October 2012 Newsletter

Sisters Athletic Club
October 2012

Spud Halsten

Spud joined the club about three years ago as a way to stay more active through the winter. After visiting Sisters 15 years ago, he decided to make it his permanent home. In the summer months Spud heads to his cabin on Lake Susitna located 200 miles northeast of Anchorage that is only accessible by boat or plane. While at the cabin (which has no power or running water) he enjoys canoeing on the lake, reading, watching the caribou and moose and picking the blueberries and cranberries that grow in his yard. Spud is a veteran of the Coast Guard which eventually led to a career in Air Traffic Control in Alaska controlling dozens of airports. Spud also enjoys listening to classical and country music, biking around Tollgate and operating his HAM radio. He has been in contact with people in China, Africa, Antarctica and Pitcairn Island through radio operation. Spud will be turning 90 years young on October 4th and says there is no secret to longevity, just luck. He has had an active life and continues to be active which certainly has helped him to stay healthy. We love seeing Spud at the Club on a regular basis and wish him a very happy birthday with many more to come!

Know anyone looking for office space? Space is available for rent upstairs next to the Physical Therapy and Acupuncture offices. Tenants receive FREE membership to the Club. Contact Tate for details.
Regan Roberts

Regan began working at the Club in 2006 as our Finance Director keeping our books clean and up to date. She has lived in Sisters since 2005, moving from the Seattle area where she grew up. Regan is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Applied and Computational Mathematical ciences and is a self proclaimed “Geek”. When not at the Club you can find her parenting Colby and Tucker who you may see running around the Club from time to time. She enjoys reading and running and is currently training for the Dirty Girls 5k in November. She completed the Smith Rock ½ marathon in July but now prefers to work on getting faster at shorter distances. Interesting facts about Regan is that she is ½ Greek and enjoys all Greek food, and she was in an overnight bass fishing tournament with her husband Dave in July and caught 14 fish from 7pm until 8am. Regan is a great asset to the Club and even though she is not always in the public eye she does an amazing job keeping the wheels around here turning.

With school back in session we are once again coming to our busier time at the Club. If you want a social workout with lots of people, then you should plan on coming between 8am and 10am when 30% of our members are here. If you want a workout that is more quiet and private, then you should plan to be in the Club outside of these hours. Whatever you choose is up to you, we just want you to have the best possible experience when here.

By Matt Kirchoff DPT
As the days become shorter and the nights colder, high school sports are on the minds of many students and parents throughout Central Oregon. Bend is home to many outstanding young athletes and with the start of fall sports we often see an increasing number of these athletes being referred to physical therapy with a variety of overuse injuries. Young athletes are more prone to develop overuse injuries than their adult counterparts because their developing musculoskeletal systems are oftentimes not prepared to handle the stresses being placed on them. Additionally, off-season conditioning amongst young athletes is often-times insufficient or nonexistent.
Cross country likely generates the highest frequency of overuse injuries amongst Bend’s young athletes. Competitive distance running without a proper dynamic warm-up and progressive off-season conditioning can result in significant stress being placed on a young athlete’s musculoskeletal system. One injury we see commonly are shin splints.
Shin splints, also known as tibial stress syndrome, is thought be caused by inflammation of the outer layer of the tibia and adjacent musculature. It can be very painful and limit an athlete’s ability to run. Shin splints are often attributable to a biomechanical imbalance in a runner’s lower legs. In young athletes with shin splints we often see a combination of tight hamstring and calf muscles, and relatively weak anterior tibial muscles. This results in excessive forces being placed on the anterior aspect of a runner’s lower legs, which can cause inflammation of the tissues in this region. In the acute phase of this condition the best treatment for shin splints is icing and activity modification which may include running in water, cycling or swimming to maintain an athlete’s cardiovascular endurance while allowing the affected tissues to heal. Compression stocking may provide some relief of symptoms if an athlete chooses to continue to run.
If the above steps have been taken and you are still experiencing pain when running contact us at (541) 549-3574 to speak to one of our physical therapists.

New Acupuncture Clinic in Sisters has Open House on October 4th

At Healing Response Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine we offer a wide range of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) services. From acupuncture, to herbs and cupping, we have many modalities to help the body heal itself. For thousands of years Chinese medicine has been used to treat ailments of the body and mind.
Acupuncture is a treatment within Chinese Medicine where very thin needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body. The needles offer the body a way to return to balance and homeostasis on it’s own. With the demands of daily life, our bodies become unbalanced. When we are imbalanced we begin noticing that our body is not functioning as it should. This may show up as pain in the joints and/or muscles, headaches, stomach pain, digestive troubles, bowel disorders, fatigue, stress, PMS, gynecological issues, allergies, or menopause just to name a few. Chinese Medicine also works well with traumatic, acute injuries. Blood flow is the key to healing. Stimulating blood flow within the body and affected area help the injury heal at a faster rate. Not only do we use acupuncture to right the body, but cupping (stimulates blood flow), moxa (moves and tonifies blood), gua sha (stimulates flow), electro-stimulation (brings blood flow to the area), and herbs can all fit into the equation as well.
We opened our satellite office in the Five Pines campus this summer and are located upstairs in the building next to the athletic club. You are invited to our open house and Sisters Chamber ribbon cutting Thursday, October 4th from 5-8pm. There will be free food and beverages, and tours of the newly designed clinic. The ribbon cutting will be around 5.20pm. Please bring any questions you may have about TCM, there will be multiple practitioners to meet and speak with. We look forward to meeting you.
We will be rescheduling our blood drive in late October or November.
Please stay tuned for details.
Thank you!