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The 1st Annual TOCA Foundation Golf Tournament!

The TOCA Foundation’s mission is to improve the community in the areas of math, science and medical research.  The Phoenix Public Schools desperately need further funding in the area of math and science to improve our community’s educational outcomes and future leaders in these areas.  Together with your help, we will provide our students the tools to complete in a global future.

TOCA Foundation Federal Tax ID #20-0574111

Upcoming Events

The 1st Annual TOCA Foundation Golf Tournament 

The Orthopedic Clinic Association is pleased to announce our first ever Charity Golf Classic to be held on Friday, April 27th, 2017 benefiting Phoenix Public Schools.

Please join TOCA for the 2017 Charity Golf Event to help children in our area.  This Tournament will be held at the ASU Karsten Golf Course and will start with a Tee-off box breakfast,  and conclude with a raffle, silent auction and an awards luncheon following your day of golf.  We humbly request your donation, which would greatly contribute to our event’s success and would be deeply appreciated.  Together, we will make this a dynamic event!

Date: Thursday April 27th, 2017

Location: ASU Karsten Golf Course
1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Consider your involvement in this memorable event:

  • Register your team today! We expect this tournament to sell out so call or email us today!
  • Become a sponsorship partner! There are several packages available, ranging from $500 to $5000.
  • Donate! If golfing isn’t your game of choice, consider becoming a friend of our foundation! Any donation to the foundation will have an impact on the youth in our community!

This Tournament is sure to be a hit, so sign up today to secure your team’s position in this year’s Charity Golf Classic by Clicking Here.  If you have any questions regarding sponsorship opportunities or to register your team, please contact Lisa Paulson at lpaulson@tocamd.com or 602.512.8525.

We recognize there are many golf tournaments and organizations you can support and we appreciate your consideration to participate in this event

#RECOVERY.RESULTS.RELIEF.

March 2017 is Cheerleading Safety Month!

March 2017 is Cheerleading Safety Month! Safety is a big concern in all sports and cheerleading is no exception. Because it combines both stunting and gymnastics, there are many opportunities for accidents if the proper precautions aren’t taken. While we often think of them as being nothing more than entertainment on the sidelines, cheerleaders serve a vital role, and the stunts they pull are demanding both mentally and physically. Cheerleading Safety Month comes each year to raise awareness that safety is vital to the health and performance of our team’s biggest supporters.

Basic Cheer Safety:
* Remove all jewelry
* Wear athletic shoes
* Keep your hair tied back
* Always have supervision
* Practice on safe surfaces such as mats and padded floors
* Have an emergency plan

In order to stay out of harm’s way and still perform spectacular stunts, there are a few basic guidelines that must be followed:
* Get proper instruction
* Always use a spotter
* Follow proper progression
* Practice proper technique
* Don’t push it
* Focus
* Warm up
* Communicate
* Don’t ignore injuries
* Stay in shape

Of course, cheerleading safety should be practiced any time cheerleading is being performed, but March – Cheerleading Safety Month – provides the perfect opportunity to shine the spotlight on cheerleading safety.

March often marks the winding down of basketball season and with it most school cheerleading will also come to an end. Soon, tryouts for the next season will take place, giving coaches the opportunity to implement their safety programs for a new team.

There are four groups directly responsible for the safety of the cheerleader – the administration, the coaches, the cheerleaders themselves, and the cheerleaders’ parents. Each can use this month to focus on cheerleading safety and enhance safety in their programs.

Administrators, are you involved in your cheer program? Make sure you have selected a qualified coach to supervise the team and give them sufficient support. At a minimum, the coach should complete the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators safety course. Coaches should also take advantage of any other training available, such as training provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations or the US All Star Federation. They should be encouraged to attend camps, clinics and coaching conferences in order to further their knowledge of skill techniques. As an administrator, you should make sure your program has adequate practice facilities and matting and that the coach is following the safety rules.

Coaches, are you fully aware of your responsibilities with regard to safety? You should make sure your cheerleaders are using proper skill progressions. Don’t pressure your cheerleaders to try skills they are not ready to attempt. You or someone at practice, such as a coach’s assistant, should be CPR certified and trained in basic first aid. Make sure that you are following recognized safety rules and practices (AACCA, NFHS or USASF) outlined for your program. Develop and practice an emergency plan in the event a serious injury occurs.

Cheerleaders, you too have a responsibility for your own safety. If you feel scared about a particular stunt or tumbling skill, voice your concerns to your coach or parent. Take stunting very seriously, and stay focused on the skill and your part in it until it is safely completed. Practice good health and fitness habits so you can perform to the best of your ability. Remember, others are relying on you to be at your best during every performance.

Parents, use your voice! Know the safety rules, and If you find that standard practices aren’t being employed, bring it to the attention of the coach. If that doesn’t resolve the matter, do not hesitate to take your concerns to the administration. Ultimately, if you feel that your child’s safety is being compromised, take the difficult step of removing them from the program.

Cheerleading can be a safe and healthy activity when it is properly supervised. Let’s use this month of awareness to make sure we are all doing our part!

History of Cheerleading Safety Month
As the basketball season winds down to a close, Cheerleading tryout season often starts, and a bunch of intrepid new group comes to pick up the pom-pom and start down the demanding path of becoming a cheerleader. With the Administrators, Coaches, the Cheerleaders Parents, and Cheerleaders all working together, an education on how to perform at their very best while being safe in their efforts can be passed on and absorbed.
Cheerleading has been around for a long time, since the late 1800’s in fact, and believe it or not back then it was an all-male sport. From 1877-1923, it was the men that led the cheers, that helped to support their team, and in 1898 the idea of organized teams entered the scene. It wasn’t until 1923 that there women actually entered the field of cheerleading, and it took until 1940 for them to actually be recognized in things like student pamphlets and newspapers.
In 1987 the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches & Administrators was formed, and it wasn’t long after that that the important of safety education among Cheerleaders and those who trained them became obvious. This was the first seeds of National Cheerleading Safety Month coming to pass.

How To Celebrate Cheerleading Safety Month
There are a number of great ways to celebrate Cheerleading Safety Month, starting with being an active advocate for safety in your local cheerleading squad. This is a special opportunity for parents and administrators, a chance to make certain that your children or team is observing all the necessary safety practices to ensure they have a great, and safe, time.
You can also make contact with the National Cheer Safety Foundation to register as an official Cheer Safety Ambassador with their organization. This allows you to report injuries in cheerleading, build an emergency plan, and generally be a great asset to your team, your children, and their safety.

 

For more information on orthopedic sports medicine call 602-277-6211!

#cheersafe#Results#Recovery#Relief#Gameon#Sportsmedicine#Injuryprevention

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

Cubital tunnel syndrome, also known as ulnar neuropathy, is caused by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve, which passes close to the skin’s surface in the area of the elbow commonly referred to as the “funny bone”.  Cubital tunnel syndrome is not as well known as it’s relative (carpal tunnel syndrome) however it also can cause severe pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the hands and arms.

You’re more likely to develop cubital tunnel syndrome if you:

  • Repeatedly lean on your elbow, especially on a hard surface
  • Bend your elbow for sustained periods, such as while talking on a cell phone or sleeping with your hand crooked under your pillow

There are five different sites in this region that can cause compression of the nerve in the Cubital Tunnel. As the nerve becomes compressed or entrapped, it produces pain, discomfort, numbness, and decreased hand strength.

Most people are familiar with the odd sensations felt when accidentally bumping this area, as brief numbness, tingling and shooting pain occur. Similar symptoms are experienced in Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, but they are experienced on a chronic level. Symptoms are most intense along the ulnar (inside) aspect of the forearm, often extending down into the ring and small fingers.

Early symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome include:

  • Pain and numbness in the elbow
  • Tingling, especially in the ring and little fingers

More severe symptoms of cubital tunnel syndrome include:

  • Weakness affecting the ring and little fingers
  • Decreased ability to pinch the thumb and little finger
  • Decreased overall hand grip
  • Muscle wasting in the hand
  • Claw-like deformity of the hand

Treatments for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and Radial Tunnel Syndrome:

Cubital tunnel syndrome often can be managed conservatively, especially if electromyography reveals that there is minimal pressure on the ulnar nerve.

Mild cases of cubital tunnel syndrome often respond to physical therapies such as:

  • Avoidance of undue pressure on the elbow during daily activities
  • Wearing a protective elbow pad over the “funny bone” during daily activities
  • Wearing a splint during sleep to prevent over-bending of the elbow

In cases where splinting doesn’t help or nerve compression is more severe, about 85% of patients respond to some form of surgery to release pressure on the ulnar nerve. These include surgeries that:

  • Result in simple decompression of the ulnar nerve
  • Shift the nerve to the front of the elbow
  • Move the nerve under a layer of fat, under the muscle, or within the muscle
  • Trim the bump of the inner portion of the elbow — the medial epicondyle — under which the ulnar nerve passes

If you exhibit symptoms of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, the Physicians and staff here at TOCA are here to help! Nerve testing may be prescribed to determine your level of compression . Your physician may also prescribe arm therapy to help alleviate the pain and improve function. Based on the severity of the condition, splinting, specific exercises, modalities, and other treatments can be initiated to assist in gliding the ulnar nerve and reducing compression to the area. More severe cases may require surgery to reduce pressure on the affected nerve.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call 602-277-6211.

#Recovery #Results #Relief #TOCA

Random Acts of Kindness week (#RAKWeek2017)

Random Acts of Kindness week (#RAKWeek2017), Feb 12-18, is an annual opportunity to unite through kindness. Formally recognized in 1995, this seven-day celebration demonstrates that kindness is contagious. It all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It’s an opportunity for participants to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same.

Share your random act of kindness! 

Learn more at: www.randomactsof.us 

1. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
2. Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.
3. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.
4. Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.
5. Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats!
6. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
7. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump.
8. Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.
9. Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager.
10. Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.
11. Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.
12. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
13. Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.
14. Smile at five strangers.
15. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. In those moments, do something kind for someone else.
16. Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.
17. Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.
18. Hold up positive signs for traffic or in a park for people exercising outside!
19. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
20. Write a positive comment on your favorite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.
21. Have a clean up party at a beach or park.
22. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
23. Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
24. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
25. Everyone is important. Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day. Greet them by name. Also say “hello” to strangers and smile. These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make people smile.
26. Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing, takes no time, and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it.
27. Take flowers or treats to the nurses’ station at your nearest hospital.
28.Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
29. Send a ‘Thank you’ card or note to the officers at your local police or fire station.
30. Run an errand for a family member who is busy.
31. Leave a box of goodies in your mailbox for your mail carrier.
32. Tape coins around a playground for kids to find.
33. Put your phone away while in the company of others.
34. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
35. Hold the door open for someone
36. Tell a joke
37. Donate outgrown clothes
38. Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while just to say hello
39. Smile at everyone. It’s contagious.
40. Bring your neighbors’ garbage cans up for them. 
41. Let someone into your lane. They’re probably in a rush just like you. Or wave a thank you to someone who lets you in!
42. Give someone a hug
43. When you go somewhere to get or do something, ask the people around you if you can pick up anything they need
44. Let someone have the parking spce
45. Stop to talk to a homeless person
46. Play board games with senior citizens at a nursing home. Sixty percent of them will never have a visitor during their stay.
47. Hold the elevator
48. Empathize
49. Text someone good morning or good night
50. Say yes at the store when the cashier asks if you want to donate $1 to whichever cause
51. Be encouraging! 
52. Help someone struggling with heavy bags
53. Be kind to the customer service rep on the phone. It’s not their fault
54. Be patient
55. Compliment a stranger
56. Be thoughtful – Did your co-worker have a bad day today? Bring them them a coffee in the morning. 
57. Say “Thank you”, a lot – Everyone works hard. 
58. Send a care package to a solider
59. Leave nice comments on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook
60. Slow way down when you drive past a pedestrian — 35 mph can seem like the Indy 500 to a someone walking their dog.
61. Compliment the first three people you talk to today.

#kindness #randomactsofkindness #Recovery#Results #Relief #RandomActsofTOCA

The 1st Annual TOCA Foundation Golf Tournament!

The TOCA Foundation’s mission is to improve the community in the areas of math, science and medical research.  The Phoenix Public Schools desperately need further funding in the area of math and science to improve our community’s educational outcomes and future leaders in these areas.  Together with your help, we will provide our students the tools to complete in a global future.

TOCA Foundation Federal Tax ID #20-0574111

Upcoming Events

The 1st Annual TOCA Foundation Golf Tournament 

The Orthopedic Clinic Association is pleased to announce our first ever Charity Golf Classic to be held on Friday, April 27th, 2017 benefiting Phoenix Public Schools.

Please join TOCA for the 2017 Charity Golf Event to help children in our area.  This Tournament will be held at the ASU Karsten Golf Course and will start with a Tee-off box breakfast,  and conclude with a raffle, silent auction and an awards luncheon following your day of golf.  We humbly request your donation, which would greatly contribute to our event’s success and would be deeply appreciated.  Together, we will make this a dynamic event!

Date: Thursday April 27th, 2017

Location: ASU Karsten Golf Course
1125 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Consider your involvement in this memorable event:

  • Register your team today! We expect this tournament to sell out so call or email us today!
  • Become a sponsorship partner! There are several packages available, ranging from $500 to $5000.
  • Donate! If golfing isn’t your game of choice, consider becoming a friend of our foundation! Any donation to the foundation will have an impact on the youth in our community!

This Tournament is sure to be a hit, so sign up today to secure your team’s position in this year’s Charity Golf Classic by Clicking Here.  If you have any questions regarding sponsorship opportunities or to register your team, please contact Lisa Paulson at lpaulson@tocamd.com or 602.512.8525.

We recognize there are many golf tournaments and organizations you can support and we appreciate your consideration to participate in this event

#RECOVERY.RESULTS.RELIEF.

Backpack Safety!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When you move your child’s backpack after he or she drops it at the door, does it feel like it contains 40 pounds of rocks? Maybe you’ve noticed your child struggling to put it on, bending forward while carrying it, or complaining of tingling or numbness. If you’ve been concerned about the effects that extra weight might have on your child’s still-growing body, your instincts are correct. Backpacks that are too heavy can cause a lot of problems for kids, like back and shoulder pain, and poor posture. Did you know that according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries from heavy backpacks result in more than 7,000 emergency room visits per year. Sprains, strains, and “overuse” injuries were among the top complaints.

When selecting a backpack, look for:

  • An ergonomic design
  • The correct size: never wider or longer than your child’s torso and never hanging more than 4 inches below the waist
  • Padded back and shoulder straps
  • Hip and chest belts to help transfer some of the weight to the hips and torso
  • Multiple compartments to better distribute the weight
  • Compression straps on the sides or bottom to stabilize the contents
  • Reflective material

Backpack Safety Tips:

  • Your backpack should weigh only 15% – 20% of your total weight
  • Use both shoulder straps to keep the weight of the backpack better distributed
  • Tighten the straps to keep the load closer to the back
  • Organize items and pack heavier things low and towards the center
  • Remove items if the backpack is too heavy and only carry items necessary for the day
  • Lift properly by bending at the knees when picking up a backpack

Remember: A roomy backpack may seem like a good idea, but the more space there is to fill, the more likely your child will fill it. Make sure your child uses both straps when carrying the backpack. Using one strap shifts the weight to one side and causes muscle pain and posture problems.

Help your child determine what is absolutely necessary to carry. If it’s not essential, leave it at home.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Shoulder Pain: When to Worry

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Shoulder Pain: When to Worry! The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and because of its extensive range of motion it’s susceptible to injury and pain. While the shoulder is not thought of as a weight bearing joint, once you lift an object or roll over at night, the forces going through the shoulder joint exceed those of most joints due to the long lever arm of the outstretched arm. The shoulder can hurt after it has been injured or for no apparent reason. Most shoulder problems are relatively short-lived but sometimes the pain is indicative of a more complex issue.

No worries:

Slight pain with elevation and when playing overhead sports is common. The four tendons that make up the rotator cuff and the biceps tendon, (the combined musculature that drives the shoulder motions) can be inflamed by activities such as throwing, shooting basketballs, and lifting bags over head. The tendons are covered by a thin layer called a bursa, which swells when irritated. The bursitis is filled with inflammatory components that irritate the nerve fibers sending pain signals to the brain. Eliminating the overhead activities and mild use of anti-inflammatories usually cures the mild bursitis, or tendonitis, and solves the problem. Exercises to strengthen posture are also commonly used by our physical therapists to fix mild shoulder irritations. Slumping at your desk, reaching for your mouse, hunching over your keyboard, can all put extra strain on the shoulder, neck or back and may be the cause of your shoulder pain. Stand with your shoulders at or behind your hips with your belly button tucked in and notice the difference.

More worry:

Pain that does not go away or pain that occurs with every activity indicates that the key tissues are irritated enough that they are sending pain signals even without motion. This degree of inflammation precedes more structural injuries such as tears of the tissue or early arthritis. Treated fully, the tears and the arthritis can be prevented.

Real worry:

Pain at night or pain not improving with therapy after 4 weeks are red flags. Pain radiating down the arm or up to the neck or to the back are also worrisome for injuries not just in the shoulder but sometimes of the neck. These injuries need to be worked up with careful physical exams, x-rays and MRIs. A full tear of the rotator cuff often will present with night pain, since when you roll over you push the arm up into the socket through the rotator cuff tear. Pain radiating down the arm or up to the neck can sometimes be from the discs in the neck or the nerves at the front of the shoulder called the brachial plexus. Instability of the shoulder, with the shoulder popping in or out of the joint is another area that is best treated with early repair of the torn ligaments.

Fortunately most of the torn tissue problems in the shoulder can be repaired under a local block with an arthroscope as an outpatient procedure. The key is to treat them early before full tearing of tissues leads to disability.

Are you experiencing shoulder pain?

To speak to a Shoulder Specialist at TOCA call: 602-277-6211 or visit our shoulder specialty page to learn more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]