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Trainers Tasked with Keeping Athletes Safe in America's Toughest Sport

By KPVI News 6 at: KPVI.com

The sport of rodeo is widely known as America’s toughest sport. Although the theory is always to get back up on the horse for the next ride, that doesn’t always happen. We introduce you to the people helping the cowboys and cowgirls jump back in the saddle.

“These are the toughest of the tough, these cowboys and these cowgirls,” said Caroline Faure, an athletic trainer with Portneuf Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Outreach Program.

In a sport that celebrates surviving the 8 seconds before being bucked off a 2000 pound animal, getting thrown up in the air, slammed to the ground, and walking away from it, keeping these kids healthy proves to be quite the challenge.

“It can be, because when we’re out in the arena taking care of people, a lot of times the rough stock might still be out in the arena with us when we’re trying to take care of an injured athlete,” said Brent Faure, the Director of PMC’s program.

There is a certain tough guy mentality that these athletes have to have in order to get back on the horse, but sometimes the injury is too serious to simply rub a little dirt in it, and that’s where Brent and Caroline Faure come in.

“You have to be a little bit more discreet about helping them,” said Caroline, “you have to build relationships along the way and get those kids to trust you and get their parents to trust you, and I think that’s what 25 years has done for us.”

The Faure’s are part of the Portneuf Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Outreach Program. For the past 25 years PMC has been taking care of, and building relationships with, the riders.

“It’s really neat to take care of a group who really appreciates what you do. These kids don’t get taken care of well throughout the year, a lot of them don’t have any medical care throughout the year and when they come here we can take care of them and also teach them how to stay safe the rest of the year when we’re not around,” added Caroline.

A quarter of a century, taking care of these brave cowboys’ bumps bruises, sprains, and fractures. Although it’s a tough job, they are always up for the challenge.

“We plan to be here for a long time, as long as this rodeo’s in Pocatello we’ll plan on being here,” said Brent.

The Faure’s also told us that they love being able to help the athletes, but the relationships they’ve built with the parents and directors make this one of their favorite events all year.

Learn more about Portneuf Medical Center’s Outreach Sports Medicine Program.

New CDC Report Says Nearly 30 Million Americans Have Diabetes

By KPVI News 6 at: KPVI.com

A batch of new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is saying that 9.3 percent or close to 30 million Americans are living with diabetes.

Deb Jolly, a Registered Nurse and Diabetes Educator at Portneuf Medical Center, says the numbers paint a bleak picture for the health of our nation.

“You can look at some of the statistics and say ‘this is the first generation that will have a lower level of health than their parents,” Jolly says.

According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2014 issued by the CDC, of the 29.1 million in the United States with diabetes a little over eight million are undiagnosed.

Looking at those older than 20 years-of-age, a total of 12.3 percent of people have the disease. Digging a little deeper, the numbers say the 20 to 44 years-old segment of the population is at 4.1 percent, 45 to 64 years-old is 16.2 percent and 65 years-and-older sees a quarter of the population with the disease.

Of all those figures, close to 14 percent of men and just over 11 percent of women have diabetes.

There are also those who Jolly calls borderline and if you think you’re at risk for the disease there are a few simple steps you can take to fight the disease.

“You can back that up, even the people who are diagnosed with diabetes can back up the process of the disease with diet, exercise, weight management, and just really being careful with their health,” Jolly explained.

Using the CDC’s percentage of population figure of 9.3 percent, we find that nearly 150,000 Idahoans are living with diabetes.

If you’d like to have a look at the report from the CDC for yourself, you can find it here.

For information on diabetes, risks and management, visit Portneuf Medical Center's Diabetes Education Clinic.

Meet Andrew Thayne, MD

Doctors who dedicate themselves to family medicine specialize in providing continuing and comprehensive health care for every member of the family, regardless of age, sex or medical condition. Because they focus on the whole patient and provide treatment over long time periods, family physicians are uniquely suited to provide preventive care to all family members as well as manage chronic and complex conditions.

Andrew Thayne, MD, is board certified in family medicine. He graduated from the Uniformed Services University (USUHS) School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland and completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. USUHS is the only federally funded medical school and students are active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Public Health Service during the 4 year enrollment. In return for these educational benefits, students commit to serve at least seven years in the uniformed services following medical school, internship and residency. Dr. Thayne served fourteen years active duty including his time at USUHS, and duty in Army hospitals at Fort Lewis, Washington and Fort Riley, Kansas. He deployed to Bosnia and was assigned temporary duty at many Army posts throughout the U.S. and in Korea. Since leaving active duty, he continues to serves his country as a member of the Idaho Army National Guard. Each month, as part of his guard duty, he conducts medical interviews of National Guard soldiers throughout the state, seeing every soldier every year to insure their medical readiness for deployment. He served a National Guard combat deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan and has also completed a National Guard civilian medical assistance mission to Cambodia.

“While attending medical school, I received the salary and benefits of a Second Lieutenant in the Army and upon graduation, I was promoted to Captain,” Now a Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Thayne said. “I continue to take great pride in my service and enjoy being a member of the Idaho Army National Guard. The Army has been very good to the Thayne family."

At a young age, he considered construction; his father was a talented excavator. When he was thirteen his mother graduated from nursing school; soon thereafter, he turned his attention and educational goals toward medicine. A number of key parallels can be drawn between his early enthusiasm for construction and his present devotion to medicine. Affecting health in an individual requires a blueprint and a step by step process; it too requires compassion and medical expertise to nurture and support the health care needs and plans for each patient.

“Our role as family physicians is multi-faceted; we are educators, caregivers and builders,” said Dr. Thayne. “We evaluate health and wellbeing based on an in-depth look at environmental factors, diet, exercise, as well as genetic disposition and trauma. We then develop a plan for each patient, which includes the basic educational tools, routine screenings, immunizations, resources and expertise to help each patient maximize their health.”

When promoting change and affecting the lives of others it is important for physicians to adhere to the standards of care and to also lead by example. “When it comes to staying healthy, it is important to exercise, eat right, make wise food choices and stay up to date on immunizations and screenings,” Dr. Thayne said. “Each person should set aside some time each day to improve or maintain their health. The best way to treat a disease is to prevent it.”

Dr. Thayne runs 3-4 days a week. He actively participates in the local fun run series and looks forward to the Spud Man Triathlon in Burley every July. His wife, Melissa, a native of Pocatello, has run several marathons including the 2009 Boston Marathon. Dr. Thayne and his wife, the parents of six daughters, set aside time each morning for exercise. "When you work out in the morning, it's done for the day".

For more information on how to continue to be well, to find a partner in your health or to schedule a visit, contact Dr. Thayne’s office, Intermountain Medical Clinic, (208)238-1000. He and his partners are presently taking new patients.