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The Testosterone Trap

Caster Semenya
What is a woman? The question has confounded sports authorities forever. The current attempts to regulate this controversy are doomed to fail

Soccer Makes Us Dumber

Soccer Makes Us Dumber
Why is it that the fun and satisfaction of participating in sports overwhelms our recognition that they could significantly destroy our body, be it the knee or the brain?

Hamstrings

Hamstring Tear
The dreaded “hammy” is the tearing of the muscle or tendon fibers of the powerful hamstring muscles at the back of the leg. It’s dreaded because the pain is sharp, and the recovery can be long. Here is what’s known and what’s new:

LeBron James v Stephen Curry

Lebron James & Steph Curry
You watch the ball. I watch the knees. Here is what I see:

How to Run Without Pain

How to Run Without Pain
Pain and running: Do they have to go together? Not for everybody.
Here, in a nutshell, are my 10 best tips for diminishing pain while running:

Stand Up

Stand Up
Stand up straight, like your mother told you to. Bad posture is a cause of multiple musculoskeletal problems. Here is what you can do.

Building SuperHumans

Building SuperHumans
It is a heady time in the world of human empowerment. We are seeing technologies that can alter our genetic code, augment our brainpower, enhance our physique, and extend our lives.

The Opioid Crisis Solution

The Opioid Crisis Solution
Pot. Almost 50% of the patients in my practice recently used marijuana to reduce their post-op pain. I didn’t prescribe it; the word just seems to be out.

Drop Dead at 100

Drop Dead at 100
Drop dead in your 100s, playing some sport. This is our goal for our patients. If they can stay fit, recover from illness and injury, and keep their eye on the ball; dropping dead in action at 100+ is a great goal. Here is how to get there and how not to:

The Color of Life

Red The Color of Life
Red is the color. So much depends on red. Healthy red blood is the essence of all tissues and even the determinant of the health of bone. I look at life through this prism and notice the shades suggestive of this injury or that disease. I read those signals to predict outcomes.

You, Inc.

You, Inc
Ever consider presenting yourself to a Fitness Venture Capitalist as an investment? If you do, the investor will, of course, want to know what your “personal fitness business plan” is. Have you ever even heard of one? Now that you have, this is the time to get it together and invest in yourself.

What Zuckerberg Should Have Said

What Zuckerberg Should Have Said
Mark Zuckerberg should have taught the American Congress the primary fact of digital life: All things digital are public. Here is the lesson.

Dual Ski Racing is Back!

World Pro Ski Dual Slalom Racing
Dual head-to-head racing is the most exciting thing you can watch in competitive skiing. It began in the 1960's with Henri Moreault in Aspen, was expanded into a pro racing tour by the late Bob Beattie in the 1970's, continued by Ed Rogers then fizzled out in the 1990's.
It is now back, under the guidance of Ed Rogers—and it rocks.

The MCL Injury

MCL Stages of Damage
The MCL is in the news. When Steph Curry’s knee stopped the fall of JaVale McGee in the game against the Atlanta Hawks, his knee bent inward with the tibia moving toward the opposite leg and the femur moving outward. A fibrous ligament, called the Medial Collateral Ligament, gave way. Here, anatomically and biologically, is what happened:

What We Don’t Know

What We Don’t Know
What we think we know is probably not true. If we are practicing medicine the same way next year as we are practicing this year, we clearly haven’t learned anything.

The Untethered Athlete

Untethered Athlete
All athletes get injured. The best ones use the injury as an excuse to come back better than they were before they were hurt. Others may not be able to. This may, in part, be due to their inability to let go of the self-image they are attached to. Here are some tips for avoiding that trap.

The Great Stem Cell Divide

The Great Stem Cell Divide
Stem cell therapies are sprouting like weeds. This is a good thing. The medical community is rushing into the biologic sciences, opening up the field of stimulating tissues to heal—rather than suppressing them with steroids, anti-inflammatories, or joint replacement surgeries. Here is my take on where the field is now and where it is going.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow Treatment
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, hurts. It takes a long time to resolve and interferes with daily activities. Here is what causes the problem and what you can do about it.

Athletic Approach to Knee Replacement

Athletic Approach to Knee Replacement
Artificial knee replacement surgery used to mean the reduction of sports activities like golf, swimming, and cycling. Yet with severe arthritis affecting younger and younger people, we are currently pushing the envelope of sports participation with joint replacements and learning as we go.

Schiffrin and the Robots

Mikaela Shiffrin Sports Performance
Mikaela Shiffrin has brought ski racing to an entirely new level. Her extreme focus and total life commitment dwarf those of all other competitors. Is this what it takes to win?