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Tampa Prep Students Awarded ‘Athlete of the Week’ Honors

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Patch

January 17, 2019
BY: Patch

Tampa Prep Students Awarded ‘Athlete of the Week’ Honors

Tampa, Fl. – Jan. 14, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is delighted to announce Payton Hendrix and Kobe Prince from Tampa Preparatory School as the ‘Athletes of the Week’ for the week ending January 18, 2019.

Hendrix was nominated by Girls’ Basketball Head Coach, Erin Knight, who found true leadership qualities within their team captain.

“Payton is competing in her fifth season with the Varsity Girls’ Basketball team,” Knight said. “She consistently shows the Tampa Bay area what it means to be a Tampa Prep Terrapin. She leads by example, encourages and positively impacts her teammates. I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving.”

Nearing the 1,000 points scored milestone, Hendrix also has her focus on preparing a young and upcoming team for their own successes.

“My personal goal is to be a positive role model for my underclassman teammates,” Hendrix said. “We are a young team and the next few years look really promising for Prep. I strive to demonstrate a strong work ethic, outstanding teamwork and positive sportsmanship. I want to look back a year or two from now and know that I contributed to the success of the team for this year and the years to come.”

Prince was nominated by Doug Smith, the Boys’ Soccer Head Coach. Smith recognized the contributions made by the impressive senior star.

“Kobe is a senior leader on our team,” said Smith. “He scored three goals to help us win two big district games. He scored two against Tampa Catholic to put us over 3-1 and he scored one against Clearwater Central Catholic to give us the 2-1 victory.”

As a dedicated athlete and a determined entrepreneur, Prince is motivated by his desire to combine both art and athletics.

“I have infused my love for art into my passion for sports,” Prince said. “This includes my spirit to finish and produce a short film focusing on the life of an innovative athlete. I am planning on executing an exhibition of environmentally sustainable art, fashion and informative photography to market my brand, ‘SIKO’.”

With extensive workloads before them, both Hendrix and Prince advise to keep a level head, push through boundaries and continue moving forward.

“When you have a bad day or an off game, move on from it.” Hendrix said. “Don’t beat yourself up. Reflect for a moment on what you can do better, adjust when you need to and move on.”

Prince followed, “Love and passion allows for a more enjoyable path to achieving my dreams and goals. I can’t progress without failure present along the way and, through that, it makes the process all the more worth it.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 10 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Brooksville, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.

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Outpatient total shoulder replacement: Pick the right patients, set the proper mindset

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BY: Kristine Houck, MA, ELS
January 9, 2018

Outpatient total shoulder replacement: Pick the right patients, set the proper mindset

KOLOA, Hawaii – With many compelling reasons for outpatient total shoulder replacement surgery, orthopedic surgeons need to be aware that one of the biggest factors for success is the mindset of the patients, said a presenter at Orthopedics Today Hawaii 2018, here.

“Some of outpatient surgery is the way we explain this to patients,” Mark A. Mighell, MD, said. “By doing this and by having a well-organized team, there are certain patients who would benefit greatly.”

Mighell said a successful outpatient total joint replacement program needs to have buy-in from multiple stakeholders. The programs also need centers of excellence; a dedicated shoulder team; established pathways for postoperative issues; cooperation from anesthesia and administration teams; and implant and vendor costs. Patient selection is also key, he said.

“Patient selection – this is where the rubber meets the road,” he said. “You have to pick the right patients.”

Studies have shown the best candidates are patients younger than 70 years, patients with a BMI of less than 35 kg/mand the absence of significant cardiopulmonary comorbidities, he said. Patients must have private insurance, as outpatient shoulder replacement cannot be offered to patients with governmental insurance. Mighell said published studies have shown no significant differences in complications and no significant differences in readmission rates between properly selected patients. He also advised surgeons to have mechanisms in place to mitigate blood loss. Other critical issues are enhanced, pain control procedures and having the proper infrastructure to address postoperative management issues.

“You want to make sure your patient can get in touch with you,” he said. – by Kristine Houck, MA, ELS

Reference:

Mighell MA. Outpatient shoulder arthroplasty: How to ensure success and safety. Presented at: Orthopedics Today Hawaii 2018; Jan. 7-11, 2018; Koloa, Hawaii.

Disclosure: Mighell reports he receives royalties from NewClip Technics; is a consultant for and is on the speakers bureau for DJO Surgical and Stryker; and does contracted research for Stryker.

Newsome Students Awarded ‘Athlete of the Week’ Honors

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Patch

January 8, 2019
BY: Patch

Newsome Students Awarded ‘Athlete of the Week’ Honors

Tampa, Fl. – Jan. 7, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to recognize Newsome High School’s Garrett McGovern and Emma Stuck as the ‘Athletes of the Week’ for the week ending January 11, 2019.

Jeff Shotwell, the Boys Swimming Coach, praised McGovern on his accomplishments in the water.

“Garrett recently won an individual State Championship in the 4A State Swim Meet,” Shotwell said. He continued with, “He won the 200 IM and his time qualified him for All-American consideration. Garrett is a team player in an otherwise individual sport.”

Between multiple AP classes, swimming and his social life, McGovern believes in maintaining a state of balance. Through giving every aspect of his life the utmost effort, he accomplishes his goals.

“Keep your life balanced,” McGovern said. “The moment you let one part of your life consume you is when you go into a panic.”

Girls Soccer Head Coach, Denis Vukorep, nominated Stuck and recognized her leadership attributes.

“Emma is a junior on our soccer team and a relentless worker,” said Vukorep. “She is the first to go collect balls and cones during and after practices. She plays out of position to do what is best for our team. As a very talented athlete, she stays humble and treats everyone the same.”

Stuck believes that hard work, staying proactive and being selfless are the keys to reaching goals.

“The way to success is showing up every day ready to work at school and play my best at practice,” Stuck said. “When I miss school for athletic functions, I make sure to get caught up. Getting help and asking questions is always important. To win State, I try to engage my teammates and rely on them because it is a team effort. I think that makes it better for all of us.”

McGovern and Stuck rely on the act of balancing lifestyles and focusing on each task in front of them.

“Stay focused and stay positive,” Stuck said. “Knowing what you really want to accomplish and then taking the specific steps to get there will take you wherever you want to go.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 10 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Brooksville, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.

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How Seniors Can Truly Benefit from Low-Impact Workouts

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50 Plus Life

January 3, 2019
BY: Christopher W. Grayson

How Seniors Can Truly Benefit from Low-Impact Workouts

Activity is vital at any life stage. It helps children develop correctly, keeps adults healthy and reduces the impact of old age in seniors.

Elders that stay active can enjoy various benefits to their well-being, even from low-impact workouts.

Still, it isn’t always easy to keep motivated to work out, especially during these cold winter days. To avoid loss of motivation, seniors should always keep in mind how beneficial exercise can be for them.

Let’s have a look at how seniors can genuinely benefit from low-impact workouts, as well as what the best low-impact workouts are.

Better Mental Health

Whichever form of exercise you choose, it’s sure to produce endorphins.
Activities in nature will further increase the impact of the “feel good” hormone, ensuring you’ll feel satisfied and happy afterward. Nature walks or hikes, cycling, and yoga can serve you well in reducing bad moods and improving your overall mental health.
Exercise has an exceptionally positive impact on insomnia and other sleeping problems, which are common in seniors.

Better Physical Health

Regular activity prevents or lowers the risk of many illnesses and keeps your body strong and healthy. Working out improves the immune system, which is especially crucial for elders, as they are more vulnerable to diseases.
But low-impact workouts don’t only keep diseases at bay. They also reduce the risk of falling by improving strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Even the most basic, low-impact exercise, such as walking, can help, as long as it’s done regularly.

More Social Engagement

One of the best things about exercise is that it doesn’t have to be a solitary activity. Likeminded seniors can get together for walks or hiking.
Having company usually improves accountability as well, so you’ll be more motivated to keep up with your workout habits.
Another right way to stay active while enjoying company is signing up for dancing or a fitness class. By maintaining social ties, you’ll keep loneliness at bay as well.

Improved Brain Function

According to multiple studies, physical activity also has a positive influence on cognitive function. Exercise improves and fine tunes our motor skills, which, in turn, keep our mind sharp.
Active seniors have less risk of dementia, regardless of whether they’ve always been active or not. What matters is that you stay physically active.

Best Low-Impact Exercises

Sometimes seniors can find the idea of exercise intimidating due to fear of falling or injury. It is precisely why low-impact workouts are recommended, as they are relatively easy compared to full-blown workout routines.
Walking is the easiest one to get into and provides a full-body workout. The same goes for swimming, which is considered one of the safest solutions for exercising when joint health is in question.
Stretching and yoga are great for building flexibility and balance or maintaining them in old age. Alternatively, you might want to take up cycling, dancing, or tai chi.

Ultimately, staying active is one of the best ways to ensure a good quality of life even if you’re well into your senior years.

Christopher W. Grayson, M.D., Florida Orthopaedic Institute, is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Grayson is the author of multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Wesley Chapel High Student-Athletes Recognized for Exceptional Leadership and Commitment

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Tampa Bay Newswire

December 19, 2018
BY: Press Release

Wesley Chapel High Student-Athletes Recognized for Exceptional Leadership and Commitment both On and Off the Field

Charles Fields and Savannah Lee were nominated by the Wesley Chapel High School Swim and Weightlifting Coach Heather Farnsworth for Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s (FOI) Athlete of the Week program. The program honors student-athletes who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and team playing qualities on and off the field.

Both students have won the Athlete of the Week award for the week ending December 14, 2018.

Fields is swim student-athlete with a bright future. His ultimate goal is to swim in college and one day make the Olympic team. Fields started swimming at the age of seven as a hobby and quickly developed a keen interest. Farnsworth had high praise for Fields.

“Charles has placed first and second in his events for District swimming and will be advancing to Regionals and most likely State. Charles has also contributed to his relay team advancing to Regionals. Not only does Charles give 100 percent to each race he is in, but he is also a team leader. He encourages everyone to do their best, he cheers on his teammates during their races and brings overall joy to the team on a daily basis.”

“The best advice I can give is to work hard. Hard work beats talent any day,” Fields advised. “For me to reach my goals, I will need to stay focused on reaching smaller goals. Staying focused on the hard work and putting in the time needed will help me achieve them.”

Lee is a weightlifting student-athlete whose athletic goal for this weightlifting season is to place at Districts, Regionals and States. On a personal level, her goal is to continue to work hard to lift in college. Farnsworth recognized her hard work and her contributions to those around her.

“Savannah always gives 100 percent, whether at practice or during meets. She is always willing to help her teammates when needed. Savannah is a joy to be around and spreads that joy to those around her,” said Farnsworth. Even after experiencing an injury, she is confident that it will only make her stronger.

“I’ve come so far, from my first year of weightlifting,” says Lee. “It is such an experience and I will continue to work hard for my family, friends and coaches who believed in me when it was hard to continue. I recently sprained my wrist and thumb and there is still a possibility of a fracture. Hopefully this minor setback will have a major comeback in time for States.”
Lee added, “It’s all about being self-aware and not comparing yourself to the other talented athletes around you. Just focus on your own self-growth.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, make a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

For an archive of previous award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute
Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 10 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Brooksville, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.

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Carrollwood Day School Student-Athletes Recognized for Exceptional Leadership and Commitment both On and Off the Field

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Tampa Bay Newswire

December 6, 2018
BY: Press Release

Carrollwood Day School Student-Athletes Recognized for Exceptional Leadership and Commitment both On and Off the Field

Kyle Benedict and Alexa Gross were nominated by the Carrollwood Day School Head Football Coach and the school’s Athletic Director to be recognized by Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s (FOI) Athlete of the Week program. The program honors student-athletes who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and team playing qualities on and off the field.

Both students have won the Athlete of the Week award for the week ending December 7, 2018.

Benedict is a senior football receiver who led his team to the regional semi-finals. His personal goals include being the best receiver to ever play at his school. Mark Jones, Head Coach for Varsity Football had high praise for Benedict.

“Kyle is an extremely hard worker and dedicated to his team and being a team player,” said Jones. “Kyle is reliable and always makes the big plays when needed. He also is the player that waits his turn to help his teammates shine and find the success they desire on the field. He is an impact player on this team. He also works just as hard in the classroom. He currently has 2035 receiving career yards for Carrollwood Day School as a wide receiver.”

“I would tell a player to make a goal and do what it takes to achieve it. It will take hard work, being the first to practice and the last one to leave but it is possible to achieve your goals if you set your mind to it,” Benedict advised.

Gross is a cross-country athlete whose primary goal for track and field is to break 5:45 in her mile. On a personal level, her goal is to solidify her collaboration and time-management skills. Baker Mabry, Athletic Director, recognized her hard work and leadership.

“Alexa finished 6th at the district meet and led her team to their first ever regional meet. She is a great leader who is constantly encouraging her teammates,” Mabry stated.

“The best tip I’ve ever received came from my swim coach. He always told me I didn’t have to be the strongest or most talented or most gifted in the pool, but I could be the most competitive. This statement serves as a personal mantra for me before every race. Comparing ourselves to others seems to be a universal habit, but this advice steers me away from it,” says Gross.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, make a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

For an archive of previous award winners, please follow this link.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute
Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 10 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Brooksville, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.

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Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s New Brandon Location to Feature Innovative MRI Diagnostic Equipment

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Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s New Brandon Location to Feature Innovative MRI Diagnostic Equipment

Tampa, Fla. – October 1, 2018 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s new Brandon location will feature Toshiba Medical’s new Vantage Titan™ 1.5T MRI machine, which includes the MR Theater. This state-of-the-art machine gives patients an immersive virtual experience and a visual focal point to distract them from the exam and is the first installation in West Florida. The MR Theater encourages patients to relax and stay still, enabling clinicians to produce efficient, high-quality imaging.

The MR Theater projects peaceful, virtual reality images onto a dome-shaped screen inside the bore. The images move with the patient table for continuous display, and the visual experience helps clinicians put their patients at ease. Combined with Toshiba Medical’s Pianissimo™ quiet scan technology, which helps reduce acoustic noise during the MR exam, patients are able to listen to in-ear audio as the MR Theater provides continuous projections for a truly engaging experience.

“Toshiba Medical’s new MR Theater helps our patients address some of the biggest challenges faced with MR imaging – claustrophobia and patient anxiety,” says Roy Sanders, M.D., President and Chief Medical Officer of Florida Orthopaedic Institute. “By putting patients at ease, our trained clinicians can complete MR exams quickly and capture the high-quality images needed for accurate diagnosis and treatment, all while increasing patient satisfaction.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute moved a new, larger facility in Brandon to accommodate its growing practice. The FOI building is the anchor tenant at the Brandon Gateway Medical Plaza located at 560 S. Lakewood Drive. The 29,000 square-foot facility replaces the 13,000-square foot location on East Brandon Boulevard.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is one of Florida’s largest orthopedic groups, providing expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, anesthesiology, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine, urgent care, and weight management, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, an urgent care center in South Tampa, and 10 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Brooksville, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.

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Plant City High School Student-Athletes Recognized for Exceptional Leadership and Commitment both On and Off the Field

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Tampa Bay Newswire

November 28, 2018
BY: Press Release

Plant City High School Student-Athletes Recognized for Exceptional Leadership and Commitment both On and Off the Field

Tyreke Harrison and Ashley Blessin were nominated by the Plant City High School Athletic Director and Head Softball Coach to be recognized by Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s (FOI) Athlete of the Week program for demonstrating extraordinary leadership and team playing qualities on and off the field.

Both senior students have won the Athlete of the Week award for the week ending November 30, 2018.

Harrison is a senior football captain and track athlete who is focused on getting physically and academically prepared for college this year. Tim Leeseberg, Athletic Director of Plant City High School had high praise for Harrison.

“Tyreke models the leadership that we look for in student-athletes. He has been a major contributor to our football and track team for the past few years,” Leeseberg said. “Mr. Harrison has earned a 4.2448 District GPA while being a dual-sport athlete. He is a dual-enrolled student at Plant City and Hillsborough Community College (HCC). Tyreke takes his leadership beyond being a captain for the football team. He is the president of our Gentlemen’s Quest club on campus as well as being an active member of our Student Government.”

“Don’t try and make a decision to make others smile or look at you differently. Make a decision that is best for you because only you know what truly feels right,” Harrison advised to other student-athletes.

Blessin is a softball player whose athletic goals this year include going back to the State Tournament and winning districts for her 4th year in a row and Plant City’s 5th year in a row. On a personal level, her goal is to get stronger in order to pitch as a freshman in college. Ashley Bullion, Head Softball Coach and Physical Education Department Head for Plant City High School, recognized her hard work and impressive leadership.

“Ashley Blessin is a three-time Hillsborough County Pitcher of the Year. As she enters her Senior year, she holds the all-time school record for most wins, lowest ERA, and will break the strikeout record at some point during her Senior year. She led the Raiders to their first-ever state appearance as a sophomore. Ashley also excels in the classroom with a 5.7 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Interact Club. Ashley spends time volunteering at the Plant City Food Bank, and also continues to work with young kids at Plant City and Bloomingdale Little League. When she is not playing softball, you will find her umpiring or giving pitching lessons to young girls. Ashley will be attending Marshall University in 2019 on a softball scholarship,” Bullion stated.

“I’ve learned that if you want to pitch at a high level, you must love the game of softball and be willing to make sacrifices and work hard to accomplish your goals. I’ve missed doing things with my friends or going to the beach because I’ve had a tournament or softball practice. While I missed that, I love softball as it has helped me to reach my goal of playing at the college level,” says Blessin.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, make a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

For an archive of previous award winners, please follow this link.


Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 10 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Brooksville, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.

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Retired U.S. Marine Corps. Shares running advice

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WTSP 10News

BY: Christina Martinez
November 20, 2018

If you’ve ever needed a little inspiration to get up and running, we’ve got the right man for you. Colonel Ron Rook, retired U.S. Marine Corp., has run 57 marathons in his life, with one being 50 miles long! The colonel shared his advice for getting on your feet for the first time, as well as how it has transformed his life.

Watch the video here: https://www.wtsp.com/article/entertainment/television/programs/great-day-tb/retired-us-marine-corps-shares-running-advice/67-616251797

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