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Preparticipation Evaluation (PPE)

The Preparticipation Evaluation, or PPE, is more commonly known as the sports physical. Why is the PPE important? The purpose of the PPE is to maintain the health and safety of the athlete in training and competition by: identifying medical and/or orthopedic problems that may place the athlete at risk for injury or illness; identifying…
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The Benefits of Running with Friends

Have you ever noticed that you work harder at the gym when other people are around? That you run faster when there are spectators? This effect is known as social facilitation, or the audience effect, a phenomenon where people tend to perform better when in the presence of others than alone. In addition to improved…
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Finding Joy: 15 tips to combat holiday blues

Although it is generally accepted that the holiday season begins once Thanksgiving is over, the arrival of December 1st makes it official. We have waited 11 long months for this "most wonderful time of the year" to arrive, and on the first of the month it hits you rather like a freight train that there is a little…
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The Pre-Participation Physical Examination (PPE)

The fall sports season is quickly approaching… has your athlete had his or her pre-participation exam (PPE) yet? WHAT IS A PPE? The pre-participation examination, or PPE, is a thorough medical evaluation that involves past medical history, sport-specific history, family history and a physical exam. The PPE is best done in a medical setting to…
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