Golf Is More Than a Leisure Activity

By Dr. Thomas J. Dowling Golf can be enjoyed by all at almost any age. The game affords a way of getting outside and spending quality time with friends or family, or for some, time alone. The handicap system acts to level the field for competition as well. Unfortunately, golf is often viewed more as …

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Head Injuries in Athletics

Head Injuries in Athletics Laurence E. Mermelstein, M.D.   As athletes and spectators, we are frequently reminded that a young athlete’s career can be derailed or cut short by injuries. Specific serious injuries are sometimes associated with specific sports: shoulder injuries in throwers, spine injuries in gymnasts, knee injuries in football, etc. Sometimes these injuries …

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Neck Injuries in Football

Neck Injuries in Football by Laurence Mermelstein, M.D.   As the dog-days of summer turn into the cool nights of autumn, our minds turn to football. As an orthopedic surgeon, my thoughts turn to the football players and the injuries that bring them into our offices every week.   Whereas most spinal injuries are minor, …

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The Female Athlete Triad

The Female Athlete Triad By Laurence Mermelstein, M.D. Over the last 30 years, the numbers of girls and women participating in competitive sports has increased exponentially. With the passing of Title IX in 1972, the numbers of girls competing in high school and collegiate sports has increased over ten times.  Along with these numbers has …

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Performance Enhancing Drugs In High School

PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS IN HIGH SCHOOL Laurence Mermelstein, M.D. There are a fair amount of people who continue to remain ambivalent regarding athletes like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds and their involvement with performance enhancing drugs (PED’s).  Many fans feel that whatever the professional athletes want to put in their bodies is their business. Besides, …

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