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24 - CAPE GAZEaq'E, Friday, February 3. - February 9, 1995 Health & Fitness Beebe appoints Derric]00on, McCarty to board directors Janet McCarty of Millsboro and Richard Derrickson of Rehoboth Beach have been appointed to the Beebe Medical Center Board of Directors, according to Dr. Bhaskar Palekar, chairman. McCarty is a native of Mills- boro and co-owner of Williams & Baker, Inc., the developer of Winding Creek Village. An active member of the Millsboro Lions Club and Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, Mcearty has been a volun- teer with the Chesapeake Bay Gift Scout Council for the past 20 years. Also a member of the Indi- an River School District Strategic Planning Team, McCarty believes that she was asked to be part of Beebe's board because of her long affiliation with Millsboro and to represent that area on the board. "I look forward to contributing on the board. I think there are some very exciting things happen- ing at Beebe Medical Center, one of which is the new oncology cen- ter. I look forward to this becom- ing a reality for the residents of .this area," said Mcearty, who resides in Millsboro with her hus- band James and has a son Michael, 25, and daughter, Megan, 23. Derrickson was born at Beebe in 1942 and has been in business in the community since 1965, when he opened a neighborhoodmovie theater, Midway Palace, for his father, William. Since then his interests have expanded to five motels on the Eastern Shore, two in Rehoboth, one in Millsboro, Delmar and Easton. Derrickson is half owner of Nuttle Lumber and formed the County Bank in Rehoboth Beach over four years ago. He also is owner of Peddlers Village on Rt, 24 and the Village by the Sea shopping mall on Rehoboth Avenue. Derrickson's wife, Norma Lee Burton Derrickson, was also born at Beebe. They have a daughter, Sabrina Hill, Alexandria, Va.; a daughter Tiffany, who is a gradu- ate of Radford University in Vir- ginia; and a son, Lance, who will attend Cornell University next year. "I'm very thrilled to be on the board at Beebe. I see nothing but bright things happening at the medical center. Beebe has a great future and we need Beebe in this area, so I hope to contribute to that bright future," Derrickson said. Palekar expressed his pleasure that Mcearty and Derric'kson have joined the board. "As Beebe Med- ical Center prepares for the many changes that are facing today's RICHARD DERRICKSON hospitals, the need to ensure we are being responsive to the com- munities we serve is our top prior- ity. They bring with them special talents and skills, as well as an JANET MCCARTY " understanding of the role the med- ical center has in our community. I am confident that both of them will be valuable additions to our board." New Lewes psychiatri00;t specializes in childhood problems By Trish Vernon . The Cape region medical com- munity has welcomed another physician into its fold - Mitchell A. Luchansky, M.D., P.C. - who specializes in adult, adolescent and child psychiatry. With offices at 1532 Savannah Road near Wescoats Corner, he presently sees patients only on Thursdays and Fridays, but plans to expand his hours here in the Cape region as his practice grows. A native of Bronx, N.Y., who spent most of his formative years in the Germantown, Md. area, Dr. Luchansky has put his formidable education and experience to work helping others through everything from temporary setbacks to chron- ic neurological problems. With a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland at Col- lege Park in 1979, Dr. Luchansky continued on there through med- ical school, graduating in 1984, with a break between the two to teach high school and pursue research in reproductive physiolo- gy part-time at the medical school. This experience instilled a love of teaching, but he also longed to seek out different schools of thought and culture from his east coast roots, so he moved to Los Angeles. There he completed his one- year internship in internal medi- cine, psychiatry and neurology at the Los Angeles County Universi- ty of Southern California Medical Center. 'They have a heavy bio- logical bent - that's why I went there - to hone my skills in medi- cine and neurology," Dr. Luchan- sky explained. Dr. Luchansky wanted to bal- ance out that school of thought with the psycho-dynamic empha- sis he found at Cedar Sinai in Los Angeles, where he performed his general psychiatry residency from 1985 to 1987. "As part of my res- idency I had to see kids and said 'Wow!' this is great. General psy- chiatry is heavily biological, but working with children allows for an eclectic dynamic. I knew then and there that's what I wanted to Continued on page 26 MITCHELL LUCHANSKY Basketball athletic trainers share tips on cutting risks Although basketball is not con- sidered a collision sport, it is a contact sport and high school ath- letes run the risk of injury in both games and practice. The head ath- letic trainers for the world champi- on Houston Rockets and the NBA Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks suggest several ways students can minimize their risk of injury and also share tips on ways to effectively rehabilitate injuries when they do happen. Ray Melchiorre, head athletic trainer for the Rockets, and Mike Saunders, head athletic trainer for the Knicks, are both members of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). Melchiorre advises that a good flexibility program with ballet- type stretching is one of the keys to minimizing an athlete's risk of injury. He also recommends that players work on agility with jump rope and hopscotch type exercises. Weight lifting is also good if a high school student's physician HEALTH TOPICS approves. However, lifting weights at too young an age can damage the athlete rather than help. Saunders suggests that overall cardiovascular endurance condi- tioning is important because when athletes are fatigued they are more prone to injury. Players who begin without a minimum fitness level will probably sustain an injury. Both say that ankle injuries, par- ticularly sprains, are the most common cause of missed practices and games in basketball and prop- er foot gear can make a big differ- ence. Athletes don't need to spend $100 on specialized shoes, but should look for a shoe that is com- fortable while offering good sup- port and traction, with high-top sneakers advisable. These athletic trainers recom- mend that basketball players with any history of sprains should get taped or wear a brace that has been properly fitted by an athletic train- er or another qualified individual. Also, any player who has had a sprain within the past two years needs a good strengthening pro- gram using an elastic band to strengthen all motions around the ankle. The trainer can use manual resistance exercises as well, but it's important that these proce- dures be carried out only by some- one who is well-trained. ! Proper warm-up is a key ele- ment in minimizing the risk of injuries in any sport, with Mel- chiorre's team doing a 15-minute stretch program then jump rope for three minutes. The coaches start with a light running session before beginning a full-speed workout. The trainers point out that cool- ing down after play or practice is just as important as the warm up and that fluid replacement is cru- cial to prevent dehydration, with a drink break at least once every 10 minutes. Weighing in and out after each practice indicates how much water loss is occurring and whether the athlete is taking in a proper amount of fluid, the colder the better, as cooler fluids are absorbed more quickly. Even when safety guidelines are followed, injuries are inevitable. Athletes must pay the "PRICES" of an injury for at least three days. First, they must see a "Physician" who can determine the exact prob- lem. Second they should "Rest and Refrain" from athletic activi- ty. Third, "Ice" should be applied to the injury - 20 minutes on and 30 minutes off. "Compression" is also important, with an ice bag secured by elastic wrap. "Eleva- tion" means the injury should be raised higher than the heart to decrease swelling and promote blood flow, and finally, for "Sup- port" athletes should tape the injured area, wear a brace or use a device like an air cast when they return to practice. Before injured athletes return to practice, the athletic trainer or coach should run the student through a series of functional tests. Jeff Konin is a licensed physical therapist and certified athletic trainer employed with Lewes Physical Therapy. He is also an instructor in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Delaware Tech Southern Campus in George- town.