St. Francis Sports Medicine Newsletter  |  Thanksgiving 2008

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December 3 
 Basketball Injury
Prevention Talk
Brutontown Community Center
December 8
FCA's Greenville Touchdown Club Banquet
December 9
Injury Clinic
December 13
Sitton SAAB Paris Mountain Road Race
December 16
Injury Clinic
December 23
Injury Clinic

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where you can reach
a sports medicine
professional 24 hours
a day with your sports
medicine and injury
questions or to expedite
your physician referral.
We also have certified
athletic trainers that
cover events and provide
education to groups in the
community. If you have
an event you would like
for us to cover, or would
like one of our ATCs to
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During the Thanksgiving season we take a moment to be thankful for our blessings. All of us at St. Francis Sports Medicine are thankful for our relationship with you. We value the relationships we build and want to be here for all your sports medicine needs.
Putting Fuel in the Tank 

by Kenny Cabe, ATC - Athletic Trainer
St. Francis Sports Medicine
Many times we make the analogy between athletes and performance sports cars. This definitely works with sports nutrition. You wouldn't put low octane gas in your Porsche, so why would you put low energy fuel in your high performance athlete? Here are some simple guidelines to fuel your performance. 
Foods can be divided into three main categories:
Carbs are a great source of energy. They are broken down into simple sugars to be used for fuel. If not used immediately they are stored as glycogen. Glycogen is used for most anaerobic exercise (short intense bouts) examples are sprinting and weightlifting. When glycogen stores are full, carbs are stored as fat. Foods that contain carbohydrates include: breads, pastas, beans, potatos, oatmeal, rice, cereals, and fruits.
Fat provides the highest concentration of energy (1 gram of fat = 9 calories of energy). Fat is difficult to access. It is broken down and released into the muscle slowly. Fat is much more accessible for endurance exercise such as biking, distance running, and triathlons. Fats can be found in most cooking oils, fish, meat and dairy products.
Protein is broken down into amino acids. Amino acids aid in the repair of fatigued muscles, speed recovery, and build muscle. If there are inadequate carb stores then the body goes into the protein stores. This may inhibit building and maintaining muscle. Examples of proteins are meats, fish, eggs, vegtables and nuts.
While you are fueling your engine, don't forget the fluids. Adequate hydration is vital to calorie absorption and to keep your engine from over heating, even in cooler weather.
Event Photo of the Month
Turkey Trot 2008

November |  8th Annual Dan Davis Memorial Turkey Trot
We hope you'll stop by and visit us as you're out and about this December! If you are interested in having a St. Francis Sports Medicine trainer speak or be present at your athletic event, please send us an email.
The St. Francis Sports Medicine Team 

"The harder you work the harder it is to surrender." - Vince Lombardi