H Ward. Brooks, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
Location and Office HoursFallbrook Temecula Valley Orthopaedics
521 E Elder
Fallbrook, CA 92028
- Community Health Group
- Sharp Health Plan
- Fallbrook Hospital
- Tri-City Medical Center
What sports have the greatest likelihood of injury?
Basketball typically has the most emergency room visits. Ice hockey commonly has the most head injuries. Football has double the injuries seen in soccer and other contact sports. (This answer provided for NATA by the California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Education Program.)
What can I do for spondylolsis?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
If you have spondylolsis, you should perform a combination of flexibility and strengthening techniques to help your body heal and prevent further injury. Begin by foam rolling your IT-band and latissimus dorsi (lats). Foam rolling is a form of self-massage that can help relax tight muscles before you stretch them. Hold the tender spots for 30 seconds to allow your muscle time to relax and release the knots that are causing tension in the muscle. After you have completed the foam rolling, statically stretch the hip flexor complex and lats. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds to allow your muscles time to elongate. Next, perform strengthening exercises for the hips and core. This can be done by performing stability ball bridges and planks to help strengthen the muscles that stabilize the core and hips. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions of each of these exercises.
Why aren't our bodies stronger than they are?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredOur bodies can take some hits, but they're not perfect. We die or have a decreased quality of life because we knock our heads, or break our bones, or can't stop bleeding. The reason? It's one of those biological trade-offs. If it were necessary to preserve the species, evolution would have made sure that our bones were firm enough to survive a fall from a cliff, or our organs dense enough never to bleed out. But that would be as inefficient as a sleep-deprived college student.
If we had bones heavy enough to withstand falls and crashes, then we wouldn't be able to walk. If our skulls were so thick that we could survive hockey-puck assaults, our heads would be so heavy we'd have to carry them in backpacks. Not all that efficient, right? Evolution had no reason to overbuild us to the point where improvement in one area of biology would sacrifice other areas. For extreme resilience in our bodies, we'd give up our bodies' extreme flexibility and our lifestyles (no more Twister for you).
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