Vital Care PT July 2017

M eet O ur P atient , L ogan G uertin !


In a regular week, Logan Guertin, a 15-year-old patient at Vital Care, goes to school everyday and has soccer practice three times per week. When he’s not at practice, he goes to the Exos facility to train with professionals and work on core exercises, strengthening, and proper running techniques to stay on top of his game. “Most days, I get home from school at 4 p.m. and have an hour or two to do homework,” he said. “My practice is an hour and a half away in Scottsdale, so by the time I get home, it’s usually around 10 o’clock at night.” Every weekend, Logan has at least one scrimmage with his teammates, if not a full- blown soccer match or tournament. On his rare day off from the sport, Logan enjoys watching TV and hanging out with his friends, who also play soccer. “The last time I went over to a friend’s house, we ended up playing soccer on Xbox,” he said, laughing. “I eat, breathe, and sleep soccer.” And remarkably, that’s just practice time.

But the 15-year-old wouldn’t have it any other way. When asked about his favorite aspect of soccer, Logan said, “I like the competitiveness and the excitement of it. The games are always close, and to be honest, being good at it also makes it fun.”

“Last year, we didn’t have an off-season because the national championship was in July. After winning state and regionals, we practiced twice a week for an hour and a half during the summer to get ready for nationals,” Logan explained. But his hard work paid off. At the culmination of the National Championship, Logan won the award for National Champion at the club level. And Logan’s mother, Sonja, has good reason to be proud. The National Champion award is the highest honor a high school soccer player can earn until the college level! But Logan didn’t stop there. Recently, he came back from Italy, where he trained with the European teams for Future Olympic Athletes, a rare and exciting opportunity to work with the best of the best in soccer. In Italy, Logan and his team won three out of four games. “I had never played the forward position before, but after they told me a little bit more about it, I scored three points in the first 10 minutes!” Logan exclaimed. tunnel syndrome, pinched nerves, and strained eyes and muscles. And if you’re not in good shape (because you sit all day at work), you’re more likely to get injured doing other activities in your life. Levine says that, ideally, you should spend four hours a day on your feet. Of course, that may not be an option for many of you, especially if you work a desk job. We recommend getting up at least once an hour and walking around for a few minutes. Even a trip to the water cooler is better than nothing! But the real way to combat a sedentary job is to live an active life after hours. A lot of us want to plop down in front of the TV, but we’d be better off taking a long walk after work and spending some time cooking in the kitchen — on our feet, of course.

Logan kicked his first soccer ball at 4 years old. He and soccer have been inseparable ever since, and it shows. Logan’s remarkable proficiency at the sport has led him to awards and opportunities that not many 15-year-old athletes have under their belts.

G et U p O ffa T hat T hing ! I f Y ou W ant to L ive M ore , S it L ess

“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.” Those are the words of Dr. James Levine, who made headlines back in 2014 when he released the results of years of research into what’s really killing Americans. Just as cigarette use was killing Americans in droves back when the population still smoked, the prevalence of desk jobs is a huge health risk today. Humans, it turns out, are meant to be on their feet and on the go — just like our ancestors were. “We have created for ourselves a modern way of living that clashes with the way we’re meant to be,” Levine says. We’ve seen that sitting can also lead to other health issues, like carpal

You can also go to a standing desk, or even a treadmill desk — which Levine invented.

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