Sports Injury Prevention and Lawsuits

In the news recently, there has been a lot of talk about the NFL’s failure to warn players about the dangers of concussions. This trend shows a lack of knowledge about common sports injuries that should be addressed.

All sports carry with them an inherent risk of injury, unfortunately, especially for children. According to government statistics, one in twenty children (under the age of 15) will end up in the ER with a sports-related injury this year. Some injuries are more serious than others, obviously, but it is especially important to pay attention to signs of brain injury, like headaches and memory loss.

Common sports injuries include:

  1. Repetitive motion injuries. Ever hear of tennis elbow? This is a type of repetitive motion injury, caused by the repeated use of one action and muscle group, or repeated stress on a bone or joint, which can cause stress fractures or tendonitis.
  2. Heat-related injuries. Make sure to drink plenty of water as dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are all hazards. Parents, coaches, and trainers, should all educate their players about symptoms, which include: dizziness, nausea, fainting, etc.
  3. Sprains and strains. Sprains affect ligaments and strains affect muscles. Ankle sprains are among the most common injuries incurred.
  4. Growth-plate injuries. These are very dangerous in children because the tissue at the end of our longer bones, which hardens into bone as we get older, can affect bone growth in children and cause problems later in life.

How to prevent sports injuries:

  1. Make sure to wear the proper protective gear.
  2. Look for well-organized school and community teams, with coaches who are certified in First Aid and CPR.
  3. Make sure facilities are well-maintained.
  4. Drink sports drinks AND water to prevent dehydration (sports drinks contain lots of good nutrients and minerals).
  5. Stretch before and after training or practice.

How to treat injuries:

  1. Rest the injured area for 48 hours.
  2. Ice the affected area 4-8 times per day, for 20 minutes each.
  3. Compress the area with wraps, air casts, splints, etc. to reduce swelling and give support.
  4. Elevate the area above the heart.

Sometimes, after an injury, it is important to ask: Could this injury have been prevented? Like the NFL, coaches and trainers have an obligation to make sure those participating in sports are aware of the hazards. They have an obligation to protect athletes (within in reason, obviously, since the actions themselves are inherently risky). An athletic facility’s neglect of facilities, however, is a good example of where negligence comes into play. Like coaches, these facilities are responsible for making sure they are well-maintained to safety standards.

The expenses resulting from any injury incurred due to the negligence of another should be paid by the party with proven liability, which means filing a sports injury lawsuit. Keep in mind, though, that it can be difficult to prove negligence, but it will be worth it if the lawsuit prevents further injuries. Contact the attorneys at Shulman DuBois if you have any questions about Portland sport injuries.

Baby Boomers and Obese Americans Will Need Personal Trainers

The personal training industry has gone through many changes within the past 5 years, but the industry seems to be growing at a good pace. With the popularity of Latin style exercise classes, power lifting and HITT type of training videos & classes, this industry is here to stay. With the baby boomer population retiring and extremely aware of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by being proactive with fitness, they will represent a large demographic at our fitness gyms and personal training studios.

Besides the baby boomers being proactive about their health, there is still a large part of America that is getting more obese, and with fast food chains making their options cheaper to purchase and readily available, American’s are eating more than ever and moving less. As we know, it takes 3500 calories to create one pound of fat and some of these fast food options pack a large amount of calories, which will contribute to bigger waste lines. The economy did not help this situation from getting better. With a lot of individuals losing their jobs and making their budgets tighter, eating unhealthier choices just made sense financially, and if you need to feed your family, you will do whatever it takes to do so.

The challenging aspect is getting everyone moving and that starts in the home and at school. If parents are not motivated themselves to exercise and stay healthy, that mindset will be passed on to their children and this can create a life time of bad habits that are not conducive to living a healthy lifestyle. When it comes to schools, physical education and exercise time is just becoming something of the past. If we as physical educators and personal trainers really want to get a grasp on this obesity problem in the United States, we need to bring back physical fitness in the schools. I know schools are on tight budgets, but if the health & fitness industry can come together and let the public school systems know that physical educators are important, it will be a great start.

The health & fitness industry is going to continue to grow for many years to come. With baby boomers starting to see the advantage of having a personal trainer and knowing the importance of maintaining their bone density and keeping with a healthy lifestyle, they are the ones with the financial means, so there will be more programs dedicated for this generation.

Dentists – Types and Specialties

Having a thorough knowledge of various types of dentists effectively helps patients to properly evaluate and consider their options when seeking dental care. Placing your trust in a specialist who is not equipped to handle your condition, or who lacks the knowledge and understanding necessary to treat you will only work to worsen any current conditions or issues you have.

General Dentistry

Dentistry at its core encompasses a vast array of studies and treatment areas. As such, most general dentistry practices offer patients a variety of treatment options, which touch on everything from checkups and fillings to cosmetic procedures. General dentists are thus, the most common oral health physician and the most well known. While many general practices to offer more in-depth treatments, it will all depend on the individual physician and the skills they have acquired.


This area places a focus on the dental pulp and periradicular tissue. Physicians will study normal pulp in addition to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases associated with it. Practitioners will generally offer root canal surgery, especially in cases where the case is severe.

Oral And Maxillofacial Pathology

These are ADA specialties which merge the areas of pathology and dentistry into one unique treatment area; the focus being diseases affecting the maxillofacial and oral regions. This will ultimately include courses and causes of these diseases, in addition to research and diagnosis through examination.

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry is an area that places focus on infants, children and adolescents. It involves both therapeutic and preventative care, and includes dental care for those with special needs. This line of dentistry works to ensure younger patients the quality care they need to achieve and maintain appropriate oral health early on.


This branch manages the support of the tooth structure, and involves the treatment to conditions and diseases that work to impact these particular regions. Many of these conditions have various manifestations, however common forms include gingivitis, which works to deteriorate the bone and tooth area over time. As such, periodontics encompasses the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of these diseases.


This area tends to focus primarily on patients with missing or decayed teeth. Physicians who specialize in this line of work generally offer implants, tooth reconstruction treatments, and esthetic procedures in hopes to restoring the functionality of the patient’s teeth and support areas. Prosthodontics includes the diagnosis of issues, in addition to the rehabilitation of the areas affected.


Before choosing a dentist, be sure to ask yourself what you are looking for in an oral health practitioner. Are you planning on using them for general dentistry purposes, or do you require orthodontic care as well? Do you have children whom might benefit from the attention of a certified pediatric specialist?

If you’re unsure of what services a particular practice offers, the best thing to do is ask. Most practices will be very upfront about the areas they are qualified to treat, and may even be able to point you in the direction of someone who can better assist you in cases where they are ill equipped. This way you’ll find the best dentists.

Fences – A Protection Barrier

Why do we need a fence? A fence is something which protects us from a number of things. It is a structure which is designed to mark a boundary and prevent movement beyond that point for security or privacy purposes. A fence is mandatory for homes which have a backyard. If you are planning on installing a fence, Portland Oregon has a lot of options for you.

Fences are barriers that can either be solid (does not permit vision) or open (permits vision). Fences are very common these days in rural as well as urban areas for the benefit of the owners of that particular property. It gives you a sense of security and peace of mind. Installing a fence in Portland Oregon shouldn’t be a difficult task at all.

What are the different types of Fences?
As mentioned above, fences are of two types. Solid and Open Fences.

Solid Fence
This fence is usually a wall that obstructs vision. These types of fences are usually high and provide maximum protection. The major advantage of these fences is the privacy that it offers. Solid fences are commonly found in the backyard of urban homes.

Open Fences
These fences are made of wood or barbed wires. They can either be high or of medium height depending upon the need of the owner. The major advantage of these fences is that it offers vision and security. It is ideal for homes in open or rural areas to keep an eye on the livestock. There are different sub categories in open fences.

Agricultural Fences are designed to restrict movement across a certain boundary. Fences meant for agricultural purposes are usually made of barbed wires. This is done to keep potential predators out of the grazing area for the livestock.

Temporary fencing is constructed to provide privacy or security during functions or concerts. They are usually made of plastic or fibre as the material is light and easy to carry.

Perimeter or boundary fencing is constructed to avoid trespassing of strangers and also to keep the children from straying onto roads. It provides privacy for the home owner.

Where can you find a good Fence in Portland Oregon?
Fencing companies are located in many places across Portland Oregon. These companies are highly reputed and have a good track record. Check for the testimonials from customers about the fencing company. With the variety that is available, installation of a good fence in Portland, Oregon becomes a simple process.

The City of Portland – Touring On A Jet Boat

Residents and visitors to Portland might be interested in going on a boat tour of the city to explore the surrounding areas. One can explore the city in many different ways, but a tour on the Portland jet boat is the best way to learn more about this city while indulging in some adventure along the way.

The Columbia and Willimette rivers flow through Portland. If you take a tour on the Portland jet boat, it becomes easy to explore all the historic bridges, riverfronts and skylines in Portland. While you are on the tour, you might see Bald Eagles, Osprey and Herons. If your tour takes you down the River Willimette, you will be within 40 foot reach of the Willimette waterfalls. If your tour takes you down the River Columbia, you will get to see the Astoria and the Bonneville Dam. Historic information about Portland will be features of both the tours and there will be enough said about the bridges too.

Certain tours provide specially trained historians to guide you on your Portland tour. If you are adventure seeker, you could even extend your Portland jet tour to the nearby Hell’s Canyon. These jet boat tours usually take the riders down to the deepest regions of Hell’s Canyon down large rapids. Usually the tours serve their own dinner and lunch buffet. It is mandatory for you to wear life jackets during the tours and children below the age of five are not permitted to tour. There is a possibility of being thrown overboard as the rapids turn very rough at times. one the tour there is a possibility of seeing mountains, wildlife, spectacular scenery and abandoned homesteads. The tour you choose will determine whether you are allowed to swim or not. You should bring along your swimsuit anyway along with your sunscreen, hat and all other articles that you will require for protection from the sun.

The kind of tour you choose will determine the Portland jet tour duration. The tours through Hell’s Canyon can range from anywhere between two hours to a night, while the tours through the rivers are usually for an hour or two. The adventure you choose will determine the prices. There are some tour companies that pose a restriction on minimum height and age. For instance, you might have to be at least 40 inches tall to go on some of the jet boat tours.

The best way to explore the city of Portland is through a jet boat and irrespective of the tour you choose, it will be packed with adventure. These boat tours are very relaxing and they are the best method of gaining knowledge on the city and the surrounding areas. Do not forget to carry your camera in order to capture the beauty of this city.

Valentines For Longfellow

To know him is to love him. Or so say recent scholars of the now famous Portland native, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-a Bowdoin College graduate and professor-who went on to teach at Harvard, translate Dante, and become known as “Poet of the Heart.”

So here then are valentines from those who have studied the life of Longfellow:


1. Christoph Irmscher, Professor of English, Indiana University, Author of two 2006 books, “Longfellow Redux” and “Public Poet, Private Man”:

“If I have learned anything from Longfellow it is to not insist too much on the importance
of myself to the rest of the world. Throughout Longfellow’s life, he was reluctant to use ‘that objectionable pronoun” I.

“I also admire Longfellow’s non-traditional involvement in his children’s lives, his pacifism, his commitment to civil rights and freedom.

“In addition, Longfellow’s cosmopolitanism has particular meaning at a time when ignorance about other cultures and languages has impoverished our lives. Longfellow spoke nine languages fluently and read another eight with ease; these days, most of our students are struggling to learn one ‘foreign’ language. The alternative vision of America that Longfellow represents, at least in my opinion, is a nation whose motto would be “Out of the many, many.”

“In theological terms, Longfellow provides an answer to what Genesis describes as the disaster of Babel: a world in which the confusion of tongues is not a tragedy but an opportunity.”

2. Peter Hall, Tour Guide, Longfellow House, Portland

“Even though Longfellow had a life of tremendous difficulties, sorrow, and depression, he was a wonderful friend and colleague. He also had the ability to transcend his own sorrow to look after others. For example, he made plans to continue to support this house even after his death.”

3. Claudia Knox, Co-chair of Longfellow Days, Brunswick:

“The role Longfellow chose for himself was consistent with the way he saw himself as a private man of conscience and charity and the way he saw himself as public poet to the nation. I find this completely fascinating: the challenges of conscience, social change/advocacy, and resistance to change and real personal risk, the need for social wholeness and healing. Where does one fit into these currents in one’s own time, whether the challenge is abolition, Vietnam, women’s rights, civil right or global warming . . .?”

4. Daniel Noel, Portland Actor and Playwright: “Longfellow: A Life in Words,” Portland Stage Company

“To me, Longfellow represents much of what I find good in humanity. His abundant goodness and decency shine through his journals and correspondence as well as his poetry. This dual nature of being a good person and an educator with the need to share and enlighten his fellow travelers inspires me. His responsibility as an artist never took second place to his responsibility to his friends . . . Art and life seem as one to him and that importance of an artist’s place in the world-apart yet part of-holds true today. I find him to be one of the great relevant communicators still.”

5. Dana Gioia, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

“Longfellow had a way of writing that appealed to all classes, all races and religions. He gave us a very democratic view of art. He taught us that art can be both excellent and inclusive. On the world stage he held liberal and progressive views which still hold up today.

“What artists such as Longfellow do for politicians is to remind them of higher principles, rather to argue practicality. Lincoln read Longfellow’s “Building of the Ship” to his cabinet. And Churchill went on the radio during World War II to share it. An artist needs to follow his own genius. And Longfellow did that.”