The summer just wrapped up and with it, the end of the Rio Olympics. It was an action-packed and awe-inspiring few weeks of cheering for the USA, and the incredible display of performance, perseverance, and passion reminds me of how incredible the human body is. Some notable highlights for me include cheering for the local Olympians, including Alise Post, St. Cloud native who Silvered in Women's BMX, and watching former Gopher David Plummer taking Bronze in swimming.
It is estimated that there are as many as 4-5 million sports related concussions per year in the United States. These aren’t just high impact sports that adults play either. Concussions rates are increasing among middle school aged players. Our young athletes are playing longer and harder these days and we’re seeing more and more concussions in younger players. Players at any level are susceptible to concussions. More competitive and older players are at a greater risk, but even children under 10 can be prone to concussions.
Olympians are believed to be the best of the best. But, at one point they started out as little league players and high school athletes – just like you. You’re not so different after all…
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Athletes are prone to training mistakes, pushing their bodies too hard and not giving themselves the rest they need to stay injury free. Here are some ways that you can help yourself and your young athlete take control of their risk of sports injuries and try to prevent them before they start.
Participating in sports is one of the most exhilarating things in the world. The physical aspect of sports, though, can bring about the risk injury. Sports injuries are quite common among kids and adults, of any athletic ability. Some sports, such as football and hockey, are considered more risky due to their extremely physical nature. Even a non-contact sport, such as golf, can pose a risk of injury. Common sports injuries, from ankle sprains to broken bones, all need to be treated properly in order to heal correctly. If you are injured while playing a sport or engaging in physical activity, be sure to seek treatment right away. The sooner your sports injuries can be treated, the sooner they can heal and you can return to the game.
Sports physical therapy is much more than just injury treatment and rehabilitation. It is a comprehensive approach to sports medicine that includes prevention, performance enhancement and other specialized practices that protect, strengthen and improve the physically active individual's ability to perform. Most people associate sports physical therapy with the medical therapy prescribed after an athlete has been injured during a competition or while training; it is so much more than that.
Meet Anne Schleper. She’s a Central Minnesota girl, born and raised in the area. She played youth hockey for St. Cloud as a kid. In high school, she played for the Icebreakers. She moved along to college to play for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and then professionally for the Boston Blades. Now, she’s on the Women’s US National Hockey Team, ready to compete in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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