Health Page Archive: Sports Medicine

Stre-e-e-tch to Loosen Up Muscles

  One of the most important aspects of participating in sports is often one of the most overlooked – stretching both before and after exercising. “Stretching helps improve your flexibility, which in turn can prevent injury,” says Jimmy D. Bowen, MD, FAAPMR, CSCS, physiatrist, who practices at ...
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Post-Concussion Syndrome Can Last for Months 

The effects of a concussion sometimes can last for months after the original injury. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, decreased concentration and fogginess. “Post-concussion syndrome is not dependent on the severity of the injury,” says Heidi J. Hunter, MD, physical medicine and ...
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Make Bigger Improvements With Smarter Workouts

Every athlete knows success in competition begins with hard work in the off-season and in practice. What gets lost in the push to outwork the competition is how proper nutrition and adequate recovery can result in even greater gains. Overtraining is one of the biggest risks ...
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Proper Form Helps the Body Maximize Movement

“Hold your form!” That sentence is one of the most common commands used by coaches and trainers as they exhort their athletes to push beyond their comfort zones. Aside from the obvious benefit of avoiding wasted motion, using proper form when exercising holds additional advantages. “The most ...
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Reduce Lower Back Pain

One of the best ways to reduce lower back pain is to exercise. “Studies have shown that exercise is more effective than any other method,” says Jimmy D. Bowen, MD, FAAPMR, CSCS, physiatrist at Saint Francis Medical Center. Neutral spine core stability exercises are the ...
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“Better Health, Better Man”: Men’s Health Event

Men can learn about the health issues that most affect them at “Better Health, Better Man,” Saint Francis Medical Center’s annual Men’s Health Event on Thursday, September 10, beginning at 5 pm at Isle Casino, 777 N. Main St. in Cape Girardeau. This free event includes ...
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Fit Fore Golf

If you are a golfer, you know how physically draining it can be to play 18 holes and have to go back to work the next day. The Fit Fore Golf Program at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus helps avid golfers build up their ...
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Furry 5K

Step out with your favorite four-legged friend for Saint Francis Medical Center’s seventh annual Furry 5K on Saturday, June 6. The event gives dog lovers a chance to combine two of their favorite activities — staying fit and spending time with their pets. “You do not ...
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Stretching Before Exercise

Stretching before exercise can help you move better and keep you more flexible as you age. While static stretching (stretching a muscle and holding it) can loosen your muscles, dynamic stretching (incorporating movement) can often be even more effective. “Some studies have shown that static stretches ...
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When You Might Need ACL Reconstruction

One of the most common injuries to athletes is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The ACL is a ligament located in the center of the knee that is vital to the joint’s stability. “Whenever a young athlete tears his or her ACL, we usually recommend ...
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