Sports medicine specialist Leonardo Oliveira, MD, shares his best advice to stay safe during springtime exercise following a long winter hiatus.
When it comes to longer training runs and races, water is the most vital nutrient. Even a small change in an athlete’s hydration status can affect the runner’s endurance, performance and health. Our orthopaedic experts offer these tips for staying well hydrated: Keep it simple: Stick to water with electrolyte beverages. Avoid drinks with caffeine, which can be dehydrating.
Holly Benjamin, MD, thinks of the young musicians she treats as athletes. “A string player is just as susceptible to soft tissue and tendon damage as a tennis player,” said Benjamin, a pediatric sports medicine specialist at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital. “The hours a musician spends practicing with repetitive movements are similar to those of an elite athlete practicing his or her sport-specific techniques.” Claire Roesler, 19, of Western Springs, Ill., had a passion for the violin from an early age.