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Blue Hills Sports & Spine's Monthly Newsletter
February 2019                                                                                  Issue # 96
Are You A Winter Runner?

With winter upon us, runners have either decided to move inside for the season to a treadmill or other stationary cardio, or, brave the elements and continue to run outside. Winter has many challenges for runners: cold, snow, darkness, wind and poor traction to name a few. If you are an experienced outdoor winter runner you probably have a game plan, but if you are new to the sport or if this is your first winter trying to run outside, we have put together a few tips and tricks to keep you safe during the season. Click here for the pdf version. Be safe out there!
February Is National Heart Month

February isn't just about Valentine's day. It's also National Heart Month. Although we don't do Cardiac Rehab at Blue Hills Sports & Spine, we do know how important your heart is in keeping your going. We make sure to test the blood pressure and heart rate of all our patients and many are surprised to find out they have high blood pressure. Checking it regularly is a simple but important step in heart health. What can you do to participate in National Heart Month? For starters, visit learn more about the risks and how to prevent heart disease and stroke. Use #AmericanHeartMonth to share on social media. Here are a few signs the CDC says you may be at risk for heart disease.
  1. High blood pressure. There are millions of people in the United States who have high blood pressure, and millions of them are as young as in their 40s and 50s. If you are one of them, make sure to have it under control.
  2. High cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity are all conditions that can increase your risk for heart disease. If you fall into this category, work on eating healthy and getting some physical activity in a few times a week.
  3. Smoking cigarettes. Over 35 million adults in America are smokers and thousands of young people are picking up the habit daily. If you're a smoker, do your best to quit or cut down. It's what's best for your health.

It's Hockey Season!

There are many people that play hockey year round, but there are also those the save it for just the winter...traditional hockey season! Hockey can be a great sport for building cardiovascular endurance, agility, speed and strength, but it can also be a brutal sport for injuries. Some of the more common hockey injuries are to the shoulders, knees, low back and hands. To learn more about some of the more common hockey injuries, how to possibly prevent them and about the best methods for treating them click the image. At Blue Hills we are all about getting you back to your sports as quickly as possible, so should you or someone you know have a hockey related injury, come see us as soon as you can so we can get you back on the ice!
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