Meet Our Team: Shantyel Bowman

shantyel bowman hikingShantyel Bowman, MAT, ATC

A native of Bend, Oregon, Shantyel Bowman attended college at Oregon State University. There, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 2014. Following graduation, she headed to Montana to continue her studies and, in 2016, earned her Master’s in Athletic Training from Montana State University, Billings.

After completing her education, Shantyel moved back to reconnect with family and friends in Bend before starting her career. However, her first career move took her away from Central Oregon again. This time to Washington State where shantyel bowman athletic trainer for the center foundationshe enjoyed just over two years as a practicing athletic trainer.

With her heart still in Bend, Shantyel was excited when she saw an athletic training opportunity open up with The Center Foundation. And, we are thrilled to have her on our team! Now, you can find Shantyel at La Pine High School in the afternoons supporting the student athletes.

Shantyel loves her active Central Oregon lifestyle. For example, when she isn’t on the sports field or in the training room at her high school, you can find her hiking, mountain biking, and playing Frisbee. She also values spending time with family and friends, as well as creative pursuits like painting and the adventure of traveling.

shantyel bowman and familyFirst Job?

AT with ATI physical therapy

Favorite food?

Lettuce wraps

Something quirky/interesting about you?

I wear funky socks every day.

What is one thing you would like people to know about athletic trainers?

Athletic trainers are dynamic, quick-thinkers, with the ability to solve problems in a variety of circumstances, and use whatever is at hand to get the job done.

 

Shantyel Bowman, MAT, ATC is an athletic trainer with The Center Foundation and serves La Pine High School. Find out more about our athletic training team here.

Exercise-Induced Asthma and Winter Sports

What is Exercise-Induced Asthma?

First, let’s talk about what asthma is. When we inhale, oxygen enters the lungs through structures called bronchi. Asthma is a spasm, or tightening, of the bronchi making it difficult to get air into the lungs. This lack of air can create unpleasant symptoms and limit activity.  Asthma has many different triggers, but here we will specifically look at exercise-induced asthma.

As the name suggests, vigorous or prolonged activity triggers this type of asthma. The symptoms typically start to show about 5- 20 minutes into an activity. For example, during a sporting event or workout you would start out feeling fine, but after several minutes you might begin to feel a tightness in your chest, coughing or wheezing, unusual fatigue or shortness of breath. The symptoms will often be worse 5-10 minutes after stopping exercise, and will usually go away 20-30 minutes after stopping.

What Causes Exercise-Induced Asthma?

People who already suffer from asthma are most likely to experience exercise-induced asthma attacks. However, many people who do not normally suffer from asthma can experience episodes of exercise-induced asthma. Pollution, pollen and other airborne irritants can trigger a bout of asthma during exercise. Even more common is inhaling very dry or cold air. For that reason, young athletes participating in outdoor winter sports in Central Oregon should take some precautions. At the same time, exercise-induced asthma is not something that should prevent you from enjoying sports that you love.

How to Control Exercise-Induced Asthma

If you regularly suffer from asthma, the best way to control exercise-induced asthma is to use an albuterol inhaler prior to any type of activity. Albuterol is a bronchodilator, which means it opens up the bronchi so that you can breathe. It will also help control spasms that may happen with exercise. If you do have an inhaler for your exercise-induced asthma you should use it 10 minutes before exercise, or as directed by your doctor.

Anyone who experiences exercise-induced asthma can avoid it by taking a few simple precautions. First, start with a proper warm up and cool down activity. This should include at least 10 minutes of activity that will gradually increase your heart rate and breathing. Second, be aware if there is a high pollen count or other air pollutions (such as smoke from fires) that might trigger your asthma, and exercise at a level that is appropriate for you in those conditions. If dry, cold winter air is the specific cause of your asthma, consider using a thin scarf or mask to cover your mouth and nose during exercise.  This barrier will create a pocket of warm air and help you avoid symptoms. Finally, it is important to listen to your body and take the right steps to keep yourself safe and comfortable.

Don’t Let Exercise-Induced Asthma Stop You!

To conclude, exercise-induced asthma should not be a reason to avoid activities that you love. In fact, if you suspect that you have asthma and experience the symptoms above, it may be time to make a visit to your doctor. With their help, you can put a plan in place to control your asthma and keep doing all the activities that you love this winter and beyond.

Written by: Alex Walker, ATC athletic trainer for The Center Foundation and Sisters High School in Sisters, OR. Learn more about Alex HERE.

The Center Foundation places dedicated athletic trainers in local high schools to provide sports medicine services to young athletes at no charge to the students or their families. Learn more about our work HERE.

References:
Exercise-Induced Asthma. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/exercise-induced-asthma#2. Accessed August 6, 2018.
Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction (Asthma). Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. http://www.aafa.org/exercise-induced-asthma/. Accessed October 25, 2018.

Sports Medicine Program Highlight

What is the Sports Medicine Program?

With the recent media focus on concussion, sudden cardiac and heat-related deaths in school athletics, there is little question that having a qualified health care professional onsite for young athletes is crucial. That’s why we place certified athletic trainers in local high schools through our Sports Medicine Program. Our athletic trainers provide daily on-site medical care at practices and games, triage accidents and injuries, diagnose and manage concussions, and educate athletes and coaches on injury prevention and sports safety. In short, they do a lot! And, they do all of this at no cost to students or their families. Since 2015, our high school Sports Medicine Program has grown from four schools to eight, and our athletic trainers now care for more than 5,000 student athletes annually. All of this thanks to the generous support of The Center physicians and our donors.

Why We are Here

There is nothing more precious to a parent than the safety of their child. However, parents cannot be at every practice or game to keep an eye on their young athlete. In addition, the majority of high schools in the Northwest, Central Oregon included, do not have the budget to hire and staff their own athletic trainers to care for their athletes. With more budget cutbacks each year, public schools focus their funds on maintaining high quality academic programs and ensuring equal access to education – as they should. But, kids need safe physical activity too. As a matter of fact, studies show many benefits, physical, emotional, social and intellectual, for kids participating in organized sports. And, schools know that keeping sports programs alongside academic programs is critical for children’s overall development. We agree. We want kids to play and we want them to be safe.

That’s where we step in with our high school Sports Medicine Program. Started over two decades ago by concerned physicians at The Center, The Center Foundation is the only nonprofit program in Central Oregon solely dedicated to ensuring that youth are safe, healthy, and protected while participating in sports. In short, we fill the gap by providing the athletic trainers that our schools cannot afford.

How Can YOU Help?

In order to accomplish this, we raise over $500,000 annually to provide sports medicine services to eight high schools in Bend, La Pine, Sisters, Madras, Culver and Crook County. However, we have more work to do. Specifically, our middle school athletes need support, and we have an additional high school coming online in 2021. As our region continues to grow, so does our opportunity to keep kids active and safe. This is where YOU come in. Our kids depend on us; we depend on you to keep us here protecting them. If every parent of a high school athlete in Central Oregon gave just $10 a month for one year (that’s only two visits to Starbucks!) it would go a log way toward reaching our goals.

New this year, we are excited to announce that the Maybelle Clark McDonald Fund has awarded us a matching grant for gifts up to $5,000.  Please consider making a gift to The Center Foundation Sports Medicine Program. Donating is easy on our website, and we are truly grateful for every dollar given. Make your gift go further by donating today!

Written by: Shawn Taylor, Program Administrator for The Center Foundation. Learn more about Shawn HERE.

References:
The Value of the Secondary School Athletic Trainer. National Federation of State High School Associations. Published online March 10, 2015. Accessed October 26, 2018. https://www.nfhs.org/articles/the-value-of-the-secondary-school-athletic-trainer/
Youth sport: positive and negative impact on young athletes. Journal of Sports Medicine. Published online May 31, 2013. Accessed October 26, 2018.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3871410/
Sports and Child Development. Published online May 4, 2016. Accessed October 26, 2018.
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0151729
The Value of Athletic Training Employment in Secondary School Athletics. The Sport Journal. Published Online August 31, 2017. Accessed October 26, 2018.
https://thesportjournal.org/article/the-value-of-athletic-training-employment-in-secondary-school-athletics/

 

Exercise or Rest When a Virus Strikes?

exercise or rest with a virusTis the season of coughing, sneezing, and runny noses – not just roasted chestnuts over an open fire and sleigh rides in the snow. The scourge of cold and flu season is here. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) estimates that there are over 425 million cases of the cold and flu every year. In an active community such as ours, the question often comes up as to whether you should exercise or rest while sick. Can you “burn it out” with a good run, or do you just need some serious downtime? The answer is…it depends.

Above/Below the Neck Rule

In short, the general rule of thumb is that if the symptoms are “above the neck” such as a sore throat, cough, runny nose, or congestion then it is okay to continue to exercise. Mild to moderate exercise is best, and as your symptoms begin to resolve, you can gradually increase the intensity of your workouts. On the other hand, if you are experiencing symptoms like muscle/joint pain, fever, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, and swollen lymph nodes, it is best to avoid exercise all together. In this case, depending on the length and severity of the illness,  you should take 2-4 weeks before resuming exercise that is more intensive.

Don’t Share

Risk of spreading illness is another consideration to take into account when deciding to exercise or rest while sick. If you are contagious and you do choose to exercise, it is best to exercise individually and avoid close contact team sports. As always, practice good hygiene! Wash your hands, wipe off your equipment with disinfectant, don’t share a water bottle, and cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze.

Don’t Stress…or maybe just a little

Exercise is a stressor on the body, but stress can be both good and bad. Research has shown that moderate levels of exercise can help protect the body against illness, while too much intense exercise or not enough exercise can make you more susceptible to getting sick. Therefore, you should find ways to manage your stress and avoid overtaxing your body. If you participate in high-intensity exercise, make sure that you recover fully between workouts. If your symptoms persist or you have a high fever, you should consider seeing your doctor. Once you do recover, ease back into exercising slowly. This process should last about as long as your illness did. For example, if you were sick for three days, you should spend about three days easing back into activity.

Exercise or Rest

Of course, it is best to do what you can to avoid getting sick in the first place. Get your flu shot on a yearly basis, practice good hygiene, eat a well-balanced meal, stay hydrated, and get plenty of sleep.  If you do catch a cold, the best treatment is rest and drinking plenty of fluids. Over the counter medications can help relieve the severity of the symptoms but do not help you recover faster.  Whether or not you decide to exercise or rest when sick should be the result of listening to your body, not just trying to force your way to health.

Written by: Stuart Schmidt, MS, ATC, CSCS athletic trainer supervisor for The Center Foundation in Bend, OR. Learn more about Stuart HERE.

The Center Foundation places dedicated athletic trainers in local high schools to provide sports medicine services to young athletes at no charge to the students or their families. Learn more about our work HERE.

References:

American College of Sports Medicine Current Comment: Exercise and the Common Cold. Accessed Online 11/15/2018. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17095937

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). Influenza (flu) including seasonal, avian, swine, pandemic, and other.. [online] Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm [Accessed 31 Oct. 2018].

Precision Nutrition. (2018). Exercise when sick: Should you sweat it out? Or rest and recover? | Precision Nutrition. [online] Available at: https://www.precisionnutrition.com/working-out-when-sick [Accessed 31 Oct. 2018].