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                                                     Feeling                                                                                                                                                                               fitness guinea pig
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             by cary aspinwall




   the stress
Knowledge is key to
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Bean may tempt you with its late-night infomercial,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and its “super rock” crunch will tighten your abs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Workout:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Bean Deluxe
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preventing hairline fractures                                                                                                                                                                               What it is:
                                                                                                                                                                                                              A bean-shaped inflatable abdominal exercise device that can be
                                                                                                                                                                                                            used for toning, strengthening and stretching.
B Y J ENNI F ER C HANCELLOR
World Scene Writer                                                                                                                                                                                          Where you can get it:
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Online at www.bean.com or Academy and other sporting good




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             ainful stress fractures are among the                                                                                                                                                          stores, about $49.99 retail.
             most common athletic injuries, said
             Dr. Alan Holderness, a surgeon at the                                                                                                                                                          It’s best for:
             Orthopaedic Center of Tulsa.                                                                                                                                                                      People who want to tighten abs and strengthen their core
                Commonly called fatigue frac-                                                                                                                                                               muscles, anyone who likes to work out at home (for fear of falling off
             tures, the term originated with                                                                                                                                                                the stability ball at a gym in front of a crowd).
the military, and refers to small, hairline
cracks that develop in heavily used bones                                                                                                                                                                   Gear needed:
— such as metatarsal bones on the top                                                                                                                                                                         The Bean comes with an instructional DVD, booklet and pump
of the foot, the heel bone and the bones                                                                                                                                                                    — so just a flat surface and a television with a DVD player.
along the front of the lower leg, he said.
   “Everyone is at risk for developing
                                                                                                    Tibia                                                                                                   Degree of difficulty:
these fractures,” Holderness said.
“When people try to do too much too                                                                                                                                                                                                             on a scale of 1 to 4 sneakers
                                                                                                                                                  Fibula
quickly or don’t warm up and stretch
before exercising, these bones take                                                                                                                                                                         Degree of fun:
on too much stress and they crack
and can cause pain.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on a scale of 1 to 4 sneakers
   Young athletes are not immune
— in fact, they occur most in that                                                                                                                                                                          Fitness Guinea Pig says:
age group. However, overweight                                                                                                                                                                                  Love handles. Muffin tops. Buddha belly. We all want flatter abs,
and obese people and the elderly                                                                                                                                                                            but a life without beer and french fries is really not much of a life.
also are prone to such fractures,                                                                                                                                                                           So late-night and early morning TV is flooded with infomercials for
due to extra weight stress and                                                                                                                                                                              the ab lounge/trapeze/rocker/belt, and we get sucked in. Sooner
weaker bones, he said.                                                                                                                                                                                      or later, the Bean ad comes on, looking respectable and plausible
   Seniors are especially prone to                                                                                                                                                                          as the solution to our catfish belly woes. Kim lost 17 inches! Kristi
hip bone stress fractures, be-                                                                                                                                                                              Yamaguchi uses it! No back pain! FGP thought it all sounded too
cause a minor “twisting episode”                                                                                                                                                                            good to be true, so she broke down and bought one. Out of the box,
coupled with an unsteady balance                                                                                                                                                                            it looked like a flimsy pool float with a dinky foot pump. But it took
and osteoporosis will sometimes                                                                                                                                                                             less than five minutes to inflate, and the ab portion of the workout
cause the bone to crack, Holder-                                                                                                                                                                            DVD is only seven minutes — that’s easy enough. Getting the hang
ness said. These types of stress                                                                                                                                                                            of the Bean’s “super rock” crunch is another thing, but you’ll really
cracks are often called insufficien-                                                                                                                  Areas likely injured: Lower                            feel it in your core when done correctly. It might help if the video was
                                                                                      A stress fracture
cy fractures.                                                                                                                                        leg bones, tibia, fibula, the                           updated to show how to adapt the Bean Deluxe to some of the exer-
                                                                                       is a crack in the
   The diagnosis isn’t always easy,                                                                                                                  heel or metatarsal bones in                            cises, because the DVD instructors and booklet pictures are using
                                                                                      surface or cortex
he added. Often, when in the leg,                                                                                                                    the foot. Fractures may be                             the older, simpler model — which creates some silly rolling off the
                                                                                          of the bone.
stress fractures may be confused                                                                                                                     too small to detect.                                   Bean Deluxe moments, at least for FGP. It’s a tad easier than those
with shin splints, or pain along the                                                                                                                                                                        devilishly slippery stability balls and my abs felt tighter afterward.
                                                                                                                                                     At risk: Women are 12                                      Miraculous transformation? Ask me in a few weeks.
shin bone.
                                                                                                                                                     times more likely to be
   These cracks won’t always show                                                                                                                    injured than men.
up on X-rays until they begin to heal,                          Metatarsal                                                                                                                                    Is there a workout or exercise you want the Fitness Guinea Pig to try first?
he said, and sometimes alternative                                                                                                                                                                          Send suggestions to cary.aspinwall@tulsaworld.com or call 581-8477.
scan methods will be used to locate                              bones
the fracture.
   Without proper treatment, the
cracked bone may heal improperly and
cause chronic pain, he said.
   Often referred to as a “nuisance injury,”
treatments often include mandatory rest
of the injured area, and in some cases may
require a brace or a cast until it heals, Hold-
erness said.
   Here is more information on shin splints,
from Holderness and the Mayo Clinic’s Web site                                                                                                                   BRAD THOMPSON /
                                                                                                                                                                        Tulsa World
(www.mayoclinic.com).
                 Jennifer Chancellor 581-8346
              jennifer.chancellor@tulsaworld.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TOM GILBERT / Tulsa World




Stress fractures                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           lunch bunch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SALADS
Signs and symptoms                                               • You have flat feet or high, rigid arches.                  • Time. In more severe cases, the doctor may need
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ready-made salads from the grocery store have really come a
   • Pain in a specifi c area, such as the top of the foot,       • You have osteoporosis or other conditions that        to immobilize the affected bone with a splint or cast,                            long way from soggy lettuce and dreadful ingredients. The Reasor’s
that increases with activity and decreases with rest.        lead to weakened bones or decreased bone density.           or a pin may be surgically inserted to hold the bone                              grocery store near 41st Street and Yale Avenue has a good-looking
                                                                                                                                                                                                           selection, so we put a few varieties to the test.
   • Pain that occurs earlier in your workout in each            • You are an adolescent whose bones haven’t yet         together and promote proper healing.
                                                             fully hardened.                                                 • A physical therapist can help you pace your                                     This week’s lunches:
successive workout.                                                                                                                                                                                            Reasor’s salads.
   • Pain increases over time.                                                                                           increase in activity and practice strength and stability
                                                                                                                                                                                                               The varieties:
   • Pain persists even at rest.                             Screening and diagnosis                                     exercises.                                                                            Mandarin spinach, ham chef and Caesar salads, all for $3.99.
   • Swelling.                                                  Your physician will ask you about your recent physi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The verdict:
   • A spot that feels tender or painful to the touch.       cal activity, signs and symptoms and check you for          Prevention                                                                           We really enjoyed these salads, although some were missing
   Atfirst, stress fractures may be barely noticeabl e.       tenderness or swelling, Holderness said.                        • Start any new exercise program slowly and                                   ingredients promised on the labels (no shredded carrots in one and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           no egg in another). Still, for less than $4, the ingredients were fresh
But pay attention to the pain. Proper self-care and             If X-rays appear normal but your doctor suspects a       progress gradually.                                                               and tasty.
treatment can keep the stress fracture from worsen-          stress fracture, the diagnosis may be confirmed with             • Don’t exercise too hard or too long.                                           The Mandarin spinach was our favorite, mostly because of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           vitamin-rich spinach, a great alternative to iceberg lettuce. It came
ing, according to the Mayo Clinic Web site.                  various imaging techniques.                                     • Avoid sudden changes in intensity or type of                                with toasted sunflower seeds, Mandarin oranges and reduced-fat
                                                                                                                         exercise.                                                                         raspberry vinaigrette dressing. The spinach was crisp, not gritty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Some meat would have made it perfect.
You are at increased risk if:                                Treatment                                                       • Use proper equipment and appropriate footwear                                  The Caesar and ham chef were both winners, as well. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Caesar came with tender fajita-cut, seasoned white chicken, tiny
    • You participate in high-impact sports, such as ten-        • Rest. It’s important to give the bone time to heal.   for your activity.                                                                seasoned croutons, Caesar dressing, and a good blend of iceberg
nis, track and field, basketball or gymnastics.               This may take four to 12 weeks or even longer.                  • Cross-train or alternate activities to avoid repeti-                        and romaine lettuces. Our only complaint was the powdered
                                                                                                                                                                                                           packet of Parmesan cheese.
    • You are a female athlete with abnormal or absent           • Ice. To reduce swelling and relieve pain, your doc-   tive stress.                                                                         The ham chef came with an ample amount of diced ham and
periods.                                                     tor may recommend applying ice packs to the injured             • If you have flat feet, ask your doctor about arch                            plenty of real cheddar cheese, a bit of red cabbage, cherry toma-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           toes, and a dill pickle, a big hit with us. Unfortunately, this salad
    • You shift from a sedentary lifestyle to an active      area.                                                       supports for your shoes.                                                          does not come with dressing (blue cheese would be great).
training regimen, such as rapidly increasing exercise            • Pain relievers. If needed, take acetaminophen             • Nutrition counts. To keep your bones strong, make sure
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Contributed by World Scene Writers Cary Aspinwall, Kim Brown and Jennifer
length and intensit y.                                       (Tylenol, others) to relieve pain.                          your diet includes plenty of calcium and other nutrients.                         Chancellor.

								
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