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The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It
The eyes receive and give away information. They communicate in a language we have yet to define. We know they are windows to the soul, portals into the mind, and transmitters of emotions, intentions, and desires. Because we don’t always control their transmissions, we fear their exposure. Shouldn’t we start to train our visual communication skills?

The Sports Injury Trip

The-Sports-Injury-Trip
Perseverate, verb: to repeat or prolong an action, thought, or utterance, long after the stimulus that prompted it has ceased. Perseveration is a repetitive focus on the same issue, a recycling through the mind of thoughts that won’t go away—memories that trap you in the pain or anger of some past event. How to break free? Here are some of the techniques we use after sports injuries get you down.

Time to Stop

Time to Stop
“Push through the pain.” “No pain, no gain,” we were told in our youth. These are outside voices – but listening to your body and knowing when to stop is the key to diminishing self-inflicted injuries and lengthening your sports career.

The moment you tear it is the moment to repair it.

The Moment You Tear It
Almost all orthopaedic injuries are best repaired immediately. The old “wait and see” for most joint injuries has been proven to lead to scar tissue, loss of motion, and arthritis. With today’s accurate imaging, using repair and reconstructing techniques to restore normal anatomy beats living with deformities.

Spinway to Heaven

Spinway to Heaven
Spinning classes have grown to millions of sessions in the U.S. each year. The bikes, too, have progressed—from first recording our pedaling rates, then our heart rates, and finally our soul cycles. The group dynamic pushed us to perform harder than we would do alone in the gym. The hot instructors drew us in. The fad became a craze.

Thinking about things that don’t exist

Thinking about things that don’t exist
What percentage of your day do you actively think about what could be? For most of us, it is a low percentage. But, what if we all spent serious time thinking about it and sharing our ideas?

The Athlete's Dilemma

The Athlete's Dilemma
Data everywhere, and nowhere to hide. In the bad old days, you got injured, and you didn’t tell anyone. You usually recovered. Lived to play another day. Until you couldn’t. Today, you get injured; you could be monitored, measured, uploaded and reported to everyone. You might not be allowed to play. You are “protected”, maybe even blacklisted. Which scenario is better?

Creativity: The Missing Lesson

Creativity: The Missing Lesson
If you want to be treated with a better than 75% chance of success—and if you value excellence as much as kindness—I suggest you demand that creativity be part of the doctor’s repertoire.

Downwinders

Downwinders
Downwind stand-up paddling is my new favorite sport. Here is why.

Top Ten Tips to Cure “Airplane Disease”

Top Ten Tips to Cure “Airplane Disease”
Sitting on cramped airplanes can debilitating. Here are my top ten remedies for surviving your flight:

The Powder Cure

The Powder Cure
“There are only so many moguls in any given knee,” said Warren Miller, the famous ski videographer. I use his observation for many patients who love skiing but have arthritic knees. Skiing is actually pretty kind to the knee joints as long as you don’t fall and if you don’t ski hard bumps all day long.

CrossFit for High Schoolers

CrossFit for High Schoolers
In high school and even earlier, serious athletes are continuing to train year-round in their single sport. The result? A loss in general fitness and an increased injuries. CrossFit’s training platform may be the antidote.

Don’t paddle faster than you can daydream

Don’t paddle faster than you can daydream
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) has rocketed to the top of the water sports world, with sales of new boards growing at more than 20% per year. SUP develops balance, coordination and power through the trunk, core and shoulder muscles as no other sport does, and with almost no injuries.

Meniscus Replacement in Children

Meniscus Replacement in Children
The incidence of such tears is about 61 per 100,000 people each year. Yet the repair/replacement ratio is well under 10% for repair and 0.01% for replacement. Why?

The Incision Decision

The Incision Decision
To cut, or not to cut? To repair, or to let heal? To rehab without fixing? To live with imperfect parts? Each of these questions is faced every day by surgeons and their patients. Here are a few decisions about incisions.

Orthobiologics Explode

Orthobiologics Explode
The orthobiologics field, which merges biological therapies with traditional orthopaedic healing and surgical techniques, is exploding. Why? Because in many circumstances, tissues can be induced to heal—or even re-grow—if the right environment is provided. Here is the latest.

The Lessons of Tiger Woods

The Lessons of Tiger Woods
Superstars crash. It seems like they crash regularly, but we just hear about the ones who do so spectacularly. Without any inside knowledge of Tiger Woods’ particular issues, here are a few lessons I believe we can all take away.

ACL Surgery in China

ACL Surgery in China
The International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) met in Shanghai this June, highlighting the best of ACL surgery in China. Here are a few take-away lessons for us all.

The Lessons of the Warriors

The Lessons of the Warriors
Two true clichés: Great teams are made, not born. Championships are earned, not given. What we saw during the Warriors NBA championship run was poetry in motion. Here are the lessons I would share about how the games were played, and why they were won:

Five Things My Father Taught Me

Five Things My Father Taught Me
My father was an internal medicine physician in solo practice for 35 years in Providence, Rhode Island. A man of few words—yet recognized as a brilliant diagnostician—he passed on a few pearls that I would like to share with you.