The Top-5 Posts of 2015

16 December 2015, 12:00 am
Published in Blog

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This week's post is a year-in-review, and I'm revisiting the Top-5 posts of 2015. In case you missed any of them, here they are! Enjoy!

 

5. There's No Such Thing as a Tommy John Epidemic

If you know me at all, then you know that I’m a baseball fan. I grew up playing the game as a kid, continued playing at Yale University, and now have the honor of coaching my two oldest boys as they learn to play the game.

But lately, I’ve noticed something very alarming about the game I love. There is an increasing number of elbow injuries popping up throughout the game. From Little League to the Major Leagues, players, and specifically pitchers, are going down with elbow injuries.

The diagnosis is almost always the same: A torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the player’s elbow.

The blame is almost always the same: Too many pitches thrown in a season, or throwing a curve ball at too young of an age, or too many innings pitched in a year, etc.

The solution is almost always the same: Reconstructive surgery (also known as Tommy John Surgery, named after the player who first had the procedure done).

Yet the cause is almost always missed:

- See more at: http://egoscue.com/blog/item/65-no-tommy-john-epidemic-egoscue#sthash.4aYgAGr1.dpuf

If you know me at all, then you know that I’m a baseball fan. I grew up playing the game as a kid, continued playing at Yale University, and now have the honor of coaching my two oldest boys as they learn to play the game.

But lately, I’ve noticed something very alarming about the game I love. There is an increasing number of elbow injuries popping up throughout the game. From Little League to the Major Leagues, players, and specifically pitchers, are going down with elbow injuries.

The diagnosis is almost always the same: A torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the player’s elbow.

The blame is almost always the same: Too many pitches thrown in a season, or throwing a curve ball at too young of an age, or too many innings pitched in a year, etc.

The solution is almost always the same: Reconstructive surgery (also known as Tommy John Surgery, named after the player who first had the procedure done).

Yet the cause is almost always missed:

- See more at: http://egoscue.com/blog/item/65-no-tommy-john-epidemic-egoscue#sthash.4aYgAGr1.dpuf

If you know me at all, then you know that I’m a baseball fan. I grew up playing the game as a kid, continued playing at Yale University, and now have the honor of coaching my two oldest boys as they learn to play the game.

But lately, I’ve noticed something very alarming about the game I love. There is an increasing number of elbow injuries popping up throughout the game. From Little League to the Major Leagues, players, and specifically pitchers, are going down with elbow injuries.

The diagnosis is almost always the same: A torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the player’s elbow.

The blame is almost always the same: Too many pitches thrown in a season, or throwing a curve ball at too young of an age, or too many innings pitched in a year, etc.

The solution is almost always the same: Reconstructive surgery (also known as Tommy John Surgery, named after the player who first had the procedure done).

Yet the cause is almost always missed:

- See more at: http://egoscue.com/blog/item/65-no-tommy-john-epidemic-egoscue#sthash.4aYgAGr1.dpuf

If you know me at all, then you know that I’m a baseball fan. I grew up playing the game as a kid, continued playing at Yale University, and now have the honor of coaching my two oldest boys as they learn to play the game.

But lately, I’ve noticed something very alarming about the game I love. There is an increasing number of elbow injuries popping up throughout the game. From Little League to the Major Leagues, players, and specifically pitchers, are going down with elbow injuries.

The diagnosis is almost always the same: A torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the player’s elbow.

The blame is almost always the same: Too many pitches thrown in a season, or throwing a curve ball at too young of an age, or too many innings pitched in a year, etc.

The solution is almost always the same: Reconstructive surgery (also known as Tommy John Surgery, named after the player who first had the procedure done).

Yet the cause is almost always missed...

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4. Fighting "Dysevolution"

 

We all know that things evolve. People, animals, we all adapt. We make the best of our surroundings. We tend to stick with things that we discover are of benefit to us, while we dump other ideas that have little-to-no impact on our lives. The wheel, for example, has proven pretty important. Google+, on the other hand...where did that go?

Adaptation is a part of life.

It's a part of being alive.

However, you might not have heard of the term "dysevolution." I certainly hadn't until recently, when I stumbled upon an article from Discover magazine. Harvard researcher (and all-around advocate of motion, specifically barefoot running) Daniel Lieberman suggests that modern-day humans are dysevolving, and at a fairly rapid rate.

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3. Drink More, Pee Less: The Key to Hydration

 

I’m guessing that title has you a little curious. I’m sure that you’re thinking that by drinking more, you’ll have to urinate more, but that’s not exactly true.

I’m sure that if you were to drink three large glasses of water right now you would, no doubt, have to run to the restroom within the hour. However, it’s not the water’s fault. It’s also not your bladder’s fault. I don’t think you have a “small” bladder or a bladder that has become “over stretched” and therefore can’t function correctly. I believe you’re dehydrated.

The majority of us are thinking about the bladder incorrectly. We are thinking of it as a bowl (a holding compartment) rather than a membrane (something that is designed to be saturated and lubricated).

Think about what happens when you pour water over a dry sponge...

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2. The Knee: Complex, Yet Simple

I love a good oxymoron. Phrases like "jumbo shrimp," "deafening silence," or the fact that we "park" in a driveway and "drive" on a parkway, can really get us thinking!

But what if we applied that link of thinking to the body? Is there a joint in the body that can be described oxymoronically? According to Pete Egoscue, there is a joint in the body that provides us with a bit of an anatomical oxymoron...

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1. Rory McIlroy's Biggest Injury Concern

 

Apparently the #1 ranked golfer in the world isn’t bulletproof.

On Sunday, the PGA’s top-ranked player, Rory McIlroy, posted this photo on his Instagram account, revealing that he had completely torn a ligament in his ankle while playing soccer with his buddies.

Of course it can be said, and it has been said, that his injury was “foolish” and “stupid.” Should the No. 1 golfer in the world be playing soccer? That’s debatable, and folks have weighed in on both ends of the spectrum. I think it’s safe to say that sarcasm and vitriol have ruled the Twitter-sphere over the last few days.

But, while everyone is worried about the short-term impact this injury will have on his World Golf Rankings, I think there is a far greater concern that Rory hasn’t even thought about...

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Again, THANK YOU for a great 2015! We're looking forward to bringing you more great content in 2016! 

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Fighting "Dysevolution"

9 September 2015, 12:00 am
Published in Blog

We all know that things evolve. People, animals, we all adapt. We make the best of our surroundings. We tend to stick with things that we discover are of benefit to us, while we dump other ideas that have little-to-no impact on our lives. The wheel, for example, has proven pretty important. Google+, on the other hand...where did that go?

Adaptation is a part of life.

It's a part of being alive.

However, you might not have heard of the term "dysevolution." I certainly hadn't until recently, when I stumbled upon an article from Discover magazine. Harvard researcher (and all-around advocate of motion, specifically barefoot running) Daniel Lieberman suggests that modern-day humans are dysevolving, and at a fairly rapid rate. And, as a result, we are now faced with "mismatched" disorders and conditions that our ancestors never dealt with. Things like diabetes, back pain, asthma, and hypertension are all common mismatched disorders that were once unheard of.

You see, we're designed to move. Movement is key to our metabolic system staying at a high rate. The higher the metabolic rate, the healthier the individual. However, the more sedentary the person, the slower the metabolic rate, and the sicker the person, including those illnesses Lieberman describes as mismatched disorders.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors had no history of diabetes. They all slept well, and in fact, naps were a common occurrence as a way to storehouse energy for hunting. They lived, by and large, fairly healthy lives. The reason? Movement. They had to stay in motion or they died. They would literally starve to death. They had to go out, kill it, drag it home, and eat it in order to survive. The byproduct of all that movement? Their metabolic system was firing on all cylinders. And, they were generally healthy.

The article's author states that our bodies are maladapted for modern life, and I have to agree. Our modern, largely sedentary, lifestyles are wreaking havoc on our bodies. Of course, life isn't all doom and gloom. We have better technologies, medicines, procedures, etc. But we also have fewer P.E. classes, less recess, and fewer motion breaks throughout our work day.

It makes me wonder if those technologies, medicines, and procedures aren't creating worse motion habits and patterns, making us sicker, rather than healthier. Sadly, I believe our diminished motor patterns have a chance to override all the so-called advances we have made in the health and wellness industry.

It's time we get up, get moving, and get healthy! We have to reverse the dysevolution process!

QUESTION: How much do you move throughout your day?

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