Sharapova’s Game, Unfairly Enhanced?

MELDONIUM, aka: Mildronate, has been around since 2005 and is produced by a Latvian Pharmaceutical Company. WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) made it a banned substance effective January 1st, 2016. Maria Sharapova admitted in her press conference today that she has been using it for ten years and tested positive at the Australian Open earlier this…

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Sjogren’s Syndrome

SJOGREN’S SYNDROME (SS):  is one of over eighty autoimmune disorders and is classified as a connective tissue disorder that targets the exocrine system, specifically the lacrimal (production/drainage of tears) and salivary glands. FACTS: It is a chronic inflammatory disorder It is characterized as 1⁰ (if there are only symptoms of SS) or 2⁰ (if SS is associated…

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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA (aka: Hodgkin’s Disease) is a type of lymphoma (cancer) that involves lymphocytes. This is another disease that has afflicted a few tennis players. BRIEF OVERVIEW WBC (white blood cells) also called leukocytes, are placed into two broad categories A: GRANULOCYTES Neutrophils Basophils Eosinophils B:  AGRANULOCYTES Lymphocytes 1. B cells 2.  T cells 3. …

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Infectious Mononucleosis

There have been several players whose careers have been affected by Infectious Mononucleosis (aka: Mono or “the kissing disease”): Mario Ancic, Roger Federer, Christina McHale, Heather Watson and Robin Soderling immediately come to mind. FACTS Mono is caused primarily by EBV (Epstein Barr Virus) 95% of the adult world has been exposed to EBV (a…

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Appendicitis

When I heard that [CR3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) was diagnosed with appendicitis, the physician in me was curious.  Then I heard that he was on a course of antibiotics and he was going to play in the Shanghai Rolex Masters 1000 Event, I was concerned.  So, I decided that I needed to put my mind at…

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Playing in the heat

Playing in the heat

The majority of the tennis season is played outdoors, forcing players to contend with extremes in weather.  While the wind and cool temperatures may adversely affect play, nothing impacts players more than hot and humid weather.  Matches can take more than ninety minutes, and in hot conditions at such intense levels of activity the body’s ability to…

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