Employment Opportunity

Excel Sports and Physical Therapy is looking for a PRN Athletic Trainer to assist in the afternoons/evenings on a daily basis. Interested applicants should contact Nate Wilmes to apply.

Nathan J. Wilmes, MEd, ATC, LAT, EMT-B, CSCS
Director of Outreach Athletic Training Services
Excel Sports & Physical Therapy
Cell: 314.805.4627

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“National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is hosted by APTA each October to recognize how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help transform society by restoring and improving motion in people’s lives.” – APTA

Visit the APTA website for more information about Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants!

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The Athletic Trainer’s Dish of the Week: Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

These cupcakes are great for any athlete looking for a low fat and low calorie option. They are easy to make and they’re portable. Instead of icing, you can use Cool Whip or add peanut butter for more protein.

1 package Devil’s Food cake mix
1 can of 100% pumpkin (15oz)
1 can water

Preheat oven to 325 degress for dark nonstick pan. Stir together all ingredients and pour into foil-lined muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake 30-35 minutes. *Tip: To see if the cupcakes are done, stick a toothpick in the middle of one; if the toothpick comes out clean, then they’re done; if not, cook them for a few more minutes.

Servings: 24
Calories: 90.8 Fat: 1.8g Carbohydrates: 17.8g Protein: 1.3g

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The Athletic Trainer’s Dish of the Week: Black Bean Chicken Chili

This recipe is great for any athlete because it’s packed with carbohydrates and protein. This meal is low in fat and heart healthy.

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 fresh jalapeno, seeded, minced
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 cups low-sodium canned crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups no-salt added chicken broth
1 cup chili sauce
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 cup black beans, rinsed, drained
3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/2 cup chopped red onion

Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium heat until hot. Add onion, green pepper, garlic and jalapeno. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the chicken, tomatoes, broth, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the black beans. Cook covered for 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Serve topped with a dollop of plain yogurt and chopped red onions.

Servings: 8
Calories: 187 Fat: 3.8g Carbohydrates: 25g Protein: 17g

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“Help, I’ve Fallen…”

To keep up with Fall Prevention Month, here are a few tips and tricks to avoid falling in the home…


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Fall Prevention

September 23 is Fall Prevention Day and in light of this day, Excel Sports and Physical Therapy would like to share this brochure and give you some information about falls and how to avoid any injuries due to falling, as well as how Excel can help after a fall.

Fall Brochure

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“I got my bell rung…”

STL Cardinals Concussion Specialist, Dr. Brandon Larkin of Advanced Bone and Joint, educates local sports affiliations on the issues and difficulties of concussion management. It is important to remember that not every concussion is the same and treatment varies on the individual. For more information please visit these web sites.




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Staying Hydrated

Hydration is an important aspect of staying healthy for anyone who is physically active. Maintaining proper hydration can help you to perform at your best and keeps you healthy in your everyday activities. It is essential for your body to maintain a delicate balance between electrolytes and water. Sodium and potassium are just two examples of electrolytes that are essential to maintaining proper kidney and muscle function.

If proper hydration is not maintained dehydration can set in. Dehydration can range from mild to severe. Severe dehydration is very serious and should be treated in a hospital. Some signs and symptoms for dehydration include, muscle cramps, nausea, headache, and fatigue. With today’s busy lifestyles staying hydrated can be a challenge. Here are some tips to make staying hydrated a little easier!

  • Carry a water bottle around with you.
  • Chose water over sugary drinks, such as soda.
  • Avoid caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic and can cause you to lose water.
  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, which are high in water content and nutrients.
  • Drink water even if you are not thirsty.
  • When exercising and in hot weather, a sports drink that is low in sugar can help to maintain your electrolytes.
  • Drink water before you exercise or go out into the heat.
  • Freezing a water bottle can ensure you have cold water at the end of the day.
  • Add a fruit slices to your water to add a little flavor.

If you would like some more information on the importance of staying hydrated you can visit these web sites.

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Excel in the Community: Cheer Legendz

Maggie Richardson, AT for Fort Zumwalt North High School, recently provided an injury prevention screening to Cheer Legendz in Manchester, Missouri. Ms. Richardson worked with women’s gymnastics while completing her athletic training degree at SEMO, so she was a great fit offer some injury prevention advice to the competitive cheer team at Cheer Legendz. Ms. Richardson provided some helpful information about ankle strengthening exercises and core strength training.

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Welcome to the Excel Sports and Physical Therapy Team!

Excel Sports and Physical Therapy is welcoming a few new athletic trainers to their staff. Shannon Hypke will be at Saint Charles West, Sarah Lohse will be at Fort Zumwalt South, and Samantha Fehlhafer will be at Saint Dominic High School. Ms. Hypke and Ms. Lohse are both recent graduates from Lindenwood University’s Masters degree program. Ms. Fehlhafer, a University of Iowa graduate, will be moving from the PRN ranks, and starting a new full-time coverage position at SHDS. The first of its kind at SDHS, and she is very excited about this opportunity. Lastly, Excel welcomes Krista Farnes to the STL Louis area. Ms. Farnes is a recent graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville and will be assisting with PRN opportunities.

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