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Preventing Common Basketball Injuries

As the official hospital of the Boston Celtics, New England Baptist Hospital sees firsthand the many injuries basketball players can incur. From ACL tears to sprained ankles to jammed fingers, Brian McKeon, MD, NEBH Orthopedic Surgeon and Chief Medical Officer and Head Team Physician for the Boston Celtics, has seen almost every injury possible. Here he discusses some of the more common injuries, and ways to prevent them. 

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Olympic Sport Highlight: Skiing

Skiing has been an Olympic sport since the first Winter Games in 1924 in Chamonix, France. This popular winter sport provides a number of health benefits for both the professional and casual athlete. It offers a great cardio workout while building various muscle groups including hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and hips. Additionally, it can improve balance, flexibility, agility, leg, and core strength.

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Olympic Sport Highlight: Hockey

Hockey is an exciting Olympic sport that originated in Canada in the early 19thcentury. Men’s ice hockey has been a staple in the Olympics since the first Winter Games in 1924 in Chamonix, while women’s ice hockey was added in the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

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Olympic Sport Highlight: Snowboarding

Snowboarding is a fairly new sport to the Winter Olympics, debuting for the first time at the Nagano games in 1998 with the giant slalom and half pipe competitions. Snowboard cross was added to the mix in 2006 at the Turin games.

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