Dr. Bicos did an exclusive interview with Channel 4 news on how to think like an olympian.

See the interview Interview on How to Think Like an Olympian — Channel 4 news

Dr. Bicos is a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with William Beaumont Hospital. He is the Associate Program Director of the Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He specializes in knee and shoulder injuries. He is a cartilage restoration expert in the knee and performs all shoulder related surgeries (including surgeries for dislocations, rotator cuff tears, labral tears, and shoulder replacements).

Dr. Bicos on Channel 4 commenting on Olympics in Rio!!

What Olympic Sport Would You Play?

Dr. Bicos discusses the Olympics and comments on the common question: What Olympic Sport Would You Play…

Dr. Bicos talks with Channel 4 news on What Olympic Sport Would You Play

Dr. Bicos is a consultant for USA Gymnastics and the National Gymnastics Team.
He is on staff at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.
He is also the Associate Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship and an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

Dr. Bicos attended the Olympic Trials for Men's Gymnastics in St. Louis, MO

Dr. Bicos attended the Olympic Trials for Men’s Gymnastics in St. Louis, MO

The Olympic Games Should Motivate All of Us

These days I am seeing two groups of kids in the community, and we will simply call them the “haves” and the “have nots.” Let’s be clear – it really has nothing to do with socioeconomic status, but there really are two distinct groups of kids: 1) either the parents and kids are being pushed earlier and harder to excel in a particular sport, or 2) the parents and kids are simply disengaged all together from sporting activities.

With this being said, this column is directed at all kids, but I’m really trying to reach out to the parents of kids who just aren’t that interested in sports. Let’s be clear – there’s nothing wrong with playing the flute, starring in the play, or anchoring the debate club. These are noble and appropriate pursuits, but there are just too many disengaged kids these days when it comes to basic physical fitness.

Looking back to my own youth and young adulthood, I can clearly assert that nothing is as motivational as watching the Olympic Games. The “thrill of victory” at the Olympic level has no parallel in its ability to motivate all of us. As I write this column, I am looking up at my own signed team jersey from the 1980 USA Olympic Gold-Medal-Winning Hockey Team. It still gives me goose bumps when I think about that game. Let’s use some of this positive Olympic energy to highlight how we can better ourselves and our kids from a physical fitness standpoint.

Although the Olympics Games highlight athletic pursuit and achievement, they should also serve as a wakeup call for parents of kids who are not active. If you look at the statistics, youth fitness levels are dragging – it’s estimated that only one out of four American schoolchildren gets an adequate amount of physical activity each day. It’s no surprise that the number of overweight children is rising rapidly. Almost 13% of 6 to 11-year-olds are obese. Importantly, children who don’t get at least 35 to 60 minutes of walking or other exercise each day can also miss out on their chance to build the strong muscles and bones that they will need later in life.

The bottom line is that many kids need a lifestyle change from one that is sedentary to one that is more physically active, and that’s going to take some work on the part of you parents. Let’s face it, it’s easier to “plop” our kids in front of the TV or computer than it is to actually play with them. Your involvement in your kid’s play time is not only good for your family, but it can also often be good for your family’s over-all fitness. Exposing your children to the Olympics might be just the motivation that you and your kids need.

There are a lot of perks to your kids being active:

Bones, for instance, grow in size and strength during childhood. The peak bone mass that you gain through physical activity while you’re young helps to determine your skeletal health throughout life. In addition to building stronger bones and fit muscles, regular physical activity also strengthens the heart and lungs. It lowers blood pressure, improves muscle strength and flexibility, reduces stress and depression, helps control weight, and improves sleep. In addition to exercise, a healthy diet, not a junk food diet, is key to over-all wellness.

Get started with physical activity:

Making the switch to a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy, and getting started is the toughest and most important step in any exercise program. Slow and steady is the best way to begin. Also, do a variety of different physical activities. Here are some tips:

  • Choose fun, year-round activities.
  • Take plenty of time to warm up and cool down. Do walking, bending, and gentle stretching exercises. Flexibility exercises help avoid injuries.
  • Work toward fitness goals gradually.

The minimum 35 minutes of physical activity each day can be broken up into shorter periods, such as 15 minutes of walking and 20 minutes of sports.

Tips to get kids moving:

  • Reinforce that exercise is fun! Avoid emphasis on winning.
  • Model active behavior. Join children for a bike ride, a ball game or a long walk.
  • Use physical activity as a reward, such as a family canoe trip or berry-picking outing.
  • Make exercise part of daily routines: simple chores such as raking leaves, painting or walking the dog are effective ways to increase activity.
  • Schedule physical activities in 10 to 15 minute blocks of time throughout the day.
  • Designate indoor areas for physical activity.
  • Select physically active-oriented toys and gifts.
    • Finally, check out the 2014 Winter Olympic Games – and encourage your kids to watch them. While watching TV might not actually increase your fitness level in and of itself, seeing these athletes compete might be “just what the doctor ordered” to get your child – and perhaps you – off the couch and involved with something healthy.

    Avoid Getting Sidelined This Winter

    For Immediate Release
    2/19/14

    Avoid Getting Sidelined This Winter
    Orthopaedic surgeon provides tips to prevent winter sports injuries

    Bloomfield Hills, MI ⎯ At the sight of the first snowfall, kids and adults alike are eager to enjoy the variety of winter sports available. Hours of recreation are spent on activities ranging from sledding, snow skiing and tobogganing to ice hockey, ice skating and snow boarding. But according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, if the proper precautions are not taken to ensure warmth and safety, severe injuries can occur.

    Winter sports injuries get a lot of attention at hospital emergency rooms, doctors’ offices and clinics. According to the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 310,000 people were treated in hospitals, doctors’ offices and emergency rooms in 2012 for winter sports-related injuries. Specifically:
    • more than 40,000 injuries were caused by sledding;
    • 97,713 by snowboarding;
    • 119,715, snow skiing; and,
    • nearly 53,000 by ice skating.

    “Countless numbers of winter sports injuries happen at the end of the day, when people overexert themselves to finish that one last run before the day’s end,” explained Dr. James Bicos, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon with William Beaumont Hospital. “A majority of these injuries can easily be prevented if participants prepare for their sport by keeping in good physical condition, staying alert and stopping when they are tired or in pain.”

    The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons urges children and adults to follow the tips below for preventing winter sports injuries:

    Sledding
    Numerous sledding injuries are caused by collisions at the end of sledding paths and/or sledding in improper positions. Click here to read a detailed list of safety tips to help reduce these injuries.

    Snowboarding and Skiing
    Many snowboarding and skiing injuries can be avoided by utilizing appropriate equipment, ensuring a safe environment and following all rules of these sports. Click here to read a full list of snowboarding and skiing safety tips.

    General winter sports safety tips:
    • Consider participating with a partner. If possible, skiers and snowboarders should stay with a partner and within sight of each other. Also, make sure someone who is not participating is aware of your plans and probable whereabouts before heading outdoors.
    • Check the weather for snow and ice conditions prior to heading outdoors. Pay attention to warnings about upcoming storms and severe drops in temperature. Make adjustments for icy conditions, deep snow powder, wet snow, and adverse weather conditions.
    • Dress for the occasion. Wear several layers of light, loose and water- and wind-resistant clothing for warmth and protection. Also wear appropriate protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves and padding and check that all equipment, such as ski and snowboard bindings, is kept in good working order.
    • Warm up thoroughly before playing and exercising. Cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are vulnerable to injury. It’s important to warm up by taking it easy on the first few runs.
    • Know and abide by all rules of the sport in which you are participating. Take a lesson (or several) from a qualified instructor, especially in sports like skiing and snowboarding.
    • Always carry a cell phone in case of an emergency.

    Click here to read more safety tips.

    More tips:
    Winter sports safety

    For more information, contact:
    Dr. James Bicos
    Performance Orthopedics
    248-988-8085

    American Skater Abbott takes hard fall at Olympics

    US figure skater Jeremy Abbott takes a hard fall on the ice today after attempting a quadruple jump.

    US Figure Skater Jerely Abbott takes a hard fall after attempting a quadruple jump today.  (Photo: Robert Deutsch USA TODAY Sports)

    US Figure Skater Jerely Abbott takes a hard fall after attempting a quadruple jump today. (Photo: Robert Deutsch USA TODAY Sports)

    After the fall he nearly hit the boards and lay almost motionless for 10 seconds. As he arose, he clutched his hip in pain, but continued on to finish his routine.

    A quad jump is one of the most difficult jumps to complete because not only does it require the skater to leave and land on the ice with the same blade but also to complete four revolutions in the air. It has a big risk-reward ratio, but as can be seen here, the consequences of not landing it correctly can be disastrous.

    From the photo, Jeremy may have suffered a multitude of injures. The most common would be a bone contusion either to the side of his hip or to his ribs. With enough of a hit to the side of the hip, you can develop an acute tendonitis that can be very debilitating. He may also have suffered an abdominal muscle pull (i.e. one of his oblique muscles).

    These athletes are strong…very strong…and in order to get where Jeremy is now, this is not his first fall. More than likely, he will be very sore and badly bruised, but nothing that will keep him from competing.

    You can be sure that he is getting the best care from our Olympic medical staff to get him ready for his next competition.

    We wish him all the best…

    Dr. Bicos
    Performance Orthopedics — Keeping you in the game…Whatever your game may be…

    Ski Jumping Takes Its Toll at Sochi Olympic Winter Games

    So far, the Olympic Games have been more about the sports than the injuries. I don’t mind that at all — that’s the way it should be.

    Last night, though, we saw two injuries during training at Ski Jumping.

    Russia's Mikhail Maksimochkin lies at the bottom of the large ski jump hill after crashing while landing on Wed night during a training session.  He suffered multiple rib fractures. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Russia’s Mikhail Maksimochkin lies at the bottom of the large ski jump hill after crashing while landing on Wed night during a training session. He suffered multiple rib fractures. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Russia’a Mikhail Maksimochkin crashed on the big ski jumping hill on Wed night during a training session. He suffered multiple rib fractures and was taken to the hospital. At the same training session, Poland’s Kamil Stoch, who took gold on the normal hill, also crashed during landing and suffered an “arm injury”. He left the hill with his arm in a sling.

    There are two hills in ski jumping. The normal hill, which is 90m in height, and the big hill, which is 120m in height. The ski jumper “falls” nearly 40 stories from the starting position to the landing area in about 9 seconds. The typical take off speed is 55 mph and they land at about 45 mph, all while navigating the air with nothing but themselves, their skis, and their helmet.

    Rib fractures are extremely painful because they move with each breath we take. So it is very difficult to get comfortable and breath normally, let alone compete in an Olympic sport such as ski jumping. Members of the national ski jumping federation visited Maksimochkin in the hospital to discuss his injuries and his competition plan. So far there is no word on what his return to competition will be. This is where these Olympic athletes throw caution to the wind for the opportunity to compete and win a gold that comes only once every four years!

    Poland’s ski jumper Stoch does plan to compete further in the event.

    The finals for the big hill ski jump are being held on Saturday night. Let’s all hope for the best.

    Performance Orthopedics
    Keeping you in the game…Whatever your game may be.

    Snowboarder’s helmet probably saved her life at Sochi Olympics!
    Still think that helmets don’t matter for skiing or snowboarding? Just ask Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancochova, who took a nasty fall during the inaugural women’s slope style snowboarding competition on Feb 9th, 2014.

    Sarka Pancochova missed a landing during the competition and landed on her back. She tumbled to the bottom of the hill where she lay motionless for a couple of minutes. She was attended to by the medical staff who found that she cracked her helmet in half!

    Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancochova cracked her helmet during the women's slope style competition on Feb 9th, 2014.

    Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancochova cracked her helmet during the women’s slope style competition on Feb 9th, 2014.

    She was able to board down the hill, but was visibly shaken up, as could be seen by the cameras. There were speculations as to an injury, but there is no doubt in my mind that she suffered a concussion.

    Helmet use during skiing or snowboarding has luckily risen dramatically over the past 10 years. Seventy percent of all current skiers or snowboarders in the United States wear helmets now. Helmet use came to full light earlier this year when racing legend Michael Schumacher suffered a traumatic brain injury when he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing at a resort in Meribel, France. He WAS wearing a helmet. In fact, the National Ski Areas Association have published data, that although helmet use is up, it has not correlated with a decrease rate of injuries.

    Many reasons have been stated as to why the injuries keep on rising despite the increased helmet use. The main one is that skiers and snowboarders are doing more difficult maneuvers than ever before that increases the overall risk of the sport dramatically, despite the use of helmets. In addition, the increase in back country skiing or boarding has also increased the risk of the sport. As for Michael Schumacher, even though he suffered a traumatic brain injury while wearing a helmet, he would have died if not wearing one.

    In my opinion, Sarka Pancochova’s helmet also saved her life in Sochi!

    The take home point? Wear your helmet while skiing or snowboarding! Helmets can prevent injuries. They keep your head nice and warm while you are outside and even come with built in wireless speakers so you can carve up the course in style!!

    Stay safe and be smart…
    Performance Orthopedics — Keeping You In The Game, Whatever Your Game May Be!!