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Skiing & Snowboarding Injury Prevention Seminar

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

“Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding Injury Prevention “

Presented by Jason Lunden, DPT, Sports Clinical Specialist

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

6:30pm-7:30pm

Bozeman Public Library Community Room

Community Education Series – free and open to the public

 
 
What You Will Learn:
 
  • How to recognize common alpine skiing & snowboarding injuries.
  • Ways to prevent injuries in skiing & snowboarding.
  • Learn the best exercises for injury prevention.
  • How to manage an injury after it happens.
  • Q&A with the Physical Therapist after the talk.
 

Jason Lunden, DPT, Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, specializes in the rehabilitation and prevention of sports-related injuries, with a particular interest in the biomechanics of sporting activities – running, cycling, skiing, snowboarding and overhead athletics. He has published on the topic of shoulder biomechanics and the rehabilitation of knee injuries and has a strong commitment to educating others.  He is a frequent, well-received local and national presenter on the topics of sports rehabilitation and injury prevention.  Jason also serves as a physical therapist for the US Snowboarding and US Freeskiing teams.   

Jason received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Minnesota, where he was the recipient of the Gary L. Soderberg DPT Visionary Award, the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership, the MN APTA Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award, and the President’s Student Leadership and Service Award.  Receiving a Masters of Arts in Cell and Molecular Biology from St. Cloud State University and a Bachelors of Arts from St. Olaf College, Jason is a former faculty member of the Fairview Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. He also received specialized training through the Minnesota Sports Medicine Sports Physical Therapy Residency and received his board certification as a Sports Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association.  Jason is also a Clinical BikeFit Pro Fitter.  As an avid snowboarder, cyclist, runner and Nordic skier, he enjoys spending his time outdoors with his family.

Jason Lunden - Team PT at Mammoth Mountain Grand Prix's US Freeskiing and US Snowboarding Slopestyle Event

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

Jason Lunden, sports physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy, worked as a physical therapist for the US Freeskiing and US Snowboarding Slopestyle Teams for the Mammoth Mountain Grand Prix earlier this month. He provided daily medical management of the teams throughout the competition, including acute care, physical therapy, and on-the-hill injury assessment/management. Jason was a part of the sports medicine team, working with team physicians, ski patrol, athletes, coaches, and ATCs to ensure continuity of medical care.

Ski/Ride Strong: An ACL/Knee Injury Prevention and Performance Program

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

A collaborative class offering from:

Excel PT HealthBalance

“Ski/Ride Strong: An ACL/Knee Injury Prevention & Performance Program”

October 11 – November 17, 2011

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm

at HealthBalance, 2030 Stadium Drive, Bozeman

12 evening sessions ~ Cost: $300

Class Size is Limited to 15 Participants

This 12 session program is aimed at decreasing the incidence of skier/snowboarder injuries and improving sport performance.  Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries of the knee are relatively common in skiing.  In addition to putting you out for the season, they are costly: the cost of an ACL injury per athlete is approximately $17,000 (including surgery and rehabilitation).

Injury prevention programs focusing on strengthening, agility, jumping and landing, all with the emphasis on learning proper technique, have been shown to be effective in reducing non-contact ACL injuries.

Prevent costly common lower extremity injuries in skiing & snowboarding while improving your skiing/snowboarding performance. This comprehensive program will help you learn how to cut, pivot, jump and land with proper technique utilizing the latest sports medicine research on injury prevention to keep you on the mountain as well as the latest human performance equipment to track your improvement.

Under the direction of Excel Physical Therapy’s sports physical therapist, Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS and HealthBalance’s exercise physiologist, Eddie Davila, MS, HFS, you will receive advanced sports-oriented training to improve your skiing/snowboarding strength, endurance, agility, coordination, and speed.

Hurry! Register by October 4th

Space limited to the first 15 registrants

Contact HealthBalance @ 406.922.2078 or email: info@healthbalanceinc.net



I’m Injured! What do I do now?

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

If you do get injured having the ski patrol examine your injury is usually a good place to start.  Ski patrollers are very good at triaging injuries and making decisions whether you need to go to urgent care, see your physical therapist or physician, or apply self-cares.  If you do not see your physician, use the R.I.C.E principle of treatment. R.I.C.E stands for: Rest from activity, Icing the injured area, applying Compression, and Elevating the injured area above the level of your heart.  These methods will help combated swelling and prevent further injury to the area, and will allow most minor injuries to recovery as quickly as possible.  If your injury is not improving after 1 week of treatment with the self-care measures listed above, you should go see your physician or physical therapist.  Sometimes seeing a physical therapist can help get you back to snowboarding after an injury.  A physical therapist will typically work with you to improve your balance, strength, and flexibility after an injury, and can also use various modalities to decrease pain and swelling.  All of these measures can help you return back to sport faster and may help to prevent future injuries.

 Author’s Bio:

Jason is a board-certified specialist in sports physical therapy at Excel Physical Therapy, who specializes in the rehabilitation and prevention of sports related injuries. He is particularly interested in biomechanics of sporting activities, especially running, cycling, skiing/snowboarding, and overhead athletes. 

Jason is an avid snowboarder and has taught snowboarding at all levels for the past 16 years and has coached freestyle snowboarding for the past 6 years, most recently with a nationally recognized competitive snowboard program.

Put a Lid on It - Safe Snowboarding

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

In the spectrum of injuries that can occur in snowboarding, head injuries can result in the most devastating consequences.  Kevin Pierce’s fall and resulting head injury while training for the 2010 Olympics is a good reminder of this.  Wearing a proper helmet has been shown to drastically reduce the risk of head injuries in snowboarding.  It is important to realize that in order for a helmet to work properly it must fit properly and be taken care of properly.  Many of the snowboard helmets available today are designed as “single use” helmets.  Meaning that after a “hard” fall, the helmet should be carefully and inspected for cracks etc, and often needs to be replaced (www.lidsonkids.org/).  Concussions have gained more media attention recently in professional sports for good reason: a concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury.  Concussions are not limited just to football and hockey, but can happen in snowboarding as well.  Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness, so it is important to monitor your child or friend for changes in behavior for the first few days after a hard fall in which they hit their head.  Symptoms of a concussion include confusion, memory loss, impaired concentration, dizziness, headache, “ringing” in the ears, nausea, and mood changes. If you do notice behavior changes, or loss of consciousness did occur, your child/friend should be examined by a physician, no matter how short the “black out” time was.  No athlete who has a suspected concussion should be allowed to return to competition or practice until a medical professional has cleared him or her, as a second blow to the head in someone who has sustained a concussion can have severe consequences.  For more information on concussions check out the following website: http://www.cdc.gov/concussioninYouthSports/ and/or contact your physician.

Snowboarders...Save those Wrists

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

Snowboarders…Save those Wrists

Compared to alpine skiers, snowboarders have a much higher rate of injury to their upper extremities (shoulder, elbow & wrist).  Wrist injuries are especially prevalent, accounting for 50% of all upper extremity injuries.  The majority of wrist injuries that occur in snowboarding are the result of trying to break a fall by putting one’s hand(s) out (typically the trailing hand).  Falling onto an outstretched arm can result in a wrist sprain, forearm fracture, and rarely a shoulder or elbow dislocation.  A wrist sprain will usually result in missing 2-3 weeks of snowboarding, while a dislocation will result in missing 6 weeks or more (if surgery was not required).  Wrist guards have been shown to reduce the incidence of wrist injuries by one-half in beginner snowboarders, and there are many glove manufacturers that incorporate a wrist guard into one of their glove models.  Learning the proper way to fall can also reduce upper extremity injuries in all levels of snowboarders; therefore obtaining proper instruction from a professional snowboard instructor can help to prevent injury.

Author’s Bio:

Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS is a board-certified specialist in sports physical therapy at Excel Physical Therapy, who specializes in the rehabilitation and prevention of sports related injuries. He is particularly interested in biomechanics of sporting activities, especially running, cycling, skiing/snowboarding, and overhead athletes. 

Jason is an avid snowboarder and has taught snowboarding at all levels for the past 16 years and has coached freestyle snowboarding for the past 6 years, most recently with a nationally recognized competitive snowboard program.

Excel PT Presents to Moonlight Basin Ski Patrol

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

Thank you to the Moonlight Basin Ski Patrol for having Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS and Amy Pakula, DPT present ski and snowboarding injury prevention exercises to your team this past weekend.  For an an overview of our injury prevention exercises that were presented, so you too can be in top shape when you hit the slopes, Click Here

If you have any questions on these exercises, please call Jason or Amy at 556-0562 or 284-4262.

  "Jackie was so knowledgeable, kind and caring. She helped me become stronger and more secure. I even bought a season pass to Bridger Bowl this year." -- A.T., Bozeman Client

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