This is a friendly reminder from the Sports Medicine Team at OSTC to start acclimating to the Texas Heat!
Exertional Heat Illness is the leading cause of preventable death in high school athletics.
Several different factors influence heat illness:
Highest incidence is among football players
Higher risk in high school athletes vs. college
Athlete hydration level
Access to cool area or shade
Previous illness (25% of athletes had pre-existing GI or Respiratory Illness)
Previous Heat Illness
LACK OF ACCLIMATION
It is suggested, that athletes start heat acclimation 3 weeks prior to the start of season. Heat acclimation occurs when “repeated exercise-heat exposures are sufficient enough to invoke profuse sweating and elevation of whole-body temperatures.” To accomplish this athletes should exercise in the heat hard enough to produce heavy sweating, athletes should be exposed daily for about 90 min.
Other factors that may help reduce the incidence of heat illness are:
Proper clothing-clothing should be light in weight and color
Avoid sugary, caffeinated or alcoholic drinks—these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
Good Nutrition- Eat healthy meals throughout the day. Avoid fried foods or fast foods.
OSTC athletic trainers and physical therapists are gearing up to host the 15th Annual Coaches Clinic. Last year, over 75 coaches and sponsors from local high schools met to learn CPR/AED and concussion protocol from the sports medicine team at OSTC. This is always a fun day for the staff at OSTC, and we hope the coaches/sponsors enjoy this day as much as we do.
This year the event will be Tuesday, June 18th 2019. We are looking forward to another fun day of education, good food and maybe a pedicure or round of golf.
OSTC’s Sports Medicine program strives to be the best in the North Texas area. The athletic trainers and physical therapists that work with a local team love being a member of the team! Soon we will all be gearing up for Volleyball games and good old Texas Friday night Football games.
OSTC would like to wish a good luck to ALL the local sports teams, and a little extra to the Holliday Eagles, Henrietta Bearcats, Burkburnett Bulldogs, Christ Academy Warriors, and Notre Dame Knights.
OSTC would like to congratulate the 2019 scholarship recipients! This year OSTC created two scholarship opportunities to help senior students in the Wichita Falls area.
The winner of the First Annual MVP Scholarship is Alexis James of Holliday High School. “Lexi” has been a member of the Lady Eagle tennis, basketball and volleyball teams. She is also a member yearbook, TAFE officer, and a member of the 180 church group.
This year OSTC decided to award two deserving applicants for the Set Back to Come Back Scholarship. We are proud to award both Jett Johnson of Holliday High School and Kalico Burkes of Henrietta High School.
This scholarship is unique in that is awarded to a senior student who suffered and injury while playing high school athletics and over came that setback with a major comeback.
Jett is not only a leader on the field but also in his community, he is a member of the Eagle football and basketball teams as well as student council, TAFE and the National Honor Society. He has received many awards for his outstanding accomplishments in athletics and academics.
Kalico, brings great leadership skills to her classmates at Henrietta. She has been the Student Council President for 4 years, captain of the basketball and softball team as well as a member of FFA and 4H.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE THREE OUTSTANDING ATHLETES!
As the school year is winding down, the wellness staff at OSTC is gearing up for Athlete’s Advantage. Athlete’s Advantage is a six-week strength and conditioning camp specifically designed for middle school and high school athletes. Athletes will be grouped in sessions depending on their sport and age level; each session will be tailored to fit the needs of that particular sport. For example, volleyball players will focus on increasing vertical jump height, footwork, injury prevention, shoulder strength and core stability. Overall, athletes will work on agility, speed, strength, power, endurance, flexibility, and jump training. Our specialists will work to correct form and coach technique to prevent injuries.
Athlete’s advantage has been a tradition at OSTC since the doors opened in 2001. Historically, our summer camp program has helped elevate a number of athletes to collegiate level performances. We will have summer camp groups available from 5th grade through college. Athletes will be tested and given scores documenting improvements made during the camp.
If you or your athlete are interested in joining OSTC’s Athletes’ Advantage Summer Camp, contact Brad Ezzell, (Program Director) at email@example.com or 940-692-4688
Mother’s Day is just around the corner but there is no need to look any further for the perfect gift. OSTC is offering a special discounted deal for massage packages for the most important person in your life. Come in or call today! This special won’t last long!
OSTC would like to send a big CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Krystal Francique! Krystal just graduated from Midwestern State University with a Master of Science in Radiological Science (MSRS).
MSU was the first educational institution in the United States to offer a discipline-specific graduate degree.Today, the MSRS program at MSU remains a leader in imaging and radiologic sciences education and offers different areas of concentration. Krystal’s degree focus was on the administration and educational track.
Krystal is originally from Grenada in the Caribbean. She came to Wichita Falls to further her education in Radiological Sciences. In 2013, she earned her associate’s degree in Radiology and began working at OSTC. Krystal continued to pursue her educational goals while working at OSTC; she earned her Bachelor of Science in Radiological Studies and now her Master’s degree. I think we all agree, earning two degrees while working is no easy tasks, but Krystal remained focused on her goal.
The OSTC family is so proud of Krystal and her accomplishments. Seretha Elkins says, “Krystal is a true asset to the company, not only does she bring a high level of knowledge as a radiological technologist, she also brings enthusiasm and management skills.”
When Krystal is not busy studying or working, Krystal enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family.
The 2019 challenge for OSTC employees is to inspire those around us, in the spirit of this challenge OSTC has decided to create two scholarships for graduating senior athletes.
1. OSTC MVP Scholarship– This scholarship is available to any senior student athlete that is graduating from one of the schools covered by OSTC’s Sports Medicine Team. Applicant must be a senior student athlete from the following schools:
o Burkburnett High School
o Henrietta High School
o Holliday High School
o Notre Dame Catholic School
o Christ Academy Senior High
2. OSTC Setback to Comeback Scholarship-This scholarship is available to any senior athlete who was a physical therapy patient at OSTC during their high school career. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor those athletes that have suffered a setback while playing high school sports, and with the help of physical therapy, made a comeback.
Helping Santa with his gift giving has become an annual tradition for the employees at OSTC. Every year, before Christmas, the OSTC “elves” gather presents for a family in need. The gifts are bought by different employees and stored away until “Gift Wrapping Day.” On this day, OSTC provides lunch and all the elves hang out and wrap gifts while watching a classic Christmas movie. This year we chose to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
There is nothing “Grinchy” about this time though! OSTC employees enjoy the teamwork involved in wrapping the gifts and just taking a time out from our busy day to enjoy good food and good laughs with our OSTC family.
Its little things like this that make working at OSTC special. One of our key beliefs at OSTC is doing the right thing for the right reason, and what is more perfect than giving back at Christmas time.
All the OSTC elves would like to wish a Merry Christmas to all of our fellow employees, families, patients and wellness members. Thank you for your support and for making the Season Bright!
Every year OSTC employees and their families gather together to celebrate Christmas and the ending of another year together.
We work together daily, and often spend more time with our co-workers than we do our own significant others. We are a family at OSTC, and the annual Christmas Party gives us a chance to laugh, dance and celebrate our work family.
When OSTC started 15 years ago, the annual Christmas Party was hosted by one of the orthopedic surgeons, and his wife cooked all of the food. OSTC has grown over the years, and so has the Christmas Party.
We are thankful for a wonderful work family and look forward to an even better 2019!