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By Dr. Pinsker
July 28, 2012
Category: Sports Injuries
Tags: Brad Culpepper   NFL  

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers players are suing the National Football League (NFL) on concerns of head injuries. The former players are claiming that the NFL did not fully disclose the long-term effects of head related injuries. Brad Culpepper, a former defensive tackle, is the head plaintiff in the upcoming lawsuit.          

The former players are suing the NFL for $5 million in damages. Players believe that the NFL provided biased and corrupted research regarding injuries, such as concussions and other harsh impacts to the head. The NFL provided research that claimed these injuries would not have serious or long-term effects. Culpepper is currently 43 years old and claimed he has experienced many neurological problems related to the numerous head injuries he experienced during his NFL career.  He was in the NFL for nine years.

However, the NFL claims they incorporated safety techniques for players and will continue this program. The industry also affirms that they have always put safety as the top priority. The health of the players they claim are much more important than the game or ratings. The NFL also refutes claims that they intentionally deceived players in regards to the long-term effects of head injuries. They believe that their medical research was conducted with the first priority of protecting the players. They believe that through their studies they have discovered a greater grasp on how to treat and control concussions and other head-related injuries.         

More than 1,800 former professional football players are suing the NFL in relation to the industry’s research, training, safety precautions and other involvement regarding concussions and head injuries.  Players involved in the civil suit are not only concerned with their own well-being, but also hope that their suits will spark a fire in the NFL to put a greater emphasis on head injuries. Players desire the NFL to teach proper techniques to prevent injuries, as well as, inform players fully of potential short and long term consequences of head injuries.

Head injuries may be one of the biggest topics in the sports world today, but players should be concerned with all kinds of injuries.  Injuries of the feet and ankles are common among athletes.  It’s important to remember that playing through an injury can have serious and painful long term consequences. Injuries require a proper amount of time to rest and heal. If they are not treated properly and allowed to heal completely it can result in further injury and irreversible damage to the foot.

If you experience a foot or ankle related injury, contact our office immediately at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker.

 

 


By Dr. Pinsker
July 12, 2012
Category: Fitness
Tags: Advice   Partner Workouts  

Running can be intense and requires regular discipline. In fact, a lot of beginning runners lose motivation and quit the sport altogether for lack of discipline. So what does Dr. Phil Pinsker recommend?  Run with a partner! Like almost everything else in life, running can be so much better with a friend. Like the old saying goes - two heads are better than one - well it turns out that four feet are better than two!

Running with a partner is so much better for you in many ways:

  • Companionship keeps the commitment. When you have someone else depending on you it is a lot harder to slack off. Having a partner will keep you motivated to run.
  • Time goes by quickly. Working out with a partner can make exercise time go faster because you are having fun. Keep a conversation flowing, but make sure it doesn’t slow down your pace.
  • Friendly competition is good for you.Running with a partner can make you strive to keep up. Let your partner push you gradually into a more intense workout, but don’t become over concerned with competition. Make sure you are running as a team and not turning your casual exercise into a race.
  • Your partner can examine your stride. The way you run can impact the health of your feet. For example, heel striking rather than forefoot striking can make you more prone to injuries. Have your partner examine your run so he or she can evaluate your stride.

Running with a partner can help you set a routine and a pace. Having a daily, or even every other day, running routine is good for you. It can be easy to slack off on your exercise when you are only depending on yourself. A partner keeps you committed to your workout, which helps you exercise your feet and ankles more often. Running with a friend can also help you pace yourself, which is important in preventing conditions such as shin splints and Achilles tendonitis.

If you do experience a running injury, contact our office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker.