You and I are living creatures. Every living creature on Earth has some means of self-preservation, and while society and technology have advanced humans far beyond the norms of the animal kingdom, deep down at our core is the self-preserving instinct known as “fight or flight”. When the moment arises that flight is not possible, that unarmed self-defense is the only option, a human will most likely throw a punch. Unless you are trained in a combat sport or a style of self-defense, that punch will likely be inefficient and ineffective. I’m here to break down, with biomechanics, the most effective way to throw that punch.Continue reading “Punch like a nerd: Utilizing Biomechanics in Boxing Form”
Ankle Sprains: An Epidemic in the World of Athletics
Have you ever been out running on a gorgeous fall day, only to have the run cut short by a painful misstep on a tree root covered by leaves? I have, and let me tell you – it’s awful! And even if you aren’t a runner, according to the Sports Medicine Research Manual, ankle sprains are a common, if not the most common, injury for sports involving lower body movements. Now, the solution to preventing this painful and annoying injury could be as simple as avoiding tree roots and uneven ground, but the real problem behind ankle sprains deals with the anatomy of the ankle.Continue reading “Ankle Sprains: An Epidemic in the World of Athletics”
The Benchmark of Upper Body Strength: Injury Prevention During the Bench Press
Who wouldn’t want to look like Captain America? This common desire to attain a strong Herculean physique, either for athletics or aesthetics, has led many ambitious men and women to weightlifting. An egotistical motivation puts these people at risk of injury, however, as they sacrifice proper form to achieve their next personal best. The bench press is one example of an effective but potentially dangerous lift.Continue reading “The Benchmark of Upper Body Strength: Injury Prevention During the Bench Press”
In the Womb: Alive and Kicking
For a pregnant woman, it can be a thrilling moment when her baby kicks for the first time. Women have described the feeling as a flutter, a tumble, or a gentle thud. However, these movements are not only exciting because they are unpredictable but because they indicate healthy fetal development.Continue reading “In the Womb: Alive and Kicking”
Using K-Motion Technology to Achieve the Perfect Baseball Swing
The question on every baseball player’s mind is: besides more practice, how can I improve my batting skills?Continue reading “Using K-Motion Technology to Achieve the Perfect Baseball Swing”
The Weight of Combat: Are powered exoskeletons the solution to heavy combat loads?
Have you ever wondered how much weight a soldier carries in a combat zone?Continue reading “The Weight of Combat: Are powered exoskeletons the solution to heavy combat loads?”
Tearing and repairing the meniscus
How does someone go from being the youngest NBA MVP one year to barely making headlines the next? Ask Derrick Rose. After being named the youngest MVP in the NBA, Derrick Rose tears his ACL the next year and then tears his right meniscus twice in the span of three years. Knee injuries have not been kind to Derick Rose, but how does one tear their meniscus and how does it get repaired?Continue reading “Tearing and repairing the meniscus”
What is Tommy John surgery?
In July of 1974, Tommy John, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, felt a twinge in his throwing arm, and could no longer pitch. Dr. Frank Jobe tried a new kind of surgery on John’s elbow, and after missing only one season, Tommy John returned to the mound in 1976 and continued pitching until 1989.
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What Makes Someone More Likely to Tear Their UCL?
It takes a lot to make a professional athlete collapse to the ground during a game. After throwing a pitch on September 14, 2019, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Tim Mayza knelt on the side of the mound while clutching his arm, expecting the worst. The next day, MRI revealed that what he had feared: Mayza had torn his Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL).Continue reading “What Makes Someone More Likely to Tear Their UCL?”
Canine Hip Dysplasia: What You Should Know
Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is a degenerative hip disease that tends to develop in large breed dogs, such as the Bernese Mountain Dog, affectionately referred to as Berners. CHD significantly decreases the quality of life of a dog and often leads to complete immobility if left untreated. Experts estimate that about 28% of Berners are affected by dysplastic hips, making them the 8th most susceptible dog breed.Continue reading “Canine Hip Dysplasia: What You Should Know”