| Mar 24, 2010
Exercise can be uncomfortable when beginning any new type of training or when getting back in the saddle after a long break.
In last week's column I talked about the discomfort of exercise when starting out and also when competing at the elite level. It'...
| Nov 6, 2009
I grew up during the 1950s and '60s in Madison, WI, in a family that lived and breathed sports, and I don't mean watching sports. We played sports, outdoors: hockey, cycling, tennis, hiking, golf. My grandparents lived on a lake so we were always...
| Nov 11, 2009
People often mention the size of my thighs back when I was speed-skating competitively, and, gosh, I can't deny it - at one time my thighs measured 27 inches.
This feature was an advantage to me in speed skating. Ironically, my long-time professional...
| Nov 11, 2009
Dr. Robert "Bobby" Satcher will be the first orthopedic surgeon to orbit the earth, when he blasts off on the Space Shuttle Atlantis for his 5-million mile journey to the International Space Station on Nov. 16. Scheduled to embark on three space walks...
| Nov 18, 2009
During my speed skating career, my Achilles heel was my feet. I lived with blisters. Skates are extremely tight and a little fold in a sock or a bad fit could cause a blister that lasted for months. I always had to be ready with tape or moleskin...
| Nov 30, 2009
Bob Willette clocks 110 miles each week on his road-racing bike, mostly while he commutes the 26-mile round trip to work.
He also whacks tennis balls with his doubles group. And he pushes himself in a regular hoops game, where "something's always twisted...
| Dec 2, 2009
When I was speed skating, we cross-trained year-round by lifting weights a couple of times a week. I found weight lifting so satisfying that even today, no matter how busy my schedule gets, not a week goes by that you won't find me out in the garage...
| Dec 9, 2009
In last week's column, I talked about how much I like weight lifting, as an athlete and as a physician. The more scientists study weight-bearing activity, the more value they find in it, not only in building our bones but also in boosting our metabolism...
| Sep 20, 2009
A boat propeller had cracked her shell and skull. Her brain was visible, her left eye injured.
Rehabilitators at the Audubon Nature Institute patched her up and cared for her. Now Kate, a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle found stranded two years ago on...
| Sep 22, 2009
Running puts an enormous amount of pressure and strain on the body and can often lead to injury, says Dr. Brian Polsky, a sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgeon at St. Agnes Hospital. Sixty percent of runners experience an injury severe...
| Sep 24, 2009
David Engwall got home from work the other day, slipped on his workout clothes and left for a run, his sneakers still at the door. As in, yes, your eyes work just fine, that guy jogging down Poplar Avenue is in fact barefoot.
The only one in Arbutus...
| Apr 15, 2010
Nine-year-old Morgan LaRue is the first cancer patient in Texas to benefit from a groundbreaking procedure that will magnetically lengthen her leg, sparing her the possibility of up to 10 future surgeries as her body grows. The implant and extension...