February 1, 2016
By Irina Belfer-Lehat

Many of us are already starting to plan our new year’s resolutions, and for many, getting healthier and in shape is at the top of the list!

December 10, 2015
By Irina Belfer-Lehat

Many experts in the nutrition field argue about what is better for athletes: Eating the traditional three large meals a day, or spreading calories evenly throughout the day into six small and frequent meals?

December 2, 2015
By Brian DeVeaux, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, USAW, FMS

The velocity, power and intensity of women’s sports have considerably amplified over the past decade. Along with the increase in play has also come an increase in injury occurrence. One of the more common injuries is a sprain or rupture of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) of the knee.

December 1, 2015
By Dr. Charles Ruotolo

Now that the weather has begun to cool down, many tennis players will play less frequently than they have been. The offseason is the perfect time to exercise and strengthen the muscle groups imperative to speed and power. Below are three types of exercises to ensure that you are ready to play next season.

October 6, 2015
By Irina Belfer-Lehat

Everyone knows that a proper diet can improve your performance and help you recover quickly for your next workout. However, not everyone has the time to always do the right thing.

September 30, 2015
By Dr. Eric Price

The ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is a major stabilizing ligament in the knee. A ligament is a dense band of connective tissue, like a rope or cord. The ACL prevents abnormal movement of the thighbone (femur) on the shinbone (tibia).

September 21, 2015
By Dr. Charles Ruotolo

For older amateur players, tennis is a great excuse to get out of the house for a few hours and do something fun and active with friends or a spouse. However, as many athletes age, the effects of knee pain and stiffness are enough to make them hang up their rackets for good.

August 11, 2015
By Dr. Eric Price

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that originates on the shoulder blade (the scapula) and insert on the top of the arm bone (the humerus).

August 7, 2015
By Carl Barnett

Anyone who has had to speak publicly to a large assembly of people has experienced the uncertainty of performance. The average person stumbles through the “ums” and “aahs” between thoughts until they find their comfort zone and begin to breathe a bit more regularly.

August 4, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Some of the best in the area at keeping you in shape and on the court, including: Dr. Tom Ferraro, NY Bone and Joint Specialists, Orin & Cohen, Peak Performance, Dr. Arnold Sherman, and Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. 

August 3, 2015
By Dr. Charles Ruotolo

Of all of the joints in the body, the shoulder joint is one of the most mobile, and the ability to move in almost any direction is vital for those who play tennis. The shoulder must be able to rotate and extend so that players can generate power and accuracy in their shots.

July 30, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group is Long Island’s leading private orthopedic practice with a team of 37 board-certified and board-eligible physicians.

July 23, 2015
By Irina Belfer-Lehat

While many of us think of Omega-3 Fatty Acids as being good for heart health, new research shows Omega-3s also provide benefits for athletes.

July 13, 2015
By Irina Belfer-Lehat

High school tennis players work hard both on and off the court, and often forget about proper hydration and nutrition during tennis season.

June 12, 2015
By Dr. Charles Ruotolo

Any athlete knows that the body must be in optimal shape in order to perform well in their respective sport. Cardio capacity will always play a vital role in any player’s success, as a player must be able to move laterally in each direction, charge forward and retreat backwards without missing a beat. However, just being in shape will not always keep you out on the court.

April 21, 2015
By Irina Belfer-Lehat

Carbohydrates have gotten a bad reputation in recent years. They seem to be getting the blame for the obesity problem throughout the world. As a dietitian, I am asked frequently if carbohydrates are the reason for weight gain. 

April 9, 2015
By Dr. Charles Ruotolo

As is the case for any athlete, taking care of the body is one of the most important things for a competitive tennis player. This means having all muscles, tendons and ligaments loose and strong before taking the court to play.

March 24, 2015
By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Total Orthopedics and Sports Medicine features one of the most prestigious sports medicine programs on Long Island. This program is led by our Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine Specialists Dr. Charles Ruotolo, Dr. Richard McCormack and Dr. Paul Pipitone.

February 17, 2015
By James Christian

Visualize a tennis match where you don’t have to worry about your grip slipping from sweat or embarrassing sweat stains. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a circumstance that affects millions of Americans, despite the type of climate they live in.

February 13, 2015
By Dr. Charles Ruotolo

Any athlete knows that taking care of the lower extremities is the most important thing to ensure success. Two healthy knees are just as valuable to a tennis player as a powerful serve and a deadly backhand. One injury that plagues tennis players the most is patellar tendonitis, which also goes by the more commonly used name “Jumper’s Knee.”

February 11, 2015
By Irina Belfer-Lehat

Tennis is a high intensity sport that requires short bursts of activity. Most points in tennis last fewer than 10 seconds, but there are only 25 seconds of rest between points and 90 seconds between games.

December 3, 2014
By Dr. Karèn Avensov

Tennis is a sport that requires multiple muscle groups and ligaments to work in perfect symmetry to generate power and accuracy. One of the areas of the body that is often overlooked among tennis players is the spine, as both casual and professional tennis players tend to focus on avoiding injury to the upper extremities.

November 24, 2014
By Dr. Kenneth Kearns

Lateral epicondylitis, better known around the courts as tennis elbow, is a common cause of pain on the outside of the elbow. There is a wide range of dysfunction, from purely an annoyance with your forehand, to disabling all aspects of life.

November 20, 2014
By Irina Belfer-Lehat

Proper nutrition is the key to maintaining energy throughout your tennis match. When exercising, your body is largely fueled by carbohydrates. Some carbohydrates are stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles, but you need to continue fueling your body during a long tennis match.