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    • November 5, 2013
    • Vail Daily Health Feature: Have a Surgery-Free Ski Season

    • At age 39, local skier Ian Gray had never broken a bone or torn a ligament. It wasn’t until last season — on one of Vail’s biggest powder days of the year — when Gray found himself seriously injured for the first time in his life.“It was Feb. 15, and the weather had really taken a turn for the worst,” he explained. “We were dropping into Yonder, and I was going pretty fast. I couldn’t see anything and was relying on my knees to cushion the turns.”Suddenly, Gray’s fresh tracks turned to a sheet o... MORE →
    • October 15, 2013
    • Ask A Sports Doc: Does a Broken Collarbone Require Surgery?

    • Dr. Rick Cunningham is a knee and shoulder sports medicine specialist with Vail-Summit Orthopaedics. He is a physician for the U.S. Ski Team and chief of surgery at Vail Valley Medical Center. Visit to submit topic ideas. For more information about Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, visit . Question: I broke my collarbone mountain biking. Will I need surgery?Answer: Broken collarbones or fractured clavicles are common injuries, accounting for about 3 percent of all fractures seen in adults. Eighty perc... MORE →
    • October 9, 2013
    • Competitive Insight: Training and Competing at High Altitude

    • Question: I am a competitive ultramarathon runner. Will training at high altitude improve my time?Answer: High altitude is typically defined as being above 5,000 feet in elevation. When an athlete trains at altitude, the first thing that happens is that their heart rate and respiratory rate increase. This even occurs at rest. This helps counter the lower partial pressure of oxygen in the air at altitude. Remember, even at sea level, oxygen comprises only 20.9 percent of the air we breathe. In re... MORE →
    • October 2, 2013
    • Spoke, Scalpel, Repeat

    • Beep, beep, beep. A swift hand silences the alarm as to not wake a sleeping wife. At 4:30 a.m., Dr. Erik Dorf prepares for another busy day. He still has six hours until he needs to be at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics for work. He isn’t thinking about that, though – this part of the day is for him alone. The dust glows bright behind his spinning tires as the first rays of light hit the trail. In the back of his mind he knows that every hour of training will help him in his upcoming 100-mile competiti... MORE →
    • September 30, 2013
    • Put Up Your Flu Shield

    • If you were going to a place where malaria was rampant, you would make a point to get vaccinated. Embarking on flu season here in the United States, the need for protection is equally important. “The flu shot has been proven to be the most effective prevention of the flu and now the influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone. It used to be you had to have certain diseases or be immunocompromised, but now it’s recommended for all people older than six months with rare exception,” says Michael... MORE →
    • September 27, 2013
    • Health Insurance Changes for Coloradoans

    • Healthcare insurance in Colorado is changing. As of October 1st, many Coloradans will be eligible, based on income, to reduce the cost of private health insurance through . Many will also be newly eligible for in 2014. Additionally, eligible children and pregnant women will still be able to get insurance through (CHP+). The have issued the following helpful tips regarding the new insurance exchanges launching this fall: If you don’t already have health coverage, the Health Insurance Marke... MORE →
    • September 23, 2013
    • East Lionshead Circle Road Closure

    • A short section of East Lionshead Circle will be closed from Sept. 23-27 to allow for completion of repair work to the existing two eastern most paver crosswalks along East Lionshead Circle in front of the Lionshead Welcome Center. All vehicular access east of this location will be required to access via West Meadow Drive and through the Dobson Ice Arena and Library Plaza; this generally includes the Vail International, Lodge at Lionshead and Treetops commercial upper parking garage. All access ... MORE →
    • September 5, 2013
    • On-site Physical Therapy Now Available at The Westin Riverfront at Beaver Creek

    • Howard Head Sports Medicine – the official physical therapy provider for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Olympic Team – provides innovative healing techniques performed by highly gifted physical therapists, helping patients rebuild and return to the activities that they love to do.Physical therapy services now available at Howard Head Sports Medicine at The Westin Riverfront include Active Release Technique, Aquatic Therapy, Hand Therapy, Manual Therapy, Oncology Therapy, Post-Operative Therapy, Re... MORE →
    • August 30, 2013
    • Surfing for Nutrition?

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. The Internet can be an awesome resource for food and nutrition information; however, not all of it is reliable or credible. Below are some of my favorite nutrition blogs and websites you can trust and might even give you a fresh perspective, inspire you to cook more, or try a new food! Nancy Clark’s blog on sports nutrition: Digestive Nutrition: Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition: Make sense of ... MORE →
    • August 15, 2013
    • Diet & Inflammation

    • Author Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE is a nutritionist at Vail Valley Medical Center. Inflammation is an important part of the healing process following an injury. It’s easy to see inflammation taking place when we have an injury, with the area becoming noticeably red, warm, and swollen although some inflammation is not noticeable. It can occur during infection, immunologic reactions, obesity, poor diet and is sometimes a part of our genetic predisposition. Acute inflammation leads to repair of the ... MORE →