Monday, September 28, 2009

Tebow--- Return to Play?

Hey Everyone,
I am still working on the video for the "Dynamic Warm-up", but I had to take a break from it in light of all the questions people have asked me regarding "When will Tim Tebow play again"?

To preface my answer, I am not employed by University Athletic Association, or the UF Football team. However I am a Certified Athletic Trainer, and because of that many people have asked the above question to me. So, I figured I would summarize the Return to Play Guidelines as stated in the NATA's position statement on Management of Sports Related Concussions.

The First thing usually done when managing a concussion is to place a "grade" on the severity of the concussion. One of the scales used for this is called the Cantu Evidence Based Grading System. The Cantu grading system is explained below:

Grade 1 (mild) No Loss of consciousness, Posttraumatic amnesia for less than 30 min, Postconcussion signs and symptoms for less than 24 hours
Grade 2 (moderate) Loss of consciousness for less than 1 min or Posttraumatic amnesia for greater than 30 min ,less than 24 h or
Postconcussion signs and symptoms greater than 24 hours ,and less than 7 days
Grade 3 (severe) Loss of consciousness for greater than 1 min or Posttraumatic amnesia for greater than 24 hours or Postconcussion signs and symptoms for greater than 7 days

When to Return to play?
An athlete may return to play only after all post-concussive symptoms have resolved both at rest and with exercise.

*Grade 1 Concussion
May return to play after 15 minutes if no headache or other post-concussive symptoms are present.

*Multiple Grade 1 Concussions
Return to play after 1 week without symptoms.

*Grade 2 Concussion
Return to play after 1 week without symptoms.

*Multiple Grade 2 Concussions
Return to play after 2 weeks without symptoms.

*Grade 3 Concussion(brief)
Return to play after 1 week without symptoms.

*Grade 3 Concussion (prolonged)
Return to play after 2 weeks without symptoms. May need to consider terminating season if symptoms persist.

*Multiple Grade 3 Concussions
Hold out at least one month. Base on decision of evaluating physician.

So, The answer to the Million Dollar Question:
Q.When Will Tim Tebow be able to Play again?
A. It depends!! It is very possible that if his symptoms have subsided he will be ready for LSU! Having a bye week makes it very probable. Knowing what we all know about Timmy is that he is a tough SOB! I would be very surprised to NOT see him play in two weeks.....That decision will ultimately come from the team physician with close monitoring from the team Athletic Trainer.

Hope this helps...... cross your fingers and keep Tim's health and the entire teams health in your prayers!!

Keep Moving,

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Stayed Tuned..... Great Quote!

Hey Everyone,
I have just finished writing a great article describing the benefits of a dynamic warm-up prior to activity. Now I just need to finish putting together the demo video that goes along with the article. For the majority of you the article would probably sound like I am speaking Latin without video demonstration. So, I will get this posted hopefully by sometime early next week. In the mean time I leave you with 2 great quote:

"Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself."
Theodore T. Hunger

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."
Robert Collier

Keep Moving,

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Are you deprived?

Hey Everyone,
Today we have a guest blogger, this is an article out of a newsletter from Gainesville Health and Fitness. I thought this would compliment my last blog about "planning" nicely.......although I still believe in hard work:)
So, I hope you enjoy it!

Keep Moving,

The Freedom of (self imposed) chains

Most of us are under the misconception that fit people work hard and spend most of their lives deprived in order to achieve their amazing bodies.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

I'll let you in on a little secret...It's not hard to get and stay fit. It's not about hard work and deprivation.

It's all about boundaries.

Let me explain...

When you were a child your parents set boundaries around you. They were the authority on what was or wasn't acceptable behavior. You had to complete your chores before dinner. You had to finish your homework before going out to play. You had to eat all your vegetables before dessert.

If you failed to comply with these boundaries then you knew that there would be consequences.

As an adult you, and only you, are the authority on what is or isn't acceptable behavior. You are in the position to set boundaries around yourself. These boundaries serve as a framework of order around you - a rock of support in an otherwise chaotic world.

With self-imposed boundaries you can assure your success in anything...specifically with weight loss.

Your fitness boundaries have to be self-imposed, no one is going to do it for you. Don't look at this as a bad thing! Self-imposed boundaries are self-empowering.

Let's face it, you've been living life without fitness boundaries.
You eat whatever you want, whenever you want it.
You use any excuse to avoid exercise.
You indulge whenever it feels good.
Your Fitness Boundaries

It's time to introduce boundaries back into your life. These boundaries are the key to unleashing your ideal fit and healthy body.

1. Fitness Boundary One: What you eat

If you were to be perfectly honest with me, you could list off the foods that are unhealthy and fattening. So why are you still eating them? You know that refined, fried, processed and sugary foods are not good for you.

Place boundaries around what you will allow yourself to eat. Acceptable food items include whole foods, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean meats.

2. Fitness Boundary Two: How you exercise

I know that you're not an Olympic athlete, but that doesn't mean that you can simply pass on exercise. By now you are well aware of the host of benefits that exercise provides. With regular exercise you'll look great, feel amazing and have more energy than ever.

Place boundaries around how often you must exercise. Choose exercise that is challenging and fun - don't be afraid to try new activities that improve your strength and endurance.

3. Fitness Boundary Three: When you indulge

Let's face it, we live in a world where indulging has become the norm, rather than the exception. When you live life without fitness boundaries, everyday is an opportunity to indulge. These indulgences all add up quickly, causing your clothes to become tight and your energy levels to drop.

Place boundaries around when you can indulge. You'll find that by limiting your indulgences you'll end up enjoying them even more.

Putting It In Action

Sit down and take a long, hard look at your lifestyle. Are you eating as healthy as you could be? Are you exercising 3-5 times each week? Are you indulging too often? Answer the following questions:

What 3 food items can I eliminate from my daily diet? (These should be nutritionally void items like high-calories beverages, fast food, packaged snacks, high-fat food, candy or desserts.)
When can I schedule exercise into my week? (Pick 3-5 days, and select a specific timeframe. Example: I'm going to exercise on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 5am-6am.)
When will I allow myself to indulge? (Don't go overboard here, especially if you need to lose weight. Enjoy a treat a couple times each month, and do so guilt-free knowing that you've maintained healthy food boundaries the rest of the time.
Remember that self-imposed boundaries are self-empowering.

Fitness boundaries put your fitness results on autopilot. If you know what constitutes an acceptable meal, then choosing what to eat just got a whole lot easier. If you're committed to exercising 3 times a week, soon it becomes second nature.

"Life Is Motion"

"Life Is Motion"
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