Category Archive: Health Tips by Sport or Activity

Nov
26

Health and safety tips for hunters

Today is an unofficial holiday in the state of Pennsylvania…the first day of firearms deer season! Approximately, 750,000 hunters from age 12 to seniors will hike through the woods in search of a whitetail. While I am not a hunter, I am an avid outdoors person with great passion for mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, …

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Oct
29

Tips for Running in the Rain

Regardless of your source, it is fair to say that this summer has been one of the wettest in recent memory. According to The Weather Channel, NEPA has received 36.85 inches of rain as of August 15th exceeding the previous record set in 1945. Runners, walkers, cyclists, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts have learned to …

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Oct
08

Steamtown Marathon Recovery

Congratulations to the close to more than 2,000 runners who finished the 23rd Annual Steamtown Marathon yesterday. Most, if not all of you, are waking up this morning with a little less jump in your step than you had yesterday. Runners, by nature, are very active (often hyperactive) people who may have difficulty sitting and …

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Sep
10

Compression socks for runners

 HEALTH AND EXERCISE FORUM, By: Dr. Paul J. Mackarey  Compression Socks for Runners – Wear After The Race! Jury Out on Value for Running Performance – But New Research Suggests Socks May Prevent Post Race Bloot Clots —One month to go until the Steamtown Marathon! The 23rd Annual Steamtown Marathon will be held on Sunday …

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Aug
13

Preventing heatstroke in football, soccer, and fall sports

PREVENTION OF HEATSTROKE: For Football, Soccer and Fall Sports Summer football training camps and practice sessions are in full swing in Northeastern Pennsylvania. A few years ago, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) implemented “Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines” This policy is slightly updated for starting dates each year (www.piaa.org). At this time each year, I receive …

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Jul
09

Hit the trails and beat the heat

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” -Robert Frost The purpose of this column is to present an alternative to traditional running that will allow training on more interesting and less stressful surfaces such as those …

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Jun
11

Health and safety tips for gardeners: Part 2 of 2

Photo 2 - Knees to Chest Stretch

Health and Safety Tips For Gardeners with Disabilities: Part 2 of 2 Summer is finally here and gardeners in northeast PA are anxiously working in their gardens and enjoying the fruits of their labor. Last week, Health & Exercise Forum presented tips for gardeners for preventing hand and arm injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. …

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Jun
04

Health and safety tips for gardeners: Part 1 of 2

Photo 2 - Overhead Arm Stretch

Health and Safety Tips for Gardeners: Part 1 of 2. Prevention of Hand Injuries Associated with Gardening Memorial Day, the “kick off” day for gardening in NEPA without the fear of frost, was only one week ago, so it is not too late to get started. While gardeners are anxious to work in their gardens …

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May
07

Lyme disease precautions for outdoor activities

LYME DISEASE! OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS BE AWARE! “Health & Exercise Forum” regularly promotes active lifestyles and outdoor activities. However, being one with nature is not without its risks and attracting ticks which can lead to Lyme disease is one of them. Over the last few years, I have been amazed by how many ticks I find …

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Nov
20

Health and safety tips for hunters: Part 2 of 2

This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly The Commonwealth Medical College). Hunters and Heart Attacks: The Dangers of Buck Fever: Part 2 of 2 Branston Allen, MD3 Branson is a currently a 3rd year medical student at …

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Nov
13

Health and safety tips for hunters: Part 1 of 2

Branston Allen, MD3

While I am not a hunter, I am an avid outdoors person with great passion for mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking and mountain climbing in our state and national parks. With this in mind, I offer hunter safety tips based on the knowledge of experts in the field and offer health safety associated with …

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Oct
09

Compression socks for runners are important for recovery

Congratulations to the dedicated runners and organizers of yesterdays 22nd Annual Steamtown Marathon. The 26.2 mile event, beginning in Forest City and ending in downtown Scranton, is a spectacular event. By my view, the event represents everything that makes NEPA special: hardworking, unselfish organizers, appreciative and enthusiastic supporters, beautiful landscape and fall foliage. Many runners …

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Sep
04

Happy, Healthy Labor Day

Photo 1 - Correct Pushing Object Using Lower Body

Happy Healthy Labor Day! Since 1894 Labor Day has been designated as the national holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in …

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Jul
10

Stand while working!

Standing while studying, working, reading … good for children and adults to learn, work and be healthier! I think we would all agree, technology is a wonderful thing. However, like all good things, it comes at a price. Students and workers alike are suffering from the many physical effects of sitting for too many hours. …

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Jun
05

Prevent shoulder injuries in tennis by stretching: Part 2 of 2

Photo 4 - Latissimus Dorsi Stretch

Prevention of Shoulder Injuries In Tennis by Stretching: Part 2 of 2 Last week we discussed the importance of strengthening to prevent shoulder injuries in tennis. This week we will focus on stretching the shoulder for injury prevention. As with the exercises for strength, it may be better to do nothing at all than to …

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May
29

Prevent shoulder injuries in tennis by strengthening: Part 1 of 2

Photo: 5 Bicep Curl

Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Tennis: Strengthening. Part 1 of 2 HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! You can tell that summer is in the air, not only by the arrival of the sunshine, warm air and longer days, but also by the beautiful sound of a tennis ball hitting a racquet hitting at Scranton Tennis Club and …

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May
22

Walking a marathon to survive and thrive: Part 2 of 2

Walking a Marathon – to Survive and Thrive! Part 2 of 2 Author: Karen Arscott, DO Dr. Arscott is an Associate Professor of Medicine at GCSOM. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with D.O and is board certified in Neuromuscular Medicine and I am Chair of the Northeast Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition. I …

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May
08

Walking a marathon to survive and thrive: Part 1 of 2

Walking a Marathon – to Survive and Thrive! Part 1 of 2 Author: Karen Arscott, DO  Dr. Arscott is an Associate Professor of Medicine at GCSOM. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with D.O and is board certified in Neuromuscular Medicine and I am Chair of the Northeast Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition. I am Co-Chair …

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Apr
10

Trekking poles aren’t just for serious hikers

Walking with Trekking Poles

  Several years ago, while hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with my family, my wife Esther developed “canyon knee,” also known as “hiker’s knee” or in medical terms, “patellar tendonitis.” Regardless of the term, the end result was that she had severe pain in the tendon below her knee cap and was …

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Mar
13

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck (and back, shoulders, etc)

Germaphobes, cleaning zealots, neat freaks, and those with diagnosed or undiagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), this column is for you! If you would rather clean your bathroom floor than go for a walk on a beautiful sunny day, please read on.  If you use a toothbrush on tile grout on a regular basis and take …

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Mar
06

Yoga for Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit: Part 2 of 2

Yoga for Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit! Part 2 of 2     Guest Columnist: Catherine Udomsak, DPT It is hard to believe that yoga, which is now a cultural mainstay, was once considered a foreign practice.  An ancient discipline that totes numerous health benefits, yoga is meant to cultivate inner peace, enlightenment, and a strong relaxed …

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Feb
28

Yoga for Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit: Part 1

Yoga for Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit! Part 1 of 2     Guest Columnist: Catherine Udomsak, DPT It is hard to believe that yoga, which is now a cultural mainstay, was once considered a foreign practice.  An ancient discipline that totes numerous health benefits, yoga is meant to cultivate inner peace, enlightenment, and a strong relaxed …

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Dec
26

Reading for health: Part 2 of 2

Healthy Holiday Gift Idea…a Book! Part 2 of 2 A recent study in the journal, Social Science & Medicine, found that reading books is linked to living longer! So, give a healthy holiday gift…a book! (See Part 1) While it does not appear obvious at first glance, the Lackawanna County Library System’s Library Lecture Series …

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Dec
19

Reading for health: Part 1 of 2

Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., and Kelly Scheinman

Authors: Steven Scheinman, MD & Kelly Scheinman Dr. Scheinman is the president and dean of The Commonwealth Medical College with campuses in Scranton, Sayre, Williamsport and Wilkes-Barre. Kelly Scheinman is a health care consultant and former hospital administrator. She serves on the boards of United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and St. Joseph’s Center. …

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Nov
07

Jump Training Program

Basketball season is coming soon and preseason conditioning has begun. Every kid who has ever donned a pair of basketball shoes has dreamed about the thrill of jumping high into the sky toward the hoop to dunk a basketball. Yes, even those of us at 5 feet 8 inches and below can dream. While it …

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Oct
10

Compression Socks for Runners may prevent post-race blood clots

Compression Socks for Runners – Wear After The Race! Jury Out on Value for Running Performance, But New Research Suggests Socks May Prevent Post Race Blood Clots Congratulations to the participants of the 21st Annual Steamtown Marathon! Completing the long and arduous 26.2 mile journey is not an easy task. In fact, the mechanical and physiological toll …

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Sep
12

ACL injury prevention for female athletes: Part 2 of 2

Photo 15 - Jump Squats

ACL INJURY PREVENTION FOR FEMALE ATHLETES: Part 2 of 2 Guest Contributor: Danielle Maurice, SPT Various studies have shown that female athletes are on average four times more likely than males to tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee. Susceptibility for female athletes to an ACL injury is a multifaceted problem; anatomical, mechanical, …

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Sep
05

ACL injury prevention for female athletes: Part 1 of 2

ACL INJURY PREVENTION FOR FEMALE ATHLETES: Part 1 of 2 Guest Contributor: Danielle Maurice, SPT  Various studies have shown that female athletes are on average four times more likely than males to tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee. Susceptibility for female athletes to an ACL injury is a multifaceted problem; anatomical, mechanical, physiological …

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Aug
29

Concussions in Football: Part 2 of 2

Photo A -Shoulder Shrugs

Concussions in Football: Part 2 of 2 Guest Contributor: Victoria Wrightson, SPT There is a heightened awareness of concussions in football due to the recent discovery of a degenerative brain disease found during the autopsies of professional football players now known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The Mayo Clinic defines CTE as brain degeneration …

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Aug
22

Concussions in Football: Part 1 of 2

Victoria Wrightson, SPT

CONCUSSIONS IN FOOTBALL: Part 1 of 2 Guest Contributor: Victoria Wrightson, SPT Football fan or not, you have probably heard of the 2015 movie, Concussion, that caused somewhat of a headache (no pun intended) for the NFL. Based on a true story, the movie highlights the discovery of a degenerative brain disease found during the …

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