Tips for participating in fall sports

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of 2020 has been anything but typical. As the leaves begin to change and we become more accustomed to this “new normal,” some things are finally starting to get back to normal.

School’s finally in session again across north-central Indiana, and many student-athletes are back to having fun and participating in fall sports.

Avoid making any rookie mistakes. Whether your MVP is spending hours after class in the gym, on the field, or in the pool, read on to learn how you can help them stay safe—and prevent avoidable sports injuries—while they’re going for a big win.

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What is plantar fasciitis?

Walking can be painful if you have heel pain from plantar fasciitis

If you find yourself with unhappy feet, plantar fasciitis might be the reason for the tenderness and pain.

Plantar fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tur fashee-I-tiss) is the name for one of the most common causes of sharp, stabbing feeling near your heel.

When suffering from plantar fasciitis, people often feel the most discomfort after they wake up. The pain typically decreases as you start moving around in the morning—although it sometimes returns if you spend a considerable amount of time standing around or after you sit for a spell. For some, the condition also flares up right after exercise, too.

Read on to learn the best treatments for plantar fasciitis, how long the chronic condition usually takes to go away, what causes this type of heel pain, and more.

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What to do when you get hurt working out

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Not all exercise injuries need immediate medical attention. Depending on how badly you got hurt, different treatment options are available.

In most cases, you can treat injuries from strenuous workout activities right at home. However, when your injury is serious, don’t hesitate to see a provider.

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Common sports injuries for teens


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children 0 to 19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries. If not treated properly, these injuries can affect growth and development. They can also lead to issues that linger into adulthood such as arthritis.

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