Category Archive: Spring and Summer

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
30

Prevent dehydration in elderly: Part 2 of 2

PREVENTION OF DEHYDRATION IN THE ELDERLY  (Part 2 of 2) Last week in Health & Exercise Forum, we discussed dehydration as a potentially life-threatening problem, especially in those over 60.Summer heat and humidity are here and the risk of heat related illnesses are greater than normal. Age, diet, illness and medications are some of the …

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Jul
23

Dehydration risk and increase with age: Part 1 of 2

DEHYDRATION …increased risk associated with age! Part 1 of 1 Summer heat and humidity are here and the risk of heat related illnesses are particularly high for those over 65, especially dehydration. Age, diet, illness and medications are some of the many reasons why elders suffer from dehydration not only in the summer heat, but …

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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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Aug
14

Health tips for the new school year

Students beware: summer is passing by quickly…so don’t waste one single minute idly watching TV or playing video games! Finish your reading list and get outside and play! It won’t be long before your parents will begin the end of summer shopping scramble…uniforms, shoes, backpacks, tablets, copy paper etc. Well, the same could be said …

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Jul
31

Be cool with summer fun: Part 2 of 2 on heat stroke

BE COOL WITH SUMMER FUN! Part 2 of 2 After a long cold and rainy spring, NEPA is finally experiencing hot summer weather! So, get outdoors and have fun in the sun. However, please be mindful of how your body reacts to high humidity and heat and take appropriate precautions. You don’t have to be …

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Jul
17

Protect your skin, for your health and looks

Eduardo Ortiz, MD3

Protect Your Skin …for your health and looks! Guest Columnist: Eduardo Ortiz, MD3 This week’s article was written by Eduardo Ortiz, a third year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM). Eduardo majored in Biology and minored in Art History at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. As president of the Dermatology Interest …

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Jul
18

Dehydration and Special Considerations for the Elderly

Dr. Peter Cognetti

Guest Author: Peter Cognetti, MD, practices family medicine in Scranton and is regional education coordinator, family medicine for The Commonwealth Medical College’s North Campus in Scranton.   This column is a special feature the third Monday of every month of Health & Exercise Forum in cooperation with The Commonwealth Medical College.     DEHYDRATION: SPECIAL …

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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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Jul
04

Rediscover Your Inner Child: Hit The Trails

  “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 …

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Jun
06

This Summer, Make Your Pool a Health Spa

This Summer Make Your Pool a Health Spa! Have Fun and Get in Shape!  Enjoy the recent Memorial Day Weekend heat wave by getting in the pool! Each summer in Northeastern Pennsylvania people open their pools for fun in the sun. However, this summer I urge you to look at your pleasure puddle in different …

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Aug
10

Prevent Heat Stroke During Summer Football

Summer football training camps and practice sessions will soon be in full swing in Northeastern Pennsylvania. In 2013, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) implemented “Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines” This policy was recently updated for the 2015 season. At this time each year, I receive several emails from concerned parents regarding heat stroke in football players …

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Jul
13

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 2 of 2

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 2 of 2 Last week, guest columnist, Dr. Gary Mattingly, anatomy professor at the University of Scranton, described the problem of “swimmer’s shoulder” … “inflammation of part of the rotator cuff, a group of muscles that stabilize the shoulder passes between the arm bone (humerus) and a bone in the back (scapula). …

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Jul
06

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 1 of 2

It’s summer time! 4th of July weekend is a great time to enjoy the water. Whether your swimming laps for exercise or competition, be careful not to overdo it and injure your shoulder. While there are many different types of shoulder problems, one is specific to the sport of swimming called “swimmer’s shoulder”. The Shoulder …

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May
11

Health and Safety Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches – Part 2 of 2

Prevent Overuse Injuries in Youth Sports. Part 2 of 2 on Health and Safety Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches. Recently, much attention has been given to the drastic increase in the incidence of serious injuries in youth sports, like baseball, from overuse. In my practiced as an orthopedic and sports physical therapist, I have seen …

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Apr
27

Pre-Season Golf Tips – Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2 After a long winter, spring is finally in the air as indicated by the number of golf enthusiasts as seen in the past few weeks at Pine Hill’s Golf Club in Taylor, PA. However, it is important to remember that without proper warmup and preparation, the risk of injury can increase …

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Apr
20

Pre-Season Golf Tips – Part 1 of 2

PRE-SEASON GOLF TIPS: Part 1 of 2 After a long winter, spring is finally in the air as indicated by the number of golf enthusiasts seen in the parking lot at Pine Hill’s Golf Club in Taylor, PA in the past few weeks. However, it is important to remember that without proper warmup and preparation, …

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Jun
02

Gardening Health & Safety Part 1 of 2: Gardening with Disabilities

Standing Extension

Health and Safety Tips for Gardeners: Gardening with Disabilities Summer is finally here and gardeners in northeast PA are anxious work in their gardens and enjoy 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. This week’s column …

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May
26

Gardening Health & Safety Part 1 of 2: Prevent Hand Injuries

Overhead Stretch

Health and Safety Tips for Gardeners: Prevention of Hand Injuries Associated with Gardening Today is Memorial Day and for many it is the official first day of planting a vegetable garden in NEPA without fear of frost. While gardeners are anxious to work in their gardens and enjoy the fruits of their labor, a relaxing and enjoyable …

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Jul
15

Be Cool During Summer Fun & Avoid Heat Stroke – Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2 After a long cold and rainy spring, NEPA is finally experiencing hot summer weather! So, get outdoors and have fun in the sun. However, please be mindful of how your body reacts to high humidity and heat and take appropriate precautions. You don’t have to be running a marathon or playing …

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Jul
08

Be Cool During Summer Fun & Avoid Heat Stroke – Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 After a long cold and rainy spring, NEPA is finally experiencing hot summer weather! So, get outdoors and have fun in the sun. However, please be mindful of how your body reacts to high humidity and heat and take appropriate precautions. You don’t have to be running a marathon or playing …

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Jun
03

Golf With Hip or Knee Replacements

Osteoarthritis  slowly develops in the weight-bearing joints, most commonly in the hip  and knee, creating pain, stiffness, swelling and loss of function. There  are many nonsurgical options such as: rest, weight loss, medication,  physical therapy, steroid injections, and viscosupplementation (SynviscR)  injections. However, when conservative measures fail, surgical intervention,  such as a joint replacement, becomes the …

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Apr
08

A Little Sun and Vitamin D

Spring is here … the days are longer and sun stronger! This winter I saw local dermatologist, Dr. Ted Stampien, Jr. and his wife, Susan, driving in their convertible. I joked that the only time a dermatologist feels protected from the sun while riding in a convertible is in the winter with the top up. …

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Mar
11

Safe Cycling Tips – Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2 Spring has sprung! Dust off your bikes and discover the beauty and challenge of biking in NEPA. Whether you are a rural or urban dweller, the Countryside Conservancy Trails at Lackawanna State Park or the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority trails can meet your needs. By my view, Tour de Scranton is …

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Mar
04

Safe Cycling for Good Exercise – Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 Spring has sprung! Dust off your bikes and discover the beauty and challenge of biking in NEPA. Whether you are an rural or urban dweller, the Countryside Conservancy Trails at Lackawanna State Park or the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority Trails can meet your needs. By my view, Tour de Scranton is …

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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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Aug
06

Dehydration Part 3 of 3 – Prevent Dehydration in Elderly

Part 3 of 3 on Dehydration Because of the possibility of the life-threatening, and at best life-altering, consequences of dehydration, prevention is best defense against dehydration. We must take a proactive approach to ensure and/or encourage adequate fluid intake. Consider some of the following practical tips to promote optimal hydration. Review your medications and note …

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Jul
30

Dehydration Part 2 of 3 – Benefits of Adequate Hydration in Elderly

Water is needed to regulate body temperature, carry nutrients, remove toxins and waste materials, and provide the medium in which all cellular chemical reactions take place. Fluid balance is vital for body functions. A significant decrease in the total amount of body fluids leads to dehydration. Fluid loss also contributes and complicates many health issues. …

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Jul
23

Dehydration Part 1 of 3 – Dehydration and the Elderly

Dehydration Part 1 of 3: Dehydration and the Elderly  As the summer heat is upon us, so too is the risk of dehydration, especially in the elderly. While a potential problem year round in the elderly, the recent heat wave increases the risk of problems. Age, diet, illness and medications are some of the many reasons …

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