Concussion Education… here, there, everywhere! (pt 2)

Last weekend, I spoke at the 3rd Mountain Medicine Symposium in Silverton. This is a really unique conference as its focus is on rural and backcountry trauma and medical care, located in San Juan County Colorado – one of the more rugged and remote areas of Colorado, and a prime outdoor recreation destination. It was…

Concussion Education… here, there, everywhere! (pt 1)

Sports concussion is a front and center issue for non-surgical sports medicine physicians. We spend a lot of time learning about it in fellowship, seeing it in clinic, and discussing the latest research and management among colleagues. Recently, I had the honor of being an invited speaker at two regional conferences to present to two…

Do your legs hurt when you exercise?

Recently I saw a very interesting case of lower extremity pain with exercise where I was able to help this patient find a diagnosis and treatment plan after several years of symptoms, several medical professionals and many many tests and scans had not provided answers. Lower extremity pain that occurs with exercise can have a…

Kennebec Mountain Run

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do two of my favorite things… help athletes and volunteer with La Plata Search & Rescue. The Kennebec Mountain Run is a 15 mile race up into La Plata Canyon. It is organized by the Durango Running Club and they generously donate profits from the race…

Follow up From the Hardrock Hundred Medical Symposium

Long overdue follow up post from Hardrock week and the second annual HR100 Medical Symposium. For those of you unfamiliar the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run is a notable ultaramarthon footrace ran each (most) July in the San Juan mountains. The course starts and begins in historic Silverton, CO and covers over 100 miles of remote…

Visiting Durango?

Recently, I have cared for a few patients who were visiting from out of town. Being ill or injured on vacation away from familiar doctors and the expense of out of network visits can be stressful. Most people who come to visit Durango and the surrounding areas are looking to enjoy some of our amazing…

12 Hours of Mesa Verde Follow Up

12 Hours of Mesa Verde Follow Up  A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being the race physician for the 2019 12 Hours of Mesa Verde, an outstanding charity MTB race that takes place in the Phil’s world area between Mancos and Cortez.  It was a great event, and despite a 1 hour…

Athlete Safety: Medical Event & Race Medical Coverage

Spring is upon us in Durango, and we are shaping up for a great spring backcountry ski season. At lower elevations, trails are starting to melt and dry out, and you can see road bikes with regularity heading up through Hermosa. Race season will soon be here! Smart racers know to focus on training and…

Skier Knee Injuries – Part 3: If you are injured.

Despite our best prevention efforts discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, sometimes injury is unavailable. We know if a skier is injured, more than 40% of the time it is a knee that is involved. You injure your knee on the slopes – now what? Situation and Safety.  Regain your composure…

Preventing Skier Knee Injuries, Part 2: On The Hill.

You arrive prepared and excited to ski, with well serviced bindings, appropriate skis, decent fitness and a stylish helmet, as we discussed in Part 1. Now that you are on the hill, how can you minimize injury risk while maximizing fun? Lessons. If you are a beginner skier, seeking to get on more challenging terrain,…