Weekend-warrior injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, including poor physical conditioning and flexibility, failure to warm up and stretch muscles, competition intensity, participation in collision and contact sports and overuse of joints. The most common injuries include sprains, strains, fractures, dislocation and inflammation. That means doctors see people with sprained ankles, shin splints, rotator cuff injuries, Achilles tendonitis, lower-back pain, plantar fasciitis (heel pain) and knee pain.
Richard S. Rabinowitz, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
Location and Office HoursBarrington Orthopaedic Specialists
929 W Higgins
Schaumburg, IL 60195
- BC/BS of Illinois (BCI)
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Humana Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- What kinds of injuries can occur if I exercise only on weekends?
What makes the shoulder move?
Rick Olderman, Physical Therapy, answeredThe shoulder is a one-of-a-kind joint in the body. This ball-and-socket joint has unparalleled freedom of movement. What makes it especially unique is that its base of support, the scapula (shoulder blade), also moves. This allows for a variety of movements and functions of the arm and hand as evidenced by an almost unlimited spectrum of sports and work environments the shoulder must both adapt to and excel at.
The scapula's position on the trunk helps determine how well the arm bone moves in its socket. Muscles also play a role here, specifically the latissimus dorsi (a back muscle that begins on the pelvis and lower and mid-back) and pectoralis muscles (one of the chest muscles).
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What is the risk of injury from a horse accident?
Jeanne Morrison, PhD, Family Medicine, answeredThe risk of injury does not usually involve expertise but is related to cumulative exposure. Those riders who ride six or more times a year have reported a 13% lifetime rate of being hospitalized. It has been averaged that the injury rate is 0.4-0.6 per 1,000 riding hours. The answer to safe riding is to accept this reality and protect yourself while riding a horse.
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