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,…

X-rays and healthcare costs

One of the reasons I wanted to start my own practice and not deal with insurance is I have some real problems with the way we price, deliver and pay for healthcare in this country. One of many issues in our healthcare system is the difficulty of knowing the cost of your care before you…

Ski boot fitting

After spending last season in Florida and with early indications of a good snow year in the San Juans I decided it was time to upgrade my well seasoned AT boots (original Technica cochise 130s, now on their second liner) with hope of reducing their 4 pound, 6 oz per boot weight. I have had…

Why should you choose an independent physician?

Many patients rather than choosing particular doctors might instead choose a particular health system or hospital. For the patient who doesn’t pay out of pocket much or who isn’t very engaged with their healthcare, this option offers convenience and allows all doctors treating the patient access to the entire medical record without any effort on…

What is a Sports Medicine Physician?

First, a little background on the educational pathway for doctors (physicians) in general. A candidate doctor will attend a medical school, typically for 4 years. They graduate and are then called “doctor,” but their practical knowledge/skill is limited. So, almost every doctor attends a residency program for 3 or more years after medical school. The…

What is “Sports Medicine” ?

“Sports Medicine” is a phrase that gets used frequently by orthopedic surgeons, medical physicians, personal trainers, Athletic Trainers, massage therapists, dietitians, nutritionists, chiropractors, exercise physiologists and I’m probably missing a few… but what does “Sports Medicine” really mean? Brukner & Kahn’s Clinical Sports Medicine, probably the best textbook on the subject, defines sports medicine as…