Anthony M. Leone, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
- orthopedic surgery
- neck & spine surgery
Location and Office HoursAnthony M Leone MD
192 Park Club
Williamsville, NY 14221
- BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
- Coventry HealthAmerica
- Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
- Independent Health
- MVP Health Plan
- DeGraff Memorial Hospital
- Kaleida Health Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital
- Kaleida Health Millard Suburban Hospital
- Kenmore Mercy Hospital
- Sisters of Charity Hospital
What is the most important muscle for improving my vertical jump height?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answeredThis common question is not easily answered. Many muscles contribute to a vertical leap, including your entire lower body, core, and some of your upper body musculature. For example, although the calves are commonly given credit for leaping ability, if you only had your calf muscles and not your thigh and hip muscles, you probably wouldn't be able to jump very high. Also, your upper body is important in helping to generate momentum for the vertical jump, making it vitally important as well. In summary, the most important muscle for for improving your vertical is all of them! However, when choosing only one muscle to focus on, a strong gluteus maximus is crucial to good vertical. This is due to its force production capabilities since it is the largest muscle in the body, and if this muscle is weak, it can disrupt lower-extremity mechanics which can lead to decreased overall force production and poor jumping performance.
How does my body keep me upright?
Vonda Wright, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answered
In order to stay upright, your body is sensing the direction of the sway and activating the muscles on the opposite side of the body to contract and correct your upright position. Your muscles and joints "know" where they are in space. This process, which is called proprioception, happens at lightening speed without your consciously thinking about it. Proprioception is the ability of our bodies to detect where we are in space (i.e., whether we are leaning to the right or left) and to contract muscles appropriately for us to stay upright.
There are actually many systems working together to keep us standing upright. Balancing effectively takes our eyes, ears (vestibular system), and peripheral sensory system (skin receptors of pressure and touch) as well as our neuromuscular connections (the nerve pathways between our brains and muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints). Our brains are able to coordinate these signals to determine where our limbs are in space and the speed and direction of their movement.
What injuries can be caused by throwing darts?
Dart throwing can cause chronic injuries such as dart elbow, which consists of swelling around the tip of the elbow. More severe cases will look red and inflamed. (This answer provided for NATA by the California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Education Program.)
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