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Day Two at the US Open

Rock G. Positano, DPM, MSc, MPH, DSc, director of Non- Surgical Foot and Ankle Services at HSS joins Bloomberg Business Radio and discusses the physical toll on athletes competing at the US Open.

So much of what we see at the US Open looks full of strength and athleticism and at many times so effortless and graceful. But we have seen several players retire early as a result of injuries they have experienced during matches due to stress and strains. 

“I think the most important thing is not to overdo something. Everyone gets inspired around Wimbledon or the US Open to go out and play a lot of tennis. And of course it makes people feel good because they watched these tennis players on the court and they think they can just go out there and start full force. We find that many of these injuries involving the foot and ankle are really because these people are not conditioned. Particularly in the areas of heel pain and achilles pain," said Dr. Positano. 

“You can't just go out there and play your heart out because you're not conditioned to do that, which means your muscles, tendons, ligaments are not accustomed to this type of quick escalation,” explained Dr. Positano. 

Listen to the full episode at omny.fm.