Sports Medicine

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 Mary Helen Letterle Manager, 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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March 2, 2017

Kicking Injury – 10 Ways for Your Soccer Player to Avoid Getting Hurt

By Aaron Vaughan, MD Primary Care Sports Medicine For both youth and adult players, soccer is an enjoyable, team-centric pastime. But before you hit the pitch, here are 10 ways you can prevent injury, as well as treatment for the most common perpetrators. Prevention  Given that soccer is a high energy, semi-contact sport, not all injuries […]

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January 4, 2017

Fit Over 40 – Five Tips for Living Well and Staying Active

By Mary Helen Letterle Manager, Mission Sports Medicine. As we age, we know that strength, flexibility and bone density diminish. But for those willing to stay active and make good lifestyle and fitness choices, much can be done to fend off the decline and slow down the effects of aging. Below, are some helpful tips […]

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November 16, 2016

Forest Fires: 4 Tips for Protecting Your Athletes from the Fallout

By Calvin Mabry With the recent outbreak of fires in western North Carolina, air quality alerts have been issued to assist residents in determining their outdoor activities. According to Mary Helen Letterle, Manager with Mission Sports Medicine, “When air quality alerts reach code purple, physical activities should be moved indoors. Moving down the scale, when […]

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September 13, 2016

Concussions in Young Athletes – Know the Signs and When to Seek Medical Attention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 2 million children each year get a concussion—a direct blow to the head or indirect blow to the body that causes the brain to literally shift in the skull. While most concussions are mild, they are serious injuries that require medical treatment. Symptoms of Concussion […]

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January 6, 2016

Home Court Advantage – UNCA Hoops Coach Nick McDevitt Owes His Career to Mission Orthopedists

Nick McDevitt, head coach of the UNC-Asheville men’s basketball team, has his dream career and a happy family life, but none of that would have been possible had he not received appropriate care for a childhood injury. Had things gone even a little differently, the entire course of his life would have been altered. More […]

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