Orthopedic Local News

Early Morning Training

Nov 14, 2018

Early morning training session with only the best.

Good luck this season!

Week 4 Q&A with Dr. Dorf: What are some of the most common early-season ski injuries? How can they be prevented?

Nov 9, 2018

A: I can't tell you how many people end their ski season in November or December after injuring the Anterior Cruciate Ligament of their knee. ACL injuries typically occur after an athlete gets into a position where their body weight is behind their feet. The core is at a serious disadvantage in this position and the athlete then struggles to keep the feet under the center of mass. The weight of the body rotates around the lower body, resulting in a twisting force across one of the knees. The all too familiar "pop" that is experienced in the knee at this time is almost always the result of a complete tear of the ACL. This season ending injury is a guarantee for a great snow year.

Team Summit Fit for Duty 2018/2019

Nov 3, 2018

As medical director of Team Summit, Dr. Dorf and his team of athletic trainers and physical therapists have recently completed the Fit For Duty physicals for Team Summits coaches.  VSO is looking forward to a safe season with Team Summit Colorado. Good luck to all the athletes and have fun out there!

Dr. Dorf-Team Summit Medical Director

A special thank you to the ATCs and physical therapists who helped with the evaluations. You guys are awesome!

Week 3 Q&A with Dr. Dorf: Why is it important to physically prepare the body for ski season and not just head right out for the slopes?

Oct 26, 2018

A: There are really three reasons to put some time in now in preparation for the ski season.

First and foremost, injury prevention. There is nothing worse than getting really excited for a big season, and then having an early season injury change your plans. The only way to guarantee a big snow year is to have an early season injury that keeps you from enjoying the winter.

Secondly, all the time you put into your ski fitness now will make your enjoyment of the early season so much better. The slopes are frequently crowed and the conditions sub-optimal so the more on the ball you can be the better.

The third important reason to prepare for the upcoming season is so that you can maximize your improvement over the winter. If you spend half of the season fighting for your fitness, that only allows you another half of a season to take advantage of this fitness to make significant strides in your technique. I have been skiing for 47 years now, and I am continually trying to get better, or at least, not get much worse!

New Fall Sports Agility Class by Avalanche Physical Therapy

Oct 25, 2018
It is time to start thinking about getting into gear for ski season! Avalanche Physical Therapy is offering a new fall Sports Agility class at the Breckenridge Rec Center on Wednesday evenings starting November 7th. The classes will be moderate to advanced in difficulty. This is a chance to get ahead of the game this winter season! Call Avalanche physical therapy a register, today.

Week 2 Q&A with Dr. Dorf: What kind of exercises should people be doing now in advance of the ski season?

Oct 19, 2018

A: Because much of what we do during the summer is straight ahead, with an emphasis on endurance and putting one foot (or pedal) in front of the other for hours at a time, we need to diversify our movement patterns. So in addition to doing specific core work (look on YouTube to see Lindsey Vonn's core workouts), agility work that includes side-to-side exercises, short sprints, trail running, or again a ski conditioning class at one of our local gyms is critical. We should also be thinking about specific stretching exercises to address tightness in areas like the hip flexors, low back, and glutes.

Week 1 Q&A with Dr. Dorf: What happens to our bodies in between ski seasons if we don't do the right exercises?

Oct 10, 2018
A: As anybody knows, the best way to get in shape for skiing or snowboarding is to ski or snowboard. The feelings of fatigue in the back, legs, and core after a long day in the season are a yearly reminder that our summer activities do not prepare us for the demands of skiing or snowboarding. Unless you are a doing a dedicated ski or snowboard conditioning class, the muscles in your glutes, low back, deep core, and lateral quads will weaken relative to the muscles you are using for biking, hiking, or running.

Team Summit and VSO prepare for 2018-2019 Season!

Sep 24, 2018

We are looking forward to another great season with Team Summit.

As the summer wraps up and winter is right around the corner we need to direct our training toward more ski specific exercises.

Here are some great ideas from Alex Bunt, Lindsey Vonn's strength and conditioning coach: https://www.skiracing.com/premium/the-bunt-effect

Enjoy the fall riding and hiking, but begin adding more of Bunts routines to your routine!

One simple way to do this is to combine a strength routine, a hike, or a bike with some balance exercises at the end of your workout. 

Road Racing Winners

Jul 9, 2018

Huge congratulations to Mack Dorf (2nd) and Ian Rogers (1st) from Vail, both placing in the Sundance Canyon Road Race in Boulder.

Summer Injury on the Mountain

Jun 28, 2018

Its summer time and the trails are open for mountain biking.  Below is a video of a young man going over the handlebars and narrowly avoiding a big collision with a tree!

The result of the crash was a clavicle fracture.