Sports Medicine

August 4, 2017

Practical Tips for Weekend Warriors – Five Ways to Avoid Injury

By David Brough, MD In the midst of summer and nearing autumn and its blissful glory, the seasons beg us to explore and venture out. From golfing to hiking, cycling to gardening, or any of the numerous outdoor activities you love, the warmer weather undoubtedly brings with it ample opportunities to enjoy your favorite pastimes. Many […]

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July 26, 2017

CTE in the News Again – What Is Mission Sports Medicine Doing to Prevent and Treat Concussions?

By Calvin Mabry A recent article published by CNN detailed that 99 percent of studied brains from deceased NFL players were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE. A progressive degenerative brain disease, CTE is characterized by memory loss, mood swings and difficulty concentrating, symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer’s. The differentiating […]

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July 14, 2017

Moms That Move – What You Need to Know about Exercise during Pregnancy

By Aaron Vaughan, MD Mission Orthopedics and Asheville Orthopaedics Associates Regular physical activity during pregnancy has minimal risks and has been shown to benefit most women. Exercise does not cause miscarriage, poor fetal growth, musculoskeletal injury or premature delivery. In fact, physical inactivity and excessive weight gain are all risk factors for maternal obesity and […]

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July 14, 2017

Healthy Hydration – Summer Workouts Need Special Attention to Fluids

By Aaron Vaughan & Eliza Parker With the hot weather upon us, every level of athlete should consider their hydration status and how it can affect their performance and recovery. As one sweats during exercise, both water and salts are lost, which can lead to a reduction in blood volume, an increase in the amount […]

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July 6, 2017

Training Champions – In the Dugout with the State Championship Baseball Team

By Calvin Mabry For student athletes in today’s exponentially competitive landscape geared more toward individual success, cultivating a championship team takes what some might compare to the perfect storm. Common components of such whirlwinds range from players with an uncompromised work ethic, coaches, whose focus transcends mere preparation to the health and wellness of each individual […]

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April 25, 2017

Concussions: Myth vs. Fact – Six Common Misconceptions About Prevention and Treatment

By Brent Fisher, MD As we enter warmer months and outdoor activities increase, risks of injuries and accidents related to sporting activities increases as well, including a likely increase in head injuries. And while football has been heavily scrutinized for the impact of head trauma, including concussions on current and former players over the last […]

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April 19, 2017

Specialization in Youth Athletes: Three Myths and Three Tips

By Mary Helen Letterle According to the 2008 National Council of Youth Sports, 60 million youth aged 6 through 18 years participated in organized sports. Over the last 25 years, youth sports participation has shifted from child-driven, recreational free play for enjoyment to adult-driven, highly structured, deliberate practice devoted to sports-specific skill development. This increased […]

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March 27, 2017

Seven Tips for Avoiding Injury This Spring – Advice from an Athletic Trainer

By Katy Collins Athletic Trainer, Mission Sports Medicine Springtime is upon us, and most of us are eager to get outside and get moving. But, before you jump in headfirst, here are some tips to help you avoid injury and keep you in the game this spring. Before your sport season begins, begin exercising about […]

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March 23, 2017

Shoulder Injuries – Five Things You Should Know About Avoidance and Treatment

By Gordon Groh, MD Without a doubt, shoulders are the most commonly injured joints in the body, affecting far more than only athletes and older adults. In fact, it’s safe to say that we’re all at high risk for a shoulder injury at any given time. Here are the top five things you should know […]

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March 20, 2017

Spring Training – Advice for Getting Back on Your Fitness Track

By Aaron Vaughan, MD As American musician Henry Rollins said, “In winter, I plot and plan. In spring, I move.” Well, the time to move has come, and doing a couple of simple things can help you get started in the right direction with some helpful tips to boost your progress and enhance your level […]

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