Specializing in Spine, Sports & Physical Medicine

Sports Injuries

Sports Related Injuries

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a medical specialty that focuses on maximizing a person’s physical conditioning, functional capacity and quality of life. A basic principle of treating sports-related injuries is to assess the injured athlete in a holistic approach and work in a team with other professionals to achieve these goals. Physical Medicine physicians (Physiatrists) have extensive training in the diagnosis, management and prevention of many different types of musculoskeletal injuries. One thing that makes Dr. Jerry Sobel unique is that he has been an long distance endurance cyclist and for over two decades. He therefore understands the physical demands that athletes place on themselves. He has treated athletes on many levels from the recreational to the professional. Prior to moving to Phoenix Arizona, Dr. Jerry Sobel was part of a large sports medicine practice in northern California and treated a wide range of sports related injuries from many different sports and recreational activities.Endurance athletes are prone to many different types of overuse injuries. Swimmers suffer from shoulder tendinitis; runners deal with knee and hip pain; cyclist are bothered by neck and low back pain, shoulder issues, hand numbness and knee pain.Recovery and return to a pre-injury level can require a detailed knowledge and analysis of the athlete’s training program, body alignment, and for cyclists bike set-up. Runners and cyclists are plagued by a number of different types of injuries of the lower extremities:

The causes of these conditions include poor body alignment, over pronation, muscle imbalances and overuse and in the case of cyclists, poor bike fit and improper pedaling technique. While the muscles of the body respond quickly to the stress of training and get stronger within a few weeks, the tendons and ligaments and bone become stronger at a much slower rate. Therefore, raising your weights too quickly in the gym, or doing too many intervals on the bike without a lot of base miles can result in the tendons and ligaments becoming injured. Overtraining is probably the most common cause of injuries in endurance athletes. The best way to avoid some of these injuries is to take your time building strength and endurance. An old friend, cycling coach, and owner of Kinetics Systems Bicycles in Clarkston, MI likes to say ” the longer it takes to get there, the longer you will stay there.” It is so true.

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