director of Emergency Department Sports Medicine at the Mount Sinai Health System, discusses complete care for athletes and how they can avoid overtraining and injury.
Dr. Melissa Leber, a tournament doctor, said that roughly half of the juniors and professionals have complained of heat distress over the past several days. “We have never been so popular,” she said of the tournament’s medical staff.
“It’s not even the days after, it’s hours after,” Dr. Melissa Leber, a player physician for the US Open and Director of Emergency Dept. Sports Medicine at The Mount Sanai Hospital, told ESPN.com.
Dr. Melissa Leber spoke with the New York Times about the recent heat wave and how it affected the US Open
“In general, the junior players are less prepared for the heat,” said Melissa Leber, an emergency physician at Mount Sinai Medical Center who is part of the U.S. Open medical team. “They’re not as knowledgeable as to what to do in terms of hydrating, having proper nutrition and wearing ice towels. Their coaches aren’t either.”
School is just back in session for most kids, and with the start of the academic year comes decisions about extracurricular activities. While sports are healthy and character-building, focusing on a single sport might not be the way to go for every kid. We talked to Dr. Alexis Colvin, an associate professor of sports medicine and orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and chief medical officer of the United States Tennis Association, about the importance of variety.
A classic scenario for ski injuries goes something like this: It’s late in the day, and you want to get in just one more run. You’re tired and not as in control as you were when you were fresh.
As a result, you may “catch an edge” — accidentally digging the edge of your ski into the snow.
Because your ankle is in a binding, the torque, or rotational force, goes straight through the knee, causing the ACL to rip.
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“There’s a lot of advance planning especially when you go somewhere outside of the U.S,” Dr. Colvin told Baseline. “It’s coming up with your emergency plan and where you would get different tests. The other thing that we plan for is supplies that we have to bring. You have to anticipate almost every single possibility that could happen from strains to the flu or an upset stomach—any and all possible things.”
Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, expressed how important it is to continue moving once you cross the finish line. “Your body needs time to transition,” Colvin says. “Try to walk for at least 10 to 15 minutes, and be sure to grab a thermal blanket to keep yourself warm once you cool down.” This will help your body adjust to the weather and keep your muscles from stiffening up.
“If you don’t have blood flow to the leg and it’s been more than eight hours, you can have a likelihood of having to amputate the leg as high as 80-plus percent,” said Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital.
“But in his (case), everything was very timely. Everyone saw it. The injury had immediate attention to it. It’s pretty unlikely.”
“We have the most data, and the literature say there’s a successful outcome after ACL reconstruction,” Anthony said. “While the biological therapies, such as stem cell, have a lot of promise, we have less data to show they will have the same success rate as an ACL reconstruction.”
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