Running is still one of the most popular -- and easiest -- ways to stay fit or get back in shape after time away from exercise. No fancy equipment is needed; no expensive health club bill comes calling every month. All you need is desire and two feet.
From blisters to sprained ankles, from muscle cramps to heel spurs, there are numerous injuries that can sideline runners. A few simple steps can keep you running pain free:
• Wear proper footwear and replace shoes regularly
• Stretch and warm up properly
• Cross train
• Avoid overexerting yourself
• Drink 10-15 ounces of water for every 20-30 minutes of running
There are special nutritional considerations for athletes before and after exercise and competition.
Pre-game meals should be eaten three to four hours before the start of competition. If you eat only one or two hours before competition the body will still be using energy to digest the meal; energy that can't be used for exercise.
The meal should be foods that the athlete normally eats so you don't create an upset stomach. With that in mind, the meal should be primarily complex carbohydrates with only moderate amounts of proteins and minimal fats because proteins and fats take longer to digest.
Avoid sugary foods that will cause a spike and then a decrease of blood sugar. Remember that water should be consumed at this time, as well as several times between the meal and the start of competition. Avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages that will cause dehydration.
After practice or competition, you should eat as soon after the end of the activity as possible. The sooner you eat the more nutrients your body is able to absorb.
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Dr. Robert Brookland, M.D., F.A.C.R.O, F.A.C.R. from Chesapeake Urology answers your questions about radiation therapy for prostate cancer.
Q: I’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer. How do I know if radiation therapy is right for me?
A: No one therapy is right for everyone, but breakthrough advances in radiation oncology have revolutionized the treatment of prostate cancer. Today, we have Intensity Modulated Radio Therapy, known as IMRT, which can deliver very high doses of targeted radiation, often eliminating the need for surgery.
Q: How does radiation therapy work?
A: Radiation destroys the cancer cells and stops the cancer from growing and dividing. Our image-guided technology enables us to target the cancer cells with pinpoint precision. The prostate cancer is destroyed while protecting sensitive surrounding tissues.
Q: What are the benefits of this radiation therapy?
A: IMRT has a success rate unsurpassed by more invasive alternatives. And it has a lower rate of complications than seen with older technologies.
Q: Are there any side effects during treatment?
A: You might experience fatigue toward the end of the radiation treatment, but you should be able to continue with your daily routine. The most common side effects are bladder symptoms, and less frequently, rectal irritation or diarrhea. Usually these side effects are mild and disappear after the treatment is completed.
Q: What happens during the radiation session?
A: During your session, you will receive radiation from several different angles to give you the most targeted treatment possible. You will be awake and able to communicate the whole time. It only takes about 15 minutes. Most people receive radiation five times a week for five to 8 1/2 weeks. You can immediately resume your normal activities after the treatment is over.
Q: Where should I go if I decide to have radiation therapy?
A: The Chesapeake Urology Prostate Center provides state-of-the-art radiation treatment for prostate cancer in a calming atmosphere. You can relax before and after treatments by enjoying the gourmet coffee bar, a comfortable reception area with a big screen TV and fireplace and the Zen garden.
Robert Brookland, M.D., a board-certified radiation oncologist, currently chairs the Department of Radiation Oncology at GBMC. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Brookland has served as Chairman of Professional Education for the American Cancer Society and Director of Continuing Medical Education at GBMC.
For more information about Dr. Brookland and the services available at Chesapeake Urology Associates, call 1-866-955-0002 or visit www.chesapeakeurology.com.
Chesapeake Urology Associates is the premier urology practice in Maryland, treating prostate cancer, testicular cancer, erectile dysfunction and incontinence, plus performing vasectomies, reverse vasectomies and more. If you have a concern, schedule a screening today by calling 1-866-955-0002.