When one thinks of sports injuries, they generally think of a hard-hitting running back, a too-tall-for-his-own-good center or a rambunctious hockey defenseman. After all, injuries are just part of life for contact sports players. However, injuries can come with any sport, and that includes golf.
Football season is almost here, and that means that the dangers of the sport are back in the national conversation. Head, neck and spinal cord injuries are prevalent among football players, so it’s vital that players use the proper technique when tackling and blocking.
The Female Athlete Triad is a combination of illnesses that can seriously endanger athletically-driven girls or women who feel intense societal pressure to stay thin. The triad’s three interrelated conditions—disordered eating, menstrual dysfunction and premature osteoporosis—occur when a girl or woman takes dieting and exercise to an extreme. Women can develop one, two or all three components of the triad, and they all can seriously hinder athletic performance and damage long-term health.
Millions of teenagers participate in high school sports every year, and injuries are just part of the game, so to speak. Injuries happen across all sports from high-contact games to non-contact events, and range from mild (muscle strains) to extreme (traumatic brain injury).
That spot, bump or lump you notice on your arm, leg, face or other part of your body may be more serious than a superficial “age spot” or mole. It could be a sign of melanoma. Any type of new skin growth or discoloration should be checked by a board-certified dermatologist as soon as it is noticed.
Dr. Peter Beitsch is a privately practicing Dallas oncology surgeon who specializes in treating skin and breast cancer. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Oklahoma, and attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Among other accolades, Dr. Beitsch has received the Department of General Surgery Scholastic Award three times, as well as the “Caring Spirit” award from the American Cancer Society.
It’s a natural instinct to break a fall with an outstretched hand, which is why wrist sprains are one of the most common sports injuries. When you break a fall with your hand and wrist, the weight of your body forces the wrist back toward your forearm, stretching the ligaments that connect the wrist and hand. A wrist sprain can range in severity from a tiny tear to a total break of the ligament.