Campus Commons Physical Therapy - November 2023



Any parent who has a kid in sports knows how uncomfortable it can be to sit on bleachers. They’re hard, cold, stiff, and you’ll certainly feel it after sitting on their unforgiving surfaces for an entire game. Your back might start to ache, your butt will feel sore, and you may even have difficulty pulling yourself up from the sitting position.

you can use to ease the discomfort and make sitting through a game more enjoyable. A great place to start is to bring a cushion or blanket to every game and practice to provide some extra padding.

As you sit, stay aware of your posture and consciously maintain it. If you feel yourself starting to slouch, stand up and stretch. Take a quick walk to the concession stand, or just loosen up your legs and back with

So, why do bleachers cause so much pain and discomfort to our bodies? To start, they don’t have backrests, which causes poor posture in all who sit in them. It’s common for us to slouch forward, causing pain in our butt and lower back. And if you have to sit all day for work, you already know how distressing that can feel on your body. Now, replace your ergonomic office chair with hard bleachers, and you can start to understand where the pain comes from. We’d love to provide you with a secret trick to make bleachers as comfortable as a leather recliner, but unfortunately, one does not exist. However, there are some strategies

simple stretches. Another great way to avoid stiffness and soreness is to do something active immediately before and after the game. Play a game of catch with one of your kids or take a quick walk around the stadium. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel when it’s time to head home. Bleachers are a constant in the world of youth sports. Don’t let them take away from your enjoyment of the game — use these strategies to feel more comfortable!


Stuffed Pepper Soup

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Stuffed bell peppers are a common meal in many households. And as temperatures begin to drop, there’s no better way to warm up than by turning this classic recipe into a hearty — and healthy — soup!

INGREDIENTS • 2 lbs ground beef • 6 cups water • 1 28-oz can tomato sauce • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained

• 2 tsp salt • 2 tsp beef bouillon granules • 1 tsp black pepper • 2 cups cooked long-grain rice • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

• 2 cups chopped green peppers • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

DIRECTIONS 1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink, breaking it into crumbles; drain. Add beef back to the pot and stir in all ingredients except the cooked rice. Bring to a boil. 2. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered until peppers are tender, about 30 minutes. 3. Add cooked rice and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.

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