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December 22, 2009
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Please enjoy another issue packed with evidence-based information about sports performance training and news about current events at Finish First Sports Performance. If you find value in this e-newsletter, please forward this message to your teammates, coaches, or other parents of hard working athletes.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year

By Coach J. Hoy, MS, CSCS, PES, NASE Cert., USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified

As another year closes, I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for making 2009 a great year, and expect even more growth and successful athletes in 2010. Thanks everyone for their hard work and effort!

Have a great Christmas, Holiday Season, and New Year!

Ice Hockey Injuries

By Emily E. Novitsky, BS, CSCS, Finish First Sports Performance Athletic Performance Specialist

Ice hockey is a competitive, fast pace, and hard hitting competition between two usually die hard teams. The players are covered from head to toe with protective equipment however ice hockey is still one of the most dangerous sports to play. The players play on a hard surface that is slick and sometimes unpredictable. They are outfitted with sharp skates and long sticks that can easily hurt an opposing player. Ice hockey is one of the top three sports for most injuries recorded for youth players. In the following article I will be discussing the most common areas of injury on the athlete and more specifically the top 3 types of injuries for ice hockey.

According to research the head and neck area on the athlete is the area mostly likely to sustain an injury while playing hockey.

The second mostly likely injury is the lower extremity (from hips down to the feet.)

The next area on the body most likely to have an injury would be the upper body or upper extremity area (from the shoulders down to the abdominal area.)

The number one most common injury for an ice hockey player would have to be cuts or lacerations (according to the research).

Hockey is an aggressive full contact sport that is played on the hard ice surface. Cuts or lacerations could come from a number of occurrences from fighting, skates, sticks, and even form the puck itself. The second most common injury would be the concussion. As mentioned earlier hockey is a full contact sport with body-checking and fighting.

Even though the athletes wear helmets there is still a very high prevalence of concussions due to different forms of blows to the head.

The third most common injury to ice hockey players are knee injuries. Frequently players may have to blow to the knee from other players or a collision with the boards.

In conclusion ice hockey is a popular sport that has a high chance of injuries however you can prevent these injuries with proper fitting equipment, knowledge of the sport and skill, and proper conditioning/injury prevention training. If you have any additional questions or concerns pertaining to ice hockey feel free to contact Emily or Jeremy at or 412-787-5070

Feeding to Perfection: When Eating Healthy Turns Harmful

By Heather R Mangieri, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, Finish First Sports Performance Nutrition Advisor

Have you watched the news lately? Whether you receive your media messages from the TV, newspaper or a magazine, there is certainly not a shortage of nutrition information telling us we should be eating healthy. And no doubt, healthy foods like fruits and vegetables should be at the foundation of any healthy lifestyle. But what about when eating healthy begins to look more like a stressful work day than a healthy habit. When eating the perfect diet begins to take control of your life, the stress can take a toll not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well.

When a person becomes obsessed with healthy eating, they may be at risk for developing orthorexia, an eating disorder characterized by excessive focus on eating healthy foods. This disorder was first termed “orthorexia” in 1997 by Colorado Physician Steven Bratman, who began to see some of his patients that were focused on eating healthy (over time) become obsessed with the perfect diet. The disorder often starts off innocently with an individual changing their eating habits for something specific, like a new medical diagnosis or the knowledge that if the right nutrient combination is obtained a competitive advantage over an opponent will be achieved. But what happens to some through the process is a drive to be “healthier” and obtain the “perfect diet”. Orthorexics may obsess over the nutrient value of foods, whether the food is organic and free of pesticides, and often become compulsive about calorie counting and meal planning. They may avoid eating with friends and or family and avoid restaurants and other social gatherings around food. They often pay more attention to food and also tend to have opinions of how “others eat”.

So what’s so wrong with this healthy eating behavior? Many orthorexics develop a decreased quality of life as they become increasingly focused on eating healthy foods. The control that is desired by eating this “structured” and “perfect” will ultimately wear down the individual involved. Social activites may be avoided and the stress of feeding to perfection often intensifies. It is normal to implement dietary changes to improve one’s health but people with orthorexia nervosa become consumed by what they eat and how they will obtain the food and feel badly about themselves if they fail to stick to their plan.

Individuals that suffer from this obsession may display the following:

• Spending more than 3 hours/day thinking about healthy food
• Planning what to eat in the coming week more than 24 hours in advance
• Are critical of others who do not eat as they do
• Skipping foods that they once ate because they are not “healthy”
• Feel stress related to eating the “perfect diet”
• Feel guilt or if they deter from their healthy eating plan

While it is noble to be concerned with eating healthy, stress should not be part of the menu. It is important to remember that stress is just as harmful to the body (if not more harmful) as many foods. Healthy eating should feel good. And do not forget about the five characteristics of a healthy diet: variety, moderation, calorie controlled, Balance and adequacy.

Information for this article was obtained from the following book: Health Food Junkies: Orthorexia Nervosa: Overcoming the Obsession with Healthful Eating, Steven Bratman, with David Knight. New York, NY: Broadway Books, 2001. Contact Heather to learn more about Orthorexia nervosa or if you think that you may suffer from this disorder.

Motivational Quotes

"Unless you change how you are,you will always have what you've got."
-- Jim Rohn

"It's not the work that's hard, it's the discipline."
-- Anonymous

"Only undertake what you can do in an excellent fashion. There are no prizes for average performance."
-- Brian Tracy

"Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions."
-- Benjamin Disreali

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Coach Jeremy S. Hoy, CSCS, USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified,
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