Dr.Sutton began her academic career at Duke University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry, graduating with distinction. She earned her medical degree at the University of Maryland. She completed her Orthopaedic surgery residency at Yale University School of Medicine followed by fellowships in sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine and pediatric sports medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine.
Dr. Sutton is an elected member of the American Orthopedic Association, acknowledging scholarship in Orthopaedic surgery. She serves on multiple committees with the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. She is an editor of leading Orthopaedic journals, including The American Journal of Sports Medicine, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. She has made substantial contributions to research, publishing over 30 publications and giving over 70 presentations on topics from anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction to treating the female athlete to shoulder issues in breast cancer.
Dr.Karen M. Sutton is currently an associate attending physician at Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medicine. Based on her accomplishments as an Orthopaedic surgeon and competitive athlete Dr. Sutton is a leader in the fields of sports medicine and fitness. She is also a mother of four beautiful children and gives advice on managing a successful professional career while being a nurturing, energetic and loving mother through various endeavors such as public speaking and online editorials.
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Asa nationally renowned physician in sports medicine with surgical expertise in arthroscopy of the shoulder, knee and hip, Dr. Sutton is a Board Certified Associate Attending in Orthopaedic surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medicine. As the Head Team Physician with the United States Women’s Lacrosse, Dr. Sutton is responsible for providing care for the National Team athletes. She was elected to the Sports, Science and Safety Committee for United States Lacrosse where she advises the Board of U.S Lacrosse on injury prevention and management. She also served as Team Physician for Yale University Athletics, Albertus Magnus..
As the Head Team Physician with the United States Women’s Lacrosse, Dr. Sutton is responsible for providing care for the National Team athletes. She was elected to the Sports, Science and Safety Committee for United States Lacrosse where she advises the Board of U.S Lacrosse on injury prevention and management. She also served as Team Physician for Yale University Athletics, Albertus Magnus College and the professional Women’s Tennis Association. During her fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine, she assisted in the Orthopaedic care of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins and the New England Revolution. Dr. Sutton’s passion for sports medicine stems from her years playing lacrosse at Duke University where she was Team Captain for 3 years, Regional All-American, Academic All-American, and led her team to the Final Four. She is dedicated to caring for athletes and is actively involved in continuing education and treatment advances in sports performance.
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Dr.Sutton is a national authority on sports injuries, fitness and managing work-life balance. She has worked with NBC Universal, ESPN-W, WFAN radio, WTNH, WYBC and New 12 Connecticut. She is a dynamic speaker who can motivate athletes, advise sports enthusiasts, and bring real-world experiences to media interviews, consulting and keynote addresses. She incorporates social media to keep her audience up-to-date on sports medicine, work-life balance, fitness, and injury prevention. She is available for media appearances, lectures, keynote addresses, consulting and content editing and creation.
Asa wife and active mother of four, Dr. Sutton understands first hand the struggles that face today's competitive athletes. Dr. Sutton is a national authority on sports injuries, fitness and managing work-life balance. She has worked with NBC Universal, ESPN-W, WFAN radio, WTNH, WYBC and New 12 Connecticut. She is a highly sought-after dynamic public speaker who can motivate athletes, advise sports enthusiasts, and bring real-world experiences to media interviews, consulting and keynote addresses. She incorporates social media to keep her audience up-to-date on sports medicine, work-life balance, fitness, and injury prevention. Dr. Sutton is available for media appearances, lectures, keynote addresses, consulting and content editing and creation.
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Yale School of Medicine: Caring for the Female Athlete Dr. Karen Sutton discusses the specific issues surrounding medical care for female athletes.
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How much alcohol can an athlete drink before it affects their performance?
As an athlete, I have never really been much of a drinker. I may have a mimosa at brunch and an occasional glass of wine, but between my physical activity, my job, and my family, I barely even have time to look at a bottle of liquor, let alone open one. That being said, alcohol is a big part of many athlete’s lives, and it is a hot button issue in the world of sports.
Despite the negative effects of alcohol, it is still one of the most widely abused drugs, even amongst professional athletes. While alcohol can be fun, it does have effects on everything, from motor function to muscle development. If you are going to imbibe, it is important to be aware of how it can affect your athletic performance. So here is a short breakdown of the effects of alcohol on sports.
Alcohol slows respiratory functions, affects the body temperature and can cause dehydration, which can affect your performance aerobically, since oxygen is needed keep muscles moving. Dehydration can lead to heat stroke and seizures, so its important to make sure you are hydrated, on and off the field.
Alcohol impairs the body’s natural production of ATP, a chemical that helps your muscles store energy. It can also prevent you from getting enough sleep, and throw your hormones out of whack, especially the human growth hormone that helps us build muscle, which is obviously bad for any athlete.
Cognitive function is super important in sports, since you have to make decisions in a split second that can greatly affect whether you win or lose the game. Alcohol consumption slows motor functions, and causes slow reaction time. The effects of alcohol on the body can be felt up to three days after you drink it. So obviously don’t go drinking before a big game.
When it comes to drinking, we always say anything in moderation. If you want to kick back with a cocktail once in a while, chances are it won’t really affect your athletic performance too much. Long term effects of alcohol include cardiovascular disease, hormone imbalances, and a weakened immune system, so if you suspect your drinking is affecting your life, or keeping you from engaging in the sports that you love, you should seek out help.
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