Running With A Mission

Our very own Dynasplint sales consultant, Ryan Simmons, is running the 2012 Boston Marathon and spreading the word about Summer Search. Summer Search is an organization that helps resilient at-risk children rise above their current circumstances to maybe become a future leader in their communities.  A shocking statistic is that only 14% of all entering freshman into the Boston district and exam schools will graduate from college. Summer search wants this percentage to steadily increase. They take on a comprehensive and hands on approach through mentoring and two exploration programs. The kids that go through summer search all graduated high school and 89% go on to graduate from college. They are often the first in their family with a college degree.

Here’s why Summer Search is near and dear to Ryan:

“I too grew up as an at-risk child where, at times, we didn’t know if we would have food on the table or even afford rent. Yet, somehow, I was blessed with a very resilient mother that found a way to not only get food from the local church but get me scholarships for private Catholic school from K-12. It was her persistence and the mentorship I received from the priests, nuns and other teachers at those schools that helped me become the successful man I am today. I want to pay it forward by helping these local children in my community to achieve what I have been given the opportunity to achieve and more”

Interested in donating and contributing to the good cause? View Ryan’s fundraiser website ( where you can donate today and help him reach his $5000 goal.

What’s the best way to enjoy the Fall Foliage??

I suggest strapping on your shoes and getting out for a run around the neighborhood.  With bright sunny skies and temperatures in the 50’s, it’s the perfect weather for an early morning or afternoon jog.

If you’re looking for some motivation to get out the door, stop by the local YMCA or your running shop to get information on your community turkey trot!  With only 5 weeks until Thanksgiving, it’s a good time to start training.

Want to be more aware of how hard you’re working out?!

Longer days and warmer weather entice us to leave the gym and take our workouts outside.  Leaving the gym is also leaving the treadmill, bike and elliptical that tells us how long we have been working out, distance traveled, calories burned and sometimes even our heart rate.  

If you want to be outside and yet still curious and want to stay motivated by some biometrics, you may want to look into a sports watch that takes out the guessing game of it you’re working out hard or not. The simplest one I’ve found is the Garmin Forerunner 110. It’s as simple as taking it out of the box, charging it up and wearing it on your run.  This little sidekick will help you track your workouts to get faster and more engaged in each workout as you can view your speed, distance and how hard you’re pushing it each time you hit the pavement.

Now all you need is sunscreen and a hat and you’re ready to go! Happy running.

Longer Days = More Movement and Eating Better

I don’t know about you, but as the evenings are brighter, I am craving more outdoor walks and runs and healthier suppers. Goodbye to the winter comfort foods and hello spring vegetables and fruits.  March is all about eating with color and with the produce isles brimming with new spring favorites, I am finding it easy to get in my recommended 5-9 fruits and vegetables each day.  Eating with color is aiming for your plate or bowl to be filled with vibrant colors rather than the typical American diet which is beige. The top ten fresh fruit and vegetables buys for March are: apples, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, strawberries, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and spinach. 

Salads are light but filling and pretty easy to through together while guaranteeing a lot of color. Here are some great ideas to color our plates with yummy salads:

1. Start with Leafy Greens: arugula, red or green leaf lettuce, mixed greens, Napa cabbage, radicchio

2. Load some vegetables: bean sprouts, carrots, bell pepper, bok choy, corn, cucumber, onion, sugar snap peas, and zucchini

3. Add some fruit: golden raisins, chopped apricots, craisins, pear, apple, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes

4. Top with some beans: black beans, chickpeas, edamame, red beans, white beans

5. Sprinkle on some extras: low-fat cheese, cashews, sliced almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds

6. Make it a main dish meal: add lean ground beef, grilled chicken, hard-cooked egg, roasted salmon, sautéed shrimp or tofu.

Awakening Out Of The Winter Rut!

The cold weather is here to stay for a few more weeks, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel – daylight savings!! Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday, March 13th.  I am one that loves to exercise, but in the dead cold of winter, it is hard to get me excited to face the gym night after night with all the other cold-infected gym goers. We have had a few bursts of warm weather that have served as nature’s medicine and a big boost to my mind and body.  Now that Daylight Saving is less than 2 weeks away, I can start cleaning up my bike and getting out my outdoor wear for crisp Spring rides and some enjoyable evening runs.

Honoring Our Heroes

Dynasplint Sales Consultant, Lindsay Parker and her husband, Chris are running The Marine Corp marathon in honor of Chris’s nephew, LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney, the husband of Dynasplint Western Division administrator, Amy Looney.  They are running with Team Travis.  For any of you that had not heard, Brendan was a Navy SEAL killed in action last September while deployed in Afghanistan.  He was 29 years old.  Brendan’s roommate & close friend at the US Naval Academy was Travis Manion.  Travis was killed by a sniper, while deployed to Iraq, in April 2007.  Here is an excellent article about Brendan and Travis as well as a CBS news clip.
Travis’s family started the Travis Manion Foundation in his honor.  You can read more about it at  It is an excellent foundation that raises money to assist families of the fallen as well as wounded soldiers. 
Lindsay and Chris will each raise at least $600 for The Travis Manion foundation.  All donations are greatly appreciated!!
Please click on the link below to sponsor Lindsay. She says, “This will be my first marathon and it couldn’t be for a better cause!”

Exercise Your Depression Away – Great Advice from UHC

As we see some bursts of Spring in the air, reality is that Winter is still here and so we can all use a boost and extra motivation to hit the gym or outdoors on the way home from a long day. Dynasplint Wellness Consultant, Casey L. handed out these great tips from United Health Care on how exercise can truly keep away the mid-Winter blues and keep us feeling more awake and engergic. Take a look at all the motivating facts below and be inspired to get moving today!

Feel blue and low-down? Get moving. Physical activity is one of the best things you can do if you are battling depression.

Are you running from depression? How about walking, swimming or biking? If not, try it. Physical activity is one of the best things you can do for yourself if you are battling depression. Research has shown that:

 1.  Exercise can ease symptoms of depression. It can help anyone, at any age or fitness level!

 2. Exercise is as good as antidepressants at reducing depression. If your depression is mild, exercise alone may be enough to help lift your mood. If you have major depression you should seek the advice of your physician because the greatest benefit may come from combining exercise with antidepressants and psychotherapy.

 3. Almost any type of physical activity can improve mood. People often choose walking or running, but even non-aerobic activities such as weightlifting can help. The main thing is to get up and get moving and keep at it.

 4. Exercise and mood: what’s the connection? Research suggests that exercise increases the level of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical that affects mood, sleep, appetite and sex drive. Low levels of it have been linked to depression. Exercise also stimulates the production of endorphins, “feel-good” chemicals in the brain, and helps reduce the level of cortisol, a stress hormone.

Physical activity can help you:

– Sleep better
– Feel better about yourself
– Gain a sense of accomplishment
– Take an active role in your mental and physical health
– Keep depression at bay after your recovery

 5. Having a tough time taking the first step? By its nature, depression makes it tough to get motivated to take care of yourself. If you hardly feel like getting out of bed, you may wonder where you’ll get the energy to exercise. Try these strategies to help you get started and be successful:

 6. Pick an activity you like. You’re more likely to stick with it if you enjoy it.

 7. Identify your roadblocks. Think about the things that get in the way of exercise, and make a plan for how you will overcome them. Can’t afford a gym? Walk or ride a bike. Too cold or wet outside? Walk at a mall. Too tired in the morning? Exercise over the lunch hour. If you anticipate the problems, you can find ways around them.

 8. Enlist a workout buddy. Having a companion to exercise with often helps people stay motivated. If you’re walking, a dog can be an eager and supportive partner.

 9. Start out slowly. At first just aim for 10 minutes a session. Over time increase activity to 30 or more minutes most days of the week.

 10. Cut yourself some slack. There may be days you just don’t feel up to exercising. If you miss a day or can only do 10 minutes, that’s fine. Just get back on track the next day.

 11. Remember the benefits. Physical activity can improve your mood, and it can also strengthen your heart and bones, help control your weight and cut your risk for many diseases. Each time you exercise, you’re doing something positive for your health.

Can’t Remember Why To Work Out? Meet Your Hippocampus!

As if we don’t have enough reasons to stay or get in shape; heart health, weight loss or stabilization, bone health, mood lift, flexibility, strengthen muscles, and shorts weather is around the bend! There is one more benefit that we are often unaware of, overlook or forget: staying active and exercising helps keep our brain in shape.

 Like our muscles, our brain require oxygenation to function effectively, and that occurs with aerobic exercise. Research done in the last ten years shows that intense aerobic activity actually grows new brain cells (neurons) in the hippocampus. Even walking 30 minutes a day can help you focus better, and that can only help your performance at work.

 Can’t remember names or items to put on your list? As you age memory becomes key. It seems that our trusty hippocampus atrophies. That’s correct- your brain is going to shrink.

 From WebMD: “A new study suggests moderate aerobic exercise may slow or even reverse age-related memory loss in older adults by increasing the size of the hippocampus, a part of the brain that assists in forming memories. The volume of the hippocampus may shrink and lead to memory impairment in the elderly. But researchers found one year of moderate aerobic exercise, like walking, in a group of older adults increased the volume of hippocampus by 2%, which effectively reversed the age-associated shrinkage by one to two years.”

 So follow advice from Dr. Laura Lacritz, UT Southwestern Medical Center’s associate director of neuropsychology says, “What I tell people is what’s good for the heart is good for the brain.”

Announcing Dynasplint’s New Sports Division!

Dynasplint Systems, Inc. (DSI), the industry pioneer and leader in Range of Motion therapy equipment, has announced the launch of its Sports Division. Dynasplint Sports will focus on serving the ROM rehabilitation needs of elite athletes and players on all the major professional and collegiate sports teams in the U.S.

Since DSI’s founding in 1981, Dynasplint Systems have been recommended by team PTs and ATCs and prescribed by leading team orthopedists as an off-hours adjunct to standard Physical Therapy for their ROM rehabbing athletes.

Now DSI has launched a fully-dedicated Sports Division, including on-staff PTs and ATCs, to serve the ever-increasing needs of the sports medicine and PT community, where the goal is to speed ROM recovery of rehabbing the elite athlete and major sports team player. Disabled list athletes cost their teams lost days, lost revenue, and lost games.

George R. Hepburn, PT, founder and president of Dynasplint Systems, Inc., said, “Our clinical research has shown ROM recovery after surgery, trauma or illness can be hastened by up to 53% when using Dynasplint as an early-application, off-hours adjunct to standard PT rehabilitation protocols.” (For research documentation, visit

Hepburn continued, “Dynasplint offers more than 80 rehabilitation devices and provides a therapeutic solution for most ROM issues.”

Hepburn, himself a PT, concluded, “Dynasplint has helped more than one-half million patients recover their range of motion, including hundreds of elite athletes and major sports team players. Currently, star players in each of the major professional sports leagues are using prescribed Dynasplint Systems to aid in their ROM recoveries.”

About Dynasplint Systems, Inc.

Dynasplint’s corporate and manufacturing headquarters are in Severna Park, MD, with division and regional offices across North America. More than 400 local sales consultants, fitting specialists and sales support staff are strategically located throughout the U.S.

For more information about Dynasplint Systems, Inc., contact (443) 261-1701, or or

Rev up your workout! Cure for Mid Winter blues-part 2

Perhaps you are not the group exercise type and prefer to go it alone on the treadmill, the elliptical or the bike. Perhaps you hit the tiles and lift, step up and squat. But let’s face it- we all need a little lift in the months while the sun is still low in the sky.

It’s been studied and proven: From Livestrong “The effect that music may have on you is complex. While you may not have given it much thought, it is not a coincidence that many gyms and exercise classes play music in the background. Music can aid exercise in a number of ways and can have a positive effect on fitness.

According to Costas Karageorghis, an associate professor with Brunel University in England, who has been studying the relationship between music and motivation since 1988. Dance and some rock songs, which usually have a tempo of between 120 and 140 beats per minute, have been shown to increase motivation. Bingo!

This is all just great, unless your ipod’s bumping tunes are unheard because you can’t keep your earbuds in. I’ve tried the buds that Apple supplies- but they fall out. It seems, that I have petite ear structure (oh were it that my hips and seat had the same!) I tried the switchback style, and they were uncomfortable and hot behind my neck. I tried the buds with ear wraps, and they just fell half way out. And then I was introduced to the Bose IE1 earbuds. The sound is what you’d expect from Bose- smooth, full and natural- wonderful really. The best part is that they fit and stay put! The soft flexible proprietary StayHear™ ear tips nestle inside the bowl of the ear while naturally conforming to the ear’s upper ridge. Heaven. Watch out, elipitcal-I’m baaaack!