Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, continued exercising during her own three pregnancies.
Women who exercise throughout a pregnancy tend to experience less fatigue and swelling, as well as fewer incidents of varicose veins, Colvin said. Psychologically, exercise can also help improve a mother’s mood and self-esteem.
“If you are exercising pre-pregnancy, you should absolutely keep it up,” said Colvin, formerly a physician at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“While any type of weight-bearing exercise is recommended to maintain bone density and reduce osteoperosis, excessive running can lead to the opposite problem of stress fractures, seconds Alexis Colvin, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Not to mention, the study only looked at the density of the heel bone, and not other bones that are typically measured for osteoporosis, such as the hip or lumbar spine, she explains.”
“I’d say it’s one of the best-case scenarios because he does not need surgery and it’ll recover completely on its own,” said Dr. Colvin, who was speaking generally and without direct knowledge of Curry’s case. “It depends on how quickly he feels he’s up to speed. But he’s in good shape to begin with, and it’s not a very severe injury.”
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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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