Category Archive: Students & Teens

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
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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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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Oct
05

Stay Healthy in College: Part 3 of 3 on Health Tips for College Students

Part 3 of 3: Health Tips for College Students 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 …

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Sep
28

Recognizing Symptoms of Illness and First Aid for Students: Part 2 of 3 on 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 …

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Sep
21

Common Health Problems for College Students: Part 1 of 3 on Health Tips for College Students

Health Tips for College Students PART 1 of 3   Labor Day has passed and suddenly it is the middle of September. Students have returned to school and many college freshmen are still adjusting to their new environment away from home. Over the past month I have received several requests for a copy of my three …

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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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May
04

Health and Safety Tips for Youth Baseball Coaches – Part 1 of 2

Youth baseball can be a very rewarding experience for young participants, parents and coaches. Generally, well-intended people dedicate countless hours to develop and maintain baseball fields, organize schedules, and instruct basic baseball skills. However, most coaches, without a medical background or additional training, may not have the skill and knowledge to provide a healthy and …

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Jan
20

5 Tips for Addressing Concerns with Adolescents: Part 3 of 3 on Adolescent Medicine

The 2013 Commonwealth Medical College Healthcare Journalism Award: Congratulations to Cara A. Lyle, as the recipient of the 2013 TCMC Healthcare Journalism Award by Dr. Paul Mackarey! The award recognizes Cara’s excellence and dedication as a medical student and healthcare journalist. Cara A. Lyle is a 4th year medical student and a member of the second …

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Jan
13

Erratic Teenage Behavior: Part 2 of 3 on Adolescent Medicine

The 2013 Commonwealth Medical College Healthcare Journalism Award: Congratulations to Cara A. Lyle, as the recipient of the 2013 TCMC Healthcare Journalism Award by Dr. Paul Mackarey! The award recognizes Cara’s excellence and dedication as a medical student and healthcare journalist. Cara A. Lyle is a 4th year medical student and a member of the second …

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Jan
06

An Introduction to Adolescent Medicine: Part 1 of 3

Cara Lyle

The 2013 Commonwealth Medical College Healthcare Journalism Award: Congratulations to Cara A. Lyle, as the recipient of the 2013 TCMC Healthcare Journalism Award by Dr. Paul Mackarey! The award recognizes Cara’s excellence and dedication as a medical student and healthcare journalist. Cara A. Lyle is a 4th year medical student and a member of the second …

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Sep
16

Kids, Computers, and Childhood Obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Month. Obesity in America has become an epidemic and in contemporary society, this problem cannot be effectively addressed without recognizing the impact of computer technology on obesity. Computer technology has made our lives much easier. Computers allow us to communicate with each other faster, book vacations, shop in stores, visit …

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Sep
10

Childhood Obesity Damaging to Bones & Joints

  Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month! As a child, I was a “chubby” and I still struggle with my weight.  I preferred playing indoors with Barbie dolls while my “skinny” cousins played softball and rode their bikes.  My parents, remembering many nights when they went to …

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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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May
14

Glute Strengthening for Softball Players

Stride Phase

Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS The sport of fast-pitch softball has become one of the most popular sports for female athletes in the United States. Female pitchers might not use a hard ball, but their injuries are just as significant as their male counterparts. Their shoulders endure the same torture and torment of …

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Apr
09

Final Rehab Following ACL Reconstruction: Part 4 of 4

Unilateral Leg Stance

Part 4 of 4 Guest columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS The past three columns have demonstrated the lengthy rehabilitation process following an ACL reconstruction.  The first four weeks after surgery can be a little uncomfortable and repetitive. The program focuses on controlling pain and swelling, increasing tolerance for weight bearing, restoring knee motion, and …

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Apr
02

Rehab Following ACL Reconstruction: Part 3 of 4

Phase 1: Quad Set

Part 3 of 4 Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS Even though your surgeon probably reconstructed your ACL in about 2 to 2 ½ hours, your rehabilitation phase will require a much longer period of time. Typically, regaining the motion, strength, and function of your knee following ACL reconstruction requires more than three months. …

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Mar
19

ACL Injury May End Season But Not Career: Part 1 of 4 on ACL Injury

Part 1 of 4 What do Matthew Knowles, Danielle Dalessandro and Matthew Langan have in common? These local basketball stars had their season cut short due to devastating knee injuries: torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). However, while they may have ended their seasons, they did NOT end their careers! Knowles and Langan tore their ACL’s …

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Mar
05

Don’t Let a Hamstring Injury Become Your Achilles’ Heel: Part 2 of 2

Lateral Shuffle - Part 1

Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS Hamstring injuries are common among athletes who participate in sports that require running, jumping, and kicking, especially when sudden changes in speed and direction are required. These injuries occur when the hamstring muscles are stretched too far or when caught off-guard during a sudden change in speed or …

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Jan
30

Osteoporosis is a Disease of the Young

Does anyone in your immediate family resemble the the hunchback of Notre Dame? If so, you too, could be in jeopardy of developing osteoporosis when you get older! While genetics can play an important role, recent studies strongly suggest that healthy habits as a young person are extremely important for the prevention of osteoporosis as …

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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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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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Mar
21

Prepare Your Shoulder for Spring Sports: Part 2

Part 2 - Back Throws

Today’s article emphasizes core exercises that are more sport specific. These exercises are for sports that emphasize the use of the arms. This would include all throwing sports (baseball, softball), all racket sports and golf.

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
10

Prevent Heat Stroke at Summer Football Practice

According to the PIAA, August 16th is the 1st day of full uniform and contact football practice sessions in Pennsylvania. Several parents have urged me to write a column on the prevention of heatstroke. I feel it is a critical issue and worthy topic to repeat regularly to raise the level of consciousness and prevent injury or death.

May
24

Little League Elbow is No Little Problem

Spring has arrived and baseball season is around the corner. It is hard to believe that a healthy young little leaguer has to worry about injuries. They seem so flexible, agile, strong, and fast. Unfortunately, because their bones are not fully developed, they are vulnerable to “Little League Elbow.”

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