Category Archive: Fall

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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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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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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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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Jul
11

Long Distance Running May Not Accelerate Knee Joint Arthritis

It is the time of year when many runners will ramp up their training for the Steamtown Marathon to be held in October. As you increase your mileage in preparation for the marathon you probably have noticed some difficulty walking down the steps for your morning coffee the next morning. The stiffness in your joints, …

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Sep
03

Muscle Cramps

  This weekend marked the beginning of high school football in NEPA! While a warm September may be a wonderful time of year to watch football from the bleachers, it often plays havoc on athletes as they suffer from severe muscle cramping. This year was not exception as many players limped off the field in …

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Dec
12

Basketball Season is Ankle-Sprain Season: Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS The Lynett Tournament is only a few weeks away and marks the official start of the basketball season in NEPA and that means ANKLE SPRAINS! Basketball is notorious for causing ankle sprains. According to the statistics, 40% of all high-school basketball injuries are ankle …

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Nov
07

Flu Myths: Part 2 of 2

Guest Columnist: Anthony J. Yanni, MD, FACP, CPE  At this time every year, patients come to our office with questions and concerns about the flu shot. In an attempt to educate the public and dispel any fears or misconceptions, I have taken this issue directly to the experts… the people who manufacture the vaccine at …

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Oct
31

Flu Myths: Part 1 of 2

Guest Columnist: Anthony J. Yanni, MD, FACP, CPE Part 1 of 2 At this time every year, patients come to our office with questions and concerns about the flu shot. In an attempt to educate the public and dispel any fears or misconceptions, I have taken this issue directly to the experts… the people who …

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Sep
26

Health Tips for College Students: Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3 This is the third of three columns dedicated to healthcare for college students Please find the “10 Tips to Keep Yourself Healthy in College” helpful. However, no discussion regarding the health and wellness of college students would be complete and thorough without addressing what health care and university experts consider the …

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Sep
20

Health Tips for College Students: Part 2 of 3

This is the second of three columns dedicated to healthcare for college students. As part of the preparation, think about a first aid kit, health care history, and insurance file. Once you finish with these preparations, plan to take dance, art history and conversational Italian classes to occupy your time without children, especially for those …

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Sep
12

Health Tips for College Students: Part 1 of 3

Labor Day Weekend is here! For many it means the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. Over the past month I have received several requests for a copy of my three part series of columns on health tips for college students. In view of this, I thought other parents preparing to …

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Sep
05

Exercise May Improve Breast Cancer Survival

This upcoming weekend I encourage you to put your sneakers on and “Race for the Cure!” In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Susan B. Komen “Race for the Cure,” I would like to share some very encouraging current research regarding improve breast cancer survival with exercise. I have discussed this research with …

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Aug
22

Prevent Football Injuries: Junior Football Safety Tips

Part 2 of 2 on prevention of football injuries. “Prevention of football injuries” is the second of two columns intended raise the level of consciousness and to educate coaches, players and parents about the importance of injury prevention. While most high school programs have certified athletic trainers on staff, local pediatricians, Dr. Anders Nelson and Dr. …

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Aug
15

Prevent Football Injuries: Heatstroke

Part 1 of 2 on prevention of football injuries. Soon summer football training camps and practice sessions will be in full swing in Northeastern Pennsylvania. At this time each year, I receive several emails from concerned parents regarding heatstroke in football players. For the next two weeks, this column will focus on “Prevention of Football …

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May
17

Horseback Riding: Part 3

Guest Contributor: Erin Kane Horseback riders should treat their bodies like athletes do. They should perform warm-up exercises, use heat, and stretch before activity. And in the off-season or on non-riding days, they should perform a strengthening and conditioning program. Riders must use good judgment and be safe. Helmets are a must! Keep yourself, your …

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May
09

Horseback Riding: Part 2 of 2

Guest Contributor: Erin Kane Last Saturday May 7th was Kentucky Derby Day! This legendary event is followed by the Preakness Stakes on May 21 and the Belmont Stakes on June 11th to complete the famous U. S. Triple Crown of horseracing. No horse has won the crown since Affirmed in 1978. Horseback riding is an …

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May
02

Horseback Riding – Part 1 of 3

Dr. Mackarey's Health & Exercise Forum

Horseback riding is an exciting form of sport and exercise for many people in NEPA. Last month, a mother requested a column about the prevention and treatment of injuries for those involved in horseback riding. As I only ride about once a year and am no expert on this matter, I have engaged the expertise of my good friend and equestrian enthusiast Erin Kane.

Oct
04

Steamtown Marathon: Blister Management and Prevention

Nothing can ruin a great run like a nagging painful blister. As you attempt to “run through” the pain, you compensate your gait in such a way that you irritate something else, such as your knee, hip or lower back. With this in mind, as many local runners prepare for this year’s marathon, I thought information on blister prevention would be of great value.

Sep
27

Steamtown Marathon Runners: Remember to Hydrate

Proper hydration is essential for the comfort and safety of the recreational and serious athlete. Hydration is critical to maintain cardiovascular function, body temperature and muscle performance.

Aug
30

Backpack Safety

A recent study conducted at Simmons College Physical Therapy Department in Boston found more than 33% of children had LBP that caused them to miss school, visit a doctor, or abstain from activity. Backpacks that are too heavy are particularly harmful to the development of the musculoskeletal system of growing youngsters. It can lead to poor posture that may lead to chronic problems.

Aug
23

Prevent Junior Football Injuries

Since my column on the prevention of heat stroke in football practice ran two weeks ago, I have received several calls and emails requesting more information about safety tips in youth football. In response, this column is written to raise the level of consciousness and to educate coaches, players and parents about the importance of injury prevention in young play

Aug
02

Spend Time Outdoors–It’s Good For You!

It is reported that Americans spend 90% of their lives indoors and that number increases with age. The truth of the matter is the risk of being one with nature is far less than the ill effects of a life stuck indoors. Please consider the following benefits of spending time outdoors.

Jul
26

Trail Running: Rediscover Your Inner Child

If you, like me, have been running for many years, trail running can help you rediscover why you love to run. It is beautiful, peaceful, natural and unique. It is fun to get in touch with your inner child as you run in the woods and get muddy. Trail running makes running fun!

Dec
07

Health and Safety Tips for Hunters: Part 2 of 2

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. I offer hunter safety tips based on the knowledge of experts in the field and offer health safety associated with outdoor activity based on my expertise as a health care provider.

Nov
30

Health and Safety Tips for Hunters: Part 1 of 2

Today is the first day of buck hunting season (with firearms) in Pennsylvania. In NEPA it is almost national holiday status for many men and WOMEN. I offer hunter safety tips based on the knowledge of experts in the field and offer health safety associated with outdoor activity based on my expertise as a health care provider.

Jul
15

Prevent Football Injuries: Junior Football Safety Tips

This is the second of two columns intended raise the level of consciousness and to educate coaches, players and parents about the importance of injury prevention. While most high school programs have certified athletic trainers on staff, I am more concerned with the youth football programs.

Jul
15

Prevent Football Injuries: Heatstroke

This column will focus on “Prevention of Football Injuries” in an attempt to raise the level of consciousness and to educate coaches, players and parents about the importance of injury prevention. While most high school programs have certified athletic trainers on staff, I am more concerned with the youth football programs.

May
15

Hamstring Injuries Common in Soccer and Football

Hamstring strains are very common in football, both American and European. Each fall, as the season begins, many players suffer from pain in the back of their thigh when they pull or strain the hamstring muscle. New research shows that these injuries can be prevented by following a specifically designed intensive training program.