Sports Medicine

May 23, 2019

Don’t Rush Recovery – Why It’s Important to Take Concussions and Head Injuries Seriously

By Sam LaRose People usually associate concussions or head injuries with sports, like soccer, football or basketball, but concussions can happen during recreational activities for fun too. It’s that time of year here in the mountains for western North Carolinians’ favorite outdoor activities – hiking, canoeing or rafting down the river, biking and more. Whether […]

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March 14, 2019

5 Basketball Injuries and How to Treat Them

By Aaron Vaughan, MD A proud supporter of the SoCon Tournament, Mission Sports Medicine keeps athletes and active people of all ages and skill levels healthy, active and at peak performance. Basketball, with its fast pace, change of direction and explosive nature comes with many opportunities for injury. At Mission Health, we diagnose, treat and […]

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March 12, 2019

True Team Players – Common Misconceptions about Athletic Trainers

By William Mathiowdis, ATC Editor’s Note: I grew up playing five sports and played soccer in college. While I remember most of my friends, teammates and coaches from various teams, I remember almost all of my athletic trainers, too. They ran out to the soccer field and carried me off, rode in an ambulance with […]

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February 25, 2019

Learning to Love Your Body: How Body Dysmorphia Can Lead to Eating Disorders

By Kelly Montague, Athletic Trainer Athletics and physical activity is a great outlet for individuals to challenge their bodies and improve their health. Being fit comes with the common misconception that as a result of this lifestyle you will be slim with toned muscle definition. A healthy body comes in all shapes and sizes, and […]

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February 18, 2019

Don’t Make These Mistakes – 5 Tips for Your First 5K

By Eliza Parker, ATC All runners have to start somewhere. Often, a good place is a 5K (you may have heard people say “couch to 5K”). Whether you’re new to running or getting back into it, and whatever your motivation, taking a few simple precautions upfront can help you make it all the way to […]

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February 11, 2019

Common Tennis Injuries and How to Prevent Them

By Thomas Starnes, MD Playing tennis is not only fun, but it’s a great way to exercise. Like with all forms of exercise, you have to be careful not to hurt yourself. Here are some tips to help you prevent injuries while you’re on the court. Tennis Elbow Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is an overuse […]

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January 25, 2019

Keep Your Brain and Body Safe When You Hit the Slopes

By Kelly Montague, Athletic Trainer Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating – outdoor activities and sports that many here in western North Carolina look forward to in the winter. Along with winter sport activities comes the potential of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, with a concussion being the most common. Concussions are often most associated with […]

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January 11, 2019

Bundle Up: Don’t Get Frostbite – Keep Your Body Warm during Winter Activities

By Aaron Vaughan, MD Winter is here with the temperatures to prove it. Whether you’re an athlete and have a fitness regimen to keep up, you’re walking the dog or going ice skating, take note of important precautions to take when going outside for periods of time. Athletes need to be especially aware of the […]

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October 26, 2018

How Physical Therapy Can Help Live a Pain-Free Life

By Caroline Lieberman, Physical Therapist Living pain-free is crucial to quality of life. The ability to move without pain can impact a person’s ability to participate in – and simply enjoy – everyday activities, earn a living and experience independence. People often associate pain management with medication treatment plans. Reliance on opioids has led to the […]

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October 19, 2018

Stay in the Game: Smart Habits for Injury Prevention and Lifelong Health

By Thomas Starnes, MD A broken bone or an injured joint while doing something you love can be painful and set you back for a while. Though not always preventable, there are things you can do that will not only reduce your risk for such injuries, but actually enhance your overall health and well-being. With […]

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