Athletic Trainer Newsletter

District Athletic Trainers Perform Well in a Crazy Year
09/21/2021
Douglas County School District has never experienced a year like last year. Four seasons instead of three. Boys soccer, volleyball and gymnastics in February. Basketball players with facemasks. Daily quarantines, sometimes entire teams. Each day no one knew what to expect next!
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Preventing Muscle Cramping During Exercise
09/21/2021
Muscle cramping is a common affliction for many athletes. There has been a long-held belief that these cramps were in large part due to dehydration and electrolyte deficiency. Weather conditions combined with high intensity exercise contributes to dehydration as well as fuel and electrolyte depletion.
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Don't Forget the Hips
09/21/2021
One of the most overlooked aspects of strengthening, speed or agility training programs is hip mobility. Hip mobility is essential to unlocking your full athletic potential. Healthy hips lead to improved quality of movements, increased athletic potential and fewer muscle strains due to inflexibility
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Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy
09/21/2021
Are you an athlete suffering muscle soreness that just won't go away? Tired and stressed about being tired and stressed? Meditation, progressive relaxation, and imagery don't seem to work? Wish you could just float on a cloud and turn your brain off? Restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) may be your answer!
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Kettlebells in The Athletic Training Room
04/20/2021
Strength training and conditioning play important roles in the rehabilitation, strength training, return to play, and injury prevention protocols of the Athletic Trainer. Kettlebells offer a unique solution to the strength training and conditioning needs of the high school athletic trainer.
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Ankle Sprains & Treatment
04/20/2021
During this time of year, Colorado skiers and snowboarders are focused on taking advantage of as many days on the slopes as possible. As with many sports, all this fun can come with certain risks of injuries.
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To Ice or Not to Ice?
04/20/2021
An injury takes place, and the first instinct for most people is to throw on a bag of ice right away. We may see immediate swelling and feel pain, so we revert to age-old instincts. But one has to wonder: are we doing more harm than good?
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Skiing & Snowboarding Injury Prevention
04/20/2021
During this time of year, Colorado skiers and snowboarders are focused on taking advantage of as many days on the slopes as possible. As with many sports, all this fun can come with certain risks of injuries.
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Stretching vs. Myofascial Release
04/20/2021
Do you want to live a pain-free, active lifestyle? Whether that active lifestyle is taking to the gridiron every weekend or going on long walks through your favorite park, you need to take care of those muscles you use regularly
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Toe Yoga
04/20/2021
I am sure most of you have heard of yoga. There are a bunch of fad yoga techniques that are drawing people to this exercise. Let me introduce you to foot and toe yoga (toe yoga).
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Head-On
01/13/2021
Concussion. Head injury. Traumatic brain injury. Whether it be through organized sport, recreational activity, military, or even every day activity, we all probably know someone who has sustained one of the above categorized injuries, from mild to catastrophic.
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Frostbite and Frostnip: This time, don't ice it
01/13/2021
Frostbite is an environmental illness that has not often received as much attention from the public as other medical pathologies. This may be due to its low mortality rate or because people feel familiar with general prevention practices, the most important of which is decreasing your time of exposure to the cold.
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We Are All Advocates For Our Athletes' Mental Health
01/13/2021
As an athletic trainer, advocating for the health and wellness of our athletes is our biggest priority. Advocating for their physical well being is not where that responsibility stops, we are mental health advocates as well. Though a battle with mental health does not present on the skin as a bruise, open wound, or swelling, it is still there and should be cared for with the same passion as any physical injury. As parents, coaches, peer athletes, athletic trainers, and even teachers we are all advocates for these athletes.
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Scaphoid Injuries
01/13/2021
Within Douglas County School District (DCSD) injuries to the hand/wrist comprise around 8% of all high school athletic injuries suffered during the school year. One of the most common injuries to the wrist/hand is a fracture of the scaphoid bone. I am quite sure that I have had at least one athlete suffer a scaphoid fracture every year I have been at Ponderosa, all 27 of them.
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The Dirt on Staying Clean
01/13/2021
In the midst of learning how to live with COVID-19, we have been constantly reminded to be responsible for our personal hygiene and be vigilant in adhering to the guidelines that are being recommended to us all by top health professionals in our country. Unfortunately, even with many of us doing our part, our country, our state and our schools have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases.
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Benefits of Strength Training in Athletic Performance
01/13/2021
Strength training is an essential aspect of any well-rounded athletic development program. Strength and resistance training, especially when implemented at a young age can lay a solid foundation for an individual’s athletic career and can significantly reduce the risk of athletic injuries. “During the stages of long-term athlete development, resistance training is an important means for (i) stimulating athletic development, (ii) tolerating the demands of long-term training and competition, and (iii) inducing long-term health promoting effects that are robust over time and track into adulthood”
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Sleep and Injuries
09/18/2020
Sleep. We all know it’s importance in our health and well-being, but do you actually know how deep that truth runs when it comes to our adolescent athletes? Numerous studies have proven that sleep is vital to athletic success, but studies have taken it even further to prove that lack of sleep is truly hurting our athletes.
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Seeing Through a Different Lens in 2020
09/18/2020
In this digital age, medical professionals are facing different patient problems unheard of in previous years. One major symptom presentation is computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain. This title encompasses eye-related issues from prolonged screen use from digital devices. The more time spent on the device, the worse the symptom presentation appears to be.
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Lightning Safety
09/17/2020
Continuing to be active is a great benefit to your mental and physical health, and getting a little sun after work or school can help increase your vitamin D levels. However, one thing you may not have thought of is the potential danger lurking in those dark clouds we commonly see in the afternoons here in Colorado. It may surprise you to know that the Front Range of Colorado is one of the top five places in the country for lightning activity.
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Is It Safe to Play Sports During a Pandemic?
09/16/2020
A big question on the minds of athletes, parents, and coaches is: should we have sports during the COVID-19 pandemic? Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple yes or no. The situation is complicated, and many factors go into the decision to have student-athletes participating in sports.
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What is Fire Cupping Therapy?
09/16/2020
Fire cupping is an ancient therapy technique that originated in the Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. As seen in the popular movie The Karate Kid, the character Miyagi used fire cupping to help heal the injuries that the student, Dre, sustained while training and fighting. Fire cupping is a great tool that we still use in the present day to relieve sore muscles, muscle spasms, muscle tension, provide pain relief, encourage blood flow, encourage the lymphatic system to promote healing and improve flexibility and range of motion.
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Exercising in the Heat Safely!
09/16/2020
Exertional Heat Illness (EHI) is prevalent in fall sports as fall sports often begin in the heat of August, with some summer camps beginning as early as June. Many fall sports are played on turf or on an outdoor court, which absorbs heat all day long, and continues to radiate heat well after the sun goes down. Most fall sports practices begin after school, around 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon, during or shortly after the heat of the day. According to the Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition, synthetic turf fields can be anywhere from 40-70 degrees hotter than the air outside.
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A Look Into the Benefits of Barefoot Running
01/23/2020
There is a reason to believe that today's shoes can contribute to weak, inflexible feet, which may contribute to regular injuries in runners. Discover how barefoot activity can help runners build stronger, more flexible feet.
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Vitamin D Supplementation is Beneficial for Athletic Performance
01/23/2020
Vitamin D plays an important role in athletic performance in a few ways. Vitamin D is directly correlated with bone health, skeletal muscle performance, and the immune system. Vitamin D is important for calcium regulation and storage in the body. According to Sikora-Klak et al., Vitamin D is also directly related to type II muscle fibers, which are important for muscular power.
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Nutrition for the Student Athlete
01/23/2020
From my previous experience as a student-athlete in high school and my experience as an athletic trainer for the past year and a half, I know the struggles student-athletes have in balancing such a busy workload. Many students, in general, are rushed from place to place, and they do not have time to supply their bodies with the proper nutrients to sustain them for a full day of rigorous schoolwork combined with five to six days of sports activity.
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Athletic Mouthguards: How Much is Your Smile Worth?
10/09/2019
Dental health and adequate dental protection tends to take a back seat for our athletes until they experience a dental trauma. Piper Reasoner, Head Athletic Trainer at Legend High School, explains why athletes should consider using a mouthguard in preventing dental trauma.
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Hydration for Athletes
10/09/2019
Monitoring hydration status before, during and after exercise is essential for both performance and safety during physical activity. Chris Mathewson, Head Athletic Trainer at Ponderosa High School, shares what he has seen during 25 years of caring for PHS athletes and their opponents.
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25 Years of Perspective
02/05/2019
This fall marked the start of my 25th year at Ponderosa High School as the Head Athletic Trainer. Many things have changed since I started and many things are identical to my first day...
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Defining "Success" in Sports
02/05/2019
Defining success in sports means something different to everyone. Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. There are many different perspectives of success from parents, athletes, coaches, and administration. Oftentimes success and the win-loss column go hand-in-hand, but is it the best way to measure success?
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Hypothermia and the Outdoors
02/05/2019
We had spent the first day climbing a total of 4,000 ft over 6 miles, up to Cragview Rock at 6,400 ft, where we pitched tents on the glacier. The weather that day was particularly dreary, overcast and with a steady wind. The climb to base camp was hard, especially on Byron, one of our students. An hour after sunset and four hours after the initial group arrived, Byron had reached camp with the final group, completely exhausted and depleted. He was slurring his speech and was so uncoordinated that he could not flex his hands. He was acting disoriented, was no longer shivering, and his skin was a sweaty, ghostly pale color...
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Athletic Trainer Profile: Osama Kassab
02/05/2019
Get to know Castle View High School Athletic Trainer Osama Kassab
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Sports Nutrition for the Student Athlete
02/05/2019
As the new year rolls in, athletes are starting to consider their performance goals for the 2019 season. While eating better for athletic success doesn’t always seem to be at the top of their list, a growing body of evidence suggests that they may want to rethink their priorities. Not only is current research showing that poor food choices impair athletic performance, but also that individualized nutritional plans can actually improve the way an athlete plays their game. This article aims to address a few foundational nutrition strategies that teenage athletes can utilize to help them gain momentum in becoming an efficiently-fueled competitor for the next level.
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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: Getting Rid of Inflammation By Creating More?
12/07/2018
Tendinitis, the gradual and chronic inflammation of a tendon anywhere in the body, is characterized by redness, swelling, loss of function, and of course, pain, over what is usually a very long period of time. The pain is often tenacious, outlasting many different types of treatment, causing serious frustration. At this point in the treatment plan, introduction to a new treatment may be necessary. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) has been shown in research to aid in the healing of chronic inflammatory athletic injuries.
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Multiple Sports?
Single Sport and Multi Sport Athletes
12/07/2018
It is not new information that many professional and college coaches are looking to recruit more multisport athletes. That being said, the pros and cons of both choices should be taken into consideration for each athlete and their personal career goals.
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Labral Tears: Repair vs Reconstruction
12/07/2018
Dr. Michael Ellman is a sports medicine specialist at Panorama who specializes in hip arthroscopy and repairing labral tears in the hip. Dr. Ellman talks about the difference between repairs and reconstruction of labral injuries.
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Whole-Body Cryotherapy: Is it the Best for Athletic Recovery?
12/06/2018
Cryotherapy is a common treatment used for a wide variety of injuries as well as for recovery purposes. Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, is the withdrawal of heat causing a decrease in tissue temperature.
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Heat Illness and Hydration in Young Athletes
09/27/2018
Some of the common risks for athletes, especially during the fall season, are heat illnesses and dehydration. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association: “Heat illness during practice or competition is the leading cause of death among U.S. high school athletes.” During the late summer and early fall months, not only do we see relatively high temperatures but also a fluctuating level of humidity that can dramatically increase the heat intensity. All of this, coupled with our high altitude here in Colorado, leaves high school athletes predisposed to risks of heat illness and dehydration.
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Athlete Hydrates
The Heat is On
The beginning of the school year marks the end of summer vacations, camping, hiking, and family reunions. It also marks the start of the Fall Season where Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country, Softball and Tennis all begin their camps and tryouts in hope of constructing a winning team for the season. As exciting as this is for the athletes that are participating, this change in personal activity level accompanied by hot and dry days could be the right mixture for experiencing dehydration and can put even the best-skilled athlete at risk for poor performance and possibly fatal outcomes. Here are a few tips to be better hydrated while practicing and competing in any sport.
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Protecting yourself During Golf Season: Common Golf Injuries
As fall sports begin and summer wraps up, it is important to be aware of some common injuries that are often forgotten. After a long season of summer golf and with men’s high school golf beginning, here are some tips on golf injuries.
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