What in the name of Bill Gallo’s rotting inkwell is The NY Daily News up to now?!
So why the sudden surge in injuries to obliques, those broad, flat muscles that attach the rib cage and the pelvis? Why are so many ballplayers sitting out with sharp pains in their sides?
Sports physician Lewis Maharam, the former president of the New York chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, says the rise in oblique injuries may be a byproduct of the drug-testing program that MLB and the Players Association first agreed to implement in 2002.
“My theory is that drug testing in Major League Baseball is working and people are getting away from using illegal steroids,” Maharam says. “They are moving to legal products such as creatine, but they don’t know how to use it in conjunction with their workouts.”
...Migdoel Miranda, a personal trainer whose clients include Phillies reliever J.C. Romero, says players should limit their use of creatine because it taxes bodies that are already stressed by long baseball seasons.
“I’m not a fan of creatine unless we’re in the offseason,” says Miranda, the founder of Dio Fitness in Austin, Tex. “I think creatine should be banned by the team during the season.”