By Meryl Davids Landau
New research can help you pick a physician who's right for you.
Many of us begin our search for a new doctor by asking friends and relatives. That's OK -- for a start. But keep in mind that it's not like asking for a restaurant recommendation. There's no way ordinary people can judge a physician's clinical skills. By the same token, patients may put too much emphasis on personality. In a 2006 study at UCLA, many doctors who received high praise from patients...
First things first. Before the season even starts, you should already be in shape.
“A lot of youth don’t think they need to get in shape,” says James Chesnutt, MD, a sports medicine specialist at Oregon Health & Sciences University. “They are couch potatoes right up to the first day of practice.”
Don’t let that be you. Practice is going to put a lot of strain on your muscles. Games are even more intense. You have to be prepared. Think about baseball. If you’re a pitcher and your arm isn’t up to the task, your game might not be the only thing to suffer. A weak arm is an easily injured arm.
Chesnutt, who coaches teen sports in Portland, Ore., tells his players that they need to start working out six weeks prior to the season, putting in an hour’s worth of exercise a day (something everyone should be doing already). That means a mix of lifting, cardio training, and active play that revs your heart.