Here is Kai, SPARCC’s comeback athlete for October. After his concussion, he felt like his favorite player Kyrie Irving watching from the sidelines injured. Kai spent 4 months training, recovering, and learning to improve and also taught the SPARCC team a couple new tricks along the way. Now he’s back on the court doing what he loves. Hopefully we don’t see too many people in clinic with broken ankles from Kais handles #bigballer #safetyfirst #ballin #comebackathlete #breakingankles #uncledrew #SPARCC
Here is Isabella, our comeback student athlete for September! She is involved in as many extracurricular activities as is possible for a high schooler. Although her concussion seemed to dim the spot light for her, she never gave up and is now enjoying her senior year doing what she loves. Isabella is being awarded the Heisman Trophy from SPARCC for her pursuit of excellence with integrity and never giving up! #comebackathlete #tucson #heisman #sparcc #justdoit #recovery
As high school football season kicks into full gear, we want to wish all the Southern Arizona teams good luck in their games tonight! 📷 Dr Jon
This is Paige, our comeback athlete for August! Paige’s dedication and passion for soccer shined throughout her recovery. We are so happy to see her back on the soccer field doing what she loves. Read Paige’s story on our website: sparcctucson.com #comebackathlete #comeback #athlete #sportsmedicine #soccer #recovery
When do you need to worry about the long-term complications of recurrent concussions? Check out Dr. Mo’s latest blog about multiple head injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) on SPARCC’s blog: sparcctucson.com/blog #concussion #concussionrecovery #concussionresearch #traumaticbraininjury #tbi #chronictraumaticencephalopathy #cte #complications
Stay hydrated everybody! It’s a hot one out there today!
Dr Minor out here talking about the future of sideline medicine with Tucson's Athletic Trainers.
Are you ready for Fall sports? Get your $10 sports physicals with baseline concussion testing on Fri, July 27. ALL proceeds go to the athlete's district! Call 520-222-8076 to schedule. #sportsphysical #sportsphysicals #fallsports #baselineconcussiontesting #concussion #concussionprevention
Sleep disturbances are common after a concussion. Concussion symptoms including headaches and dizziness can contribute to difficulty falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, or both, which leads to drowsiness during the day. Brain rest is essential to recovery from normal daily activities and concussions. Impaired brain rest can delay concussion recovery, resulting in lingering symptoms. The best way to improve your sleep is to improve your sleep hygiene by developing a bedtime routine: 1️⃣ Develop a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Yes, that includes weekends! This protects your circadian rhythm, or internal clock, and helps your body know that it’s time to sleep when you go to bed. 2️⃣ If you must nap, limit naps to 30-45 minutes. Doing so helps prevent the onset of REM sleep (REM confuses your circadian rhythm). 3️⃣ Turn your thermostat down. 75 degrees is considered to be ideal for quality sleep. Make sure you’re not shivering, though. If you’re cold at 75, consider wearing socks. 4️⃣ Turn off screens 1-2 hours before bed. We know it’s tempting to check Instagram or other social media accounts or to binge your favorite show before bed, but avoiding screens is important for quality sleep. Avoiding screens before bed lets your brain begin the transition from stimulation to rest mode. This also reinforces your body’s circadian rhythm and makes falling asleep easier. For more info, check out the “Concussions and Sleep” blog on our website: sparcctucson.com #concussion #concussions #concussionrecovery #concussionawareness #sleep #sleepisimportant #sportsmedicine
Gait analysis can identify running mechanical problems or errors. During gait analysis, brightly colored reflective tape is often applied to several areas of the runner’s skin. This helps to better visualize specific anatomical landmarks during the analysis. After the runner warms up, cameras are used to record the running movements from different angles, often a side view (pictured here) and a frontal or rear view. The images captured are then reviewed frame by frame to determine if there are gait errors which may be contributing to pain or injury. Often, multiple errors occur together. A plan is then created to help fix these errors with strengthening, physical therapy, and gait retraining. Common gait abnormalities include excessive extension of the tibia, decreased knee flexion, reduced hip extension, overstriding, large vertical displacement, over pronation, and pelvic drop, among many others. Check out our recent blog on gait analysis on our website: SPARCCtucson.com #gaitanalysis #running #runninginjury #runningform #musculoskeletal #injuryprevention #runninginjuryprevention
Aydrien is SPARCC’s Comeback Patient of the Month for July! Aydrien sustained a concussion after getting hit from behind while racing go-karts. Although her recovery process was long and difficult, she is happily to be back to school this fall. She will be pursuing a nursing degree with the goal of helping others who were injured like her. Best of luck, Aydrien! Read Aydrien’s full story on our website: sparcctucson.com #concussion #concussionawareness #concussionrecovery #comeback
US olympic bobsled medalist @elanameyerstaylor has pledged to donate her brain to concussion research. She suffered a concussion in 2015 after a bobsled crash. Her goal is to help doctors better understand how concussions affect female athletes. What an amazing woman! Read the full story: http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-olympics-live-updates-u-s-bobsledder-elana-meyers-taylor-1518147719-htmlstory.html #concussion #concussionawareness #concussionrecovery #bobsled #femaleathlete #femaleathletes #inspiration
The ultrasound images above show a 17 year old basketball player with a partial tear of the proximal patellar tendon and chronic tendinitis (tendinosis). The images show the proximal patellar tendon before, during, and after ultrasound guided injection with platelet-rich plasma growth factors. Read more about the benefits of diagnostic and interventional ultrasound compared with MRI and CT in our most recent blog by Dr. Jon Minor and Dr. Mo Mortazavi on sparcctucson.com #ultrasound #musculoskeletal #ultrasoundisbetter #sportmedicine #ultrasounddiagnostics #ultrasoundguidedinjection #ultrasoundguidedinjections #tendinitis #tendinosis #patellartendon #prolotherapy
Alyssa was just cleared from her third concussion and is headed back to the basketball court! Alyssa’s goal is to compete at the college level like her grandfather (pictured). Check out Alyssa’s full story here: sparcctucson.com #concussion #concussionrecovery #concussionawareness #tbi