March Madness: Brackets for Health?


In case you live under a rock, here’s a friendly heads up that it’s “game on” for hoops fans. Yep, better start filling in your bracket and coughing up a buck or two for the office pool.

Time to start cheering for your alma mater or the wee little underdog.

It’s fun getting in the competitive spirit, with a flashback to college glory days as the camera zooms in on the student section, a frenzy of body paint and snarky cheers. But all that sitting around watching games and making laps to the fridge and back can take a toll. Team Roper St. Francis Healthcare offers a few suggestions for a healthier spin on March Madness:

Be an Active Fan
The average basketball player runs about three miles per game. Why should they have all the fun (and sweat)? Most of us can handle a few jumping jacks or sit ups, even in our street clothes. Here’s the game plan:

Be a Savvy Snacker
Sure, we want to munch and sip while watching the players hustle, jump and burn a gazillion calories. Go for it! That’s part of the madness, and fun. But making smart choices can save you extra pounds. Then, if your team makes an early exit, you’re only down a few bucks and bragging rights, and not feeling the weight of loss, sad as it is.

Go for the Rebound
Watching all those supersonic athletes lope down the court and leap up to the hoop may inspire you to channel your inner Michael Jordan, but what if you’re a little, shall we say, rusty? If your hampered ham strings or achy shoulders are keeping you from dominating the court, give our Roper St. Francis Healthcare sports medicine team a call. With a deep bench of experienced orthopedists and certified trainers, and locations throughout the region, Roper St. Francis Healthcare sports medicine specialists will get you up to speed and at the top of your bracket in no time. Visit or call 402-CARE to schedule and appointment.

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