Shailesh Sharma

Shailesh Sharma health writerAfter completing a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences at The School of Health and Allied Sciences, Pokhara University, Nepal, Shailesh started teaching at various pharmacy colleges in Nepal. After 8 years in pharmacy academics, he decided to change course to medical writing. For the last 5 years, he has helped companies with his evidence-based articles targeted at non-medical audiences. He is adept at writing and editing informative sports health articles for the consumer as well as patient education materials. Currently, he is working as a writer/reviewer for SportsMD Media Inc. as well as Pathway Inc. When he gets the chance, he enjoys digging into the latest sports medicine research findings and ensures that he properly educates people who are engaged in sports or athletic activities.  

Cyclist’s Palsy: Treatment, Exercises and Tips

“Rest and medications provide short-term recovery from cyclist’s palsy symptoms. However, exercises, changes in cycling habits, and the use of appropriate gloves and hoods are crucial for an effective cure.” What is Cyclist’s Palsy? Understanding the Causes, Symptoms,  and Complications Cyclist’s palsy is an overuse injury that primarily affects your hands and fingers. It occurs…

Nutrition For Injury Recovery

Nutrition for injury recovery is often overlooked but a key element to faster recovery.  Lets face it, athletes get injured and it’s part of the deal. Be it a torn ACL, Achilles tendonitis, or a pulled muscle, the questions arise: What can I eat to recover faster? Would more vitamins be helpful? What about collagen…

Wrist Tendonitis: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

If you have a dull, nagging pain in your wrist, it might be wrist tendonitis. Learn about its symptoms, causes, treatment options, and home remedies.   What is Wrist Tendonitis? Wrist tendonitis occurs when a tendon in the wrist becomes inflamed. It causes pain, swelling, and weakness in the wrist. Tendons are fibrous connective tissues that…

Medical Second Opinion For Orthopedic Injuries

  A medical second opinion is a legal and empowering tool to improve patient-physician relationships and optimize treatment outcomes.  Orthopedic injuries are one of the most common injuries, affecting about a million Americans each year. Sports activities and occupational exposures contribute to a significant portion of all the cases. Because some of these injuries require…

Athletes and Peanut Butter

In my humble opinion, peanut butter (PB) is one of the best sports foods around. Not only is it yummy, it is also health-promoting and performance enhancing. A review of the research on peanuts validates why I routinely choose to enjoy two (!) PB sandwiches a day: one for lunch and the other to curb…

Sprained Ankle Recovery Time and Tips to Aid Healing

  Recovery from sprained ankle can take 3 weeks to 6 months, depending on the severity of the injury.  Proper diagnosis and treatment are critical to ensuring quick recovery and preventing complications.  Acute ankle sprains affect about 2 million Americans each year. The risk is highest among people between 10 and 19 years. Fifty percent…

How Much Sleep Do Spartan Athletes Need?

Both empirical and scientific evidence shows that the more physically active you are, the more sleep you need. As such, Spartan athletes’ sleep requirements are higher than those for an average person.  Highlights Spartan athletes run 3 to 5 miles while overcoming several obstacles in the way. Thus, they need to have both explosive power…

Athletes Are You Training Your Gut?

Athletes tend to do a good job of training their muscles, heart and lungs. But some of them (particularly endurance athletes and those in running sports) commonly fail to train their gut. As one marathoner reported, “I was so afraid of getting diarrhea during long training runs that I did not eat or drink anything…

Recovery Time For ACL Surgery: Timeline, Tips, and FAQ’s

Recovery time for ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery can range from 4 to 8 months (or longer), depending on the surgical technique and severity of the injury. Learn what you can do in the meantime to speed up recovery.  Highlights 250,000 cases of ACL injury – the most common ligamentous injury – occur in the…

The Role Of Vitamin D In Sports Recovery

by Dana Ryan, Ph.D., MBA M.A., Director Sports Performance and Education at Herbalife Nutrition, special to SportsMD.com For years, Vitamin D was simply associated with helping metabolize calcium and assisting with bone health. However, as society has evolved to a global population that spends more time indoors versus outdoors, we are beginning to learn more…