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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Taking part in sports can help you combat feelings of depression.
Of all the mental illnesses in the world, depression is the most frequently diagnosed. Depression is tricky, because it isn’t constrained to one age group, race, gender, or ethnicity. In the United States, 26 percent of adults will suffer from depression at some point in their lives. People from all walks of life suffer from depression, and if left untreated it can lead to insomnia, weight fluctuations, weakened immunity, and even risk of heart attack or suicide.
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In most cases, if you are diagnosed with depression, a doctor will prescribe you some anti-depressants or psychotherapy, but there has been promising research that shows sports and physical activity can help create the same neurophysiological changes as prescription drugs. Here are three ways sports can help fight or lessen the effects of depression.
Chemical: Sports and physical activities affect the brain’s ability to absorb serotonin, and release chemicals called endorphins, which trigger positive feelings in the body. Physical activity also leads to a reduction of the stress hormone cortisol, to create a similar effect to psychotropic drugs.
Social: Even though you may not want to be around anyone when you are depressed, taking part in sports can help create an active social group for you to rely on when you are depressed. One of my favorite things about sports is the camaraderie of building a team, which can support you whether on, or off the field.
Mental: Typically, when you are depressed you don’t want to get off the couch. However, playing sports often requires that you commit to showing up to games, which not only gets you up and off the couch, but also releases chemicals like endorphins (as previously mentioned) that help elevate your mood and combat depression. Keeping your commitments even despite depression can also do wonders for your mental state.
I know that to a person suffering from depression, all of this can sound like a horrible idea. There are many different ways to treat depression however, so my suggestion is to try any and every possible solution until you find the one that works for you.
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