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Keeping young athletes healthy


Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Some kids just like to move. Alea Lutkenhaus, an 8th grader from Decorah Middle School, is one of those kids.

Out for track, softball, basketball, cross county and soccer, an injury can put the brakes on Lutkenhaus’ plans any time of the year. So when she felt her hip tighten during a track meet, knew that she should listen to her body and get help.

“I was anchor for a 4x200, which is a new event for me, and my hip got numb and just felt weird,” says Lutkenhaus had sustained an overuse injury that occurs after repetitive use of the hip muscles. She was referred to physical therapy at Winneshiek Medical Center’s Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center.

“The first day Alea walked in, she was on crutches,” says Megan Lyon, DPT, Pilates-trained physical therapist who works with Lutkenhaus. “We began to work on core strengthening and regaining flexibility in her hip muscles. I also provided ASTYM, a manual technique that promotes tissue regeneration while allowing patients to stay active.”

Lutkenhaus responded well to therapy, and was off crutches before her second appointment with Megan. The duo continued to work on healing the injured area. “Alea has a history of hip and shin pain over the past two years so our focus on core strengthening will also help to prevent future injuries. Eighth grade softball is ramping up for Alea, and we want to make sure she is ready for this season and seasons yet to come!”

To assist in core strengthening, Lyon leads Alea in Pilates-based exercises utilizing the Reformer. “The Reformer is a piece of equipment that helps patients better isolate their core musculature while performing movement patterns that are required for daily activities,” says Lyon. “It facilitates safe and rapid rehabilitation of orthopedic, neurologic and chronic pain conditions, and allows us to accommodate people of nearly any age and level of ability.”

Alea’s mom, Carol Lutkenhaus, a 4th grade teacher in Decorah says, “It’s hard to see Alea sit when she wants to be up and going. I’m thankful she is learning ways to move, despite her injury.” Carol adds, “Working with Megan and the other therapists at WMC has helped her learn more about her body, and has opened her eyes to possibly entering the medical field when she’s older. I’m glad Alea has had such a positive experience at Winneshiek Medical Center.”

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Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary gives $31K back to WMC

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Over the past year, the Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary has purchased medical equipment for WMC to a tune of $31,000. The most recent purchase was an adjustable x-ray table to benefit WMC patients in the Radiology department. “The adjust ..... 
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Summer food program for kids

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

With summer here, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Fillmore Central Schools will be providing free meals for children this summer! Free meals for children will be served at the elementary school in Preston o ..... 
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Give blood with the American Red Cross and help maintain the summer blood supply

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make and keep donation appointments to maintain the summer blood supply and help prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with ..... 
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Sixth annual Rhubarb Run celebrates rhubarb with healthy helpings of laughter

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Family-friendly, kid-inclusive Rhubarb Run 5K or 1-mile event invites runners, joggers and walkers of all ages to kick up their heels on Saturday, June 7. The Rhubarb Run epicenter is one block west of downtown Lanesboro, off County Road 8. Check-in ..... 
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More than 4,700 participate in Gundersen’s Minutes in Motion challenge

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

It was another successful year for Gundersen Health System’s Minutes In Motion Physical Activity Challenge. The 8th annual event drew 4,761 participants from across the area who logged a grand total of more than 5.3 million minutes of physical act ..... 
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Eagle Cliff Campground to host first-time blood drive over Memorial Day weekend - Red Cross cooling towels and special T-shirts offered to all presenting donors

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Eagle Cliff Campground is partnering with the American Red Cross to kick off the Red Cross “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” campaign by reminding eligible donors that their support is needed. On May 24 and 25, Eagle Cliff will host a blood ..... 
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Cities of Fountain and Ostrander announce addition of four AEDs

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Health & Wellness

The City of Fountain and Ostrander, in partnership with Fillmore County AED Collaborative, is pleased to announce the addition of four Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) to our area. This addition will allow our communities to have life-saving c ..... 
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Cities of Fountain and Ostrander announce addition of four AEDs

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Health & Wellness

The City of Fountain and Ostrander, in partnership with Fillmore County AED Collaborative, is pleased to announce the addition of four Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) to our area. This addition will allow our communities to have life-saving c ..... 
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