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NOTICE Pahrump Valley Gm tte, Th, rsday, March20, 1997 15 ...... ......... Health and I ,day's Lifestyle People don't nq00ed to lie in pain Getting the most out of your sport By: Karen Mooney Whether playing on a field or court with team mates, rehears- ing dance steps in front of a mirror, hitting the ball down the green, running on a country road, oz pushing a barbell off your chest participating in sports can be exhilarating and rewarding. Be it for love of health, a competitive spirit, or simply a stress reducer, anyone who is active in sports strives to take care of their body and asks it to be better. An injury to anyone who loves to be active is more than just pain and frustration, it can be emotionally devastating. Where then do we get this, "no pain, no gain" concept? Athletes of all caliber's in this country are familiar with the idea that unless training hurts it does not do "anything." (Although you will find more professional athletes are less willing to put up 'dth pain than weekend warriors.) So pain during or after train- g seems to be the desired effect or the expected result by which we judge our athletic progress. Is pain necessary and is it really beneficial for an athlete's performance, progress, or rehabifita- tion? In an interview with Russian athletes they were asked about their attitude on the "no pain, no gain" approach to sports. They said their team physician, massage therapists, and coaches ex- plained that pain is adverse to athletic achievement. Pain is the way our bodies communicate with us that something is wrong. What goes wrong with training that results in pain? Improper form or technique, insufficient warm up, and repetitive overuse of the muscles are usual causes. When you exercise and that exercise hurts, it probably means that you just suffered an over- use injury possibly a microtrauma to the ,area that hurts. Often we then three the txxly to go on. By doing this we are over-riding the pain and believing it is part of the progranl. As a result, we are also pushing the trauma to the next level. Wthin time you will not be able to perform that activity at all. Symptoms of an over used unuscle (whether from improper form, or over training) are cramps and tremors or spasms of a muscle. Most athletes over look these symptoms presuming them to be the pain they have to endure to be a real athlete (the gain). It is easy to treat over use of a muscle with 100% rehabilitation but it is not as easy to treat the strains, sprains, tendonitis and other dysfunctions that occur when the original pain is ignored. Another side effect of pain is the effect on the heart. Recently I spoke to a friend who was recovering from a back injury and was doing some training on a cardiac monitoring equipment. While experiencing some slight discomfort in her lower back she noticed her heart rate went to 120 from 70? Even though the pain completely subsided, the heart rate stayed up for over a minute. Our heart rote increases when we are in pain which means the heart is over working without physical stress, therefore weaken- ing the heart instead of the desired effect of strengthening it. To give the sport of our choice our best effort and add years to our playing time, we need to increase our flexibility, learn the proper techniques, and train systematically. Stretching, warming up', and cooling down are imperative to every activity. If you jump right into your game without the warm up, your body will begin to sputter before you really get started. Your muscles burn and you start to run out of air. Because you did not give your Pahrump Valley Ambulance Run By: W.G. Pyzyna, EMS Coordinator During the months of January and February, the Pahrump/Nye County Emergency Medical Service (NCEMS) responded to a total of 289 calls. In January 143 calls were recorded and Febru- ary 146 were recorded. The289 calls is a slight increase from last year when 243 calls were recorded. "The increase in call volume can be attributed to two things-- growth in the valley and the fact that no medical facifity was open after 11 PM and all day Sunday. Many people rely on the ambulance service to take a family mem- her to Las Vegas, because of vehicle problems and the distance to the hospital.", said Bill Pyzyna, EMS Coordinator. "All the clin- ics are doing a great job in trying to see all the patients possible, howex er emergencies continue when they ,are closed. They call the ambulance, which is better than waiting until a facility opens.: A total of 168 patients were a'ansported, with 92 patients being transported to the Pahrump Medical Center, I patient to Pahrump Family Medical Center and I patient to Summit Medical Center. Additionally, 79 patients were transporteA to Las Vegas hospitals, with 43 patients transferred from Ial medical facilities. 26 pa- tients were transported to Sunrise Hospital, 14 to St. Rose Hospi- tal, 11 to UMC Hospital, 10 to Valley Hospital, four to Desert Springs, 3 to Lake Mead and Sunrise Mt. View and 8 to other medical facilities. 25 patients were transferred to Advanced Life Support Units including 17 with Flight For Life, 6 with Mercy Paramedics and 2 with Critical Care Transfer. Advanced Life Support Units are alled when a patient's medical condition is such that medications or immediate surgical intervention is needed and not available locally. Currently, the service in Pahrump is at an Intermediate level. There were 51 cardiac related calls, including 3 calls involving CPR. This was the highest call volume. The next highest was Oriental respiratory or breathing related problems with 41 responses, tbl- lowed by neurological or strokes with 14 abdominal or GI prob- lems with 10 responses. During this quarter there were also a high number of motor vehicle accidents with 26 responses, and calls due to injuries from falls with 32. A total of 52 calls, or 18%, were recorded between the hours of 11 PM and 7 AM. Between the hours of 7 AM and 3 PM, there were 122 calls or 42%, and between the hours of 3 PM and I 1 PM, 115 calls were recorded or 40%. During the two months there were 73 times that the back-up crew was utilized. The back- up crew is used when one ambulance is already out on a call. A third crew was called out 9 times to handle emergencies when both ambulance crews were busy. Normally, two crews are sched- uled 24 hours a day. The busiest day was a Wednesday in Febru- ary with 13 calls, followed by a Sunday in February with 11 calls. The least busy day was a Friday in February with only ! call. There were no days that an am- bulance was not utilized. The av- erage number of calls for the two month period was 4.9 calls per day. "From the statistics we are able to see a continuation of very seri- ous medical problems. The am- bulance crews, which are com- posed of mostly volunteer EMT's, have been very dedi- cated." said Bill Pyzyna. Futons Furniture Gifts A Beautiful... 1997 Oriental Calendar!! & a Letter Opener! To get your free 1997 calendar & Orienta!!00 i Letter Opener, just make a purchase &i present this gift couponl! Hurry up!! First00 MANDARIN IMPORTS el! 2167 N. Decatur 702-646- ! 818 body sufficient time to call on i s fat stores of energy by proper warm up, it jumps into "fight o" flight" response. That gives us quick but short lived energy wb ch is stored in the muscles. Our bodies need to warm u  slowly and gradually to allow time to access fat stores and co vert them to energy. Then blood flows to the muscles and permit; them to perform with less risk of injury. If you are experiencing discomfort or are not sure of the proper technique, get help from a coach or instructor in your particular sport. Often someone experienced can offer a subtle change that can ditically effect your form and give the winning edge. One patient we had was walking a 14 minute mile and wanted to do it in less. She started training a little harder in the Spring and began to feel some knee pain. With a little therapy and learning how to shift her weight forward taking stress off her joints she quickly reached her goal of a 12 minute mile, at age 75? And, don't forget the cool down. Even taking a cool shower using a loofab sponge or one of the new friction gloves will help your muscles recover quicker. Although there have been many successful athletes who fol- lowed the "no pain, no gain" formula there may be greater suc- cess any many more days to play the game with listening to and taking care of your body. Karen Mooney, BA, MS, CMT Editor's Note: Ms. Mooney is a Certified Massage Therapist and holds a Masters Degree in Huntistic Psychology fiom Marywood College, PA. She and her husband, Howard, resi- dents of Pahrump, practice Russian Neuromuscular therapy with offices in the Calvada Spoils Complex. Pursuant to NRS 281.561 (3) the deadline for the annual filing of the STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE is on or before March 31 of each year of the term, including the year the term ex- pires. Elected and Appointed officials must file their Statements with both the Commission on Ethics and their filing officer. Every- one who was elected must file a Statement but only some Appointed officials must file a Statement as listed below: BOARD OF EQUALIZATION DEBT MANAGEMENT COMMISSION LIBRARY DISTRICTS AMARGOSA VALLEY DISTRICT BEATTY LIBRARY DISTRICT GABBS LIBRARY DISTRICT PAHRUMP LIBRARY DISTRICT SMOKY VALLEY LIBRARY DISTRICT TONOPAH LIBRARY DISTRICT NYE COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION PAHRUMP REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION GABBS CITY OFFICIALS Elected and Appointed officials must also file a Statement of Finan- cial Disclosure within 60 days after leaving office if they leave be- fore their term expires. All Statements of Financial Disclosure must have original signa- tures. No faxes or photocopies will be accepted. You may pick up a form at the Nye County Clerk's Office in Tonopah or the Clerk/ Recorder/Treasurer in Pahrump. FAILURE TO FILE A STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL DIS- CLOSURE IS A MISDEMEANOR If you have any questions call: Commission on Ethics-Carson City (702) 687-5469 Nye County Clerk-Tonopah (702) 482-8127 Clerk/Recorder/Treasurer-Pahrump (702) 751-7040 PUBLISH: 3/20/97