Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sports Injuries on the Rise. CH-F Therapy Staff Visits High Schools to Talk Safe Stretching.

Community Hospital-Fairfax (CH-F) Physical Therapy staff is hitting the road this October to visit area high schools. Throughout the month, CH-F physical therapists and assistants will be visiting schools in Tarkio, Fairfax, Rock Port and Mound City to discuss safe stretching techniques.

“We are seeing more and more sports injuries in our therapy program among jr. high and high school athletes. As former athletes ourselves, we know the frustration of sitting out a game or a season to recover from an injury. We want to help kids avoid injury and stay in the game,” explained Shannon Pruitt, Director of Rehab Services.

Therapy staff are showing students how to use dynamic stretching instead of traditional static techniques. This kind of stretching has been proven to better prepare the muscles for the upcoming workout. Extending the range of motion through safe stretching makes it less likely that a sports injury will occur.

Shannon Pruitt, PT, demonstrates some of the dynamic stretching techniques that will be shown to students:

CH-F Therapy Staff will also be demonstrating safe stretching at the upcoming CH-F Me Market on November 8 at the Tarkio High School Gym. To learn more about these techniques or other services offered by the Rehab Department, visit or call (660) 686-2211.