Take Concussions Seriously

Signs of concussion

Before hitting the football, baseball and soccer fields for practice in your upcoming fall season, make sure you are informed & educated on concussions.

What is a concussion? Long term damage to the brain due to an injury.

Concussions can happen to anyone who plays any sport, including sports such as basketball, wrestling, tennis & gymnastics. If you suspect someone has a concussion, the most important thing you can do is to remove them from the field of play and have them seek medical help. Hopefully your coach went though a training course on how to recognize when one of their player may be experiencing symptoms of a concussion.  Some concussion signs to look for include:

  • Confusion
  • Appearing dazed
  • Acting clumsy or moving rather slow
  • Memory loss. For example: the score of the game, or where they are
  • Unconsciousness

If you are a parent reading this article, we caution you against debating the authority the coach may make to remove your child from the game upon suspecting they are experiencing a concussion.  It is better to be safe, than sorry. And, returning to a game while experiencing a concussion can really cause some further brain trauma.

Just remember, that after seeking medical help for a concussion, it is important to continue to build your way back to recover and take things slow. And, that includes the doctors specific orders they may give about returning to the sport & playing field.

Upon receiving approval from a doctor to regain their physical activity, and they have been cleared to begin working out again, we suggest taking exercise slow. Concussions are a serious issue and it is important athletes take the time they need to recover from any head injury before returning to play.

For any questions regarding concussion or the safety of your health while playing on the field, give Dr. Irvine a call today.

Boost Your Recovery

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The best foods for you when recovering from an injury

Recovering from an injury, especially a sports injury can be hard to do, but did you know there are ways you can speed up your recovery time and help encourage the healing of your injury? If you said no, then you are in for a treat!

Diet & Nutrition

Excellent ways to promote good health, and to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to rebuild muscle and bones is through good diet and nutrition. A well balanced diet full of nutrients will help repair the damaged tissues and get you back to your active self.

So, what can you do?

Take Vitamin C –

This vitamins is an essential part of healing and aiding in producing collagen which is going to help your tendons, ligaments, cartilage and even your blood vessels.
Vitamin C foods include: Oranges, Green Peppers, Potatoes, Strawberries, Broccoli and more!

Calcium & Vitamin D –

This mineral is needed for your overall health, and the vitamin D helps your body to absorb the calcium intake and both are necessary for muscle contraction, hormone secretion, and strong bones and teeth.
Foods high in calcium include: cheese, milk, salmon, kale, tofu and more!

Team Protein –

Protein helps you to gain and maintain your muscle mass and immunity, which is important for every athlete. Be sure to get a combination of complete and incomplete proteins in your diet.
These foods include: almonds, pistachios, nuts

Food that help aide inflammation

When you are recovering from an injury the inflammation that occurs could set back your recovery process, which is why it’s important to consume foods that will help minimize the inflammation.
These foods may include: Tuna, Herring, nuts, fruits & veggies!

Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/412947-the-best-diet-for-recovering-from-a-sports-injury/#utm_sguid=147206,068ed40c-66f5-759c-4d5b-3f75578e8479

 

Wainwright & Torn Achilles Tendon

Adam Wainwright Out For The Season?

A torn Achilles Tendon & many sad Cardinal fans

We are sure you’ve heard the news that Wainwright, one of Cardinals‘ finest players, is out for the remainder of the 2015 baseball season due to a torn Achilles tendon. Fans everywhere are in distress over Wainwright’s injury which has led him to having to undergo surgery which requires approximately 9 to a full year of recover time.

It all started in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers, when before his injury, Wainwright allowed only three hits and four strikeouts with zero walks.

We are happy to know that Cardinal Management is taking his injury seriously, as any foot/ankle injury that goes untreated could end up doing even more harm.

Rest up, Wainwright, we are rooting & cheering for a speedy recovery for you!

If you have an injury that needs attention, please contact our doctor at Missouri Orthopedic at 314-567-5850.

STL Cardinals & Adam Wainwright Injury

Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

 

Avoid gym-related injuries with proper training

Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine offer tips to stay healthy when working out.

The gyms are clearing out from the New Year’s Resolution buffs as some have decided to start working out outside in the warmer weather while others have simply given up. For others just realizing swimsuit season is just around the corner, the gym appears on their schedule before heading on summer vacation.

Prior to summer, there are a lot of new gym subscribers looking to get into shape. This means there are a lot of people going to the gym who haven’t worked out in months, maybe years, and some who have simply never worked out. All of this inexperience can lead to a dreadful injury which will ultimately slow your fitness goals and possibly keep you from fun warm-weather activities.

CultureOfSafety.com put together a great infographic about gym-related injuries. Young people, ages 15 to 24, account for over 40 percent of injuries in the gym. This comes as little surprise as this is the larger age group using the gym and many are first-time users.

Other interesting facts are 82 percent of gym injuries that resulted in an ER visit from 1990-2007 were to males, 90 percent of weight lifting injuries were from free weights, and most injuries (nearly 65 percent) were soft tissue injures.

So how can gym users avoid these injuries?

Warming up and stretching before working out will help prevent the soft tissue injuries. Staying hydrated will also keep you from cramping and injuring muscles.

It’s imperative that you check out the equipment and ask questions if you don’t know how to use it. You should make sure the resistance bands and treadmills are safe to use. Don’t hesitate to ask the staff if you have any concerns about the equipment.

One of the most injured body parts is the hand. Dr. David Irvine of Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine treats numerous hand conditions including carpal tunnel, fractures, mallet finger injuries and Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis.

Dr. Irvine is also the premier doctor in St. Louis to treat injuries to the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot and ankle. He understands your ultimate goal is to get heal as quickly as possible and will use the best methods to get you back in action faster.

More information: http://www.cultureofsafety.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/fitness_infographic.jpeg

Proper training key for marathon running

Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine offers running tips for those currently training to run a marathon in the coming months.

It’s that time of year for marathons, half marathons, five-milers, 5Ks, and other various runs to take over your weekend schedule as we begin to head into the warmer months.

If you don’t properly train, it could be a long summer of pain and injuries.

Training is different for every runner because we’re all at different stage levels of fitness. If you’re a beginner to doing a marathon or any race, it’s important to keep to a strict schedule. Much like running the race, training requires a certain mental toughness that will drive you when your body starts to break down.

The key to running long distances is to train gently. Give yourself enough time to prepare your body to meet your goal, whether it be to finish a five-mile race in under 50 minutes or to complete a full marathon. If you don’t consistently run, it will take more time to complete these goals.

It’s best to start out slow months ahead of your race. Building up your endurance along the way with shorter runs will keep your legs healthy. Otherwise, you risk injury.

As noted by the running schedule at CoolRunning.com, pick two days apart to rest with no running. They suggest Monday and Friday. You should run a shorter distance on the days after a rest day. You should also pick a day for your long run of the week. Based on their example, Sunday would be the long run day.

Click here to check out the 20-week training schedule on CoolRunning.com.

So what are some additional training tips?

You will always want to alternate easy and hard days, according to UCSFHealth.org. If you miss a day of training, don’t try to play catch up by pushing extra hard. This is a big injury risk. Run on hills if you want to increase your stamina.

It’s also recommended that you warm up beforehand and cool down afterwards. Don’t throw yourself right into the fire without raising your heart rate and preparing your muscles, tendons and lungs for a run. Your warm up should include gentle loosening exercises, light jogging and stretching. Your warm up can last between five and 60 minutes so be sure to set aside time for it.

The cool down period is essential to staying healthy. Cooling down consists of 10 minutes of easy running to gradually bring down your heart rate to a normal level. It’s also a good time to stretch since your muscles are already loose and will make you better prepared for the next day’s run.

Stay hydrated. If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. You should be drinking water during a run, especially when running for a long period of time.

Also, wear proper shoes. If you wear old worn down shoes, you run the risk of an injury. Make sure there is enough padding for your foot for your comfort.

If you begin to experience any pain following a run, please contact Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine. We specialize in many areas including foot, ankle, knee and hip.

More information: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_4/130.shtml

More information: http://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/running_a_marathon_training_tips/