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Shari Johnston
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LAT, ATC
Boise
Physical, Occupational, Speech & Language Rehabilitation Therapy & Chiropractic
Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation
901 N. Curtis Rd., Suite 204
Boise
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As an athlete, my coach told me to drink lots of fluids.  Does this include energy drinks and soda?

Absolutely not.  Energy drinks and soda do not provide the proper nutrients your muscles require to work efficiently.  Choose water and sports drinks.  Sports drinks contain electrolytes that your muscles need to work, although be careful not to consume too many because the sugar content often outweighs the benefits of the replacement electrolytes.  When we sweat, we lose water.  It is recommended that we consume 8 glasses of water a day (64 fluid ounces).  As an athlete, it is important to maintain a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals.  Call Shari at STARS at 367-3315.

As an athlete, is it better to tape or brace my ankle injury?

It really depends upon your sport. For example, soccer cleats are very snug. There is not any extra room for a brace to fit. In this situation taping is better. Basketball shoes and football cleats typically have some wiggle room and, therefore, can accommodate a brace. Your athletic trainer can help tape, educate on how to tape, or suggest a brace. If you do not happen to have access to an athletic trainer, we can assist you further at 367-STAR (7827).

 

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