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TFE x Summit Orthopedics

TFE is excited to share that we've partnered with Summit Orthopedics as a medical provider for our athletes. Sports medicine specialists Dr. Mark LaBelle and Dr. Brian Walters are the team doctors to support you with all your sports injury/performance needs! Should you have an injury, they are able to design a personalized treatment plan to safely accelerate recovery, so you spend less time in the doctor’s office and more time getting back to your sport.


Summit Orthopedics has useful information for our athletes on their website and in the blogs below.

Know The Most Common Soccer Injuries

Soccer is a lively team sport that encourages children and teens to cultivate the active habits of a healthy lifestyle. We’ve accumulated some information about common soccer injuries to increase your awareness and help you to take steps that can keep your child safe on the field.

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Soccer QUICKGuide

The experts at Summit Orthopedics provide soccer injury prevention tips in their QUICKGuide to prevent injuries and stay safe during the sport.


Tips for keeping kids’ sports safe, healthy, and fun

Participating in sports is good for kids in lots of ways. There’s nothing like the feeling of winning. Or is there? Actually, evidence suggests that when you ask girls and boys what they like about playing sports, winning is near the bottom of the list. We asked Scott Pepin, M.D., one of Summit Orthopedics’ sports medicine experts, to share his best tips for keeping kids’ sports safe, healthy, and fun.


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The three most common sports injuries Dr. Furmanek treats and their causes

“Some of the sports injuries I treat are unavoidable, but most can be prevented,” says Dr. Furmanek. “Generally, athletic injuries are the result of one of the following causes:

·Poor training practices or poor form during sports activity.

·Overusing one part of the body without providing appropriate time for physical recovery.

·Absence of safety gear, or using improper gear.

·Lacking the physical conditioning a sport requires.

·Beginning sports activity without a warm-up or stretching.


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Do certain sports have common injuries to the lower extremities?

Athletes are susceptible to all kinds of injuries. And when we look at particular sports, certain patterns emerge. We see a lot of Achilles injuries in basketball players. Ballet dancers have their own particular set of injuries. Soccer players as well. There are certain sports that have more common injuries. For example, snowboarding: There’s a fracture of the lateral process of the talus that occurs more frequently in snowboarding. It can sometimes be hard to differentiate that from an ankle sprain. They can be really subtle and hard to see on an X-ray, especially if you don’t commonly look at those kind of X-rays, so it’s important to get an expert opinion if you’re injured.


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Research confirms that girls are at higher risk for sports-related concussions

The groundbreaking research of Dr. Bennet Omalu linked football head injuries to concussion risks and lasting brain injuries—and sparked concern about the safety of boys playing high school football. For years, football players were considered at highest risk for concussions in high school sports. But football is not the only high school contact sport with head injury risks. In fact, emerging research has significantly expanded the formerly narrow focus on boys and football. As we learn more, female athletes are stepping into the spotlight of concern.


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One sport is not enough—and not healthy

Sports medicine surgeon Dr. Scott Pepin has been a competitive athlete since childhood. Now that he has children of his own, he speaks frequently with parents about their children’s athletic activities. His advice about sports safety for kids directly contradicts a message that lots of parents hear.


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