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The Orthopaedic Institute e-Newsletter


We are pleased to present our seasonal e-newsletter dedicated to patient education with timely topics in medicine, health and lifestyle. This fall issue includes the following:

  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
  • Balance Board Training
  • Treatment and Prevention of Dehydration in Sports


My Making Strides PageThis year, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Excluding skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for nearly 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute website.

This October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) will celebrate 25 years of awareness, education and empowerment. NBCAM is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness.

A well-known NBCAM event is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC), which will be held on October 23. For 17 years this annual walk, coordinated by the American Cancer Society, has raised more than $400 million to fight breast cancer. It is also an event that The Orthopaedic Institute’s Dr. Jason Rosenberg, Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, is very passionate about. Dr. Rosenberg specializes in breast cancer reconstruction.

“I enjoy the opportunity to walk alongside my patients and colleagues in support of a cause that is so important to us all,” Dr. Rosenberg said.

MSABC is more than just the name of a walk. It describes the progress being made to fight against breast cancer. The goal is to have a “world with less breast cancer and more birthdays.”

“The MSABC walk has been a great opportunity to rally our team at TOI, The Orthopaedic Surgery Center and the North Florida Operating Room around the cause of breast cancer awareness,” Dr. Rosenberg said. “We have had a tremendous response from our patients and health-care partners in working together for this fun event and amazing cause.”

This will be the third consecutive year that “Team Rosenberg” will participate in the walk. In 2009, the team of 85 walkers raised $5,000 and hopes to be even more successful this year. A majority of the team consists of Dr. Rosenberg’s breast reconstruction patients and their family and friends.

There is no minimum donation to walk. Making Strides gives walkers a t-shirt if they raise $100 or more. Dr. Rosenberg also makes t-shirts and gives one to every person registered on Team Rosenberg.

“Together we can increase awareness about breast cancer and raise money to find a cure to this disease that has affected almost all of our lives,” he said.

On October 24, the day after the walk, Dr. Rosenberg and his staff will host Survive & Thrive, an annual event celebrating patients and their victory over cancer. 2009, the party had over 200 attendants, and they anticipate an even greater turnout this year.

To become a member of Team Rosenberg, register here.


As young athletes return to school and begin fall sports, it’s important to encourage proper training practices. Participating in a well designed sports training and conditioning program not only increases athletes’ strength but also helps to prevent injuries during the season.

The sprained ankle is the most common injury causing lost playing time, particularly in football, basketball, volleyball and soccer. Once an ankle is sprained, it is twice as likely to be sprained again. Targeted ankle strength and balance training, like the Balance Training Program developed by Phillip Parr, M.D. and Herb Anding, PT, can help keep athletes in the game.

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With high school football season in full swing, it is time to stress the importance of hydration in young athletes. Even athletes in top condition can be severely affected by Florida’s hot, humid weather when exercising, making dehydration and heat exhaustion a very real and potentially dangerous threat.

Each year, nearly 10,000 high school athletes in the U.S. suffer heat-related illnesses that require medial attention and cause them to miss practices or games, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Most football teams have practice at least twice daily. Coaches, doctors and on-staff medical assistants have to constantly watch for signs of heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke, according to Dr. James W. Berk, ‘Fast Access’ physician at The Orthopaedic Institute’s Alachua Office. Athletes are even weighed twice a day in order to watch water weight.

“Athletes need to drink more than they think they need,” Dr. Berk said. “By the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.” 

Tips for avoiding dehydration:

  • Don’t drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar
  • Before practice, drink 8-10 ounces of cool liquids
  • During practice, drink 16-20 ounces of cool liquids per hour

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