Awards and Honors at the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame-Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter

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The National Football Foundation Hall of Fame-Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter held their annual awards banquet on Jan 17, 2018.

We would like to recognize the coaches and athletes from schools affiliated with our Encore Sports Medicine Program.  Congratulations to the athletes, coaches, and our own athletic trainer, Eric Oehms, MS, LAT, ATC!


Coach Neil Lollar, Hancock High School – Frank “Twig” Branch Coach of the Year Award

Coach Bo Russum, Hancock High School-Luther Kuykendall Assistant Coach of the Year Award

Karlos Dillard, Gulfport High School- Terrell Buckley Defensive Player of the Year Award

Clay Gollott, St. Martin High School – NFFHOT Scholarship Award

Eric Oehms, Athletic Trainer, Encore Rehabilitation – Contribution to Amateur Football


Athlete-Scholars included:

  • D’Iberville High School – Brady Grace
  • East Central High School – Maxwell Greenough
  • Gautier High School – Mario Love
  • Gulfport High School – Karlos Dillard
  • Hancock High School – Elliott Nolan
  • Harrison Central – Javion Khan
  • Long Beach High School – JT Tripp
  • Moss Point – Matthew Sellers
  • Ocean Springs – Peyton Sams
  • Pascagoula High School – Jack Colmer
  • Pass Christian High School – Nathan Weatherly
  • St. Martin High School – Clay Gollott
  • St. Patrick Catholic High School – Robert Starks
  • Vancleave High School – Havens “Lane” Wise

Kenya McQuirter-Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year for Alabama

Congratulations to Kenya McQuirter of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School for being named Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama in Volleyball!

Kenya has 516 kills, 292 digs, 89 blocks and 58 service aces. She is a Junior at McGill-Toolen where she maintains a 3.75 GPA. The the school’s Ambassador Program, Kenya has volunteered with youth volleyball camps and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Kenya is fifth Gatorade Volleyball Player of the year to be selected from McGill-Toolen.

To read more about Kenya, visit #GatoradePOY .


**The Gatorade Player of the Year award was established in 1985 to recognize the nation’s most elite high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.


Tuscan Avenue Encore Athlete of the Month, Deonta Pittman.

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Congratulations to the Tuscan Avenue Encore Athlete of the Month, Deonta Pittman! Deonta is a senior athlete at William Carey University University in Mississippi. He has been on the WCU Men’s Basketball team for 4 years now and has been awarded MVP of Southern State, SSAC First Team -All American, and has made it to the NAIA National Basketball Tournament. After graduation, Deonta will further his basketball career professionally and also have a physical education degree. He is the son of Linda Pittman and Don Lewis.

Winfield Encore Athlete of the Month, Julia Taylor.


Congratulations to the Winfield Encore Athlete of the Month, Julia Taylor! Julia is a multi-sport, sophomore athlete at Winfield High School. She has been on the Varsity Track and Cheerleading teams for 3 years now. Julia, along with the Lady Pirates Cheerleading team, has won a 3A State Championship, Regional championship, placed 8th in Nationals, 3rd in Worlds, and Julia has also received the All-County Track Award. After she graduates in 2019, Julia plans to attend college to major in education. She is the daughter of Neil and Paige Taylor. Keep up the good work Julia!

How do you know exactly what muscles you are stretching?

“Stretching is an essential component of both exercise and health, as it helps to maintain flexibility and range of motion in your joints. It is easy to forget to stretch before a workout, perhaps because we do not know exactly why it is that stretching is so important. Well, stretching improves muscle development, increases range of motion, reduces your chances of an injury and provides a warm-up for your muscles. When your muscles are more flexible, the body can perform activities and exercise with the correct form; therefore, stretching also helps to improve posture.”

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5. Forearm Extensor Stretch: To stretch your forearm extensor, start by pushing your shoulder down and back, then externally rotate your shoulder. Once in position, apply pressure to your opposite hand and begin to stretch.

6. Forearm Extensor Stretch: Stretch the forearm extensor by pushing your shoulder down and back, and externally rotating the shoulder. Apply pressure with your opposite hand to begin the stretch

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7. Lateral Side Flexion of the Neck: This stretch highlights your sternocleidomastoid or SCM. Keep your neck as long as possible while slowly dropping your ear to your shoulder. You can progress this stretch by being seated on a chair and grabbing the bottom of the seat.

8. Neck Rotation Stretch: To stretch the SCM, slowly rotate your neck while keeping your chin elevated. For a deeper stretch, apply pressure with the hand opposite from the direction you are rotating.


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9. Neck Extension Stretch: To work the SCM, place your hands on your hips while keeping your spine long and tilt your head back.

10. Lateral Side Flexion of the Neck with Hand Assistance: Stretch the SCM and upper trapezius by keeping your neck long and slowly dropping your ear to your shoulder.


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11. Lateral Shoulder Stretch: To stretch your side deltoid, bring your arm across your body and lightly apply pressure to increase the stretch on your shoulder.

12. Standing Assisted Neck Flexion Stretch: This stretch will work your Trapezius muscle. Start by standing with your feet together. Keep your spine long, slowly sit your hips back and round your upper back while tucking your chin into your chest.

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15. Lat Stretch With Spinal Traction: To stretch the latissimus dorsi, take a firm grip on a bar while slowly lifting your feet off the ground. Avoid this stretch if you have recently injured your shoulder.

16. Lat Stretch At The Wall: Also for the latissimus dorsi, place both hands on the corner of a wall or post. Keep your spine long while slowly pushing your hips out to the side. Avoid this stretch if you have lower back problems.

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18. Standing Calf Stretch: To work the soleus and gastrocnemius, perform this stretch on the edge of a stair step. Lightly rotate your ankles to stretch the calf muscles actively.

20. Seated Forward Fold / Seated Toe Touch: To stretch the hamstrings and calves, sit and bend the knees as needed.

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27. Down Dog Variation At The Wall: To stretch your pectoralis and latissimus dorsi, position yourself far enough from a wall so that when you touch the wall your body becomes parallel to the ground. Hinge at the hips and keep your spine straight. Push your chest forward creating a slight arch in your upper back; stretch your lats and chest muscles.

28. Triangle Pose: This will work your external obliques. Start with a wide stance, your front foot straight ahead and your back foot at 90 degrees. Place your hand on your front leg or the floor as you sit back into your front hip, keeping your back straight.

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30. Supine Twist: This will stretch your glutes and external obliques. Lie flat on your back and bring one leg across your body. Slowly rotate your upper body in the opposite direction.

31. Seated Half Pigeon Variation: To work your anterior tibialis, sit with your feet in front of you and bring one hand behind you as you rotate your hip and bring one foot above your knee.

The full article of stretches can be found here:
  **These stretches can not take the place of therapy treatments and are not prescribed by a therapist. 

Hamilton Athletes of the Month, Brady Stults and Cole Reed.

Congratulations to the Hamilton Encore Athletes of the Month, Brady Stults and Cole Reed! Both students are multi-sport athlete from Hamilton High School.

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Brady Stults is a Junior with a 4.1 GPA. She has played Varsity Softball and Basketball for 5 and 3 years respectively. A few of her sports awards consist of All-Area softball 2014, 2014-2015 Basketball Defensive Player, 2014-2015 Hustle award in Basketball, All WAC Basketball 2015-2016, and 2012-2013 All-County Softball. After she graduates high school, she plans to attend a 4 year university and major in the medical field. Brady is the daughter of Joey and Lisa Stults.

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Cole Reed is a Sophomore  with a 4.2 GPA. He has been a member of the Varsity Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Track teams for a year and a half now. He wears jersey number 9 in Football and Baseball, and number 23 in Basketball. His sports awards consist of the All WAC, All-County, and the Times Daily 4A-7A Big Play Award in Football. After graduation, he plans to attend college to major in engineering. Cole is the son of Mike and Michelle Reed.


Kinesio-Tape. Does it really work?

“The answer depends on whom you ask. Obviously plenty of elite athletes believe in it and claim that the tape, which replicates the thickness and elasticity of skin, provides support to muscles and joints without limiting range of motion. According to William Schobert, MD, the surgeon who treated the Olympic beach volleyball champions, Ms. Walsh Jennings says, “I absolutely believe in Kinesio tape. It has helped me with function, stability, blood flow, and peace of mind.”

“It is a very comfortable, directionally flexible tape used for musculoskeletal support in the athletic training setting,” he said. It is used for soft-tissue support as well as joint support. Its application isn’t a panacea but can be a boost to athletes with injuries in a competitive environment.”

Among the proposed beneficial effects of the tape are the following:

  • To provide a positional stimulus through the skin
  • To align fascial tissues
  • To create more space by lifting fascia and soft tissue above the area of pain/inflammation
  • To provide sensory stimulation to assist or limit motion
  • To assist in the removal of edema by directing exudates toward a lymph duct.

Anecdotally, athletes and trainers say they have seen these outcomes in at least some individuals. “I’ve had hit-and-miss results,” said Aaron Brock, ATC, director of sports medicine for USA Volleyball, which encompasses both men’s and women’s teams. “Some people absolutely love it. They’re seeing great results.

“But I don’t say, ‘man, every time I use this, it has great results,’” he continued. “Sometimes, from a therapeutic perspective, we’re doing so many different things that we don’t know what is effective and what isn’t.”

The literature does not provide much conclusive support for the efficacy of the tape, and few well-controlled studies with high-quality evidence have been performed. A randomized, double-blinded clinical trial was done in 2008 to evaluate the effect of tape use on shoulder pain. Patients with rotator cuff tendinitis or impingement received either a tape application or a sham. The tape group did show immediate improvement in pain-free shoulder abduction that was statistically significant (P = 0.005), but by day 6 both groups had significantly improved in all outcome variables, exceeding the criteria for success.

The authors noted that the patient group was young, with an average age of 20, and that older patients might have different results. Because of the initial positive finding, this study has sometimes been cited in the popular press as supporting the use of the tape, but the authors concluded, “Utilization of Kinesio taping for decreasing pain intensity or disability for younger patients with suspected shoulder tendonitis/impingement is not supported.”

Other reliable studies find little evidence to support using the tape, although some small investigations reported some positive results. A recent meta-analysis found that, overall, “the efficacy of Kinesio tape in pain relief was trivial given there were no clinically important results.” Small beneficial results on range of motion were found in one study, and “trivial” results in two other studies across numerous joint measurements were found. The analysis cited a likely beneficial effect for proprioception regarding grip force sense error, but no positive outcome for ankle proprioception.

The analysis concluded that little quality evidence supported the use of Kinesio tape over other types of elastic taping in the management of sports injuries and called for further research to confirm findings of possible positive effects.

Some studies may point to the need for further research. For example, one study found that taping on baseball players with shoulder impingement resulted in positive changes in scapular motion and muscle performance.

None of the studies reported negative effects, which may be why trainers like Mr. Brock of USA Volleyball use the tape on players who report benefits with it.

“Primarily, I like it for some postural cuing around the scapularis,” he said. “It provides some proprioceptive cuing for the scapular stabilizers to improve activation in the scapular muscles, thereby putting the athlete in a better postural position. Bottom line, I like to use it for muscle education or proprioception. I’ll also use it if I feel I can get some activation if for whatever reason a muscle isn’t turning on so well.”

A question of direction
Mr. Brock said he would like to see research that tests whether the direction in which the tape is applied determines whether a muscle is activated or inhibited. Under the theory of directional effect, the tape would be applied distal to proximal for inhibition and from proximal to distal for activation. For quadriceps inhibition, for example, the tape would be pulled from the patella toward the hip. The rationale is that the applied tape would continue to pull directionally with elastic tension.

“I have a hard time thinking that changing the direction completely changes the effect,” Mr. Brock said. For me, that’s a little bit of a stretch.”

He also said he would like to see more research into the effect of taping on edema and swelling, noting the tape could be useful in a physical therapy setting where the patient is not constantly seen. The tape can stay adhered for as long as 5 days and can endure water.

He recommends that anyone interested in using the tape receive instruction. He does not recommend self-application by athletes or patients. Ms. Walsh Jennings said, “Proper application is paramount to its effectiveness.”

“You can experiment with it, but I think it’s important to hear how the people who made the tape recommend using it,” Mr. Brock said. “Depending on what you are trying to do, you’ll put the tape on differently. With the basic guidelines that instructors give you, there’s a lot of leeway for experimentation.”

He added that for volleyball players and overhand athletes, he often turns to elasticized shirts such as those made by IntelliSkin, which operate similarly to Kinesio tape.

“The shirts have a little extra pull in the scapular region,” he said. “I’ll wear one sometimes if I’m getting into that forward-head, rounded shoulder, kyphotic type of position. Surgeons might even want to try it, as well as people who sit at a computer all day. I think it helps posturing. I’ve gone in that direction often for the scapularis. All the men volleyball players have them, and some wear them during matches.”

As for the tape, Mr. Brock will continue to use it, if for no other reason than for the “peace of mind” Ms. Walsh Jennings cited. “There is a psychological component,” he said. “If nothing else, you get a little extra proprioceptive feedback, and maybe your central nervous system and peripheral nervous system are communicating a little better.”

Bottom Line

  • Kinesio tape is a cloth tape with the thickness and elasticity of the epidermis.
  • Among its purported benefits are lifting of the skin and fascia, support of muscles and joints, and enhanced proprioception.
  • Although one randomized, double-blinded clinical trial found that the tape provided relief from shoulder pain immediately after application, the effect did not last over time.
  • Little high-quality evidence indicates the efficacy of the tape, and more scientifically valid studies are needed to make a conclusive determination for its claims.”


*This article was written by Terry Stanton, senior science writer for AAOS Now, and retrieved from:

Hayden Clinic Athletes of the Month, Devne Daniel and Brooke Sellers!


Congratulations to Devne Daniel and Brooke Sellers who were chosen as the Hayden Clinic Athletes of the Month!


Brooke Sellers is a junior athlete at Corner High School. She has been a member of the Lady Jackets Cheerleading team for 3 years now. Brooke has a GPA of 4.25 and plans to attend the University of Alabama to major in nursing.  She is the daughter of Corey and Leigh Ann Sellers.


Devne Daniel is a multi-sport, junior, athlete at Corner High School as well.  He has been a member of the varsity Yellow Jackets football, basketball, and baseball teams for three years now and wears the jersey numbers 1, 25, 11, and 12.  Devne has a GPA of 3.5 and plans to attend college to major in education.  He is the son of Tommie and Joey Daniel.

Athletes: How to get the most out of Summer Training.

“No more pencils, No more books, No more teacher’s dirty looks… School’s out for summer”

Written by Encore MS, ATC/LAT, Eric Oehms. 6/5/2015.

Summer used to be a time to slow down. There were no 7 on 7 tournaments, travel baseball and softball teams did not exist, and AAU’s primary focus was to get players from many different sports ready for the international play and the Olympics. But for athletes today, summer is time to focus on honing your athletic skills, improving your strength, speed, endurance, and preparing your body for the upcoming seasons.  Because one thing is sure; right now, your opponent is getting better in order to beat you.

Are you doing the things you are supposed to do?

Staying hydrated is always important especially in the summertime heat.  It’s important to weigh before and after every workout and consume 2-3 cups of water or sports drink for every pound lost during exercise.  Water is great but if you are exercising for long periods of time, consuming a sports drink within 30 minutes after the workout will benefit you more due to the added carbs in the sports drink.  Make sure you are checking your urine color for hydration status.  Remember, you want it to look like lemonade, not apple juice.

Proper nutrition is key if you want to get the most out of your time spent in the weight room.  Timing your snacks or meals is an important part of the equation.

– 3 hours prior to a workout or competition is the ideal time to eat a meal, however that is not always possible.  If your workout is in the early morning, make sure you wake up in time to eat something.

– If you only have 30 minutes to an hour before a workout, keep it light with a granola bar/sports bar and a sports drink.  If you have 1-2 hours prior to your workout, your breakfast should consist of fruit, whole grain toast or bagel with a little peanut butter, and 16 ounces of water or sports drink.  Stay away from sugary cereals, whole milk, and high fat meats.

One of the most overlooked components of your plan should be getting the proper amount of sleep.  Studies have shown that athletes who get 9.5 hours of sleep per night have improved proprioception (sense of body position) and reduced injury rates.  If you find it difficult to fall asleep, lower the light level in your house or room 30-60 minutes prior to going to bed.  Also, put a curfew on your technology.  Make a decision to put your gadgets away and stop checking social media by 9pm.

Make no mistake; summer should be some of the best times of your life.  Spending summer with family and friends and enjoying time away from class are some of my best childhood memories.  However, you can still enjoy your summer while preparing your body for the season ahead.  But it takes planning and commitment , something today’s athlete should already be accustomed to doing.


“Baseball Injury Prevention” – by Encore ATC, Eric Oehms.

“Despite the lingering cold temperatures that February often brings us in the South, February is a time where those of us in sport medicine often turn our attention to spring sports.  With spring comes longer days, warmer sun, greener grass, and the sounds of baseballs hitting the leather.  Youth baseball is right around the corner and if you haven’t already been doing so, it’s time to get the arm in shape to prevent the early season injuries and soreness that often occurs.

Here are some tips from Pitch Smart USABaseball to prevent throwing injuries and avoid the overuse injuries we commonly see:

  1. Play multiple sports, not multiple teams.  Playing multiple sports throughout the year helps to enhance general fitness and aid in motor development,  while playing on multiple baseball teams with overlapping season results in decreased rest.  This can lead to an increased risk of overuse injuries and the inability to monitor pitch counts
  2. Allow time to rest and count pitches.  Pitchers should not throw for 2-3 months per yr and avoid competitive pitching for 4 months per yr.  Check out the age specific pitch count guidelines at
  3. Do not pitch on consecutive days, regardless of pitch count totals.  Studies have shown that pitchers who pitched on consecutive days were 2.5 times more likely to have arm pain.
  4. Avoid pitching while fatigued.  While this may be difficult to spot for some, it’s imperative that a young arm is not forced to pitch through fatigue whether it’s in a game, a season, or over an entire year.  According to ASMI, youth pitchers who routinely pitched through fatigue are 36 times more likely to need elbow or shoulder surgery at some point in their baseball career.
  5. Avoid excess throwing while not pitching; specifically avoid playing pitcher and catcher.   Allow pitchers to play other positions but catcher.  The pitcher/catcher dual role players are over 2.5 times more likely to suffer arm injuries according to ASMI.
  6. Avoid using a radar gun. Using a radar gun on the youth level simply encourages a pitcher to throw hard, at maximum effort when they should be learning how to change velocity.

The common theme on the tips above is apparent; give your pitchers the rest they need and avoid year round, max effort pitching.  A pitcher should try to get outs, not try to throw every pitch as hard as they can.  Visit for more tips on risk factors in pitching.”


1. Federation Internationale de Medecine du Sport/World Health Organization Ad Hoc Committee on Sports and Children. Sports and children: consensus statement on organized sports for children. Bull World Health Organ. 1998;76(5):445–447.

2. Andrews, James MD, Risk Factors for Injury, Pitch Smart USA Baseball, 2014,