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As sports competitions move forward for the fall and plans move forward for winter and spring after COVID-19 closures, the Sports Medicine Center doctors at Casper Orthopedics offer health and safety guidance for athletes. Safe, specialized bone, joint and muscle care is available at the practice's locations in Casper, Douglas, Lander, Riverton or Worland. Athletes or parents and guardians can call (307) 265-7205 or (888) 317-2343 to schedule a safe in-office appointment. Telehealth visits are also available for remote bone, joint and muscle care consultation, and walk-ins are welcome at the practice’s OrthoCare Now urgent orthopedic clinic at 4140 Centennial Hills Blvd.
“At Casper Orthopedics, we are committed to keeping athletes safe and healthy,” says fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon Dr. Matthew Gorman. “To help our local athletic community safely move forward with more training and competition, my team and I have put together a list of guidelines for athletes, parents, guardians and coaches.”
The doctors at the Sports Medicine Center at Casper Orthopedics work together to provide athletes the individualized care and comprehensive education they need. Their specialists, Drs. Trevor Gessel, Gorman, Eric Linford, Matthew Mitchell and Daniel White, are all fellowship-trained and specialize in helping active patients get back in the game. As workouts and practices start back up, the Sports Medicine Center doctors advise student-athletes to exercise caution to both reduce the risk of viral spread and also reduce the risk of injury by adhering to these guidelines:
- Stay focused on your health: Eat proper, nutritious meals, stay well-hydrated and make sure you don't overtrain. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, wear a face covering or mask when appropriate and try to avoid close contact with those outside of your household.
- Get a pre-participation exam/sports physical: Athletes should get a physical from a medical professional as soon as possible if they have not already for the 2020-21 year. This includes athletes who are training individually. A thorough exam will ensure the safety of their conditioning as well as help navigate where the intensity of their workouts should be.
- Slow down: With many COVID-19 measures and restrictions, many athletes have not stayed as active as usual and, therefore, they will need to slowly increase their training and conditioning. It is also vital to pay attention to your limits and pains to avoid injury, illness or immunosuppression.
- Follow protocols from your school or athletic association: Players, parents and coaches should continue to maintain social and physical distancing as best as possible. They should also respect guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while also following any applicable COVID-19 guidelines, including state, local, school, league and venue rules.
- Beat the heat — and the sun: The risk of heat-related illness is still high during the season's remaining hot days, especially for those who have remained indoors more often than usual as COVID-19 continues. Athletes who have not been training outdoors may need to slowly acclimate themselves to sun and heat and should stretch before activities, stay hydrated and stick primarily to shaded areas.
“As athletics resume, we know it poses a number of risks, including injuries and conditions from overtraining, slips, trips, falls and more,” says Dr. Gorman. “We are here for our local athletes, and we stand ready to provide highly specialized treatment and any return-to-play care plans they may need to get back in the game quickly and safely.”
Casper Orthopedics offers safe appointments in their offices in Casper, Douglas, Lander, Riverton and Worland. Additionally, their providers offer telehealth visits so patients can access remote consultation for bone, joint and muscle problems from the comfort of the home or office. For urgent needs, the OrthoCare Now walk-in clinic also remains open in the practice’s Casper office at 4140 Centennial Hills Blvd., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with the sports medicine experts at Casper Orthopedics, please call (307) 265-7205 or (888) 317-2343.