It is around this time of year that many Vermonters start checking the weather for cooler temperatures, frost warnings, and the inevitable first flakes of snow. It also around this time of year that ski swaps begin popping up, hockey tournaments come into full swing, and winter athletes participating in all sports begin tuning up their gear.
Now is also a great time to get a “tune up” yourself, to help prepare for a safe and enjoyable winter sports season. Join our team of physical therapists and sports medicine physicians for Winter Sports Night at the Orthopedic Specialty Center Thursday, November 13. We will host a clinic from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., followed by Sports Medicine Physician Lectures at 6:00 p.m.
Come take part in an evening dedicated to helping all members of your family learn more about preparing for their winter sport of choice. Tight muscles, weak muscles, and deconditioning can place seasoned athletes and weekend warriors of all abilities at risk for a host of often avoidable injuries. Addressing these muscle imbalances is important to avoid knee pain, hip pain, back pain, and tendonitis injuries to name a few, which can delay or interrupt a sports season.
The Winter Sports Night is open to all members of our community, and all ages from young to young at heart, who participate in a winter sport whether it is recreationally or at a more competitive level. This is a FREE evening which will have two parts:
- First, from 4:00 p.m. – 6 p.m., the physical therapy clinic will be hosting a number of different stations. Participants will be able to receive a screening of their strength and flexibility, and then learn recommendations for stretches and exercises to help prepare for a successful sports season. Hand therapy experts can discuss various hand injuries, rehabilitation, and prevention. Registered dieticians will be available to answer your questions on nutrition and fueling up this winter. Members from the Injury Prevention Team at the UVM Medical Center will be on hand to provide information on concussions. If you have questions about the latest and greatest in winter sports gear, Ski Rack will be here to help you out, discuss proper fitting and safety, and of course show what is new for the season. The UVM Medical Center’s sports medicine physicians and providers will be on hand to discuss injury prevention and answer questions.
- Then, join us at 6:00pm for lectures with James Slauterbeck, MD, and Nathan Endres, MD, who will be discussing ACL injuries and winter sports injuries.
You are welcome to join in for both the clinic and the lectures, or just one part. Register early though to reserve your spot!
If you and any other members of your family are interested in taking part in our Winter Sports Night, please register at FletcherAllen.org/sportsnight. You can call (802) 847-3120 or email RehabTherapies@vtmednet.org with further question regarding this event. Remember this is a free event and open to all ages.
At the Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Center there are many physical therapists who are happy to help should you need our care. We have highly skilled PTs who are experts in treating all orthopedic injuries, sports and running injuries, as well as pediatric injuries to help keep all members of your family fit, healthy, and injury free.