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Colorado Health & Wellness | Spring 2016

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Health and Wellness Magazine • 37 Stress fractures are a prime example, which result from repetitive impact t r a i n i n g , c o m m o n i n g y m n a s t s o r runners. In 2008, Vidlock experienced a stress fracture after upping her mileage too quickly. Now, she pays closer attention to her training log, she says. "Don't increase your running mileage by more than 10 percent per week," she says. "And make sure you eat recommended allowances of Vitamin D and calcium." Underweight athletes— especially those bearing pressure to be thin, such as runners and gymnasts, are the most susceptible populations. Medical studies also reflect a greater incidence of stress fractures in females, which can also be an interplay of three conditions referred to as the Female A t h l e t e T r i a d : d i s o r d e r e d e a t i n g , amenorrhea, and osteoporosis. Among women, ACL injury rates tend to be higher than their male counterparts, particularly in soccer. In a 15-year period, the rate of ACL tears was three times higher in NCAA women's soccer than in the men's, according to The American Journal of Sports Medicine. To help prevent ACL tears, as well as other sports injuries, one progressive tool at Peak Orthopedics & Spine is the DARI (Dynamic Athletics Research Institute) software: a nine- camera, 3D-motion analysis—the only one in Colorado—that's already been used by NHL, NFL and CU Dance Team athletes. But the single-best preventative measure for sports injuries, across the board, remains old school: Maintain core strength, agreed both physicians. " K e e p y o u r l o w e r a b d o m i n a l a n d buttocks muscles strong and your injuries, overall, are going to be a lot less," Vidlock says. Small Personabl Perfect

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