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Winter Olympics: What Is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury?

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Knee and lower leg injuries are among the most common injuries seen in alpine skiing. The nature of these injuries has changed over time as equipment has evolved. In the past, tibia (leg) fractures were much more common. With the introduction of modern binding systems, we have seen the incidence of tibia fractures decrease, but …Read More

Winter Olympics: What Really Happens When Elite Skiers Injure Themselves

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The 2014 Winter Olympics are upon us, and Vermonters are eager to watch their favorite winter sports, especially downhill skiing. We will watch some of the world’s best ski racers triumph, but we also will inevitably see others sustain injuries from falls, catching an edge, and collisions with gates. Among Olympic-level competitors, common career-impacting injuries …Read More

Exercise for Bone Health

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Join Sheila Reid, PT MS, and Deedee Folsom, PT WCS, for our free class on “Exercise, Bone Health, and You” on October 28, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.  Exercise can improve strength, balance, endurance, posture and flexibility, but did you know that the right kind of exercise can also …Read More

Marathon Training: 7 Tips to Speed Your Race Recovery

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The Vermont City Marathon is this weekend. For those running — whether it’s part of the relay or the whole 26 miles — we have tips to speed your race recovery: 1. Protect yourself from further injury. Walk as normally as possible. If you are limping, rest your injury, or you may need crutches to speed your recovery. …Read More

Does Distance Running Damage Hip and Knee Joints?

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With the Vermont City Marathon approaching, it makes sense to consider what the long-term effects of recreational running might be on joint health. Clearly activities like distance running provide substantial health benefits by improving cardiovascular health and even elevating mood and a sense of well-being.  Runners also tend to have increased bone density compared to …Read More

Back Pain: Causes, Prevention, and Complementary and Alternative Therapies

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Who gets back pain? Low back pain is one of the most common problems people have; 60 to 80% of adults will get back pain at some point in their lives. People aged 45-65 are at greater risk of having back pain. This accounts for 2% of visits to primary care offices each year, and …Read More

The Benefits of Acupuncture

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How long has acupuncture been around? Interestingly, acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical practices in the world. As part of a complex Chinese medical system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore, promote and enhance the natural healing response of the human body and mind. Although the practice of …Read More

Choosing the Right Footwear for Summer

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The arrival of warm weather in Vermont triggers an explosion of outdoor activities, from hiking and running to relaxing on or around the water. One pleasant side effect: we get to put our boots in the closet!  But what to wear – sandals, minimalist running shoes, or go barefoot? Let’s take them in order: Does …Read More

Risk and Reward at this Weekend’s Women’s Ice Hockey Championship

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The 15th International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) will bring the world’s best female hockey stars to Vermont from April 7th to April 14th.  Teams will hail from the USA, Canada, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia and Germany.  The USA claimed gold at the past three IIHF Women’s World Championships and Canada claimed gold at the …Read More

Bikes, Skateboards, and ATVs – Oh My!

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I have been an employee at Fletcher Allen for ten years, but this October I have officially been our Injury Prevention Coordinator for one year.  My position is part of a dynamic team of staff that makes up our Level 1 Trauma Center. This means we see the most severe injuries from around Vermont and …Read More

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