"Mo"Vember and Sports Injuries

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Andrew Mason, UNL Health Center Physical Therapist, helps a patient stretch

Kelsey McGerr, NewsNetNebraska

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Health Center is promoting men’s health during the month of November. One of the targeted topics is sports injuries and physical therapy. Students were able to ask questions about injuries, get information regarding rehabilitation and familiarize themselves with the benefits the health center offers.

Physical therapy at the Health Center includes evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, according to Health Center physical therapist Andrew Mason. He said students can come to the health center to be checked for any discomfort

“A lot of students don’t think to use the resources at the Health Center,” he said. “Students can injure themselves doing the littlest thing, such as walking down the stairs. I help with a lot of treatment for bike injuries, specifically in the head.”

Head injuries he helps with don’t have to mean concussions and brain defects.

“By the time I see patients with previous head injuries, a lot of times it ends up with their posture that is being affected,” Mason said. “The stress from the head can come down and enter the neck, shoulders and back. It can become a serious problem.”

Patients treated at the Health Center get tested, get an explanation of the problem, education on the injury itself and rehabilitation techniques or exercise instructions.
UNL senior Michael Knott received physical therapy at The Health Center for an injury he suffered while playing intramural basketball.

“I pulled my hamstring during the game, and I wanted to know what I could do to speed up the recovery process,” Knott said. “The therapist gave me three stretching techniques and instructions on when to start physical activity again. It all worked out and I recovered by the next basketball game.”

Mason recommends seeing a doctor or physical therapist when there’s swelling or your movement is hindered.

“You need supervision and guidance through the beginning steps of your injury to promote full recovery and return, particularly those who plan to return to higher level fitness, demanding jobs and sports.”

The Health Center is also promoting what it calls Movember, which stands for “Mo”ustache in No”vember for men’s health awareness. It’s challenging men to alter their physical appearance to grow a mustache in order to face men’s health awareness. The mustache challenge by The Student Advisory Board is called “Mr. Movember Contest,” and the contestant with the most votes wins.

Deb Hendersen, a registered nurse for the Health Center, says it’s important for male students to start early in checking up on their health.

“I want students to get in the habit of not waiting until you are sick to see someone about it,” she said. “Especially in men, 1 in 2 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. That’s outrageous. The sooner you know about your sickness, the better.”

Screening techniques are another area Hendersen would like students to be aware of on campus. In your 20s, it’s recommended screening for high blood pressure and eye problems every two years and annually for dental health, testicular cancer examine the skin frequently