Column: Sports Health: By Liz Ostrowski Now that fall sports have started coaches are trying to get their players in shape for the season. With the new rules preventing two-a-day practices in football, coaches have been getting creative with their practices and emphasizing more work off the field dealing with team building and being good role […]

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Column: Banter and Boxscores: By Zach Stich Although Friday evening ended with a 20-13 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Minnesota Vikings have several positives that they can take from the exhibition game. First, it could have been worse. I hate to start a story on a downer but when you are missing two potential […]

Column: Sports Health: By Matt Borowski Anterior pelvic tilt is a change in posture that happens when the front of the pelvis rotates forward, and the back of the pelvis rises. Some research suggests that approximately 85 percent of men and 75 percent of women, who do not show any symptoms, have an anterior pelvic tilt. […]

The Fergus Falls baseball team picked up two Central Lakes Conference victories Thursday as it defeated the hosting Willmar Cardinals in a doubleheader. In game one, the Otters used an early three-run lead to defeat the Cardinals 3-1. Fergus Falls took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Jakob Brimhall stole home for the […]

Nerve-racking excitement is about to begin for several sports fans as the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball tournament gets underway today (No, no one really cares about the “first four” games played earlier in the week). According to ESPN in 2015, nearly 40 million people filled out brackets for the highly publicized tournament with most filling […]

Column: Sports Health By Liz Ostrowski March is National Athletic Training Month, a time when athletic trainers across America are being recognized for their commitment to helping people prevent injuries and stay healthy and active. Athletic trainers are health care professionals.  Highly educated and dedicated to the job at hand, athletic trainers can be found […]

Column: Sports Health: By Brian Pickering   Since Valentine’s Day was last week, I thought I would step away from the world of sports for a week and touch on issues of the heart. Not love, but heart health. Most people know that staying healthy and having a strong heart takes some work. However, there […]

Column: Sports Health By Liz Ostrowski, MS,ATC, CSCS Everyone is continually talking about getting physically active and how to stay physically active. But you don’t hear a lot of talk about how to recover from strenuous physical activity.  It doesn’t matter if the workout is for a sport, training for a marathon, or just your daily […]

Column: Sports Health By Matt Borowski I recently read an article from usnews.com by Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D. regarding ways to raise kids to be active. I felt as though the article had some great points for parents or even grandparents to consider while raising children. Kids oftentimes avoid participation in activities not because they don’t […]

Column: Sports Health By Cassie Beseman, CAT Lake Region Healthcare We’ve all felt soreness after a good workout. Sometimes we feel it right away, other times it comes a day or two after. This is because we have caused our muscles to sustain tiny micro tears. These are necessary in order to reach our workout goals, but after […]

By Mike Frisch Yellow perch don’t get a ton of fishing attention in the summer. Why that is, I am not sure. During winter, however, these fish take center stage, or at least a leading role, on lots of waters across Minnesota and other places, too. Leech Lake, Big Winni, and Mille Lacs have good […]



Column: Sports Health By Brian Pickering A colleague of mine recently shared an article that discussed the links between the Apolipoprotein E Epsilon 4 (APOE e4) gene, already known as the most significant factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and worsened outcomes after a traumatic brain injury. While the link between these may be understandable, it brings many […]

Column: Fishing with Frisch by Mike Frisch New lures hit the fishing scene every year. Some of these lures are hits, others are so-so fish producers, and still others disappear rather quickly. A few years ago, tungsten lures came upon the ice fishing scene and have changed the way most ice anglers fish, especially when […]

Column: Sports Health: By Liz Ostrowski It’s officially basketball season across the country, a time when healthcare professionals prepare for the knee and ankle injuries that arise from players landing in a strange way after jumping for a rebound. Unfortunately there is another common injury many players don’t think about until they can’t see properly. […]

Column: By Mike Frisch Tips for finding walleyes during the very productive “early ice” fishing season were offered in my last story. This writing will be a look at ways to catch the early season walleyes we located. Arrive early and be quiet Early ice fishing trips often occur on a few inches of ice, […]

Column: Sports Health: By Matt Borowski Plantar fasciitis is a condition that many people have heard of, but not everyone completely understands. The plantar fascia is a flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects the calcaneus (heel bone) to the toes on the plantar (bottom) side of the feet. The term plantar fasciitis refers to […]

As winter creeps up, the prospect of throwing on gear to work out in the frigid cold is sometimes far less appealing than staying inside the comfort of home. However training in the cold provides an additional array of health and athletic benefits, enhancing the multitude of benefits that exercise provides. For an added incentive […]

Wow. I realized yesterday that I haven’t wrote a column in a while and I thought the recent snow barrage that Mother Nature has thrown at us gave me some time to take a look at the world that has drastically changed since the last time I mused about sports. The Chicago Cubs have won […]

Sports Health By Cassie Baseman Perhaps the most concerning injury in sports nowadays is a concussion. You hear about them all the time as more and more research is being conducted. 4It is now typical to see athletes “get their bell rung” or come off the field with a headache and be sent for further […]

Sports Medicine By Cassie Beseman Perhaps you read our articles every week regarding various aspects of athletics and injuries from the perspective of a Certified Athletic Trainer, but sometimes there is confusion about what we actually do. You see us on the sidelines at games whether it be at local high schools, colleges, or on […]

Column: Sports Medicine, by Liz Ostrowski It’s not uncommon for athletes to get injured during a game or practice and not say anything to a coach or parent. Then, after trying to play through the pain, the athlete will eventually admit they are hurt and most likely the injury has just been getting worse. This […]

By Norm Newell CHASKA — More perfect weather this Saturday for the second day of Ryder Cup action.  It was sunny most of the day and reached 70 degrees again, with no wind.  The players played ideal golf today also, with some unbelievable shots. The day started with another Fergus Falls connection, this time I […]

Sports Medicine, by Cassie Beseman If you’re a Vikings fan, you’ve received some bad news recently. The preseason started off great with a lot of potential. Then Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season ending injury during a non-contact play. To make matters worse, Adrian Peterson suffered an injury in the game on the 19th against the […]

Ryder Cup Diary, by Norm Newell The actual Ryder Cup matches started today and the USA had an unbelievable morning.  Not necessarily known for their foursome skills (where each player alternates which hole they tee off and alternate shots on that hole after the tee shot), the USA surprised almost all of the over 45,000 […]

By Norm Newell CHASKA — Another busy and interesting day at the Ryder Cup on Hazeltine National Golf course. There were more people today than Tuesday, more are expected again Thursday, and then it will be filled to the brim with 45,000 people expected on Friday, the first day of the USA versus Europe contest.  […]

Labor Day has passed, school has started, and football season is under way. For those reasons, and others too, lots of folks think that fishing season is over for another year. It’s not, however, and, in fact, there are lots of great reasons to keep fishing. Here are just a few. The fish bite Fish […]

By Liz Ostrowski Lake Region Healthcare Sports Medicine School sports are becoming more competitive every year and naturally, most parents want to push their kids to be the best they can be in their sports endeavors. I was watching a 4th grade youth football game this past weekend and if you just listened to the […]

Column: Sports Medicine, by Cassie Beseman I was once told that the two items you should invest in are a good mattress and good pair of shoes since those are the items you’ll use the most and will affect your body the most. There are a few things I’ve learned to look for when purchasing […]

It’s been a hectic week and a half for the Minnesota Vikings. After opening its new stadium and preparing for what looked to be a potential playoff run, starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater crumpled to the ground with a non-contact injury that tore his acl and dislocated his knee. Vikings fans went into immediate panic.  Who […]

By Brian Pickering: Sports Health It’s that time of year again. I have my first fantasy football league draft coming up at the end of the week. For fantasy football owners, one of the biggest fears is having top players go down with injuries. For some players who may be drafted in higher rounds, one […]

By Brian Pickering: Sports Health Lake Region Healthcare Sports Medicine A recent study in the Journal of Neurotrauma reported that concussion injuries may show up in the brain years after the initial diagnosis. The study looked at 43 student athletes (22 with a history of concussion, 21 without) and found that the brains of those […]

Column: Sports Health, by Brian Pickering A clinical report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging physicians to be aware of the female athlete triad. Those from the medical field that work with athletes were originally taught that the triad was in interrelationship of disordered eating, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis.  New understanding has evolved […]

Column: A View from the Stands, by Aaron Stanley The best part of the current baseball playoff format that features two wild card teams instead of one is that it has created whirlwinds of trade deadline excitement. As wild card teams like Kansas City and San Francisco have made World Series runs in recent years, […]

Big star leaves his small market team to join a powerhouse squad that is set on winning multiple NBA championships. This story seems to be played out over and over as the past few seasons have seen LeBron James jump ship (twice) to play with top players in search of a title, while the recent […]

By Aaron Stanley  We’ve seen two instances in the past decade where powerhouse teams have exhausted themselves in chasing a regular season milestone only to flounder in the playoffs. The New England Patriots went 16-0 in 2007 to post without a doubt the most dominant regular season performance in modern football history. But we all […]

A View From the Stands By Aaron Stanley The flip side of the months and months of mocks and pundit speculation before the annual NFL draft is looking back a few years later to see how well the most-hyped selections actually panned out. In some ways, rating these picks post facto is just as subjective […]

Well the first day of the NFL draft provided many interesting life lessons for future stars and current high school athletes. None is more apparent than the draft day story of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil, who many thought before the Tennessee Titans traded the first overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams […]

By Brian Pickering  The Minnesota Twins placed Trevor Plouffe on the disabled list this week with an intercostal strain.  From a replay shown after the inning, it looked like Plouffe injured the muscle during a swing in his last at bat.  This overstretching during rotation of the trunk is the most common way to strain […]

Sports Health By Brian Pickering Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise has been ruled out of the first two games of the National Hockey League playoffs with an aggravation of a back injury that has been reported as a herniated disc. Parise has not played to the expectations of Wild fans as he has dealt with […]

Sports Health By Todd Grothe Greetings sports fans, and on behalf of Lake Region Healthcare may I wish you all a happy Athletic Training Month!  Many of you may be asking just what is an Athletic Trainer?  In today’s column I’d like to introduce the profession. Definition of athletic training Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health […]

A View From the Stands By Aaron Stanley For sports fans who require a continual fix of scandals to keep their interest piqued, 2015 was a pretty solid all around year. An NFL quarterback conspiring to artificially deflate footballs, another starting quarterback having his jaw punched out by a practice squad player and a NCAA […]

A View From the Stands By Aaron Stanley I wrote in this space that last week that the Wild’s firing of head coach Mike Yeo was too little, too late to salvage a miserable season. I stand corrected. The team has exploded over the past week under new coach John Torchetti, winning four straight games […]

A View From the Stands By Aaron Stanley If you enjoy watching talented Minnesota sports teams underachieve and fail to live up to expectations, this winter has been a banner season for you. Should you fail to appreciate the value of continual losing even when a team clearly has the talent to be competitive, and […]

Although the team has seen drastic improvement since last season, the Minnesota Timberwolves are still cellar dwellers in 2016. This should come as a surprise to fans and media alike as the T-wolves addition of Karl-Athony Towns should have put the team on track to be floating under .500. The Timberwolves are not in rebuilding […]

Last October, I wrote about Major League Baseball’s growing epidemic of pitchers with ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries of the elbow. The issue has even grown past pitchers as the Minnesota Twins’ Miguel Sano missed most of last season after having Tommy John surgery (named after the pitcher who was the first to have the […]

ST. CLOUD — The Fergus Falls girls tennis team wished a bounce here or there would have gone their way as the St. Cloud Apollo/Cathedral/Sauk Rapids-Rice Collision took a 4-3 victory Tuesday. After seeing No. 1 singles player Kailyn Richey fall in match one, the Otters took the rest of the singles competition as Amanda […]

NISSWA — The M State men’s golf team cruised to a victory as another solid day on the links gave them the Central Lakes Invitational title and a medalist Tuesday. The Spartans, coming off an amazing 301 first day score, saw its team score rise by six strokes in day two. After tallying a 608 […]

MANDAN, N.D. — The M State Spartan men’s golf team put forth the best team score on Monday’s round, but saw Jamestown hold on to win the two-day Bismarck State Invitational Tournament at Prairie West Golf Course. Trailing by four strokes entering day two, the Spartans put together a 309 team score to finish the […]

The Fergus Falls girls soccer team continued their impressive start to the season as they defeated the East Grand Forks Green Wave 5-3 Monday. The Otters jumped out on the scoreboard in the first half as Annie Magnusson found Julia Johnson for a quick 1-0 strike. Magnusson later found Sophie Rausch for the Otters’ second […]

In their first duel of the year, the Fergus Falls girls tennis team saw tough competition from the singles lineup as the visiting Park Rapids Area Panthers left the court with a 5-2 victory Tuesday. Fergus’ Kailyn Richey took on two-time state competitor Julia Smith in number one singles. Although Richey put up a fight, […]

BATTLE LAKE —The Otter Tail Central football team stopped their opening day losing skid Saturday night as they handed the Barnesville Trojans a 35-14 loss. he Bulldogs opened the game moving the chains, but a fumble inside the Trojans redzone on an exchange led to a stop by Barnesville. The visitor could not move the […]

The Hillcrest Lutheran Academy football team got their season off to a great start Saturday as they defeated the visiting Hancock Owls 30-6. The howling wind limited each team in the first quarter until quarterback Sean McGuire found Reggie Undseth for a 37-yard touchdown pass. The Comets held a 7-0 lead at the end of […]

The M State volleyball team got their season underway Saturday as they hosted their home invitational. The Spartans took on Rainy River in their first game of pool play in the tournament. A bit of rust and getting familiar with new teammates showed as the Voyageurs defeated the host in two sets 25-17 and 26-24. […]

PARK RAPIDS — The Fergus Falls girls tennis team kicked off their season Saturday at the Park Rapids Invite. The invite welcome in eight teams with a schedule of three matches, but only one was completed due to rain. Fergus picked up their lone win of the meet from the second doubles team of Alice […]

For those of you that believe that college athletes should be paid for their contribution to the school on the field, court, ice, pool or pitch, Monday’s decision by the National Labor Relations Board to not assert its jurisdiction in the Northwestern University case may have been the first nail in the proverbial coffin for […]

With the heat of summer in full swing, I recently did some reflecting on the 2015 open-water season to date. Two things came to mind during this reflection process: inconsistent weather and weeds, lots of weeds that is. In fact, several lakes that I have fished this year seem to have unusually thick weeds growing. […]

As football teams return to the field for the 2015 season, practice, heat and effort are put on the front burner of many coaches’ minds as they prepare for game one. Most hope to get most of their playbook in before their first game, keeping players hydrated and injury-free and seeing the maximum amount of […]

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced this week that Flip Saunders, head coach and president of basketball operations, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The diagnosis came about two months ago when he had his annual exam with the team doctor. He continues to perform his regular duties as he receives treatment […]

Not to put too much hype into preseason NFL games, but Vikings performance in Sunday’s Hall of Fame game against the Pittsburgh Steelers gave us plenty of reasons for optimism. Teddy Bridgewater was nearly perfect during his one drive, the defense shut down the punchless Pittsburgh offense, several key reserves stepped up with solid performances, […]