Dr. John McGrail Announces Retirement

A Letter from John McGrail, M.D.

It is with mixed emotions that I officially announce my retirement from active patient care as of June 14, 2019. Orthopedic Medicine has been one of my life’s greatest devotions, and my passion for the practice of medicine is unchanged from my very first day as an orthopedic resident. It is simply time for me to shift my passion for medicine in the direction of academia.


Setting SMART Goals

When it comes to making healthy lifestyle changes and goal setting, many people know what they could be doing better, but they aren’t sure how to get started to achieve their goals. Oftentimes people will try to make too many changes at once or do too much, too soon, which can cause burnout and frequent setbacks. Whether it’s recovering from an injury or changing part of your lifestyle, utilizing a SMART short and long-term goal setting process can be effective in keeping your goals manageable and achievable.


Dynamic Rehab of the Shoulder Stabilizers

The musculature of the shoulder is the primary source of stability in and around the shoulder, and is key in keeping the humeral head in the socket. The four muscles that are most active as stabilizers of the shoulder joint are commonly grouped together and collectively known as the rotator cuff.  These muscles are as follows:

  • Supraspinatus
  • Infraspinatus
  • Teres Minor
  • Subscaularis

Overhead activities, as well as those that require repetitive shoulder movements may cause ailments associated with weak or injured rotator cuff muscles. Rehabilitation of these muscles, along with stretching, are key to resolving many of the aches and pains that are often experienced by those who enjoy activities such as tennis, badminton, squash weight lifting, baseball or softball, to name a few.

 Should a rotor cuff injury occur, there are several dynamic exercises that can be performed during the return to activity portion of rehabilitation. These exercises can also be used to strengthen the shoulder stabilizers in an effort to prevent injury.  


Pre-Golf Warm-Up Tips

With some of the world’s top golfers headed to central Ohio for the Memorial Tournament this weekend and with the longer days and warmer weather drawing golfers of all abilities to the links, it’s important to stress that performing a proper warm-up before arriving at the course is important to ensure that you are able to play at your peak performance level and prevent injury, no matter the course or your skill level! 


Governor appoints Jonathan Feibel, MD, to State Medical Board of Ohio

Orthopedic ONE surgeon and partner, Dr. Jonathan B. Feibel, was recently appointed by Governor Mike DeWine to serve a 5-year term on the State Medical Board of Ohio. The board is comprised of twelve members who serve to protect and enhance the health and safety of the public through effective medical regulation.


The Female Athlete Triad

Like so many other things in life, one aspect of our health can oftentimes influence another. The Female Athlete Triad refers to three health problems that are linked to one another: energy deficiency, menstrual disturbances and bone loss or osteoporosis. If an athlete’s body is lacking in one aspect of the Triad, then she is at a much higher risk of experiencing conditions related to the other two. Oftentimes, female athletes are already experiencing these deficiencies without even knowing it.

While athletes who participate in sports that place an emphasis on leanness or low body weight are particularly at risk for developing the Triad, any athlete can be affected. If gone diagnosed and untreated, the conditions that compose the Female Athlete Triad can cause serious and sometimes lifelong or life-threatening health consequences.


Benefits Of Agility Ladder Training

Looking for a way to mix up your workouts? Why not give the agility ladder a try? These fast-paced drills get your heart pumping and torch plenty of calories. Beyond that, they’re also the perfect form of cross-training for virtually any other workout you’re currently doing. Why? They improve three key fitness factors—speed, agility and quickness—in addition to strengthening your joints, ligaments and tendons. Incorporating agility ladder workouts into your fitness routine is also great for improving brain health! What’s not to love?!


Dr. Joel Politi Talks Horse Racing with 97.1 The Fan's Carpenter and Rothman

Our physicians are often asked to provide expert comment to media sources when it comes to orthopedics and sports medicine, but this week we had an expert of a different kind. Check out the clip of Dr. Joel Politi talking all things Kentucky Derby with 97.1 The Fan's Carpenter and Rothman. Listen Here.

PS. Congrats to Dr. Politi and Serengeti Empress on their big win over the weekend at the Kentucky Oaks!! You can read more about that race here.


It’s Not Just in Your Head

This May marks Mental Health America's 70th year celebrating Mental Health Month! Mental health may seem like an out of place topic for a sports medicine blog, however, mental health awareness is a trending topic in the amateur and professional sports communities alike. In fact, researchers at both Drexel University and Kean University, have found that,“nearly 25% of collegiate athletes reported “clinically relevant” levels of depressive symptoms.” The American College Health Association found these numbers to be even higher. 


Nutrition for the Active Individual: You Get Out What You Put In

Nutrition is an important aspect of healthy living that even those who consider themselves to be active, can tend to overlook. There is a false belief that logging enough hours of physical activity is the main factor in getting to and maintaining a healthy weight. Worse, some are under the impression that consistent exercise serves as a free pass to over-indulge during meal and snack times. However, weight loss and maintenance is more about what goes into the body than what is burned off, with the ratio being around 20% dependent on exercise vs. 80% dependent on nutrition.

 Additionally, the energy needed to keep up with a high level of physical activity begins with how the body is fueled. In order for performance levels to remain high, energy levels, which stem from proper nutrition, must also remain high. Sustaining proper energy levels will not only positively impact performance, but will also help aid in injury prevention.