As an insidious condition that does a great job of sneaking up on people over the course of time, osteoarthritis is a common ailment suffered by thousands of people across Canada. The knee seems particularly prone to developing it. Known as osteoarthritis of the knee, it’s the most common type of osteoarthritis. Although it is more common in people over 40, it strikes all age groups. While athletes are common sufferers of osteoarthritis of the knee, they are, by no means, the only sufferers.
What is osteoarthritis of the knee? Osteoarthritis of the knee refers to the degeneration of the actual knee joint. More specifically, this means that the hyaline cartilage covering the articulating surfaces of the bones in the knee joint have deteriorated.
What causes osteoarthritis of the knee? Typically attributed to wear and tear, there are actually many different contributing factors leading to osteoarthritis of the knee, which whether hereditary, or resulting from trauma suffered to the knee, can include:
- Trauma to knee joint, including tearing of the meniscus
- Recurrent patellar dislocation or patella fracture
- Fractures of the knee or knee dislocation
- Ligamentous instability, such as an ACL injury
- Various genetic factors, including the presence of arthritis in family medical history
Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee vary. Should you feel pain or stiffness, loss of full range of motion, muscle weakness, or baker’s cysts – either jointly, or individually – you may, in fact, have osteoarthritis of the knee.
Osteoarthritis of the knee can leave a person feeling surgery is a necessary and sole option. But not necessarily. Several different treatments are available to osteoarthritis of the knee patients. Although surgery may be necessary in some cases, various non-surgical treatments can help restore knee tissue and decrease or eliminate the pain osteoarthritis of the knee is known for. These treatments may include:
- Physiotherapy – Strength training and physical exercise to rebuild muscle can work to decrease pain.
- Viscosupplementation – This process involves the injection of hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. As a naturally occurring protein in the body, hyaluronic acid lubricates the joint and increases fluid viscosity.
- The use of a custom knee brace – Custom fitted, this knee brace works to stabilize and decrease wear and tear on knee and knee joints, making everyday tasks, such as walking or running, much more comfortable – which is liberating for osteoarthritis sufferers!
Used separately or as part of a combined treatment plan, these alternatives to surgery can help you return to your regular level of physical activity without the consistent pain or instability osteoarthritis of the knee is so famous for. These alternative treatments also mean a far less sedentary recovery period, meaning you are able to recover while still enjoying life without having to take time off work or to completely eliminate physical activity from your regular routine.
Osteoarthritis of the knee can be a very painful, debilitating disease that can greatly impact your ability to complete daily tasks or enjoy your favourite activities and participate in sports. Although surgery remains a viable option to help relieve the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee, it is important to remember that it is not your sole option!
To find out more about osteoarthritis of the knee and what non-surgical options are available to treat it, contact Athletic Edge Sports Medicine by calling (416) 800-0800, or visit www.aesm.ca
Many people incorrectly assume that golf is a low-level physical activity, and that, therefore golf injuries are uncommon. Anything but! Whether you are an avid golfer who spends every possible minute on the course, or you only pick up the clubs a few times a year, it’s important to remember that golf injuries are common no matter your level of play. A golf injury prevention program allows you to get the most out of every day you spend on the fairway, while at the same time keeps you in tip top shape – a considerable side-bonus!
Golf injuries are incredibly common among all ages and skill levels, most often occurring courtesy of improper swing or grip techniques, or stemming from repetitive bad habits when swinging. Improper stance, swing or grip; stiffness and inflexibility can all lead to injuries in the arms, wrists, hands, hip, back or shoulders. The repetitive motion of the swing is unavoidable in golf. In fact, people are often encouraged to remember their best swing technique and repeat it. But improper technique can be very hard on the muscles and joints. Visits to a golf injury prevention clinic where a conditioning program is designed for you not only helps to correct your stance and improve your swing, but can also treat any ongoing golf injuries.
As with any type of sport, one of the best ways to prevent golf injuries is to stretch. This may seem like a simple enough solution, but it’s one many people ignore despite the common knowledge that not stretching introduces risk of injury. Similarly, improper stretching is a waste of time. Proper stretching techniques, designed for your needs is part of a golf injury prevention program that can fit like the very golf glove you wouldn’t do without, and help you avoid golf injuries from the outset. Making sure that your whole body is prepared for the game will allow you to stay on the course longer, and help you avoid pain once you’re back in the clubhouse.
Better yet – and this is the part most golfers love to hear – a golf injury prevention program doesn’t just help you avoid golf injuries it also helps you improve your game! No matter your skill level, a golf injury prevention program can be customized to meet both your current needs and your future goals. Like technique and training, equipment also plays an essential role in preventing golf injuries and improving your golf game. A golf injury prevention program educates you for better club selection, ensuring that you choose and use the best equipment. Clubs that are too short, or grips that are too small, can lead to golf injuries that can inhibit your ability to play and enjoy the game.
Many golf injuries occur as a result of a combination of things, including poor technique, insufficient physical conditioning and improper equipment. Taking advantage of a golf injury prevention program helps prevent injuries that can negatively impact your ability to enjoy a day on the course.
For details on our golf injury prevention program, or how to treat ongoing golf injuries, contact Athletic Edge Sports Medicine by calling (416) 800-0800, or visit www.aesm.ca
Basketball is a celebrated sport that people from all ages and walks of life enjoy. The roots of basketball hail from Canada and the small Ontario town of Almonte. Here, in 1891, the game was invented by Dr. James Naismith. Mere hours from Almonte, Toronto is filled with basketball lovers who are both die-hard Toronto Raptors fans and active basketball players. Basketball is a great way to stay healthy and in shape. It’s also a wonderful way to enjoy leisure time, and even raise money to support Toronto communities. Bay Street Hoops League Basketball is a charity basketball tournament that does just that.
Through the Bay Street Hoops charity, lawyers, accountants and other financial service professionals participate in one of Toronto’s largest sports charities. In the past 15 years, The Bay Street Hoops Charity has raised over $2,000,000 for Toronto children and youth charities supporting Toronto communities.
Basketball is not only a competitive sport but also an excellent form of exercise and stress-release, as many executives who play basketball know. Because basketball is a fast-paced sport, it can present risks for minor and major sport injuries. It is important to be physically prepared before you play, and to exercise caution while on the court to reduce the likelihood of injury.
Here are some basketball “Do’s” and “Don’ts” to help you play a safer game:
• There is a reason professional basketball players wear high-necked running shoes: they provide much needed ankle support. Ankle injuries are very common in basketball so this kind of footwear is a must.
• Exercise will also condition your body to play basketball without injury. Core stability training, cardio training and a non-aerobic cardio program are all recommended.
• Dynamic stretching that includes sport specific drills will stretch out muscles and is ideal both before and after you hit the basketball court.
• Hydration is also very important as dehydration can have potentially dangerous outcomes. You’ll often see pros drinking plenty of fluids during the game, sipping on their bottles of water, Gatorade and Powerade.
• Static stretching prior to a game or practice is recommended
• Do not play through pain. If you begin experiencing pain at any point, stop playing right away because you may have an injury which will be further aggravated without immediate rest. If you already have a previous injury, resist temptation to resume playing basketball pre-maturely. Make sure a clinician has given you clearance for shooting hoops again.
Even the most seasoned basketball players get injured from time to time. Most basketball injuries can be treated through physical therapy and rehabilitation. If you think you may have injured yourself while playing basketball you may want to seek medical attention. Sports therapy clinics are medical facilities that treat people with sports injuries. While you may think that only professional athletes are treated by sports therapy clinics, this is certainly not the case. Many people who play basketball on a casual basis find relief and assistance through a sports therapy clinic. If you love to play sports like basketball, having a good sports therapy clinic in your back pocket is wise. It can offer you advice about nutrition and other important factors that will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable athletic experience. And if and when you do suffer a sports injury, you have somewhere to turn to for help.
For more information about how you can enjoy playing basketball safely, or if you have a basketball injury needing attention, call Athletic Edge Sports Medicine at 416-800-0800 or visit www.aesm.ca
Calling all golfers! This August, The Toronto General and Western Foundation and the Lew Dunn Foundation will be bringing you the 13th annual Lew Dunn Memorial Golf Classic!
In 13 years this charity has raised millions of dollars, enabling The University Health Network and the University of Toronto to provide student scholarships for those studying to become Colorectal and Oncologic surgeons. The Lew Dunn Scholarship promotes education and research that enhances care for patients with colon cancer, raises awareness of the disease, and develops better treatments. This charity isn’t just making a difference to Canada but also worldwide.
This year, the Lew Dunn Memorial Golf Classic will be held on August 20th, and the Toronto General and Western Foundation website has all the essential information you need.
When participating in a golf tournament, well made and great fitting golf shoes are paramount. When you consider that the average golfer walks about 4-5 miles during a round, spending several hours on his or her feet, it’s little wonder that golf shoes not only contribute to the success of your game but the comfort (and survival) of it as well! An ill-fitting pair of golf shoes can affect your swing and stability, not to mention that many golf courses make proper golf shoes mandatory. The wrong shoes can set you back in a number of ways. The best golf shoes are those you don’t even think about while wearing. They also help your swing by keeping you well-grounded with a solid grip on the tees, fairways and greens. Here are our top 3 tips when it comes to choosing the best golf shoes for your feet.
How to Choose the Best Golf Shoes – Tip 1: Sizing: The fit of the golf shoe is obviously important. Before choosing the size of shoe, measure both your feet. If one foot is larger than the other, choose your size based on the larger foot. Make sure you try on new shoes wearing socks you’ll be golfing in, and leave a half an inch of space between the end of the shoe and your big toe. Golf shoes should fit tighter in the middle of the foot than regular shoes, since it’s the middle of the foot providing the most support during your golf swing.
How to Choose the Best Golf Shoes – Tip 2: Weather-wise: Weather is an important factor. Invest in golf shoes that are waterproof and offer your feet good ventilation.
How to Choose the Best Golf Shoes – Tip 3: Lighten-the-load: The weight of your golf shoes will make a huge difference. A lighter golf shoe with softer spikes will reduce stress on your legs and feet when you walk and swing, making for a better overall golf experience.
Choosing the best golf shoes for your feet will help to reduce injuries, but not necessarily prevent them. It is important to remember that there are other golf injuries that are common to golfers. These include too much strain on the back which can lead to lower back pain, herniated disks and muscle spasms. If you have pain in your body that you think is the result of a golf injury, consider consulting a sports therapy clinic for treatment options. Assistance for a golf injury soon after it emerges is your best shot at returning to normal and continuing to play the game you love.
If you have an injury or condition that is affecting your ability to golf, contact Athletic Edge Sports Medicine or visit www.aesm.ca
Runners start your engines: The Annual Beaches Tune Up Jazz Run offers something for everyone and it’s just around the corner!
The mandate of The Canadian Running Series Foundation is to promote healthy lifestyles through running, especially for youth. The Canadian Running Series Foundation does its good work through athletic events like The Beaches Tune Up Jazz Run as well as other smaller charities promoting excellence for Canadian Runners.
This year The Canadian Running Series presents The Beaches Tune Up Jazz Run which includes a 5km walk or run; a 10 km run and a staggering 20km run. Starting at The Beaches Kew Gardens, The Sunday July 29th 2012 Beaches Tune Up Jazz Run is a pleasure for all participants, from casual walker to hard-core runner.
After a long winter of hitting the treadmill instead of focusing on marathon mileage, here are some tips that will help you make the most of your day at The Beaches Tune Up Jazz Run:
• Tips for running a marathon – 1: Dress for the weather. Check the forecast the morning of your event and dress appropriately. High or low temperatures, excessive humidity, and wind can all take a toll on your body. Also, make sure you test-drive the sneakers, socks, and clothes you plan on racing in before the race itself. If they bother you in any way, dump them and opt for others. Small problems identified in a test run will only be intensified problems during the race. It’s important to take steps to alleviate all discomfort before your big day.
• Tips for running a marathon – 2: Drink lots of water – well in advance. Leaving hydration until the morning-of is leaving it too late. You should make a conscious effort to drink lots of water at least 48 hours before the start of your marathon, and drink it before you get thirsty. By the time you start feeling thirsty, your body may already be experiencing stress.
• Tips for running a marathon – 3: Don’t get ahead of yourself. During the first mile of the race, don’t waste a lot of energy darting and weaving through the masses if you’ve been placed with people who are running slower than you. It is important to gradually build your momentum. Remember: if you are embarking on a 10 or 20 km run, you have a long way to go. Burning out early will leave you in weak shape for the last half of your journey, and you’ll want to finish strong.
• Tips for running a marathon – 4: Be prepared. Prior to the race, drive or bike along the course so that you can get a sense of the landscape, the large hills, the declines, the wide areas where breakaways will be easiest – all of these require different kinds of discipline and strategy. Having it all mapped out in your mind will do wonders for your pacing and mental preparedness.
• Tips for running a marathon – 5: Conditioning is key! In the weeks leading up to the race, walk or run regularly. If you’re training for a long distance run, plan for some practice runs before the event, trying to incorporate hills, declines and the types of diversity your marathon route will present. An ideal cross training schedule will also mix some cycling with core workouts and weights.
• Tips for running a marathon – 6: On race-day, wake up well before your start time so you can power back a big breakfast. With ample time to digest, your reserves will be stocked with energy well before the starting gun goes off.
After running your marathon, pay attention to aches or pains that last more than a day or two. Also note any concentrated pain in a particular area, as this could be a sign that you have a sports injury. Whether you are injured or not, if you are serious about running, engage in a relationship with a sports therapy clinic that can help you achieve two things: ensure prime physical condition for your casual running and races as well as supporting you through a sports injury so you don’t develop something chronic that prevents you from running entirely.
For more tips on running a marathon, or if you have suffered a sports injury, contact Athletic Edge Sports Medicine at 416-800-0800 or visit www.aesm.ca
There’s nothing like the recent wonderful warm weather to rev Toronto-area volleyball players into high-gear for the 2012 volleyball season. Die-hard volleyball players can already be seen serving, bumping and spiking at popular area beaches like Kew Beach.
Volleyball is one of Canada’s most popular sports. Over 800,000 Canadians of all ages play volleyball regularly. Toronto boasts one of the words largest volleyball communities. Volleyball is an affordable way to participate in a team sport and get some exercise regardless of skill level.
H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere) Toronto Inc. raises funds to support charities that don’t already benefit from significant public funding.
This year H.O.P.E will be hosting their 24th annual Volleyball Tournament. Teams are formed throughout the GTA – many of them annually – and the event offers a lot of fun, exercise and a great sense of community. In addition, the H.O.P.E Volleyball Tournament takes place on Toronto’s Centre Island. Even getting there by ferry is fun and you can conveniently do so at Toronto’s Harbourfront. You don’t have to be an expert to play or enjoy the day, as the event welcomes people of all ages and skill levels. Registration is easy and convenient on the H.O.P.E Volleyball Tournament website.
Like any sport, merely jumping in cold can pose regrettable risks to the body. Conditioning and preparation can ensure an injury free and fully enjoyable experience. To improve your endurance and beef-up your physical condition, consider aerobic exercises which will increase endurance, alertness and improve muscle strength by tournament time. Muscle flexibility is vital for volleyball so warming up and stretching are both essential. Muscle flexibility will also help you increase your anaerobic speed and execution of play on the volleyball court (or beach).
Because of the sudden movements associated with the sport, many volleyball players experience sports injuries at some point. Volleyball involves jumping, lunging and sliding, although fun, can be the perfect recipe for an injury to occur. Common volleyball injuries include hand injuries, tendonitis in the knee and ankle sprains. Wearing guards and knee pads in addition to conditioning and stretching are part of regular volleyball philosophy. If you are injured, however, don’t panic. While painful and inconvenient, all of these injuries can be treated through physical therapy and rehabilitation.
A qualified sports therapy clinic can help you develop a plan to recover from your injury, often in a much shorter time than merely waiting for the injury to heal itself – which it may not. Sports therapy clinics offer multidisciplinary teams of professionals whose sole focus is to treat sports injuries. This specialized treatment is your best chance at a speedy recovery.
The benefits of volleyball far outweigh the risks, and the H.O.P.E Volleyball Tournament on Centre Island provides you and your team with a full day of fun in the sun. The very BEST payback of this fantastic day is seeing how the collective efforts of participants raise impressive amounts of money for a very worthy cause. It’s truly a win-win kind of day.
If you are a volleyball player who has suffered a sports injury and would also like information about safely conditioning for volleyball or an event like the H.O.P.E Volleyball Tournament on Centre Island, contact Athletic Edge Sports Medicine at 416-800-0800 or visit www.aesm.ca.
One of Toronto’s most popular summer events is the Toronto Rib Fest Food and Music Festival. An annual tradition where families can enjoy a wide range of ribs, other amazing food and music, The Toronto Rib Fest Food and Music Festival raises awareness of food nutrition while supporting efforts to eradicate child hunger. The event is free, but participants are encouraged to make a $2 donation to the cause. This year’s Toronto Rib Fest will take place from Friday June 29th 2012 – Sunday July 2, 2012 at Centennial Park in Mississauga. There is no doubt that the Toronto Rib Fest Food and Musical Festival will continue being a crowd pleaser.
While at the event, food vendors may tempt you to indulge in all the delicious food at your fingertips (and how difficult to resist, it all smells and looks wonderful!!) But it is important to be mindful of your food choices. Too much fun this summer could cause heartache on the scales soon after, and we all know how much easier it is to pack pounds on than to shed them.
According to Statistics Canada, more than 50% of Canadians are either overweight or obese. You don’t have to be considered “obese” for extra weight to pose a hazard to your physical health. Believe it or not, many of the illnesses and conditions that we experience as we age are the result of carrying too much weight, the extra-stress for which places stress on bones and joints, leading to arthritis and a host of other issues.
The key to taking in the Toronto Rib Fest Food and Musical Festival without overdoing it is a tried and true dose of good old moderation. Tempting as it is, you don’t have to pack your belly full of all the tasty delights available. Don’t stuff your stomach to the point where you can feel it. Over eating stretches your stomach and leads to a greater appetite the rest of the time. Try sampling small amounts of different foods and avoid foods that are high in sodium (salt) and fat. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. When approaching a vendor, ask them what the healthier options on their menu are. Where drinks are concerned, beer is empty calories. I know, I know, “Rib Fest without beer?!” But if you’re trying to not overdo it, then, again, moderation is key. A beer or two balanced with a bottle of water in between would do wonders to help you still feel satisfied and part of the fun.
Exercise – even the simple task of walking – is another excellent way to offset the calories that easily build at the festival. Walk around as much as possible at the event. Then when you get home consider taking a night-time stroll around the neighbourhood.
Some more healthy eating tips when attending an event like this include:
• Eat everything slowly and SAVOUR the flavour. This will help satisfy your cravings and reduce the urge for seconds.
• Scan the options of all foods available before you dive in and start packing up your plate. Identify the healthiest options, choose your MUST-HAVES and set portion limits.
• Use small plates as well as utensils to limit the amount of food you can fit on your plate and into your mouth!
• Fill half your plate with vegetables for a satisfying feeling with a lower calorie-count. This will also help prevent the temptation for gorging on calorie-dense options later.
• Wait out your cravings! It takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that you have eaten. If you are tempted for seconds, distract yourself for at least 20 minutes by sipping on water, decaf tea or coffee – or going for a walk with a friend.
We hope that you have a great time at the Toronto Rib Fest Food and Music Festival and that following these tips encourages you to enjoy it while not compromising your current and future health goals.
Athletic Edge Sports Medicine offers a fantastic program that helps people improve health, lose weight and get in shape. LIVE LEAN includes education on nutrition, fitness training, behaviour modification techniques, professional and group support, and a personalized weight loss plan. Many health benefit plans offer coverage for Registered Dietician services and which LIVE LEAN is part of. For more information about LIVE LEAN or the programs offered by Athletic Edge Sports Medicine please call 416-800-0800 or visit www.aesm.ca
Fore! Golf season is in full swing! Torontonian’s are always keen to find the time to sneak a round in, even if it means vanishing from work on a beautiful day. This summer, events throughout the city appeal to golf lovers who also enjoy helping the community at the same time.
The Diabetes Hope Foundation is making a major difference for children in Ontario who suffer with diabetes. The Diabetes Hope Foundation raises much needed support for youth and their families coping with the financial and emotional burden of living with diabetes.
The Swing of Hope is an annual event in Toronto hosted by The Diabetes Hope Foundation. This year will mark the 16th Swing of Hope Charity Golf Tournament, taking place on June 18th, 2012 at the Bayview Golf and Country Club in Thornhill. The Swing for Hope Charity Golf Tournament offers a full 18-hole round, complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner, a gift bag and eligibility to win great prizes while raising money and awareness. Pre-registration for the Swing of Hope Charity Golf Tournament is a must and is easily done on The Diabetes Hope Foundation website.
Though players often have a knack for making golf look effortless, it’s actually quite a physical sport. The following golf tips will help better prepare you for your regular game or even The Swing of Hope Charity Golf Tournament.
Golf Tips for Golfers:
• Golf Tip#1 – Walking is an excellent form of cardio that can be achieved simply by taking a long walk around the neighborhood after work or on the weekends. This can be done socially as well and allow you to catch up with family members or friends while you both enjoy the outdoors. Incorporating regular walks into your daily routine will increase your golf-course stamina.
• Golf Tip#2 – Prior to the game perform some dynamic stretches that work your gluts, hip flexors and lower back. These will loosen your muscles, make you more nimble on the course, and decrease post-game soreness and stiffness.
• Golf Tip#3 – Pay attention to your footwear. Proper is always superior to aesthetic. Luckily, these days, many golf shoes combine both. Investing in and wearing golf shoes on the course is highly recommended as they tend to increase your comfort and help your game. Some courses have a policy that golf shoes are mandatory. Do be sure to wear a pair that is broken in on event day to ensure greater comfort.
• Golf Tip#4 – Proper hydration and nutrition are also very important. Make sure that you bring lots of water with you out on the course, and be mindful of the dehydrating effects of the alcoholic beverages purchased from mobile drink carts many courses send out to greet players mid-round.
• Golf Tip#5 – Stretching after the game is as important as stretching before the game. Make sure to take a moment and stretch after you are finished playing.
These golf tips for golfers serious about reducing the risk of injury will enhance the golf experience.
Like any sport, golfers are athletes who can experience injury, sometimes experiencing symptoms in the moment or other times not for a few days afterwards. If you feel you may have injured yourself while golfing, consult a sports therapy clinic in the interest of seeking your fastest way back to recovery. For more information about how you can overcome a sports injury that resulted from golfing please call Athletic Edge Sports Medicine at 416-800-0800 or visit www.aesm.ca
The Toronto area comes alive with a myriad of exciting athletic events during spring and summer. As part of our commitment to raising awareness of several of these, let’s discuss one that has become a traditional and popular favourite: The Make a Wish Foundation.
The Make a Wish Foundation Canada has worked tirelessly for more than thirty years to grant the wishes of children who have life-threatening medical conditions. Their work brings strength, hope and joy to the children who need it most. In the past 30 years, more than 280,000 children around the world have watched their dreams come true, thanks to The Make a Wish Foundation.
This coming June, The Make a Wish Foundation is hosting its first ever Make a Wish “Rope for Hope”. The Rope for Hope event is unique because it challenges participants to raise pledges in exchange for the opportunity to rappel over the edge of the 30-storey Toronto City Hall. The Rope for Hope event is limited to 90 participants who must raise a minimum of $1500 to participate. If you have a passion for climbing then this is the event for you. If you want to take part in the Rope for Hope there are three categories to consider: single participant; team; or as part of the “Toss Your Boss” colleague group.
The Rope for Hope event takes place on June 19th 2012 at Toronto City Hall, but you need to secure your enrolment by both pre-registering on The Make a Wish Website and doing your fundraising ahead of time.
If you have a passion for climbing please remember that while climbing can be a fun, exhilarating experience, it can also result in injury.
Rappelling is not just the process of sliding down the rope, but also incorporates a lot of other climbing skills. You need the ability to create anchors, tie knots, manage the rope, rig the rappel device, use safety back-up systems, and retrieve the rope.
Safe rappelling is totally dependent on your equipment and your skills. If you’re a novice climber then you can be easily lulled into a false sense of security when you rappel.
Climbing and rappelling injuries frequently arise from repetitive stress on the muscles, joints and tendons which leads to tendonitis, strains and sprains. While physical rehabilitation can often treat these injuries, if they’re not fully healed, they may still be serious enough to keep you from climbing during recovery.
Climbing and rappelling can also pose risks of a second and more serious kind of injury: falling. There are also less serious consequences, such as dislocated shoulders, sprains and strains which can have long lasting effects requiring treatment for full recovery.
Climbing equipment like knee pads, elbow pads and helmets will go a long way to reduce injury in the event that you fall.
If you have a passion for climbing and rappelling, then consider The Make a Wish Foundation Rope for Hope event June 19, 2012. Unlike mountain or cliff climbing and rappelling, this is a supervised event where precautions are taken to ensure participant safety.
Many people enjoy safe, injury-free climbing and rappelling. But the reality is that no sport is without its own inherent risks to stress, strain or injury. When injured, professional help can help you recover properly and within a reduced amount of time. If you are a climber who is recovering from a climbing or rappelling injury, contact Athletic Edge Sports Medicine at 416-800-0800 or visit www.aesm.ca.
For many people, golf is the sport of choice, and for many, an ideal way to spend much of their free time. For years golfers have celebrated golf’s combination of social interaction, strategy, skill and exercise. In fact, it’s one of few sports that many can continue to enjoy well into their senior years. For those who love to play golf, there are some fantastic charities holding events this summer which offer you additional opportunities to enjoy the sport you love, while also making a difference to others.
One worthwhile annual golf tournament raises funds in support of medical students in Ontario. On June 15th, 2012 The Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund will be hosting its 8th annual charity golf tournament. This tournament falls under the umbrella of The Ontario Medical Foundation, which is a Canadian charity founded by the Ontario Medical Association. The Ontario Medical Foundation then created the Ontario Medical Bursary Fund to support medical and health related research in Ontario. Bursaries that support medical students in financial need, regardless of their socio economic backgrounds, are greatly needed. In some cases, a bursary from the Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund has been the lifeline without which a student lacking financial means would not have been able to pursue a career in medicine.
The Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund golf tournament will take place at the legendary and exclusive Angus Glen Golf Club, home to the 2002 and 2007 Canadian Open. Registration for the tournament is a click away on the Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund website.
Despite how graceful golf can be, driving balls a hundred yards or more takes power. So does successfully swinging out of the rough. Like any sport, it pays to be in good physical condition as a golfer so that you can enjoy a full 18-hole round and avoid aches and pains that can creep up afterwards. Even the most seasoned golfers have been known to suffer from an injury from time to time. Many golfers are busy people who find it difficult to golf and also make time for the gym. In this case, there are still some things you should make a part of your preparation and conditioning for your regular golf season – or even the occasional game. Walking is a fantastic form of cardio which can increase endurance for golfers. Instead of driving to the store, try taking a power walk. When at work, opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Stairs are a free, easy-to-find, 24/7 gym!
Your core – your middle – is the part of the body under the greatest demand when swinging a club. It’s important your core is strong. There are many core strengthening exercises that you can do at home that will improve your own physical fitness and also improve your swing. Yoga is an excellent way to improve core strengthening, as well as offering outstanding flexibility and stress reduction.
Stretching is also very important both before and after golfing. Dynamic stretching works your gluts, hip flexors and lower back to ensure a better physical experience during your golf game.
Dress for success the day of your tournament! Weather can change on a dime some days, so be prepared for anything with a jacket, sunscreen, hat and umbrella. Most importantly, wear proper golf shoes that you have broken in.
Finally and above all else, have fun! Take advantage of the fact that golf is a great stress reliever and a wonderfully fun sport – don’t take your game so seriously that you lose your ability to enjoy your surroundings, the people you’re with and the sheer pleasure that a round of golf offers. Savour and enjoy the special camaraderie that blossoms from a golf tournament dynamic, and if you are attending The Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund Charity Golf Tournament, know that your support will mean the world to medical students throughout this great province.
If you are coping with a golf injury, or any injury preventing you from being able to golf, contact Athletic Edge Sports Medicine and learn how rehabilitation can help. Call 416-800-0800 or visit www.aesm.ca