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Thanks to relatively new technology, the most physically demanding position on the diamond—catcher—has gotten easier. A product called knee savers, which attaches to your shin guards, is a stress-relieving accessory that reduces the erosion of cartilage on the knee joints and provides support, protection and comfort.

University of Pittsburgh catcher Kevan Smith estimates that more than 50 percent of big-league catchers—including Twins superstar Joe...

07/10/2011 - 15:46
Walter Villa
Throwing a baseball too many times, too often, or throwing the wrong types of pitches can predispose a child-athlete to elbow and shoulder injuries.

Baseball is not traditionally considered a dangerous sport. However, what we are finding is that parents are pushing their kids harder.

07/10/2011 - 15:31
D.J. Phillips MD
There is plenty of summer left for children to run around in the sun and enjoy their days away from school. Nothing would ruin those plans more than an injury that would keep them indoors.

When on a playground, private or public, some of those injuries can be prevented.

06/07/2011 - 20:51
Joe Giardina
When school lets out for summer, most kids’ plans are pretty simple – run around and have a good time. Where better to do that than the local playground? The swings, slides and monkey bars are sure to keep kids active and entertained for hours.

But for as much fun as playgrounds offer, there are a few safety issues that both parents and children should be aware of.

05/31/2011 - 22:43
PSR Staff
Pens Foundation, UPMC Sports Medicine to Host Informational Seminar on Youth Hockey Concussions Tuesday, May 31 at CCAC Boyce Campus

The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and UPMC Sports Medicine will host an informational seminar regarding youth hockey concussions and the baseline testing process on Tuesday, May 31 at 7 p.m.

05/26/2011 - 15:08
PSR Staff
Twisting, jumping, starting and stopping—these motions enable athletes to accomplish amazing feats in virtually every sport. But these very same motions can also cause debilitating ankle injures.

“There are a number of ways in which an athlete can injure an ankle: jumping and landing on another player’s foot, sliding on a slippery surface or running on an uneven field,” said Stephen Conti...

05/24/2011 - 09:01
PSR Staff
Keeping hearts healthy is what we do best at Allegheny General Hospital’s Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute. This spring, join us at these upcoming community events designed to encourage heart health in all ages!

The eighth annual Hearts in the Park Walk—on Saturday, May 14 at 9am—gives the entire family an opportunity to enjoy an easy, energizing walk through Allegheny Commons Park.

05/19/2011 - 17:03
PSR Staff
At the end of a long run, many runners can experience pain from multiple causes like plantar fasciitis, strains, bursitis, etc. Many of these ailments can actually be prevented before they even occur.

The truth is most of these ailments occur from multiple imbalances during running, and the inability to handle the forces of running.

04/20/2011 - 13:43
James Bridges MS ATC
Iliotibial band syndrome is a very common overuse injury in runners. It is a friction syndrome that occurs as the runner flexes and extends the knee.

The friction created when the iliotibial band—a tough muscle on the outside of the thigh and knee—rolls over the lateral femoral epicondyle (a projection on the lower extremity of the femur) as...

03/23/2011 - 18:01
Katie D Lewandowski
As the summer sports season rapidly approaches, excitement is beginning to build among parents, athletes and coaches alike.

A few simple preparatory steps can help ensure a safe season:

02/12/2011 - 14:08
Moira Davenport MD