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Category Archives: Athletics

All about athletics.

Intensity, Intensity, Intensity!!

I have discussed on a few occasions the importance of exercise regardless of how much time you have to perform it.  Did you know that if you are crunched for time for working out, intensity matters?  For instance, if you don’t have a half hour to workout, 15 minutes of high intensity training (HIT) can do the job just fine.  With high intensity training you should be huffing and puffing and conversation should be difficult for a bit.  This means you are doing it right.  The nice thing about HIT is that you really don’t need any fancy equipment and its safe for almost everyone.  If you have certain physical issues you should discuss this with your doc. However, you can set up a space anywhere in the home or garage or basement and you may just need a set of dumbbells or some exercise bands.  Exercise can help us perform better in all aspects of our lives.  Go online and find the various HIT workout suggestions and custom tailor one to your liking, but remember, intensity matters!

Injury & Chiropractic Care

If you have paid any attention to the World Series, you will know that one of the Cubs injured players has returned to the lineup as a designated hitter. After being injured on April 7th, his first hit this year was in game one of the Series and so far has played amazingly well. This young man has almost totally recovered from two torn ligaments in his knee.  He has been cleared by his doctors to hit and run but not to play in the field. This has all taken place in a short period of approximately 6 months.  He received the best care available because he is a professional athlete and has access to the best the resources.  Even though we are not professional athletes, it shouldn’t stop us from having the best care available. If you have back or neck problems you probably do not have the luxury of having treatment daily, but if you want the best care available for those issues, consider chiropractic, as we are the best at what we do!

Chiro-Kids Care & Injury

I have recently expanded our pediatrics offering to include our new Chiro-Kids Care sports injury program.  Kids suffer injury and need care just as much as adults.  In fact, concussions are part of the injury scenario.  Did you know that only about 7% of those people who suffer a concussion lose consciousness? Concussions are often very subtle to determine. Sometimes the only clue may be a mild change in behavior that goes unnoticed.  The new saying , about concussions and return to sport activity is, “when in doubt, hold them out”. No two concussions are alike and each child must have their own individual management plan.  Also, even the nutritional protocols are different for concussions than other injuries such as joint or soft tissue.  The old days of “walk it off” are over.  With proper treatment and recovery, most concussions resolve in about 7-10 days, but they need to be assessed, treated properly and monitored before all else.

Athletic Performance & Chiropractic Adjustments

Did you know that Tom Brady and Aaron Rogers rely on chiropractic care and so did Jerry Rice.  Many pro, collegiate and high school athletes do.  A recent small study looked at athletic performance of a Division One (Virginia Tech) college football team for two seasons.  They looked at their performance after some athletes had a chiropractic adjustment before their games.  The results showed a small correlation to increased positive athletic performance after an adjustment.  Every small advantage an athlete gets during his sport is a positive edge and can be a huge difference maker when competition is at its highest levels.  It may even translate more to kids at the elementary, middle schools and high school levels!

Concussion Nutrition

Concussions are very big topic in sports now. Not just at the pro level but at the amateur levels also.  Knowing what to look for is important when it comes to head/brain injury. Did you know that there is a nutritional protocol for those individuals recovering from a concussion?  Most concussions if treated properly will resolve within 7-10 days.  During recovery it is important to drink plenty of fluids to wash out the metabolites as with any type of bruising.  Also for the first 24 hours consider fasting.  Or at least eat low quality foods such as a high fat, moderate protein and very few carbs.  Eat smaller meals with higher protein content and high fat for at least the first 24 hours!  When it comes to concussions, “when in doubt, hold them out”

Athletics, Injury, and Sports

I have been an avid sports fan my entire life.  I can remember watching baseball from the floor of my parents home as far back as my pre-kindergarten ages as well as playing it in the front yard with my parents and neighbors.  I always thought I would end up being a professional baseball player. During my high school days, I played baseball, football and wrestled (I hated the diet part). During college I played football and baseball.  After college I tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL.  I never became a professional athlete, as things just didn’t work out, but it wasn’t for lack of effort.  Now I play golf (so,so well), work out (semi-religiously) and enjoy what adventures life has to offer.

The reason I am relaying this bit of information is to explain that I am no stranger to athletics and sports injury.  I was fortunate enough not to have experienced any terrible injury during my playing days, however I did get hurt enough on a few instances to miss some college games due to injury.  I now have some physical reminders from the culmination of all the sports collisions I survived during my younger sports years.  I have a great knowledge of the sports activities and mechanisms of injury and understand how to treat athletic injuries.

Injury acquired during sports activity is often the same type of injury one could suffer around the house, in the garden or at work. Usually the only difference from one injury, to another of the same, is the mechanism by which it occurred. For example if you sprain an ankle playing basketball, is it any different than spraining your ankle tripping over a toy at home?  Generally, only the way it happened is different, and maybe the severity, however you can injure the same structures and tissue. Since people are all different, healing times are different, severity of injury is different, the treatment needs to be individualized for the person and the injury.

I am a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), which means I have specific training dealing with sports type injuries.  I see little athletes, high school athletes, weekend warrior athletes and even professional athletes.  Athletes are often the most difficult of my patients to treat as they really don’t like to be slowed down with injury, because like myself, they enjoy the challenge of the sport, competition, and sense of accomplishment.  Athletes tend to try and play through injury often at a detriment to themselves.  This type of attitude can cause additional damage to already injured tissues.

No matter what sport you play, give yourself the time to heal and find the right type of treatment for those acute, chronic or nagging type injuries. The older we get, the slower our healing time becomes physiologically.  On the opposite end of that spectrum are the youngsters, who heal very quickly…..Oh, to be young again!  Please call our clinic for more information at 630-351-4700.

Athletic Injury: Professional and You

Did you know that one of the reasons pro athletes recover from injury before the average person is mainly due to the treatment resources available. Pro’s have almost unlimited resources at disposal post-injury, are treated immediately after injury and treated often. When the average Joe/Jill gets injured, they will not generally have the money, time, and resources available to be treated as quickly and as often, however they can get the same treatments. Give us a call if you have an athletic injury, as we have the same treatment equipment as most training rooms around the country, including our cold laser therapy!

Ankle Injury and Rehab

Did you know that 23,000 people a day sprain their ankle in the US at an annual cost of over a billion dollars. However, against common thought, a study of elite runners showed that those with a severe ankle sprain were less likely to re-injure the same ankle compared to a runner with lesser ankle injury. Even surgery to ankle ligament tears had poorer outcomes verses those who did not have surgery. Finally, the forces centered on an ankle can exceed 7 times that of bodyweight, so a few extra pounds can increase the risk for injury. We have a great ankle injury program for these types of injury.

Athletics, Injury, and Sports Injury

I have been an avid sports fan my entire life. I can remember watching baseball from the floor of my parents home as far back as my pre-kindergarten ages as well as playing it in the front yard with my parents and neighbors. I always thought I would end up being a professional baseball player. During my high school days, I played baseball, football, and wrestled (I hated the diet part). During college I played football and baseball. After college I tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. I never became a professional athlete, as things just didn’t work out, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Now I play golf (so,so well), work out (semi-religiously), and enjoy what adventures life has to offer.

The reason I am relaying this bit of information is to explain that I am no stranger to athletics and sports injury. I was fortunate enough not to have experienced any terrible injury during my playing days, however I did get hurt enough on a few instances to miss some college games due to injury. I now have some physical reminders from the culmination of all the sports collisions I survived during my younger sports years. I have a great knowledge of the sports activities and mechanisms of injury and understand how to treat athletic injuries.

Injury acquired during sports activity is often the same type of injury one could suffer around the house, in the garden, or at work. Usually the only difference from one injury, to another of the same, is the mechanism by which it occurred. For example, if you sprain an ankle playing basketball, is it any different than spraining your ankle tripping over a toy at home? Generally, only the way it happened is different, and maybe the severity, however you can injure the same structures and tissue. Since people are all different, healing times are different, severity of injury is different, the treatment needs to be individualized for the person and the injury.

I am a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), which means I have specific training dealing with sports type injuries. I see little athletes, high school athletes, weekend warrior athletes, and even professional athletes. Athletes are often the most difficult of my patients to treat as they really don’t like to be slowed down with injury, because like myself, they enjoy the challenge of the sport, competition, and sense of accomplishment. Athletes tend to try and play through injury often at a detriment to themselves. This type of attitude can cause additional damage to already injured tissues.

No matter what sport you play, give yourself the time to heal and find the right type of treatment for those acute, chronic, or nagging type injuries. The older we get, the slower our healing time becomes physiologically. On the opposite end of that spectrum are the youngsters, who heal very quickly…..oh, to be young again! Please call our clinic for more information at (630) 351-4700.

Dr. Blum

I wish to provide a brief history about my educational background and how I stumbled upon this great profession we call Chiropractic. I have been a sports nut and athlete most all my life (though much slower now). Late in my senior year of high school (1974), I was fortunate enough to receive a football scholarship to attend the local college in my quaint home town of Hastings, Nebraska. I graduated from Hastings College (in spite of myself) with a degree in physical education and a minor in English in 1978. After graduating college (whew!), I taught 9th grade English in a predominately African-American Jr. high in an inner-city, Kansas City, Kansas school district for two years.

Being young (naive) and constantly without cash, I eventually quit teaching, due simply for the desire to earn more money, as living on rice and cream-of-anything soup soon got old. However, I must at this point emphasize that my teaching experience had a tremendous and important impact on my life and outlook relative to other cultures. During my limited stint as an educator, I was blessed with a multitude of valuable learning experiences, life’s lessons and the forging of unique and unforgettable friendships. I can only hope I taught my students as well as they taught me.

After my teaching career, during 1980, I became a retail sales manager for the FootLocker Corporation. For the next several years I worked, managed, and was promoted throughout the midwest with stints in Kansas City, Ks; St. Louis, Mo; and the cities of Northbrook, Bloomington-Normal, and Norridge, Illinois. For my efforts, I was honored as the FootLocker Rookie of the Year for the Midwest Division during that time, (back in the old days) and won a few other awards along the way.

During my time as manager of the Harlem and Irving Plaza Footlocker, Illinois, in the early 80’s, I had injured my back and was laid up for a couple of weeks due to both back and sciatic pain. Finally, with no success after trying the traditional medical route of pain killers and muscle relaxers, I literally crawled into a local chiropractic office. My doctor was a very young but very cool and intelligent guy. Following my first treatment (adjustment), I felt so much better that it was hard to believe that I was actually able to walk out with less pain than when I crawled in, all without a pill. I knew right then and there, Chiropractic was something special and it was the profession I wanted to learn more about. During subsequent visits, I asked my doctor for all the information I could about his wonderful profession. Shortly after that, I knew I would become a Chiropractic physician.

In 1991, I finally entered the National College of Chiropractic (NCC) in Lombard, Illinois. I worked and studied incredibly hard (unlike much of my previous educational endeavors) and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors during the Fall of 1995. I was the president of my graduating class as well as the class salutatorian. During my studies at NCC, which is now called the National University of Health Sciences, I also earned a bachelor of science degree in Human Biology. I currently live locally in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and have maintained a private practice serving the Schaumburg, IL area and surrounding communities since 1997.

My purpose in providing this brief synopsis is not to toot my own horn, but to let you know that I am proud of my personal and professional career. I have worked hard and studied hard to attain what I have accomplished and promise to use that same knowledge, skills, drive, and energy to help each and everyone of my patients regardless of age, race, gender and socio-economic status. Injury, disease, and disorder does not limit itself from any one living entity, as we all experience pain or illness at some time during our life’s ventures. I love being a Chiropractic physician and it is my absolute pleasure to be that human resource that will listen to your concerns, care for your needs as a patient, treat you with respect as an individual and fight for your right to improve, achieve and maintain the health goals that you desire. If that is what you seek, I am that doctor.