Tag: fitness

Hiking Safety 101

hiking view from Jewel PathGuest Blogger: Mandi Strzelewicz, Producer of Life Above Clouds, Intern, UMass Memorial Medical Center

Who doesn’t like to take a leisurely stroll outdoors? Want to take it up a notch? Try hiking. Hiking is an activity for all ages and fitness levels, whether you’re taking a walk through a local park or climbing summits across New England. You can get great exercise while soaking in the amazing views of nature – all at a pace that is comfortable to you.

What Keeps Even Pro Athletes at Bay?

ACL patient playing soccerGuest Blogger: Michael Brown, MD, Orthopedic/Sports Medicine

Athletes, like soccer player Jenna Thomas, cower at the mention of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Depending on how badly it’s torn, the injury can put an athlete out for an entire season—even Tom Brady had to sit out a season in 2008 because of his ACL injury. Your ACL is one of four ligaments that work to stabilize the knee and is essential in starting to run, turning and stopping quickly. With that said, it’s easy to image that if that ligament fails then things can go wrong quickly.