Characteristics of Labrador Retrievers

Practicing in the Philadelphia, PA area, Dr. Andrew Collier is the only orthopaedic surgeon locally who performs arthroscopic laser procedures. Dr. Andrew Collier is also an animal lover, having adopted several rescued Labrador retrievers into his family.

Labs have become America’s most popular dog, according to the American Kennel Club. Their intelligence and good nature are known even to people who do not own them. They represent an active breed, well-suited to family life.

Labrador dogs originated in the Canadian island of Newfoundland. Originally they were intended to help fishermen with their catches. Today, most Labs are not service animals, although some serve as therapy dogs; other functions include search-and-rescue and hunting. However, their sweet nature makes them poor candidates for watchdog duties.

They thrive on lots of exercise, being expert swimmers and fetchers; a once-daily trip around the block is insufficient. Young Labs (two to three years) especially love to jump up and down.

Prospective owners who do not want so much energy in a dog should consider acquiring an adult Lab from a shelter or rescue organization. That way, they can find a Lab with a calmer temperament.


Holt International’s Korea Adoption Program

Dr. Andrew Collier, an orthopaedic surgeon in Philadelphia, PA, is the father of five children. Dr. Andrew Collier and his wife brought their oldest son home to Philadelphia, PA, from Korea with the help of Holt International, which they now actively support.

Holt International has been placing Korean children with loving families for 60 years. In 1955, Harry and Bertha Holt applied to the U.S. Congress for the right to adopt eight orphans from Korea. The process led them to create Korea’s first international adoption organization. In the years since, Holt International has helped numerous children to find loving permanent homes.

Children awaiting adoption most often live with caring foster families who help them develop physically, mentally, and socially. They receive high-quality medical care in Korea’s world-class system. They officially match with a family at approximately 6 to 12 months old and arrive home at approximately 2 years of age, following a thorough legal approval process for the adoptive family. Children then transition into the homes and hearts of parents who range in age up to 45 years, though families with certain Korean connections may be eligible up to age 49.

Adopting a Rescue Pet

Adopting a Rescue Pet pic An accomplished orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Collier of Philadelphia, PA, enjoys spending his free time with his family and their beloved dogs. Dr. Andrew Collier currently owns several Labrador retrievers that he adopted from Philadelphia-area rescue organizations.

If you bring home a shelter dog, you invite into your family a deserving animal that needs your love and care. To properly socialize this new pet into your home, you must begin by choosing a dog that meets your needs. You may be looking for an older companion animal that will sit by your feet or a lively large breed that will keep your children active and on their toes. You should be ready to give your dog the energy level that it needs, and this responsibility should inform your choice of pet.

When your dog comes home, you need to be ready to acclimate him to the new environment. Dogs may appear skittish or wary at first, but with love and care they can adjust to you and your family. Many dogs prefer to have their bed and supplies close to the activity of the house but set off near a wall so they can get used to you from a distance.

You can give your dog warmth, love, and affection, but experts recommend that you take your time and not overwhelm him or set him up for disappointment when you resume your daily routine of going to work. Trainers also suggest that you establish acceptable behaviors early through positive reinforcement so the dog understands his boundaries and knows you as a gentle but firm setter of limits.

The Roots of the Racquet Sport Squash

Based in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Andrew Collier provides patients with quality orthopaedic surgical care. He is known as the only orthopaedic surgeon in his community with arthroscopic laser surgery certification. Dr. Andrew Collier played varsity football in PA as a University of Pennsylvania student and continues to enjoy a number of sports including racquetball and squash.

The history of sports that use racquets extends severals hundred years, with the first game resembling modern racquetball created at Fleet Prison in London. Called “rackets,” the game involved balls being hit against walls and was played regularly by the imprisoned debtors. Around 1820 this style of ball-playing spread to English schools like the London boarding school, Harrow.

In 1830, the game of squash was accidentally invented when students playing rackets realized that a ball that had been “squashed” through impact with the wall was actually superior to the new ball. The depressurized ball did not bounce readily and thus required greater skill to manipulate accurately. In 1864 Harrow constructed its first squash courts and the rules were formalized. In the early 20th century organizations such as the United States Squash Racquets Association were founded and the game grew to international popularity.

Tips for Ergonomically Optimizing Computer Workspaces

A recipient of the Patient’s Choice Best Doctor award, Dr. Andrew Collier is a distinguished orthopaedic surgeon based in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Andrew Collier maintains an active presence in numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Although accidents and sports injuries are among the most common reasons for visits to orthopaedic specialists, simple, everyday activities can also strain the body to the point of injury. Many Americans spend hours of each day sitting at a computer, and the repetitive motions associated with this task can have a heavy toll on the body, resulting in muscle strain injuries and long-term joint problems. Fortunately, a few simple adjustments can help prevent several of these issues.

Most workstations can be vastly improved by properly adjusting the chair, monitor, and keyboard. Invest in a chair with a rotating base, adjustable armrests, and lumbar support (the curved portion of your lower back). The AAOS recommends that the monitor stay at about arm’s length with the top edge at eye level—this may require a monitor stand. The keyboard should be within reach without bending the wrists.

With everything properly adjusted, the elbows should be bent at nearly 90 degrees, with the feet resting flat on the ground (or a footrest). Correct sitting posture involves keeping the ears, shoulders, and waist in a straight line with the shoulders relaxed.

A mounting body of medical evidence shows that sitting for long periods of time may have a much more profound impact on long-term health than previously thought. The AAOS recommends frequent breaks, short walks, and simple stretching exercises to avoid discomfort.

Tips for Youth Sports Coaches

Philadelphia, PA resident Dr. Andrew Collier has practiced orthopaedic surgery for more than 30 years. Dr. Andrew Collier has served his Philadelphia, PA community in a number of additional ways, including coaching a number of his children’s little league and school football teams.

Coaching youth sports can be a difficult task as coaches are expected to keep children safe, teach both morals and fundamentals, and create an atmosphere that is fun yet competitive. The first step toward being an effective youth coach comes in identifying the overarching goals of a league, team, or select group of players. While player safety will always rank as a coach’s top priority, certain leagues may be set up, for example, with an emphasis on fitness and healthy living. In this case, a coach should do everything in his or her power to engage children throughout all warm-up exercises, practice drills, scrimmages, and games, valuing participation over performance. All-star teams, on the other hand, consist of talented players who can benefit more from working on their fundamentals and learning new strategies.

Whatever a coach’s goal is for the youth team, parallels should be drawn between sports and real life whenever possible. Guiding a child in how to lose with dignity or win while demonstrating respect for their opponents is a common example of sports creating teachable life moments. Recognizing and capitalizing on these kinds of teachable moments often sets apart good youth sports coaches from great ones.