Board Member John Gallucci, Jr. Quoted in Muscle & Fitness

5 Things You Need To Know About Preventing And Treating Shin Splints

Don’t let this common high-impact injury throw you off your fitness game.

Shin splints are among the most frequent injuries to sideline runners—especially those who are just starting out or returning to the sport after a long layoff. But runners aren’t the only ones to feel the pain. Any activity that involves jumping (think: plyometrics, HIIT workouts, CrossFit, etc.) can cause shin splints. Here’s what’s really happening and how to keep your legs feeling strong and healthy.

WHAT’S A SHIN SPLINT?

“Shin splints usually occur following repetitive trauma to the connective muscle tissue surrounding the tibia, or shinbone,” says John Gallucci Jr., D.P.T., president of JAG Physical Therapy in New Jersey. “This muscle breaks down and becomes inflamed. During the healing process, it forms scar tissue where one of the calf muscles adheres to the tibia, causing pain and tightness.”

WHAT DO SHIN SPLINTS FEEL LIKE?

If you are experiencing a dull, achy pain on the inside or front of your shin that worsens with activity after a warmup or lingers after a workout, you may have shin splints. In more severe cases, the dull pain may start to feel like a stabbing sensation.

WHY DO SHIN SPLINTS HAPPEN?

The majority of people get shin splints on the inside of the shin. “The job of the posterior tibialis [the muscle immediately behind the shin] is to slow down the twist of the foot while running, walking, and cutting,” explains Jay Dicharry, a physical therapist and author of Anatomy for Runners. But when the muscles in the feet are weak, a higher load of force is placed on the muscles in the shin. “Essentially, you are asking these muscles to do too much work, and they begin to break down.” About a third of patients, however, will feel pain in the front of the shin. “Under normal circumstances, the foot acts as a shock-absorbing spring. But when the foot is excessively stiff, it passes the increased stress upward, which overloads the muscles along the front of the shin,” says Dicharry.
You’re also more susceptible to shin splints if you have flat feet. “Fallen arches, or an overpronation of the foot, cause added stress and pain along the inside of your shinbones,” adds Gallucci.

HOW CAN I PREVENT SHIN SPLINTS?

Start slow: Most people develop shin splints from jumping into a new routine without first preparing their muscles and joints for the added work. “Shin splints can present in athletes who don’t gradually progress their mileage or who abruptly change the surface they’re working out on, such as switching from running on dirt to concrete,” says Gallucci. Switching up your route can also help. “Roads are generally cambered, or arched, with one side a little higher. This helps with water drainage, but it also means you’re placing more stress on one leg or hip,” he notes.
Keep your shoes current: “Running shoes are designed to last about 300 to 400 miles before they should be discarded. Running on worn shoes places more stress on the lower leg and hips because they have less shock absorbency,” warns Gallucci.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO TREAT SHIN SPLINTS?

Take a break from activity and ice your leg several times a day to help reduce muscle inflammation. Try using ice cups: Freeze water in a small (4-to 6-ounce) paper cup, then tear the paper off the top and massage in a circular pattern over the area for five minutes at a time. “This will aid in breaking up the painful adhesions and reduce inflammation,” says Gallucci.
Cross-train with cycling or swimming as well as strength moves and stretching. If the injury still hasn’t gotten better in a couple of weeks, it may be time to seek medical attention, since you may have developed a stress fracture. The good news, says Gallucci, is that when shin splints are treated correctly, they shouldn’t keep you sidelined for very long. “Early recognition will lead to a relatively short recovery period,” he says. “But if treatment is delayed and a stress fracture or full fracture develops, you could be out of commission for much longer.”
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Bryce Salvador Teams Up with JAGPT

Ex-Devil Bryce Salvador to serve as ambassador for youth injuries

Former Devil captain and current MSG broadcaster Bryce Salvador will team up with JAG Physical Therapy to become an ambassador for spreading injury and recovery awareness to youth hockey communities in New Jersey.

Since being traded to the Devils in 2008 and finishing his career in Newark, Salvador has worked with local youth hockey programs, and he wants to continue to help kids and parents get information about how injuries should be handled.

Salvador’s goal in the partnership will be to provide resources and information on how to return to play safely while recovering from injuries and getting advice to kids and parents that they wouldn’t normally receive.

“I want to make sure I can provide an impact to the youth, not just as a role model, but as an ambassador to kids,” Salvador told NJ Advance Media. “The Devils have been awesome in supporting alumni and guys like myself to be a face and be a vehicle of support and giving to the community and kids for whatever their goals are, not just for sports.”

View more online: http://www.nj.com/devils/index.ssf/2017/11/former_devil_bryce_salvador_to_serve_as_ambassador

RANDY REED JOINS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

IPZ Athlete to Play for Al Ittihad

WARREN, NJ, November 20, 2017 – Randy Reed has signed a professional contract with Al Ittihad Club (Saudi Arabia – SBL) for the 2017-2018 season.

The 6-foot-6 swingman played for JS El Menzah (Tunisia – Ligue 1) as a rookie last season. Reed was selected to play against the Tunisian National Team in his league’s All-Star game. During the 2016-2017 season, Reed compiled a handful of 30+ point performances and recorded a career-high 34 points in one contest.

Reed joins Al Ittihad who is Saudi Arabia’s back-to-back defending champion in its highest tier league.

“I am very excited to play for the prestigious Al Ittihad,” said Reed. “This is a great opportunity for me and my family, and I plan to make the most of it. Thank you to IPZ for guiding me during the off-season. Thank you to my family for the continued faith and motivation. Glory to God!”

“We couldn’t be happier for Randy,” said Shawn Farmer, IPZ’s managing director of basketball. “He’s a hard-worker, intelligent, all-around great person and player, we can’t say enough about him. Randy will be a major asset to a club that is known for its success.”

About IPZ: IPZ is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com. 

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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BRE MCDONALD TO PLAY IN SPAIN

IPZ Athlete Inks Second Pro Contract

WARREN, NJ, November 14, 2017 – Bre McDonald has signed a professional contract with CB Santfeliuenc (Spain – Liga Femenina 2) for the 2017-2018 season.

McDonald began the 2017-2018 campaign with Ӧstersund Basket (Sweden – BasketEttan) and averaged 14.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game through five contests. In these games, McDonald led her team to a 4-1 record.

“I’m thankful to be a part of a club who is 100 percent invested in me as a player and a person,” said McDonald. “I can’t wait to give them my all and win games in the process.”

“We’re confident that Bre will have the same success – if not more – that she had in Sweden,” said IPZ’s Managing Director of Basketball Shawn Farmer. “She’s a player that knows how to lead her team to victory.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com. 

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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Kyrsten Van Natta
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KELILA ATKINSON KICKING OFF PRO CAREER

IPZ Athlete Signs Her First Professional Deal

WARREN, NJ, November 7, 2017 – Kelila “KayKay” Atkinson has signed a professional contract with the UL Huskies Basketball Club (Women’s Division 1 – Ireland) for the 2017-2018 season.

“This is a very exciting moment for me as a prospect with IPZ,” said Atkinson. “I want to thank all who believed in me and are able to see my potential. I am very grateful and look forward to contributing to the team as well as gaining international play experience.”

The 5-foot-10 Wake Forest Demon Deacon finished out her collegiate career scoring 15 points, bringing down six rebounds, and recording two blocks against Louisville on senior night earlier this year.

“We are thrilled for KayKay and her opportunity to be a game-changer for the Huskies,” said Shawn Farmer, managing director of basketball. “Ireland is a great place for her to kick off her professional career.”

About IPZ: InterperformancesUSA (IPZ) is a family-focused management, representation, and consulting firm, built on the integrity of its professionals, and developing whole life solutions for its clients. The firm is an alliance with Zito Partners. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com. 

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.

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Kyrsten Van Natta
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kyrsten@ipzusa.com

Union’s Jack Elliott an MLS Rookie of the Year Finalist

Union centerback Jack Elliott earned some well-deserved recognition on Tuesday for his strong debut season, as he was named a finalist for Major League Soccer’s Rookie of the Year award.

Elliott surprisingly became a stalwart of the team’s defense this year. He was drafted in the fourth round out of West Virginia, which is rare territory to find potential pros. Elliott was one of just two picks in this year’s fourth round who saw any playing time in MLS. None of last year’s fourth-round picks have broken through yet, and only four fourth-round picks from 2015 have done so.

The 22-year-old Englishman was quickly thrown into the fire, making his Union debut on April 1. He ended up playing in 30 of the Union’s 34 league games, making 29 starts, and played every minute in all but three of the starts. He also started and played every minute of the team’s two U.S. Open Cup games. His disciplinary record was sterling: just four yellow cards and one red card.

View more online: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/soccer/philadelphia-union-jack-elliott-mls-rookie-award-julian-gressel-atlanta-20171031.html

USA Volleyball’s Matt Anderson in The Players’ Tribune

A look at morning practice with USA Volleyball opposite/outside hitter Matt Anderson in 60 seconds.

Watch video here: https://www.facebook.com/theplayerstribune/videos/1876707372346312/

Bloomberg Looks at NFL Controversy

NFL’s $205 Million Man Is Hated by Everyone But Those Who Matter

By Felix Gillette

If you’re going to sign your outfit’s top executive to a long-term compensation deal worth tens of millions of dollars, you want to be absolutely confident he can handle any crisis, shut down the pitchforks, snuff out the torches and restore order.

Roger Goodell, the National Football League commissioner, will probably be just fine anyway.

The ruckus over whether players should — or should be allowed to — protest racial injustice during the national anthem is, without question, dragging on at an awkward time for Goodell. His contract with the NFL, which paid him more than $205 million between 2008 and 2015 (the last year that was made public), expires in 2019. A proposed five-year extension is before league officials. They’re discussing it against furious background noise and a lot of people calling for the commissioner’s head. He hasn’t managed to tamp it down.

Fans have burned jerseys and boycotted games. The media have been relentless, with Townhall.com Editor Katie Pavlich blasting Goodell as a “coward,” Breitbart News labeling him a “protester PR hack” and Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs referring to him as “gutless Goodell.” League officials and Goodell didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The commissioner, though, isn’t beholden to pundits or the droves of angry people on Twitter, even the one who lives in the White House. The faith of team owners is all that really matters. This has long been a fact of widespread misunderstanding. As Fay Vincent, the former head of Major League Baseball, once explained to Bloomberg News, “The great myth that you have to deal with is that the commissioner is a public servant.”

With the exception of the Green Bay Packers, the NFL is a collection of private businesses, run by a small pack of billionaires. And since becoming commissioner in 2006, Goodell had made them gobs of money.

“Even people who may disagree with how some social issues are being handled, he is still their guy,” said Marc Ganis, president of the influential consulting firm Sportscorp Ltd., after members of the NFL’s compensation committee met in New York last week. Based on his conversations with them, Ganis said, Goodell’s contract extension is “pretty much done — there was no expression of wanting to go in a different direction.”

This season, the NFL will bring in some $14 billion in revenue, according to SportsBusiness Journal, an increase of more than $900 million over last season and a huge jump from the roughly $6.6 billion it made in 2006. The lavish growth has hardly sated Goodell’s ambitions to make his bosses even richer. He has said that by 2027, he’d like to see the NFL pull in $25 billion.

The commissioner has also helped the league slalom through a minefield of potentially ruinous hazards. For years, no matter what horror has arrived on the doorstep — injured brains, battered spouses, deflated footballs, softening ratings, scab referees, — Goodell has always dutifully answered the doorbell, draped in his boxy, pin-striped suit of armor, flashing his tight-lipped smile and calmly repeating a rote paean to the unwavering, greatness of the game.

Along the way, he has emerged as a favorite target for bloodthirsty fans. In that, too, he performs a valuable service, effectively drawing anger away from press-averse owners.

His skills were on display at a news conference last week where he expressed his hope that all players would stand for the anthem but reiterated the NFL wouldn’t force anybody to do so. Moving forward, he said, the league would work with players to support their social-justice goals off the field. “We’re not looking to get into politics,” Goodell said. “What we’re looking to do is to continue to get people focused on football.”

The performance did nothing to placate President Donald Trump, and left plenty of others fuming. But with the audience that matters most, it went over well. “Nobody wants the protests to continue because it has had an effect on business and it has provoked a huge emotional response from our fans,” New York Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters. “But I think all of us, or just about all of us, are in agreement that we need to continue to have this dialogue with the players.”

There’s no doubt Goodell will continue to face harsh scrutiny, along with the NFL, as long as the anthem issue grabs headlines. Protests continued during week seven of the season, including before the game Sunday between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. All the Cowboys remained upright, though defensive end David Irving briefly raised his fist at the end of the song, while several 49ers kneeled. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who recently vowed to bench any team member who didn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” told reporters the league was being hurt by players taking the knee, as it’s called.

The matter “has been allowed to fester,” said Bob Zito, founder of Zito Partners, a crisis management firm. “Goodell has to be able to find the best solution to get this off the front-page, as soon as possible.” That’s important for the league, not necessarily his contract negotiations.

View online: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-23/nfl-s-205-million-man-is-hated-by-everyone-but-those-who-matter

NFL Alumni Support Puerto Rico Relief

CareOne and Daniel Straus Lead Effort

Members of the NFL Alumni Association – along with current NFL players Jason Pierre-Paul and Victor Cruz – attended CareOne’s “Starry Night Masquerade” on Thursday, October 19. This event raised $4,000,000 for Puerto Rico relief efforts.

Read more about the event here: http://www.care-one.com/careone-news/careone-helps-bring-relief-to-puerto-rico/

Tyrell Nelson Named Player of the Week

IPZ athlete Tyrell Nelson was honored as the Georgian Superleague’s Player of the Week in the league’s opening week. Nelson poured in 24 points and pulled down 9 rebounds leading his team, BC Rustavi, to victory in its first game of the season on October 14.

View the full story online: http://www.eurobasket.com/Georgia/news/510176/Tyrell-Nelson-claims-Georgian-Superleague-weekly-honour