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5 Most Common Springtime Injuries

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: The weather is lovely and it's time to take fitness outdoors. Just be cautious of these common spring injuries.
Air Date: 5/13/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: John Gallucci, Jr., MS, ATC, PT, DPT
Dr. John Gallucci JrThe dynamic president of JAG Physical Therapy, John Gallucci, Jr., MS, ATC, PT, DPT, is in demand for his expertise in injury prevention, rehabilitation, sports medicine and athletic conditioning. He has appeared often on radio and television, including ESPN’s award-winning Outside the Lines, Fox 5, PIX 11, MSG Varsity, NJ News 12, WFAN and is a popular public speaker.

Gallucci has made a major impact in his fields throughout the New York/New Jersey area, and holds a national presence in the sports medicine community. JAG Physical Therapy now offers comprehensive orthopedic outpatient centers in New York City, West Orange, Warren, Cedar Knolls, Union, Hackensack, Woodbridge and Princeton New Jersey.

Currently, John is the Medical Coordinator for Major League Soccer (MLS), coordinating the medical care of more than 500 professional soccer players. Gallucci is the former Head Trainer of the New York Red Bulls MLS team and is a Sports Medicine consultant for professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and USA Wrestling. John has also worked in the Athletic Departments of Columbia University, New York University and Long Island University, and has been a Clinical Instructor at Columbia University, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University, and Dominican College. John is the former Program Director of Barnabas Health’s Sport Medicine Institute and also serves as an appointed member on the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport. In the local community, John’s charitable efforts have included a leading role in fundraisers for Barnabas Health, The Valerie Fund, The LaConti Child Life Fund, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Arthritis Foundation, and The American Cancer Society. He supports more than 100 high schools, college programs and athletic clubs throughout the Tri-State Area.

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5 Most Common Springtime Injuries
With the weather improving, people are taking up outdoor sports again. Spring brings the opportunity to get fresh air while you work out.

Spring fitness also can bring injuries. The five most common springtime injuries are:

  • Tendonitis, which frequently comes from power walking.
  • Rotator cuff, which often comes from tennis.
  • Lower back pain can come from playing golf.
  • Tennis elbow, stemming from tennis and softball/baseball.
  • Plantar fasciitis (foot pain) can result from running.
When you have pain, ice for at least 15 minutes three or four times a day. Rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10. If you're at a 5, see a professional. Follow the directions for over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. If the pain persists after 24 to 48 hours, go to the doctor because you are most likely injured.

To prevent injuries, be sure to warm up your body. Work with someone who knows the bio-mechanics of the body to give you the best advice for taking care of yourself. Take your time. You're not going to lose ten pounds overnight, so start slow with your fitness.

Listen in as Dr. John Gallucci shares how you can prevent and care for these common injuries.
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