Helping Young Performers Avoid Serious Injuries

This post was written by Rebeccah Rodriguez

October 19, 2012

Rebeccah R. Rodriguez, DO, on the stress that training in the performing arts puts on adolescents’ bodies and how to prevent injuries, during the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) OMED 2012.

Parents and Physicians Play a Role in Helping Young Performers Avoid Serious Injuries

By American Osteopathic Association

CHICAGO, OCT. 12, 2012 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Even before shows like “Dance Moms” and “America’s Got Talent” entertained viewers, generations of young boys and girls have grown up with dreams of stardom in dance, theatre or music, but those who follow their dreams know that it takes years of mental and physical discipline and, as one osteopathic physician (DO) points out, it also strains their developing bodies.

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Million Dollar Challenge presented by the Challenged-Athlete Foundation

This post was written by Katie Rusk

October 12, 2012

Dr. Jeff Anthony is riding alongside 125 other riders in the Million Dollar Challenge (MDC); a bike ride from San Francisco to San Diego to benefit challenged athletes through the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). The MDC has raised over one million dollars each year over the last seven years to help fund the needs of challenged athletes, providing prosthetic legs, wheelchairs, bikes, etc., to allow them to realize their dreams and to participate in athletic events. 87 of the athletes in this years para-Olympic games in London were sponsored by CAF.

In the 620-mile ride down the coast, Dr. Anthony is one of two physicians who not only gets to ride, but will also provide medical care to the participants, 13 of whom are challenged athletes. Chris Self is a Master Sergeant in the army with over 22 years in the military. In 2005, while protecting our country in Iraq he suffered an injury that resulted in the loss of one of his legs. Being very active before the injury, and with the help of his wife and 3 kids, along with a new prosthetic leg, Chris is still very active, working for the army, and participating in the ride down the coast for the third time.
“Riding an average of 100 miles per day can be grueling, but riding alongside a challenged athlete that’s doing it with one leg, and seeing their determination and enjoyment of the challenge is very motivating and inspiring,” said Dr. Anthony.