Avoiding Injury When Shovelling – Tips from a Sports Medicine Specialist

As we head into March, winter begins to look like it will never end - until the one warm, sunny day that gives us hope.  Lured by longing for spring, we often routinely forget that Mother Nature usually has a few more snow blasts left in her during that final stretch towards the new season's warmth and sun. Despite an injury-free winter so far, many find these final weeks of winter especially difficult when it comes to staying focused on certain "winter" best practices. Which ones? Well, perhaps shovelling - which we've all had enough of about now. Ironically, the mere knowledge that snow-shovelling can be tough on our bodies isn't enough to spare us from the temptation to become lax, forgetting the shovelling techniques that have helped us prevent injury though winter so far.  With this in mind, we thought we’d refresh your memory with this handy little how-to video. In it, sports medicine specialist Dr. Grant Lum offers tips to staying injury free when out there dealing with March snow flare-ups. Don’t get hurt just because winter is on its way out, and you're feeling fed-up with the whole thing!  Stay pain free by following the video's tips....

Super Bowl Fans: Avoid Common Football Injuries

Super Bowl XLVIII is just around the corner, and fans across North America are gearing up for the sport season's most watched game. This year, the Super Bowl is being held at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey where players will face off in the pursuit of the highly coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy. Any competitive game comes part-and-parcel with a call for the stretcher. The most common football injuries are to the ankle, leg, knee, and head.  Some of our favourite players have either suffered these injuries in the past or are likely to sustain such an injury in the future. And those pros aren't the only ones on the field susceptible to a football injury. So here are some tips on how to treat injuries inflicted by football. Ankle – sprains. These injuries are most often the result of the ankle being twisted inwards, causing soft tissue damage around the ankle joint. Bracing or taping the ankle for added support can help to lessen the likelihood of these injuries. Once sustained, rest and icing is important, and seeking rehabilitation to strengthen a weakened ankle is critical. Leg – hamstring strains. This injury happens when hamstring muscles are forcibly stretched...

Prepare for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon with Professional Athletic Therapy

October 20th marks the advent of the annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, a 5km, half-marathon or full marathon in support of such charities as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Autism Dog Services and St. Christopher’s House. This is a brilliant opportunity to raise some money for wonderful organizations while participating in a great event! Preparing for a marathon can be a big undertaking. In order to compete you need to be in top form – especially if you want to avoid the pain and strain that can accompany this sport. One wise way to ensure your body is ready is to have a proper fitness assessment – and a sports medicine specialist is the perfect professional to turn to! This assessment can identify any issues and address them effectively. If you are recovering from an injury, athletic therapy is an important resource to consider for readying your body ready for a marathon. If you are an avid runner but have sustained a running injury, an injured runner’s clinic might be the best place to start. Your sports medicine specialist can assess the injury, identify underlying issues that led to the injury and help determine a long-term routine to get you...

Why a Sports Medicine Specialist is Your Best Shot at Recovering from a Sports Injury

Whatever your sport of choice, your body needs to be treated with care - as you would baby the engine of a fine, expensive car! This may mean pre-game stretching and warm ups or an appropriate cool down routine to maintain peak physical condition. We all know that staying in shape requires work – but it's a different, less enjoyable kind of work when suffering through a sports injury. To suffer a sports injury may mean dealing with a torn ligament, a sprain or a concussion, and the road to recovery can be a long, arduous one.  Your experience of healing is unique, and so, therefore, should be the treatment you receive. Each sports injury - and every person sustaining it - is different, so the expertise of a sports medicine specialist, (one with experience treating various different sports related issues), can be applied to catering to these individual needs to get you back on the field and ready for action. How does the treatment you receive from a sports medicine specialist differ from that of a regular family physician? Whenever you suffer an injury you should always seek medical attention rather than idly leaving the injury, merely hoping that...

Keep Your Golf Game in Top Form with These Golf Fitness Tips

With the US Open just around the corner, many golfers are thinking about tweaking their game. Players taking to the green in June know how to hit a ball. But a great deal of golf success involves golf fitness and avoiding golf injuries - after all, you can't take home that million dollar purse if you're not in top form. While many of us don't play at the same level as those competing in tournaments, it doesn't mean we should settle for not being in good shape and prepared for a day on the course. Keeping that in mind, here are some important golf fitness tips to keep your body limber and your swing tight! Golf fitness tip #1 - Notwithstanding the reiteration of what was hammered into our heads in elementary school (to stretch before partaking in any sport), remember that stretching before the game is crucial if you want to be on the top of your game while avoiding golf injuries. Exercises that will increase your power, mechanics and flexibility will help target every aspect of your golf game, allowing your body to warm up and stay sharp throughout the day. Golf fitness tip #2 - Remember that just pre-game stretching...

Osteoarthritis Sufferers Can Ease Their Winter Aches and Pains Through Osteoarthritis Treatment Programs

If you are an osteoarthritis sufferer, you know that the winter often represents a period of increased pain. Winter aches and pains can keep you from your normal, everyday activities if left untreated. Instead, taking advantage of an osteoarthritis treatment program offered by an experienced sports injury clinic can ease winter aches and pains and get you back in the game and enjoying everyday life. So, what is osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is the most common kind of joint disorder, usually attributed to aging and wear-and-tear on a joint, although it can also be due to genetics. It happens when the cartilage between your bones and joints wears down, leading to stiffness, swelling, and aches and pains due to the bones rubbing together. How can an osteoarthritis treatment program help ease winter aches and pains? It's simple. Since Osteoarthritis cannot be cured, it's important to deal with it. One option to deal with the pain is surgery, but if you would rather avoid this time-consuming and invasive procedure, a regular osteoarthritis treatment program can help you control your symptoms and avoid surgical procedures. One of the most common forms of osteoarthritis treatment programs is physiotherapy. Working with the right sports injury clinic...

Free Leisure Skating in Toronto – Be Prepared for Leisure Skating as Skating Can Result in Sports Injuries

Staying active during the long winter season can seem daunting. It's not always as fun being greeted by cold, snow and ice while stepping out the front door for a run, or to take a leisurely stroll in the park. The long warm days of meeting friends to throw a football around or joining a beach volleyball league are long gone when there's a foot of snow on the ground. Although the winter may seem like a time when the gym is offering the only viable option for regular winter fitness, just remember that free leisure skating in Toronto represents an exciting, easy and fun option for outdoor winter activity. As one of Canada‘s oldest and most popular winter recreational activities, skating is an important part of Canadian culture and tradition as well as winter fitness and exercise. For good reason too: it's fun! Free leisure skating in Toronto is offered at a number of different rinks located all across the city. These rinks give you the freedom to enjoy the rink at no-charge (except for the supervised adult only skating, which is $3 at indoor supervised arenas). It's important to keep in mind while leisure skating in Toronto, that...

Follow the Road to Recovery

Some injuries can take months, even years to heal. Patience and a well-rounded approach can increase your chances of a successful return to running. By Tania Haas Tania Haas is a freelance writer, yoga-enthusiast and sprint triathlete based in Toronto One month before my first marathon, the 2010 New York City  race, I was the fittest I had ever been. The momentum was building. Since I  gained entry by lottery, I felt luck was on my side. That changed, however,  when I heard something crack near my right knee when I got up from a chair. It  didn’t hurt, so I ignored it and chalked it up to tired muscles. Then, a day  later, 2K into a slow run, my right leg suddenly gave up. I tried to run it  out, but my leg didn’t respond. Days later, I learned the name for this symptom. Runners  call it dead leg, and the cause was a severe case of Iliotibial Band Syndrome, also known as ITBS. My chiropractor referred me to a physical  therapist who said, yes, I can do the marathon, if I downed several  anti-inflammatories, strapped on a custom-made knee brace and drastically  changed my race-day expectations. I eventually decided...