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.

Kolten Wong Has Concussion

Second basemen, Kolten Wong, has concussion

St. Louis Cardinal player has concussion after hitting head

July 7th, the Cardinals took on the Chicago Cubs where in the 5th inning, Kolten Wong, hit his head after making an incredible catch in right field leaving him with a concussion.
“I hit right on the side of my head and landed right on my face,” Wong said. “It threw me back a little bit. I was a little dizzy. … As the game progressed, my headache got worse and worse and so they brought me in. … I had a headache the whole time, and it’s still lingering a little bit.”
Watch Wong Make this catch by clicking here!

Read the full coverage of this article, written by Jennifer Langosch here: Wong hits head on catch.

CrossFit

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One of the largest workout trends to come up in the last couple of years is CrossFit. It is a high intensity workout that works to enhance fitness in areas such as cardio, strength, stamina, power, speed, flexibility, accuracy, balance, coordination, & agility.  In CrossFit you have a coach & a team and you basically change your entire lifestyle. It is all designed to make you get the most out of your workout. While this craze has attracted many enthusiasts, it has also attracted critics. These critics claim that CrossFit is a dangerous sport & that serious injuries occur from the sport.

The biggest concern about it being a dangerous sport can be combated by simply stating that any sport in which someone is inexperienced in can be dangerous. It is simply in how you approach the sport. CrossFit in itself is not dangerous. The sport does not cause injury, the person causes the injury. It’s the way people perform the activity. In any physical activity you should listen to what your body is saying. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right. You have a coach. Use him or her. Let them teach you the correct form & learn what is too much for you.

If you’ve been wanting to try CrossFit but have been scared away by these reports of it being dangerous, do not be deterred. Educate yourself. Make yourself an expert on the technique behind what you’re doing. Do it right & there’s no reason you cannot use the CrossFit tools to change your life.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ericka-andersen/crossfit-rhabdomyolysis_b_3985231.html

End of Season Cards Injuries

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While St. Louis’ favorite time of year has come to close, this is when our favorite Cardinals players get time to rest & recuperate from a long season of pitching, catching, driving and  all of those other moves that make the Birds the pride of our city. Some of the members of the team suffered some sports injuries that will get their chance to heal over the off season. Here is a rundown of where the Cardinals injuries stand.

Molina- His end of the season left oblique strain as well as his right thumb injury will be healed up & Yadi should be ready to roll by the start of the Cards spring training.

Wainwright- By the end of the season, there was some concern about Waino’s right elbow as it had apparently been causing him some discomfort. Although he will most likely still be taking it easy during spring training, he will benefit from rest before training starts.

Wacha- Although there was concern about Wacha’s right shoulder, he recently underwent an MRI that came back completely clean. He should be following a normal offseason schedule that of course will require rest & normal training.

Garcia- In July, Garcia underwent a thoracic outlet (small space underneath the collarbone) surgery & he is still not fully recovered. It is not clear now, nor will it probably be clear until spring training if Garcia will be on the Cards roster for the beginning of the 2015 season.

Jay- He is currently the only member of the Cards roster who is scheduled to have a surgery during the offseason. The centerfielder’s wrist began hurting him in July & will have his left wrist scoped & will need 6-8 weeks before he can resume offseason training.

http://m.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article/99058688/jon-jay-to-have-wrist-surgery-yadier-molina-adam-wainwright-prescribed-rest

Workout revovery like a professional athlete

Recover from your workout like a professional athlete

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You might not have the money dedicated to training like a professional athlete, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to train like one. Professional athletes and their trainers know that the secret to successful training is recovery.

We cannot stress enough how important recovery is in avoiding injuries. At Missouri Orthopedics, we know that most of you do not have the option to hire massage therapists to be at your disposable. That being said, below are some techniques you can perform yourself without having to shell out big bucks.

1. Contrast Showers

A contrast shower, alternating between hot and cold water, may be better to relieve muscle soreness than a full hot shower. Temperature extremes dilate and constrict your blood vessels, moving metabolic waste products away from your muscles and bringing oxygen and nutrients back to them.
Here’s how to do it: Start with five to 10 minutes of warm water. Then repeat trading off between one minute of cold water followed by one minute of warm water four to five times.

2. Drink Your Protein

30 minutes after exercise is the perfect time for a protein shake. It may help to repair damaged muscles and aid in recovery. Whey shakes are what we highly recommend going with. Whey is a protein found in milk which contains the amino acid leucine. It has been shown to jump-start muscle protein synthesis. For better results, blend in a nutrient-dense green-powder supplement or other antioxidant-rich ingredients, such as dark, leafy greens or berries. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, a byproduct of hard training that can damage your cells.

3. Myofascial Release

Dedicate at least 10 minutes a day to self-myofascial release (SMR). This process works out muscle knots and relieves tension in the fascia (the tissue covering our muscles). While SMR can be done after workouts, it can also be done before a workout to get your body tissue primed to be lengthened through mobility work. If you use a foam roller prior to exercise, spend another 10 minutes doing mobility exercises. This pre-workout routine promotes more efficient movement during exercise and less wear and tear on your joints.

4. Ice Baths

Ice baths have been shown to reduce muscle soreness. It’s an extreme technique and it takes a little getting used to, but when you experience how fresh your muscles feel afterward, you’ll be hooked just like many NBA players are during halftime. All you need is a tub, a couple of bags of ice and the courage to soak for five to 10 minutes.

5. Sleep

The final and most important piece of recovery is sleep. Your body continues to repair itself during sleep. Lack of sleep interferes with the protein synthesis that helps your muscles grow. Make an effort to go to bed earlier so you can get the recommended seven to nine hours of shut-eye a night. Give yourself time to wind down before you go to sleep and avoid using a laptop or phone too close to bedtime. Stick to a routine so that you are sure to get a good night’s rest.

Original: http://www.livestrong.com/blog/5-tools-help-recover-like-professional-athlete#ixzz3872V7DnY