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The Mind Game—Again

Mind-Labyrinth
When Serena Williams was penalized during the US Open, she turned her anger against her accuser—the umpire—rather than on her opponent. She lost. At the same event, when Roger Federer suffered from the high heat and humidity he couldn’t wait to get out of the poorly designed Arthur Ashe tennis stadium. He lost.

The Robots are Here

Robotic-Assisted-Knee-Replacement-Surgery
Total knee replacement has been a godsend for many people with severe bone-on-bone arthritis. Many of my patients are skiing, hiking, and playing sports on replaced knees at levels they have not done in years, or even decades.

Mind, Body, Gut

Mind, Body, Gut
Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free…all these variations of diets originally designed to address irritable bowels are exploding—apparently, because people’s bowels are now explosive. Celiac, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and their relatives are being diagnosed more frequently than ever. As a society, Americans are becoming both more mindful and more stressed. Could these be linked through the gut?

One and Done is Not Enough

Ski Injury
Top skier breaks her leg. Doctor fixes it, gives her narcotics, and sends her home. She’s told to come back in two weeks for a checkup and have the rod taken out in a year. Doctor moves on to the next patient. What is wrong with this picture?

The Too Flexible Athlete

Dislocated Shoulder
“Stretch, stretch more, do yoga, do Pilates,” our trainers encourage us in a never-ending litany. Our stiffness is hurting our backs, our knees, and our performance. But what about the too flexible athletes?

ACL Surgery: Where the Problems Are

ACL Surgery: Where the Problems Are
The ACL is the key stabilizer of the knee and is torn 300,000 times a year in the U.S. alone. The treatment of these torn ligaments has evolved in some ways, but not so much in others. Here is what we know today.

The World’s Dumbest Exercises

The World’s Dumbest Exercises
Exercise for fun, or for training, or both. Exercise wisely, in ways that help you in sports or your daily life. But don’t do exercises that are useless, or potentially injury-generating. Here are a few doozies that should not be on your list:

VIP Disease

VIP Disease
Varying medical protocols because someone is extra-special can lead to problems.
If you are extra-special, I suggest you request plain vanilla care—and expect the best outcome to occur. Here is why.

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.