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Issue: #7
June 2014 

Welcome to our Monthly Connection Newsletter.  We are delighted to have this forum to connect with you and our network of healthcare professionals. We hope you enjoy the articles in our newsletter. We'll include tips and ideas for healthy living, patient experiences, current healthcare news and a spotlight on our team and our healthcare network. As we grow into this exciting new way of communicating, we encourage you to send us your feedback on topics you'd like to read or hear more about. We also invite you to view our new Facebook and YouTube pages.
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Beau Ascarrunz, Practice Manager - Administrator
San Francisco Shoulder, Elbow & Hand Clinic
Our Very Own Tough Mudder
You may have heard of an event called Tough Mudder. This hardcore military style challenge is a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test the endurance of each participant. This is no place for the novice athlete. Much training and preparation goes into this weeks before the actual event takes place. Along with demonstrating your physical capabilities and stamina, Tough Mudder will test your mental capabilities at the same time. Not everyone that attempts this obstacle, makes it to the finish.
We are proud to say that our awesome and fearless Medical Assistant, Laura Holmes has conquered one of the most recent Tough Mudder events.
We've interviewed Laura to get the buzz on what took place before, during, and after the actual event.

SF: Why Tough Mudder?

LH: I initially didn't know much about what a Tough Mudder was, but when my best friend mentioned that her and her husband were doing it, I did some research online, and I thought it would be a really fun challenge.   


SF: How did you prepare physically and mentally?

LH: I had already been going to the gym 5-6 times per week before work, but knowing I was doing this event, I really focused more on my upper body strength with weight training. The hardest thing to prepare for was the long distance running which is probably my weakest area. This took many months of continuous running to get up to where I felt comfortable.  


SF: What were your biggest challenges that you faced during the obstacle?

LH: I felt that I did very well in the obstacles, and that my training had payed off. The biggest challenge for me was the endurance however. The race itself was 10.3 miles, with an elevation gain and loss of 2170 feet, and a maximum slope of 40 degrees. Although I prepared for the running, a lot of the course was going up and down extremely steep hills for long periods of time, which was exhausting and mentally draining.  


SF: How did you feel after?

LH: Other than being exhausted and sore, I felt like I had accomplished a great goal, and I'm ready to plan my next one!  

For those of you who want to learn more about Tough Mudder and possibly want to try your luck on one of the demanding obstacles, click on the link below.



Patient Corner
"[Dr. Norris is] is as good as they get, plain and simple. He did both of my elbows and a nasty fracture of my right arm. High integrity: great guy to work with; outstanding orthopaedic  surgeon. I worked with him for about 5 years with the above surgeries, so I have some time and experience as his patient. He easily earns the 5-star rating."

-Mark F.
Elbow Fracture Patient
Patient Corner
"Dr. Kelly is AMAZING!!! I had suffered a snowboarding injury and after seeing four different doctors, was left thinking I had to live with my injury. I have NO pain in my shoulder now. I am once again able to wear strappy-shouldered dresses and not have my shoulder bone be the only thing people notice about me!
Thank you Dr. Kelly!"

-Kristen H.
Collarbone Fracture Patient
 Healthcare Tips

Throwing Injuries No Longer Just for the Pros

Year-round Play Contributes to 10-fold Increase of Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction Among Youth


ROSEMONT, Ill.-Baseball season is back and so are the injuries. But, elbow injuries,once seen as a problem for professional athletes, are becoming more prevalent among high school and middle school athletes due to increased play and competition at the youth level. Repetitive stress to a pitcher's ulnar collateral ligament (UCL)-an important stabilizing ligament of the elbow joint-can lead to pain and eventually to the inability to pitch and throw.

According to a literature review in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), overuse is the main cause of UCL injury. Year-round sport-with the addition of numerous leagues, travel teams, showcase events and other opportunities for youth to play baseball outside of their school-has contributed to a 10-fold increase of UCL reconstruction in the last decade.
The USA Baseball Medical and Safety Advisory Committee discourages young athletes from participating in multiple teams, especially during the same season, to help prevent overuse injuries.


Healthy Living

Are You Eating Enough 'Powerhouse' Vegetables?

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter


THURSDAY, June 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Watercress, Chinese cabbage, chard and beet greens are among the most nutrient-dense "powerhouse" vegetables, packing a huge dose of vitamins and minerals into every calorie, a new study reports.


At the same time, don't expect to receive huge amounts of nutrition from raspberries, tangerines, garlic or onions, the findings suggest.


National nutrition guidelines emphasize consumption of powerhouse fruits and vegetables, which are strongly associated with reduced risk of chronic disease.

But until now, the study author noted, nutritional value of veggies hasn't been ranked in a way that would show which best qualify as nutrient-dense powerhouse foods.


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