Hips and Athletic Ability

People often complain about the weight on their shoulders. Well here is a fun fact for the day… most of our weight relies on the strength of our hips. Our hips are important. There is no denying that. Hips are just as crucial in our day to day activities such as walking as they are in a professional basketball players ability to move swiftly around the court. Philly Magazine, featuring one of Vincera's physicians, Dr. Salvo, provided a quick write up on our hips and their strong influence on athletic performance. 


Your hips and your athletic performance

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounds against the Golden State Warriors in the first half during Game Two of the 2015 NBA Finals.
Tracey Romero, Sports Medicine Editor,

A basketball player’s ability to pivot and jump. A runner’s ability to propel the legs forward. It all comes down to the strength and flexibility of the hips. Yet, the hips are often overlooked as one of the body’s most important sources of power and force, especially in athletes.

Many people don’t know that the hips carry most of our weight. The hip joint where the upper end of the thigh bone meets the pelvis is associated with over 15 muscles including the hip flexors, extensors, rotators, abductors and adductors. Decreased mobility in this joint can make simple moves like squatting or scooping up a ball feel like a herculean task.

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Tips to Stay In Shape And Avoid Injury During Preseason

For all many student athletes, August tends to mark the end of the spontaneous beach trips and begins pre-season- a time notorious for focus, commitment and discipline. Pre-season is a time to get your body in shape and game ready. Making sure your body is in shape before season is one way to avoid injury. Check out these tips for staying healthy all season, provided by WEBmd.

Whatever your sport, these tips can help you stay in shape and avoid injury.

It doesn’t matter what your game is. If you want to be at your best -- on the court, on the field, on the rink, wherever -- you need to know how to get your body to perform at its peak.

Just showing up for practice won’t cut it. You have to get in shape, do what you can to prevent injury, and fuel your body with healthy foods. Here’s how.

Fit to Play

First things first. Before the season even starts, you should already be in shape.

“A lot of youth don’t think they need to get in shape,” says James Chesnutt, MD, a sports medicine specialist at Oregon Health & Sciences University. “They are couch potatoes right up to the first day of practice.”

Don’t let that be you. Practice is going to put a lot of strain on your muscles. Games are even more intense. You have to be prepared. Think about baseball. If you’re a pitcher and your arm isn’t up to the task, your game might not be the only thing to suffer. A weak arm is an easily injured arm.

Chesnutt, who coaches teen sports in Portland, Ore., tells his players that they need to start working out six weeks prior to the season, putting in an hour’s worth of exercise a day (something everyone should be doing already). That means a mix of lifting, cardio training, and active play that revs your heart.

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Don't Be a Fool, Stay Cool!

When is this hot and humid outside, be sure to consider your health before outdoor activity, especially if you are an athlete. During a summer heat wave, the weather can be dangerous and life threatening if not taken seriously. For your own safety, and the safety of those around you, it is important to know what your body is telling you and how to take action. In the article below, the Red Cross is spreading awareness and taking caution to help to maintain a safe, summer atmosphere.

How to recognize and treat heat stroke.
HEAT STROKE is a life-threatening condition that usually occurs by ignoring the signals of heat exhaustion.

Here’s another hot weather topic that bears close scrutiny: how to distinguish between heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and how to respond to each condition when it occurs. As I already mentioned in a previous column, excessive heat causes more deaths in the United States each year than any other weather-related event, including floods. Now that temperatures are regularly climbing into the upper 80’s and above, make sure you understand a few basic facts about heat-related illnesses and how important it is to seek immediate medical care if you suspect that someone is suffering from heat stroke.

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How to Bike In Philadelphia

In the midst of The Tour de France, the world is finding itself with undeniable bike fever. Philadelphia is one of the many cities worldwide catching on. With Philadelphia’s new bike share program, Indego, Philadelphians, including Vincera physicians, find biking to be their new transportation (and workout) of choice.  Be sure to stay safe on the road with help from Philadelphia Magazine’s, 21 tips on Biking, in the city we all know and love. 



Savor this. It’s a great moment to bike in Philadelphia.

The weather is just peachy, our bike-lane network has grown by 50 miles under Mayor Michael Nutter, and the city’s long-awaited bike-share program, Indego, is launching Thursday of this week.

So if you’ve been on the fence about getting on two wheels, there’s never been a better time get off that fence and onto a bike. Just think: While cycling, you won’t have to circle your block for a half-hour looking for a parking spot, wait for a bus that’ll never show, or leave a party early because the trains are going to stop running for the night. You might even get glutes without trying.

Better yet, you're in one of the best bike cities in the country. Philadelphia is relatively flat, has great scenery, and is home to a charming cyclist community. But there are risks to biking, too. Here are a few tips for cyclists who are new to the streets on how to bike safely and legally (well, mostly legally).

1. Buy a helmet. Partly for your head, mostly for your mom's emotional wellbeing. Yes, lots of helmets are dorky-looking, but lots of newer ones are, well, less dorky-looking — and some are even, dare we say, stylish. And while they've yet to invent a helmet that doesn't mess up your hair, there are ways to do your ’do — for women and men — that minimize the effect.

2. Buy a bike light, too. Just because you're in the big city doesn't mean you don't need one. A front light is nice; a rear blinker is essential.

3. Follow most cycling laws. Don't ride the wrong way down one-way streets and don't ride on the sidewalks. It's rude and dangerous.