Athletic Trainer Newsletter

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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Jenna Moore
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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Q&A with Legend High School Athletic Trainer Lindsey Pederson
12/06/2018
Q&A with Legend High School Athletic Trainer Lindsey Pederson
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Emerald Damge
Q&A with new ThunderRidge High School Athletic Trainer Emerald Damge
12/06/2018
Take a look at this Q&A with new ThunderRidge High School Athletic Trainer Emerald Damge
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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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Male athlete hydrating
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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