Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute 
Sports Medicine
May 2016
In This Issue
Walk the Walk
We love that our staff is as active as they are. It helps to show our patients that our staff's understanding comes from a place of actually doing not just hearing. 

Courtney Dynes- 
Physical Therapist
(Pictured top left)

Throughout the years of playing sports at a competitive level, I was naturally exposed to exercise, and I developed an understanding of the benefits from exercising on a regular basis. At a young age, I realized that I really enjoyed exercising and living an active lifestyle. Besides the health benefits, working out allows me to have a form of personal time to decompress and re-energize. It is also a time where I can challenge my body, physically and mentally, to reach harder fitness goals. I enjoy running, yoga, weight training, hiking, and downhill skiing. Because of my athletic background, I still enjoy some competition now and again. So, to fulfill my competitive desires, I also participate in 5k or 10k races. I also enjoy trying different group fitness classes for educational purposes and first-hand experience so that I can discuss these different forms of exercise with patients that may also be participating in these classes. 

Read more of how our staff Walks the Walk in our upcoming newsletters!
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Community Corner
Run the Ridge 5K/1K

Saturday, June 4th

Run the Ridge 5K and 1K Run/Walk is organized by Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness, and designed for runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels.  

Join over 600 race participants in the 12th year of this 5K/1K community event.  All net proceeds from both runs will benefit ProActive Kids (PAK), an organization assisting with childhood obesity.

 For more information or to sign up please visit their  registration page.


SlowTwitch Road Show

Saturday, May 7th

Triathletes! Mark your calendars for the SlowTwitch Road Show at NRC South. This event will feature programs, clinics, and products all geared toward those who live to swim, bike and run. For the more information and to register please visit their website!


Impact Dance Studio Auditions
Impact Dance Studio is seeking talented, hard-working dancers ages 5-18 for their Competition Team and Show Stars Team. Auditions will be held SUNDAY, MAY 22 at their Countryside location. Register online here


We now offer Saturday hours on select weeks at both clinics!   Please call your clinic to ask about availability.


CPR  re-certification and Certification
 classes now available! 

-BLS for the Healthcare provider
-Family & Friends CPR/Choking basics

Classes provided through 
American Heart Association 

Team/group discounts available. Email
for more details! 

Want to give your club a shout out ?  Let us know!

The Importance of Sleep for the Athlete 

Michi Mennecke, MPT
Sports Medicine Physical Therapist
Performing Arts Medicine Specialist

Want to be more successful in your sport?  Make sure you are getting enough sleep!
According to ESPN, sleep is the new 'magic pill' for athletes.
Research shows that athletes that do not get enough sleep will suffer a decline in performance.  It is understandably difficult to get enough sleep when preparing for any type of competition when travel may be involved.  This can be from anxiety about the competition or possibly from not being able to sleep in your own bed.  When looking at flexibility, endurance and quick reaction time, this lack of sleep, can unfortunately show in your performance.
Studies show:
-That athletes without sleep deprivation are stronger and possess greater cardio power.   Restricting sleep to less than six hours per night for four or more consecutive nights has been shown to impair cognitive performance and mood, disturb glucose metabolism, appetite regulation and immune function.  Adults should obtain eight hours of sleep per night to prevent performance deficits. (Belenky, Spiegel, Krueger, Van Dongen)   Adolescent athletes on the other hand need to be sleeping nine to ten hours per night.
- Consistent sleep is key.  Studies show sleep patterns going back weeks, months and years prior to Olympic events can make an impact on performance- it is not just about the amount of sleep the night before the event.
-Recovery is one of the biggest factors for athletic success-if you recover faster, you can train again sooner and make gains faster.  For exercise and recovery, sleep becomes extremely important because the body secretes growth hormone while you sleep; growth hormone helps repair muscle and soft tissue, as well as breaking down fat.  Sleep deprivation can lead to increased levels of cortisol (a stress hormone), decreased activity of human growth hormone (which is active during tissue repair), and decreased glycogen synthesis.  Other studies link sleep deprivation with decreased aerobic endurance and increased ratings of perceived exertion.


Michi is available for scheduling out of our Naperville Clinic:

1315 Macom Dr, Suite 105
Naperville, IL 60564
630 369 8585

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Athlete Spotlight:
Brian Donatelli

Competing in the Olympic Trials is a BIG deal, but it is not even the biggest event taking place this summer for Brian Donnatelli.  Brian is an elite sprint distance swimmer, and he will be going to Cambodia as a member of the Peace Corp for over two years right after competing in the Olympic Trials this coming July.
A competitive swimmer was not something that Brian anticipated becoming when he was young.  He actually hated club swimming because he was rail thin at only 90 pounds and just hated being cold all of the time in the water.  It was not until his freshman year of high school that Brian decided to join the school team.  He went out for a conference meet and broke 23 seconds in the 50 meter freestyle and realized that he had big potential.  As a student athlete at the University of Iowa, making the typically individual sport of swimming a team atmosphere was a very important goal to Brian.  He worked hard to get to know everyone on the team and create a brotherhood-like atmosphere.  "Make it where you are thinking more about your teammates than you are about yourself. That mentality, I believe that made me faster,"  Brian quotes.  This mentality helped him to qualify for the London Olympic Trials.

"It's one of those moments where you think you're dreaming," Brian says of competing at the Olympic Trials.  Warming up in the same lane as Michael Phelps; sitting in the same hot tub as Ryan Lochte; bumping into Missy Franklin- these are things that many people dream about, and this amazement was not lost on Brian.  "TV can only do so much, but when you are there standing next to guys who are 6'7" it's amazing.  It's an amazing event to be a part of."  Brian did not qualify for the London Olympics in 2012, but he was able to take away many great experiences from the event.

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Why Every Athlete Needs a Mouthguard

What is a Mouthguard?

The word "mouthguard" is universal and generic, and includes a large range and variety of products, from "over the counter" models bought at the sporting goods stores to professionally manufactured custom made mouthguards.

Why does my child need a mouthguard?

More than 5 million teeth are damaged each year due to sports injuries and trauma. A majority of these incidents can be attributed to the absence of a mouthguard or to improperly fabricated and fitted mouthguards. Not only do mouthguards protect the teeth, but they also protect the head against a blow to the jaw that can result in a concussion and loss of consciousness.

Not only do mouthguards help to protect against chipped or broken teeth, root and bone damage but they also safeguard against serious injuries such as jaw fractures, cerebral hemorrhage and concussions by preventing situations where the lower jaw hits too strongly into the upper jaw. By keeping soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, mouthguards may also help prevent cutting and bruising of the lips, tongue and cheeks.
Read the rest of Why Every Athlete Needs a Mouthguard here.

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