The human body’s temperature rises over the course of the marathon. Even after completing the race, marathoners continue to shed heat. But if the conditions are cold, they could lose that heat too rapidly and run the risk of hypothermia, a dangerous drop in core body temperature.
“Your body is still trying to get rid of that extra heat, even though it’s colder outside,” said Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. “You can become hypothermic if your body hasn’t quite re-established the balance between getting rid of the heat and keeping the heat in.”
“When it’s 90 degrees out there and it really feels like over a hundred — especially on the courts, they’re almost like saunas — they’ve got to pay special attention to staying well-hydrated,” Dr. James Gladstone, medical services provider at the 2015 U.S. Open and co-chief of sports medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told CBS News.
There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of girls playing sports in high school, and the women’s participation rate in college sports jumped to more than 40 percent. But, many aren’t getting enough calories and protein. That can mean poor performance, bone fractures and other serious problems. Dr. Alexis Colvin, chief medical officer of the U.S. Tennis Association and orthopedic surgeon, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the health risks for women.
When athletic powerhouse Serena Williams steps onto the tennis court at the 2015 U.S. Open, Alexis Colvin, MD, will be on hand, ready to provide medical care to Ms. Williams and the rest of the athletes, should any orthopaedic issues arise.
Dr. Colvin, who acts as a United States Tennis Association (USTA) physician during the U.S. Open, is also the chief medical officer for the USTA, team physician for the U.S. Fed Cup team, and an associate professor of sports medicine in the department of orthopaedic surgery at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital. As a sports medicine specialist, Dr. Colvin relishes her work with the USTA, and aims to help tennis players of all levels improve their playing ability while avoiding injuries.
Parents proudly watching their aspiring major leaguers hit a home run, serve an ace in tennis, or lunge to stop a goal might find it hard to imagine that their child’s success in sports could harm his or her health. But today, games like sandlot baseball often are not kid stuff anymore.
Many youth leagues, particularly those for “elite,” “travel,” or “select” teams, have become hypercompetitive for many reasons, including organizations that make money from running tournaments, coaches who emphasize winning at all costs, and parents who hope that their children can earn scholarships by specializing in their chosen sport at an early age to advance their talent as rapidly as possible and gain an edge over their peers. Their intentions may be good, but the results are not.
“There are cases when an LCL injury does require surgery, if it’s a complete tear, but if it’s a case where it doesn’t require surgery, he should be able to make a full recovery with physical therapy and time,” said Dr. Colvin, who stressed that she had not evaluated the MRI herself. “I would say my guess is probably four to six weeks, but it depends on the severity of it.”
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Blood clots can form for a variety of reasons, with long travel and surgical procedures among the most common risk factors. Blood clots near the lungs carry an increased risk of sudden death, said Dr. Alexis C. Colvin, a sports medicine specialist at Mt. Sinai Hospital, who was speaking generally and not about Teletovic’s specific case.
One of the most common causes of knee pain is weakness in the thighs and hips, which absorb impact, says runner Alexis Chiang Colvin, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. (Try this easy 10-minute routine to protect knees and put a spring in your step.)
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alexis Colvin of Mount Sinai says pain in the No. 1 symptom, and stopping the stress-causing activity is the first step in treatment