Get to know a few of the many top-notch Kootenai Health employees and get some great advice from their specialty.
With summer sports in full swing, and school just around the corner, what is one thing you would like student athletes to know?
Brandee Lawhead, RN, Behavioral Health Youth and Chemical Dependency Program Manager
High school sports: cross country and track
“Athletics can be a great way to form health habits for your future. Regardless of if they are individual or team sports, they can help with stress management as well as building valuable life skills related to sportsmanship, commitment and compassion. The journey you take between training and meeting your goals helps develop self-confidence and can affect your outlook in a positive way. I believe it’s always important to do it for yourself – run your race, not anyone else’s.”
Katie Adrian, RDN, LD
High school sports: volleyball, basketball, track, and tennis
“A few important tips that I would give to student athletes would be:
Stay hydrated –Dehydration means decreased performance. Start drinking fluids early and often!
Do not waste your workout –Have a pre-workout snack (15 grams carbohydrate). During the workout or game, make sure to have water and a sports drink, such as Gatorade. After the workout or game (within 10–30 minutes), have a carbohydrate/protein recovery snack, such as 16–24 fl. oz. of low-fat chocolate milk.
Supplement wisely –Fuel first and supplement second. If you are not getting what you need through food, add a multivitamin supplement and fish oil into your daily routine. Create a smart plan that supports your fueling plan and health. Before you take any supplement, check with your doctor.”
Craig Panos, MD, Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine
High school sports: football, alpine ski racing and golf
“Concussions are sports injuries that need to heal like any other injury. Getting good early care including cognitive and physical rest along with good sleep and academic accommodations at school can help shorten recovery. Never return to play after having a possible concussion injury until cleared by a licensed caregiver experienced in concussion diagnosis and treatment.”
Donna Kalanick, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Trauma Services
High school sports: field hockey, basketball, softball, and equestrian hunter jumping
“Sport-related injuries can cause lifelong disabilities. Student athletes should take the time to learn about and wear the protective gear appropriate for their particular sport.”