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Get ready to run, St. Louis!
Get ready to run, St. Louis!
Fall is fast approaching with the calendar flipping to August, and cooler weather is just around the corner. Wrap up the summer by lacing up your running shoes and enjoying a local race in August or September. Check out this list of upcoming 5k, 10k, and fun runs all over St. Louis! MuckFest MS St. Louis  - August 15th Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a terrible condition that affects so many in our community. MuckFest MS teams up with the MS Society to host a “mucky” race to bring us closer to a world without MS. Almost twenty obstacles line the MuckFest race path that are sure to get you muddy and mucky as you race to the finish line. Help support the MS Society by registering for the MuckFest MS St. Louis. Color Run Night (Madison, IL) - August 15th You’ve heard of the Color Run. Now, imagine the Color Run at night! Run the 5k course at Gateway Motosports Park in Madison and get ready to look fantastic covered in colored powder as you dance, run, walk, and party your way through ...

What To Do If Your Child Is Injured At Summer Camp
What To Do If Your Child Is Injured At Summer Camp
Kids are resilient! They can come crashing off the playground, stand up, and shake it off like nothing happened. Summer camps can be a great place for kids of all ages to enjoy fun, new friends, and all sorts of exciting activities. Sometimes accidents happen though, and it’s good to know when your child may have experienced a serious joint or bone injury that needs medical attention. Emergency room visits jump by 20% in the months of June, July, and August, many of which happen as a result of injuries sustained at summer camps. (Source) If you think your child might be injured, here are a few steps to help you figure out what to do. Ask for more details from camp staff If your child was involved in a collision or individual accident, camp staff may proactively provide you with details of the incident. However, if the child injured themselves outside their supervision, camp staff may not be aware of the injury. A negligent camp staff makes for a liable camp. It’s worth asking the camp staff if they have any ...

How to Exercise Safely in the St. Louis Summer Heat
How to Exercise Safely in the St. Louis Summer Heat
The dog days of summer are here, and that means your outdoor workout is a little bit hotter than it was earlier this summer. St. Louis in July features some of the hottest days of the year with temperatures expected to hit triple digits. (Accuweather) Before you hit the pavement for a jog in Forest Park or cycle down the Katy Trail,, keep these tips in mind for exercising safely in the summer heat. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Your body loses water at a tremendous rate in extreme heat. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of heat stroke. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times in case you get overheated. It’s important to drink water throughout your workout to replenish your body’s hydration levels. If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink plenty of water! Use sunscreen throughout the day If you’re going to spend any time in the sun, you need to wear sunscreen. Don’t try to be a “tough guy” because “you’re just going to get sunburned anyway.” You need to apply sunscreen every two hours to stay ...

St. Louis Cardinals Summer Injury Report
St. Louis Cardinals Summer Injury Report
Our beloved St. Louis Cardinals hold the best record in major league baseball as we race towards the All-Star break. It’s easy to sometimes forget that these kings of the diamond are also human, too. They’re not invincible, and their bodies wear down over a grueling season from February to late October. This season has seen more than our fair (or unfair) share of Redbirds hitting the disabled list. Here is a full report on every Cardinal fighting back from an injury: Adam Wainwright, SP Wainwright hit the disabled list for good in 2015 with a popped Achilles. He recently attended Albert Pujols’ charity golf tournament where he said, “I’ll do whatever it takes to pitch in October.” We certainly hope to see you in the posteason too, Waino! Matt Adams, 1B Adams suffered a significant quadriceps injury on Tuesday, May 26th. He underwent surgery on May 30th to repair a torn right quadriceps and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2015 season. Matt Holliday, LF Holliday also suffered a quad injury while on the road playing the Rockies on June 8th. Thankfully he ...

Tick Season Has Arrived
It's Tick Season in MO and IL. A recent Washington Post article outlines everything you ever wanted to know about ticks and lyme disease, but may have been too afraid to ask. Orthopedic Associate's Dr. Byler has summarized the article in a few quick lists to keep you and your family in-the-know and out of harm's way while you're enjoying the outdoors over the next few weeks. Tick & Lyme Disease Facts 1. A tick typically must be attached for at least 24-hours before Lyme-causing bacteria is introduced into the human host's bloodstream. 2. Lyme disease is usually transmitted through the bite of a juvenile black legged tick known as a deer tick 3. Ticks can be as small as a freckle or the tip of a pencil 4. Risk is higher in areas where there are rodents,d ever, and other small animals that can easily transfer ticks to humans 5. The threat is especially high near waterways (ticks love moisture) and recently developed areas where a tick habitat is close to homes How To Avoid Tick Bites 1. Dress in light colored clothing to make it ...

Personal Training at Core Fitness Des Peres can boost your orthopedic health
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to your body’s limbs and joints, you can take a proactive approach to maintaining a healthy body with personal training through Core Fitness in Des Peres. The Core Fitness team thrives on the latest in training techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to help exercisers of all ages stay fit and healthy. Core Fitness also shares nutritious recipes on their blog to help you maintain a well-balanced diet. Any conversation about Core Fitness has to start with its director Craig Dupske. Craig started training in St. Louis almost twenty years ago working with professional and amateur athletes all the way up to 90-year olds and patients with MS. Injury prevention and rehabilitation are two key components of Craig’s programming. His expertise is what sets the highest bar for Core Fitness. Core Fitness attracts a variety of top trainers to their Des Peres location. Their current training staff is an exceptional cross-section of both health and fitness experts. No matter your training focus or interest, Core Fitness ...

How to enjoy the wedding dance floor without breaking a leg
It’s the end of June and wedding season is sweeping into full swing. Who doesn’t love a great wedding reception with a rockin’ band and great dance floor? Before you step out with your dance partner of choice, here are some ways to keep your jitterbuggin’ joints or two left feet safe on the dance floor. Know your dancing limits You may have been a dancing fiend thirty years ago, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. A spin twist into the full splits is a sure-fire way to find out how much your insurance deductible is. Start slow and see how your body responds. If you have arthritis, it may be best to avoid high-impact, faster-paced dance songs and moves. Save it for the kids. Enjoy dancing at your own pace. Stretch before dancing It may sound silly, but a few simple stretches are worth protecting your muscles and joints from overextending. Drink plenty of water before dancing. This helps your body get the oxygen where it needs to be for prime dancing time. Be aware of your surroundings on the dance ...

Enjoy The Best of Des Peres This Summer
The Des Peres area is a fantastic treasure trove to enjoy this summer. Between live music events, art shows, fitness fun, and a good beer or two, there’s no shortage of fun to be had around our area. If you’re wanting to kick around Des Peres this summer, here are a few must-see places to visit. Get fit at Core Fitness What better way to enjoy the summer than by being in shape and looking fabulous? Our Orthopedic Associates team uses Core Fitness as our go-to fitness facility and is located right off Old Des Peres Road. They offer a wide variety of exercise equipment with fifteen highly qualified trainers to get you in the best shape of your life. Core Fitness is currently offering discount memberships for families and corporations. The Lodge at Des Peres The pool at the Lodge opened up over Memorial Day weekend and that means summer splashes for everyone! The Lodge Des Peres also has a range of amenities, including their outdoor Aquatic Center with an otter slide, Lazy River, whirlpool, and so much ...

Healthy Feet Event
HEALTHY FEET EVENT Orthopedic Associates and Fleet Feet are partnering to give your feet the attention they deserve. At May 14th's Healthy Feet seminar, Board Certified Podiatrist Dr. R Randal Aaranson and Fleet Feet owner David Spetnagel will be offering guidance on how to keep every one of the 26 bones in each of your feet healthy.  Particularly designed to benefit runners and folks that are active on their feet, the topics we’ll be kicking around include:  An overview of foot health  Best practices for preventing running injuries  Common foot injuries and recovery techniques  Training opportunities for the novice and advanced runner How your foot gear can affect your foot health Join the experts May 14th, 2015 at 6:30pm at Orthopedic Associates ATTENDENCE AND ADVICE ARE FREE, but an RSVP is requested.

How to recover after running a marathon
Marathon season means runners of all ages are pinning on race bibs and pounding the pavement across St. Louis. If you’ve recently finished your marathon or half-marathon, there’s a good chance you pushed yourself a little too far at one point during the race. Even if you ran a clean race overall, your body still needs time to recover from several weeks, if not months of training.  Here’s some good information to help your body recover after running a marathon… Post-marathon stretches for best recovery Your post-marathon recovery begins as soon as you cross the finish line. You need to carefully and thoroughly stretch your muscles out after a race. This helps remove any remaining lactic acid from your muscles and greatly reduces muscle soreness. Using a foam roller to massage out your thighs and calves is an excellent way to loosen any leftover lactic acid. You may experience DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) in the hours following your race. Pay attention to the level of soreness you experience because it’s an indication of possible injuries ...