“3 Defending Champions Survive 3rd Round Of AHSAA State Football Playoffs”


     MONTGOMERY – Three defending state champions and nine undefeated teams emerged from the third round of the AHSAA State Football Playoffs Friday night.

This week’s slate includes 12 semifinal games. All winners will advance to the Super 7 State championships at Auburn Nov. 30-Dec.1-2.
Unbeaten teams by class in the playoffs include: (Class 1A) Maplesville (12-0); Linden (13-0), Addison (13-0); (Class 2A) G.W. Long (12-0); Fyffe (13-0); (Class 3A) Gordo (13-0); Piedmont (13-0); (Class 6A) Park Crossing (13-0); (Class 7A) McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0).
Advancing to the next round are 20 region champions, four region second seeds, one third seed and one fourth seed.

All seminal pairings and quarterfinal results are listed.

Semifinal Pairings
(All games, Friday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.)

Maplesville (12-0) at Linden (13-0)
Addison (13-0) at Pickens County (10-3), Reform

Aliceville (12-1) at G.W. Long (12-0), Skipperville
Fyffe (13-0) at Lanett (11-2)

Gordo (13-0) at Mobile Christian (12-1)
Ohatchee (12-1) at Piedmont (13-0)

Handley (11-2) at Andalusia (12-1)
Madison Academy (10-3) at Hokes Bluff (9-4)

Beauregard (11-1) at Jackson (9-3)
Wenonah (10-2) at Briarwood Christian (12-1)

Park Crossing (12-0) at Opelika (12-1)
Austin (10-3) at Ramsay (11-2), Birmingham

(Finals, Nov. 30, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn)
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) vs. Hoover (11-2), Nov. 30, 7 p.m.



Elbow pain: Lateral Epicondylitis (aka, Tennis elbow)

The technology boom of the past decade has not only made our lives easier (debateable), but also caused a surge in overuse injuries. Smart phones, i-pads, and laptops (to name a few) have become as common TV’s and cars to every household in America. The age of instant access to information and social media has made keeping up with news, family and friends much easier but has come at a price. Elbow pain, specifically Lateral Epicondylitis, and Carpal Tunnel syndrome (a topic for another day) have become more common and can become extremely debilitating if not treated in a timely manner. Keep in mind that it can take as little as 3 weeks for an injury to become chronic and therefore seeking early intervention can literally be the difference in a successful outcome and months of pain and discomfort. Unlike most injuries, Lateral Epicondylitis is a problem that almost anyone can diagnose, as long as you know what signs to look for.

First, What is Lateral Epicondylitis? Simply stated, lateral epicondylitis is overuse tendonitis of the wrist and finger extensors. Pain and discomfort are felt on the outside of the elbow and can run down the forearm into the various muscles (muscles that make up the back of the hand). The muscles on the back of the wrist are very small and they all come together and insert just above the elbow.

Second, What are the symptoms? 1. Tender to touch, just above the elbow on the back of the forearm. The area will definitely be sore due to the inflammation. 2. Pain with picking up weighted objects such as a jug of milk, coffee cup, etc., and even something as simple as typing on your laptop. The pain noted in this area can run the entire gammit from sharp pain to a dull, achy feeling. The pain generally subsides when the affected hand is at rest. 3. Noted weakness. Noticeable weakness with gripping activities along with pain in the above mentioned area is a sure fire indicator that you may have lateral epicondylitis. It is not uncommon for me to have patients tell me that they have problems with dropping objects (usually making a mess). 4. Pain with resistance. Make a fist on the hurt arm. Push down on the back of the affected hand with the uninjured hand and that can elicit pain in the elbow. If all these symptoms are present, BAM, you have just acturately diagnosed yourself with Lateral Epicondylitis.

Now I know you are extremely proud of yourself and you should be but ultimately I’m sure you really just want to stop hurting. Let’s talk about the important stuff, the steps to recovery. What to do: 1. Ice. But you say, I hate ice. Believe me, early on, ice is your friend. Putting an ice pack on the painful area for 15 minutes 4-5 times a day greatly enhances your chances of saving a copay. 2. Medication. My medication of choice is Aleve. 2 in the morning and 2 at bedtime for a week is where I generally start. Ibuprofen or Motrin is an acceptable substitute. These medications are called NSAIDS and can be affective at fighting muscular inflammation. If you are unable to take NSAIDS, consult your physician for alternative medications. 3. Rest. It’s simple but true. Making a conscious effort to limit the use of the affected hand greatly improves your chance of success. Trust me, I get it. This is easier said than done, but if you don’t use the affected arm, it won’t hurt. Continuing to use the injured arm increases the inflammation in the tendons and delays healing. 4. Bracing. I struggled with whether or not to mention tennis elbow braces but I do feel they can help manage your pain but here is my disclaimer. Make sure you use them correctly. Proper application is key. If you are unsure of how to properly apply the brace, seek assistance from a qualified health care provider.
In conclusion, Lateral Epicondylitis is not something that you have to run to the doctor with. We mentioned that time is important and it is but give yourself 1 week of managing your symptoms with these simple steps and if the pain improves, then give yourself another week, if it doesn’t, seek the advice and counsel of your family physician. Remember, early intervention and treatment is important to kicking that unwanted uncle out of the house before he wears out his welcome.

This article was written by one of our PT, ATC, Matt Moorer. 

Gulf Shores High School’s AD thanks Encore ATCs, Camille Forte and Lee Steiner.

“A high school parent returned some crutches to me that their son had to use after he injured his hip.  He really was appreciative of [our ATC] Camille Forte and the way she not only took care of his son, but also the way she handled the situation and relayed information to him.  He also expressed his thankfulness to the fact that we have a sports medicine team in place here and how well it worked.  I would also like to brag on Camille and the job she is doing and show my appreciation to her, Lee, Encore and the orthopedic group/Doctors for what we have in place.  I can still remember when us coaches did all the sports medicine routines-

Let’s just say we are in much better hands now!”

Jamie W. Williams 

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Gulf Shores High School

The Cullman Times – Best Therapy Award Winner

One of our PTA’S, Sharon Edens, holding our best therapy award! Thanks city of Cullman — We are proud to be your physical therapy provider!

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Monroeville Encore Athlete of the Month, Griffin McKenzie.


Congratulations to the Monroeville Clinic Athlete of the Month, Griffin McKenzie! Griffin is a Freshman, multi-sport athlete from Monroe Academy. He is #14 on the football and baseball teams, and has played both sports for 2 years. Last year, Griffin received the JV Offensive Player of the Year award for baseball, and has an A average for the semester. Griffin is the son of Shannon and Stacy McKenzie. Keep up the hard work, Griffin, and good luck during baseball season!

Cullman Clinic Athlete of the Month, Kyle Denson.

Kyle Denson

Congratulations to the Cullman Clinic Encore Athlete of the Month, Kyle Denson! Kyle is a senior at Addison high school and a Fullback, LB for the Bulldogs football team (#28). He has had 7 touch downs, 44 tackles at LB, 70 for 353 yards rushing attempts, and 4 for 57 yards receiving. He recently had a hand in helping the Bulldogs win the playoff game 28-21 over Winston County:

“Kyle Denson led the Bulldog offense with 22 carries for 150 yards and a touchdown, while Kolby Kirk added 95 yards on 18 rushes and a touchdown.” – The Cullman Times

Good Luck the rest of the season, Kyle, keep up the good work!

“What should I eat for pre-game fuel?” We’ve got the solution.

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“So you’ve practiced hard all week.  You’ve hydrated and ate your pre-game meal 3-4 hours before kickoff.  But right before you go out for pregame warm-ups, your stomach is telling you it needs more fuel.  Keep it small and light.  1 hour prior to kickoff, eat 1-2 granola bars or a sports bar along with 1-2 cups of water or sports drink.  Find a bar high in carbohydrates (at least 20-30 grams) and light to moderate in protein (2-10 grams).  The carbs will give you the energy you need while the protein will satisfy your hunger but without giving you that full feeling.”

– Eric Oehms, Encore ATC

We are excited to be partnering with Alabama Soccer!

Alabama Soccer Association



Birmingham, Alabama —  The Alabama Soccer Association is proud to announce a new partnership with Encore Rehabilitation, that will increase sports medicine coverage for ASA athletes.

Under this partnership, Encore will provide on-site athletic trainers at all ASA events, as well as extensive performance and injury reduction for coaches and players.encore_225x225

“We are thrilled to team up with Encore Rehabilitation. Player safety is of the utmost importance and Encore Rehabilitation delivers on that mission to keep players healthy and able to continue in their sports successfully,” says Tom Condone, Executive Director of the Alabama Soccer Association.

Alabama Soccer Association is the state’s largest soccer organization and governing body for youth soccer in Alabama on behalf of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

“Encore is extremely proud to partner with the Alabama Soccer Association, not only to provide athletic training coverage to ensure the highest quality care possible for all injured players at ASA events, but also provide educational content on how to keep the athletes healthy and reduce the risk of injury.  The goal of this comprehensive program is to ultimately keep all players injury free and safe, so they can concentrate on reaching their peak potential,” says Marc Bernier, Clinical Director of Sports Medicine.

To learn more, visit

About Alabama Soccer Association

As the Alabama affiliate of US Soccer and US Youth Soccer, the Alabama Soccer Association (ASA) is a non-profit and educational organization whose mission is to foster the physical, mental, and emotional growth of players of all ages, by creating and increasing opportunities for wholesome participation. ASA has a current membership of over 15,000 registered players statewide, youth and adult, and approximately 2,000 active coaches, referees, and administrators. For more information, please visit

About Encore Rehabilitation

About Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. – Encore Rehabilitation, headquartered in Decatur, AL is one of the nation premier rehabilitation, fitness and sports enhance companies. Encore rehabilitation division specializes in state-of-the-art physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Encore is also the exclusive sports medicine provider for the Alabama High School Athletic Association. For more information, please visit


“What’s in my bag” Encore ATC edition.

Almost everyone has heard about the Us Weekly “Whats in my bag” survey they give to the celebs every month. We thought it would be fun to ask a few of our ATCs what all they carried in their bags. Knowing we would get a few funny answers, we decided to share them with you, and here are a few of our favorites answers!

Do you carry a bag or fanny pack? 

We got anything from sling pack, to messenger bags, to rolling (splint) kits.

What brand is your bag/fp? 

Muller, Cramer, MedPac, Medco, Alert Service, and our favorite… The Bushwalker.

Do you ever carry food/drinks with you?

Gum and mints (we all need them sometimes), BBQ Sunflower seeds (exclusively said from the softball/baseball ATCs), peppermint, 20oz Diet Coke, peanut butter crackers (more protein), and Mt. Dew.

Ever found anything you forgot you had in your bag?

Candy that students give out, earrings, tampons, and Fungo athletes foot spray.

Name one, or a few things, others wouldn’t expect you to carry with you. 

Battery powered drill, 6 foot water hose, Benchmade rescue hook cutter, “female products” (very smart), tiger tail, helmet face-mask removal, scalpel, hemorrhoid cream, razor, chapstick, hairspray, sewing kit, and the news paper (why not?).

After reading all of the answers that were submitted, we have decided that ATCs are like the Marry Poppins of the sport’s world, and we don’t know what we would do without them!

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