We are proud to be included in New Hampshire Magazine’s Top Doctors for 2014! Congratulations to all Physicians who made the list. Check out the full New Hampshire Magazine’s ‘Top Doctors’ at: http://www.nhmagazine.com/Top-Doctors/
The Safe Sports Network free sports physical clinic will once again be held at our Bedford office (9 Washington Place, Suite 101), on March 18th. Pre-registration is open and forms must be received by March 11th. Sports Physical Registration
PLEASE BE ADVISED: Our offices will not be seeing patients tomorrow January 27th. We will be available by phone during regular business hours at 603.883.0091.
Please stay safe and warm during the storm!
Nowadays most high school teams have on site athletic trainers to assist in treating injuries during the game; however, what happens when your athlete leaves the field? Safe Sports Network was created to aid in these times to help decrease the frequency and severity of sports related injuries. Offering free injury drop-in clinics, annual sports physicals, and community education they are a necessary resource to families in the Greater Manchester, NH area. The 2nd Annual Safe Sports Social will introduce you to these important services and will also help raise money to fund this key organization.
2015 SAFE SPORTS SOCIAL TAKING SHAPE:
KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND SAFE SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR WINNER ANNOUNCED
MANCHESTER, NH, January 9, 2015 – The program for the 2015 Safe Sports Social presented by the NH Orthopaedic Center is beginning to take shape. This fundraiser will be held Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at The Derryfield. The Social raises funds to ensure essential sports medicine care for young athletes.
Bob Gfeller will deliver the keynote address. Bob’s son Matthew died of a football-related traumatic brain injury in 2008. Since then, Bob and his wife, Lisa, have dedicated themselves to ensuring kids play it safe through prevention, recognition and treatment of youth sports head injuries. That’s the mission of the Matthew Gfeller Foundation created by the family after Matthew’s death. After many years in the business arena, including most recently as Executive Vice President for Lowe’s Home Improvement, Bob is currently the Executive Director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma in North Carolina. He is actively involved in trying to keep kids safe on a daily basis.
The 2015 Safe Sports Star of the Year Award will be presented to Christopher Couture, MD at the Safe Sports Social. The award is given to a person who through words and actions demonstrates his or her commitment to ensuring youth sports safety. Dr. Couture is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School. He is a local sports medicine physician who has been practice for over 14 years, the past 4 at Victory Sports Medicine in Merrimack. In addition to providing great care for athletes in his medical practice, Dr. Couture volunteers his time as a sideline physician for area high schools and is a physician with the US Ski Team. In addition, he is a member of the NH Advisory Council on Sport-Related Concussion and he is one of a small group of physicians qualified to interpret the common neurocognitive test used in managing our athletes’ safe return to play. Dr. Couture also volunteers as a principal faculty member in NHMI’s accredited athletic training residency. He is, without a doubt, an invaluable resource for Safe Sports Network and for our young athletes. He is most deserving of this recognition.
Several local businesses have signed on to sponsor this important event. See sponsors at http://www.nhmi.net/safe_sports_social_sponsor_promo.php.
To learn more or to find out how you can contribute to ensure that young athletes are as safe as possible, visit www.nhmi.net.
Snow blowers are quite convenient during the snowy months of a New England winter. However, each year hundreds of people suffer severe injuries or amputations of fingers or hands due to inappropriate safety practices. The physicians of New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center want to help prevent these serious and avoidable injuries. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand has some helpful tips we would like to share: Snow Blower Safety
Complex regional pain syndrome awareness tomorrow night (Nov 26th) at 7pm on NH Chronicle WMUR Channel 9, featuring Marc J. Michaud, MD www.nhoc.com/Michaud
We are hosting our 4th Annual Food Drive! New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center is participating again in collecting donations for the NH Food Bank. Please feel free to come by one of our offices between November 7th and January 2nd if you would like to help by making a donation. THANK YOU!
Contact: Laura Decoster: laura@NHMI.net, 603.627.9728
Mayor Gatsas Proclaims November 15-21 Youth Sports Safety Week in Manchester (NH)
Recognizing that we must make sure our young athletes are safe, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas has proclaimed November 15-21 Youth Sports Safety Week. Safe Sports Network, a nonprofit program in greater Manchester, will present several activities during the week. With more than 5 million youth sports injuries every year in the US, everyone involved has a role in improving youth sports safety. Events include free sports physicals and classes to help recognize and treat emergencies. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is the primary sponsor of Youth Sports Safety Week. Central High School, Manchester Boys & Girls Club and NH Orthopaedic Center will host events.
The Week will kick off on Saturday, November 15 with a CPR/1st aid/AED course for coaches. This class will be taught by sports medicine experts who will tailor the content and make it extremely pertinent for youth/high school coaches. (8am-1pm, Central High School, PA Building Auditorium). THE MAYOR WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE AT APPROXIMATELY 10 AM TO ISSUE HIS PROCLAMATION.
On Tuesday, November 18, student-athletes will learn signs and symptoms of potentially-catastrophic sports injuries and illnesses in New Hampshire’s third Athletes Saving Athletes™ class. The theme of this course is, “What you know may save someone you know.” What a difference that might make! (8:30am-12pm, Manchester Boys and Girls Club, 555 Union St., Manchester)
On Wednesday, November 19, student-athletes can participate in FREE sports physicals. These physicals are intended specifically to clear students for sports participation. They incorporate special history questions along with vision and musculoskeletal screenings that can identify potential risk factors for young athletes. (5:30-7pm, New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, 9 Washington Pl., Bedford)
On Thursday, November 20, parents will learn important signs and symptoms about concussions and how to protect their young athletes. Also covered this evening will be hands-only CPR and AED. This session can help parents know what to expect if their child is concussed and help them make a difference in an emergency. (530-7 PM, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 650 Elm Street, 6th floor, Manchester)
In addition to activities planned for Youth Sports Safety Week, Safe Sports Network is available throughout the year. Young athletes can take advantage of the FREE sports injury drop in clinic held at 35 Kosciuszko St. in Manchester. Safe Sports can help youth leagues implement a concussion management program just like college athletes get. Safe Sports Network is a nonprofit program. All services to athletes are free. For more information or to register for any events, please call 627-9728 or email Amy@nhmi.net.
NHMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing knowledge in musculoskeletal care and sports medicine and to promoting and providing a safe sports environment for athletes. Young athletes from Greater Manchester receive free sports medicine services through its largest program, the Safe Sports Network. For more information, visit www.nhmi.net