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How can we keep our youth athletes safe from injury?

Posted on August 11, 2015 by


With the school year upon us, student athletes are gearing up for a year full of competition, many competing in multiple sports. At Imagine, we’re a collaborating organization with a group known as STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries, and we wanted to share information with you to pass along to the athlete in your life. We MUCH prefer that you watch them on the playing field instead of watch them perform exercises in our offices!


The two questions that we would like you to consider are these:


1) As a parent/caring adult, how can you help to minimize the risk of injury to the youth athlete in your life?


2) What injury prevention tips are available to pass along to youth athletes?


For question number one, Kris Winders, our Daniel Island Office Clinic Manager, offers the following advice:


“I think by far the most important thing is just to remember that these are KIDS.  Their bodies are still developing and changing and their bones and muscles have a lot of maturing to do.  I have two boys of my own and I really hope that they are both superstar pro athletes who buy me a beach house and a Ferrari and let me retire at 45.  The reality is that even the chance of them playing in college is very small.  What is most important is that they are having fun and being SAFE.  Dr. James Andrews, a renowned orthopaedist and surgeon to many professional athletes, makes a pretty strong case for letting kids have two to four months of rest from sports each year.  This cuts WAY down on overuse injuries and lets their bodies, rest, grow, and heal.  I think we should all remember that you can’t train the same way at 10 or 12 that you can at 22.  If our kids are good enough, college coaches and pro scouts will notice, even if our kids aren’t playing  11 months a year.  As they say… the cream always rises to the top.  Rather than pushing them to play more, we should spend a lot more time making sure they are playing with good form.  This is especially important in swimmers, pitchers, and overhead athletes.  Maybe if we can cut down a little on the volume, and work more on good form, we can keep our kids out of doctor and physical therapy offices and keep them on the field. “


For question number two, we highly recommend that you visit the STOP website. The website is full of great information on not only on sport specific injury prevention, but also on issue specific injury prevention such as preventing concussions and preventing ACL ruptures. For your convenience, below is a list of links to the sports specific injury prevention information on the STOP website. We encourage you to share this article via Facebook or Twitter with the buttons at the top of this article. Injuries inevitably happen, but lets all work together to STOP the ones that we can!





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Around Town: Grape Stomping and Jazz

Posted on August 11, 2015 by

Around Charleston, there’s never a dull moment, but for those of you who have lived here for many years, maybe you’re in the habit of attending the same events year in and year out. This month, we’re highlighting some events in August and early September that you’re guaranteed to enjoy, and possibly you’ve never attended before—-the Irvin-House Vineyards Grape Stomp and The Lowcountry Jazz Festival. Do you know of any upcoming Charleston events that should be promoted? Please send them to us at!





If you can handle the heat, this is the place to be on August 29th!!!!! Please visit the festivals website for details on how to sign-up for the Grape Stomping competition or the “Lucy Look Alike” contest. So. Much. Fun.



What: 12th Annual Irvin~House Vineyard Grape Stomping Festival


When: Saturday, August 29, 2015 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Where: Irvin~House Vineyard, 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island


Cost: $10.00 per car; a portion of the proceeds will go to Frierson Elementary and Pet Helpers


To Do: Hangout, eat and drink under the oaks while listening to Rawberry Jam and Pierce Edens; Lucy Look-Alike Contest; Grape Stomping and Wine Tasting; Local Craft Vendors; Jump Castle, Face Painting, and Hula Hoops for the Little Stompers


To Eat: Chucktown Mobile Seafood, Costal Crust, Home Team BBQ, Korki’s Cafe, Sweet Lulu’s Bakery, Old Salt Gourmet Pretzels, King of Pops, and Ben & Jerry’s


To Drink: Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin~House Vineyard winery are only $6.00 to taste 6 of 26 flavors of Firefly spirits and $5.00 to taste 5 wines. The Vineyard’s famous frozen Wine-a-Ritas will be for sale to combat the summer heat.



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If you love Jazz and like to support good causes, this is the event for you. The Greater Charleston Low Country Jazz Festival is the primary fundraiser for Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose primary mission is decreasing health disparities and increasing health literacy, especially for African Americans and the underserved in our community, South Carolina, and the nation. The line-up for this event is outstanding. Go out, enjoy great music, and support our community!



Date: Sept 3-6


Performance Time and Musician Lineup: Evening hours, with doors opening at 6pm on Thursday and 5 pm on Fri/Sat/Sunday. Some artists at this years festival include (but DEFINITELY not limited to!):Marcus Miller, Richard Elliot, Jonathan Butler, Gerald Albright, Tracy Hamlin, Joey Sommerville, the Sax Pack, and Marcus Anderson and The Takeover. Click here more information on performers and the time of performances.


Price: Prices vary based on seats. Click here for tickets.


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Good Eats and Treats: A Burst of Energy!

Posted on August 11, 2015 by

One of the many wonderful and considerate patients at our North Charleston clinic introduced us to some yummy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Energy Balls. Wow were they good, and if you make them you’ll find them to be a DELICIOUS way to jumpstart a workout or provide a little energy in the afternoon. This recipe originated from Mitzi Dulan’s website, and as we poked around we found a great smoothie recipe as well. Check out her Green Strawberry Banana Power Smoothie below. Do you know of a  fantastic pre-workout snack or afternoon energy booster? Please share it with us by emailing it to!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Energy Balls

Makes 2 dozen
1 cup oats
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 scoop of whey vanilla protein powder

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll into balls. Enjoy. Will last about 5 days refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts

1 ball: 96 calories, 5.1 grams of fat, 9.9 grams of carbohydrate, 3.5 grams of protein
2 balls: 192 calories, 10.2 grams of fat, 19.8 grams of carbohydrate, 7.0 grams of protein


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Green Strawberry Banana Power Smoothie

Makes 1 serving

1/2 banana, frozen
4 strawberries, frozen or you could use fresh
3 baby carrots
Handful of baby spinach
1 cup 1% lowfat milk
2 tablespoons of old fashioned oats (raw)
2 teaspoons of honey

Blend together all ingredients and enjoy!

Optional: add a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder if you want to boost the protein by about 18-22 grams.

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Fall Prevention Awareness Day, September 23, 2015

Posted on August 11, 2015 by

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Fall Prevention Awareness Day is on September 23rd, and at Imagine we’re passionate about this issue. Every 13 seconds, an older adult is seen in the emergency department for a fall-related injury. Many of these injuries are preventable!


Kris Winders, Daniel Island Clinic Manager states: “Unfortunately, a lot of people feel like falling is just part of getting older.  They think that a little dizziness or the occasional stumble just comes with the gray hair.  While it may be true that some parts of the aging process are out of our control, there are a lot of factors in falling that we ABSOLUTELY can do something about.  We see injuries every day that could have been prevented by addressing some balance issues.  We are fine with treating broken arms and hips, but we’d much rather spend our time helping folks on the front end to prevent these injuries and help them restore their mobility and independence.”


This month, we’d like to share 6 Tips On How to Stay Safe. Please, please, please discuss them with the older person in your life, and if you’re that older person, discuss them with your family!

  • Find a good balance and exercise program. Looking to build balance, strength and flexibility is one of the most important steps in preventing falls. Imagine can DEFINITELY help you with this one! In fact, we already have. Please refer here for a post written last year that includes several exercises that will improve your balance.
  • Talk to your health care provider. Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Share your history of recent falls.
  • Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist.  Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.
  • Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses. Your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet.
  • Keep your home safe. Remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.  See the bottom of the article for adjustments you can make to your home to help prevent falls.
  • Talk to your family members. Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue.




 How to Keep Your Home Safe

  • Remove things you can trip over (ie electric cords, books, clothes, and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
  • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
  • Improve the lighting in your home by placing night lights in the bathroom and keeping lights turned on in the daytime.
  • Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
  • If necessary, have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
  • Use non-slip mats in the tub and on bathroom floors.
  • Make sure you have handrails and lights on all staircases.
  • Wear shoes inside and outside your house. Avoid wearing flip-flops, slippers or going barefoot.
  • Also, studies show that off the shelf arch supports can decrease the risk of falls. Our therapists at Imagine are happy to help you get these if you’re interested!




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