Happy Holidays From Athletic Edge Sports Medicine

It is that time of year again! The decorations are out, the plans for holiday parties and get-togethers are made. The gifts are wrapped and the radio is playing nothing but holiday tunes. Athletic Edge Sports Medicine wants to wish you a very happy holiday season and wonderful 2015! We are very excited for the year ahead!

Stay in the Sand: Avoiding Volleyball Injuries

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Time to hit the beach and spike a few over the net. Whether you're an avid volleyball player in an organized league or one who just plays the odd game on the weekend with friends and family, volleyball can be a great way to get out and enjoy the weather while also getting some fantastic exercise. Volleyball can also, however, be hard on the body. Though volleyball injuries rank the lowest for all major sports, there is still the risk for both traumatic and overuse injuries no matter your level of play. Common volleyball injuries include: -        Rotator cuff tendinitis -        Finger injuries -        Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries -        Ankle sprains -        Lower back pain -        Patellar tendinitis These injuries are common for a number of reasons. Due to the repetitive overhead motions of spiking and blocking, rotator cuff tendinitis and finger injuries can become problematic. Playing in the sand can be especially tricky too as an incorrect landing from a jump can wreak havoc on the knee or ankle. Constant motion may lead to a torn ligament or strain in the back. Again, no matter how much you play, many...

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....

Need Weight Management after Summer Splurging – A Registered Dietician is the Answer

The summer, for most people, often involves a higher level of physical activity than the winter months. Sports such as volleyball or baseball, marathons and triathlons for the avid runner, or annual cycling events are all ways to stay in shape during the summer season. However, the summer also represents a time of indulgence in the form of food festivals like Summerlicious, Taste of the Danforth, or various Ribfests taking place all across the city.  Add - for good measure - cultural festivals like Caribana, Brazilfest or the Festival of South Asia, all of which offer up delicacies from around the world, and you've got a recipe for a load of over-eating. So if you find yourself enjoying some worthwhile summer splurging, what better way to get back in shape and eating healthy again than with a registered dietician? Proper weight management involves far more than just adding in some random vegetables on days that you're not frequenting a special food-related event.  A registered dietician can help you get things back under control. How? Chances are pretty good that at least once in your life you’ve tried to lose weight and get fit on your own, right? We all know...

Treat Your Sports Injury Without Surgery: Sonocur Shockwave Therapy

For many athletes suffering from a sports related injury or pain due to sports, their game can become increasingly taxing. Playing through pain in an effort to avoid dealing with it may lead to serious complications in the future, while stopping altogether may lead to both physical and mental outcomes that you want to avoid. As with any sports related injury, seeking medical assistance is the first thing that you should do. If you suffer an injury on the field or court, ignoring it can worsen things. Attending a sports medicine clinic, by contrast, can be a stepping stone to healing. Sometimes surgery is unavoidable, but if a physician tells you that surgery is not the only option, seek out alternatives. One option might be sonocur shockwave therapy. What is sonocur shockwave therapy and how does it work? Sonocur shockwave therapy is a non-invasive form of treatment which involves the application of acoustic shockwaves into the affected bone or soft tissue. The shockwaves stimulate a metabolic reaction in the tissue, leading to the breakdown of scarring. This controlled reinjuring of the area on a cellular level allows for a regeneration of blood vessels and bone cells, which leads to faster...

Get Ready for A Midsummer Night’s Run with a Running Injury Clinic

On August 17th, Toronto’s annual A Midsummer Night’s Run will kick off in support of the SickKids Foundation. This 5km/15km/30km walk/run takes place along Toronto’s East End trails and along the shores of Lake Ontario, in a non-competitive, family friendly event that raises money for a great cause. But what if you have suffered a running injury? You're obviously not going to lace up and head out, right? Wrong! Treat that running injury in time by attending a running injury clinic. A running injury clinic takes place at a sports injury clinic and involves a complex and in-depth analysis of your injury, followed by the creation of a customized treatment plan to address all aspects of your injury. Your first meeting with a sports medicine specialist will include a detailed assessment of your injury. This is to best determine the source of injury (crucial in determining the best route for treatment). A running shoe analysis, a treadmill running assessment and a biomedical assessment with one of our chiropractors are also an important part of this initial assessment. A computerized gait analysis will also offer the running injury clinic essential information about how you need to be treated. A computerized gait...

Knee Osteoarthritis? Get Back on the Bike in Time for the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure

August 11th to 17th marks the 6th anniversary of the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure along the shores of Lake Erie, a cycling event that covers 600kms in 7 days. This recreational cycling adventure gives participants the chance to enjoy the event at their own pace, taking time to enjoy the views, the local shopping, and the many other amenities along the bike route. Whether you are an avid cyclist or just want to get out there with some friends, enjoying a day on the trail, the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure is an amazing opportunity for all. But what if you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee? Events like this can lose their lustre and appeal when you think about the pain that can accompany them. Cycling can be very difficult for knee osteoarthritis sufferers, simply because of the repetition and pressure put on the knee. If you suffer from the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee, including pain, stiffness, a decreased range of motion or muscle weakness and atrophy, then cycling can be extremely taxing. So how can you prepare for the Great Waterfront Train Adventure, or any future cycling, if you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee? Visiting a...

Bouncing Back After an Injury with Sports Psychology

When you suffer from a sports related injury, bouncing back to peak physical condition can be tough.  And if you want to continue enjoying the activities you love without the pain of injury, rehab and sports therapy is crucial. But what about mentally? A sports related injury can not only wreak havoc on your body – it can be tough mentally as well. If you have suffered an injury that has kept you from the track, field, ice, etc., or if you are dealing with the stress of competition (which can also impede performance), it is important to make sure that both your body and your mind recuperate properly. What is sports psychology? Sports psychology is the study of how sports, athletic performance, exercise and physical activity are influenced and affected by psychology. Sports psychologists work with a diverse range of people, focusing on things like injuries, rehabilitation, communication, team building, and career transitions. A sports psychologist may work with a single individual, a group of coaches, or entire teams to enhance performance, effectively cope with the pressures of competition, and promote or rebuild self-confidence and self-esteem. How can sports psychology work for you? There are a number of different...

ACL Rehab and ACL Repair: Prep for the July 28th Beaches Jazz Run

Part of the charm and attraction to community races is the camaraderie.  And the Beaches Jazz Run on July 28th is brimming with it. This 5km, 10km, or 20km race starts at the Beaches' Kew Gardens, and raises funds in support of the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation.  This event attracts all levels: the leisurely jogger, the competitive runner and even those using the event to condition for the subsequent Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October.  The Beaches Jazz Run is a seriously great time for everyone. But what if you are suffering from a torn ACL or have recently had ACL surgery? The Beaches Jazz Run may not seem all that useful if you can’t enjoy it. If you are suffering from the pain caused by a torn ACL, it's time to consider ACL rehab or treatment for an ACL injury. ACL injuries are very common among athletes. The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a joint inside your knee, and an ACL injury occurs when this ligament is torn. ACL injuries are common for athletes whose sports demand sudden stops and changes in direction, like soccer, basketball, tennis and volleyball. This injury can result in inflammation and acute or...

How Toronto Sports Medicine Specialists Can Get You Ready for the Toronto Triathlon

Celebrated as the ultimate challenge of human endurance and tenacity, the Toronto Triathlon Festival begins July 21st. Participants run, bike and swim their way through a uniquely urban course, including Toronto's harbourfront, downtown highways, and the protected water basin of the West Channel of Ontario Place. With four different races to choose from - Olympic Distance, Sprint Distance, Olympic Distance Relay, or Sprint Distance Relay - this event offers a variety of ways for athletes to test themselves and compete against others. So how can Toronto sports medicine specialists help you prepare for this grueling test of your abilities? In a number of ways. Prep for the running: In order to prepare for the running portion of the triathlon, think about attending a running injury clinic hosted by a sports injury clinic to assess any underlying issues that may impede your performance. Or think about speaking with sports medicine specialists about getting fitted for custom foot orthotics. Prep for the cycling: Make sure that your knees don't suffer from the over 20-40kms trail through the downtown core, especially if you are suffering from a torn ACL. Sports medicine specialists can offer pain relief through rehabilitation exercises and by fitting you...