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Posts for: January, 2015

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
January 18, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
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[This is the second part of a two part article.  To see the first part, click on the link: 8 Lessons Learned From Being a Soccer Referee, Part 1]

I was just recertified for my 12th year as a soccer referee.  It’s been a most interesting ride, from when I began as a soccer parent for my oldest daughter when she was in first grade (she’s now in her 30s and the mother of my granddaughter--a future soccer player no doubt).  There’s a great deal that goes into being a referee.  Desire, commitment, effort, fitness, teamwork.  Clear thinking and the ability to make quick, decisive judgment calls on the run.  Individual and group psychology--and a sense of humor.

 I've also come to realize how much soccer has given me new perspectives. Serving as a referee also means learning and re-learning a few things — some that apply not just to sports but to life and business.

5. Plan, plan, plan! We typically have a slate of 3-4 games to work on a Sunday afternoon and have to work hard to keep the games on time.  Planning the pregame routine of checking the field, checking the players in (making sure you get paid in advance!), coordinating the calling of the game with the other referees are all part of having a smooth game day.  Lesson: show up and be prepared.

In medical practices, a few minutes before the day starts can get things flowing smoothly for the entire day to keep you on time and functioning efficiently.  For longer term issues, setting goals and planning meetings maintains the ship sailing in the direction you want.

6.   Be flexible.  At each age level, at each playing level, at each competitive level, a good referee needs to adapt to the day’s game. While there are the Laws of the Game, there is also the Spirit of the Game.  Some of that is sportsmanship, some of that is in knowing when to call a game tight and knowing when to let them play.  8-9 year olds get certain types of breaks on calls that older players would never get and vice versa.  It would take a lot to have a 9 year old ejected from a game—a whole lot.  Lesson:  Know who and what you’re dealing with and you can figure out how to be fair while remaining in charge.

In practice, you can be flexible up to a point with patients’ psychological and financial needs while still protecting their health and your business needs.  Employees have to earn the right on an ongoing basis to enjoy the benefits of your flexibility regarding their personal needs.

7.  Be gracious.   Parents, coaches and players often disagree with calls.  Some of them can get quite nasty and irate.  While you have to keep an eye and an ear out for situations which can distract players and disrupt the game, you can’t have “rabbit ears” or respond to everything that is said.  I once had a parent come up to me after a game after he had vehemently argued with me over a call involving the goalkeeper possibly losing possession of the ball.   He made it a point to apologize when he realized that my call was made to protect the player and that he would have wanted it called the same way if it was his child in that position.  He was gracious.  Lesson: you don’t have to react to every negative word or complaint, but if you do, take the high road at all times.

Patients complain, employees complain, everybody complains about something.  Avoid being sucked into the negativity, it’ll only bring you down. 

8.  Find a way to have fun.  Take what you do seriously, but never take yourself seriously is something I’ve lived by for a long time.  Kids are out there to play and have fun.  It’s the adults who are the ones who are prone to screwing things up.  In my 25+ years of being involved with youth soccer, I’ve had problems with no more  than about 5 kids. Countless adults.  In my pregame with little kids, I’ve told them that for the next hour (until the game is over) they don’t have to listen to their parents, unless mom/dad is the coach.  Kids love that.  10 year olds get a kick out of suggesting that I won’t allow them to use their cell phones to text their boyfriends/girlfriends during a match. Before a game I’ll ask the parents from the small sided games if any of them are college coaches scouting players.  Since none of them are, I’ll say I’m relieved that nobody’s scholarship will be at risk if I blow a call.  It helps.  Lesson:  There is very little that is worth doing if you’re not having fun.

The stresses of being a doctor and running a medical practice can be overwhelming at times.  Keep it light with the patients, keep it light with the staff.   It’ll make life that much easier when you get home at the end of the day, too.

It would take another entire article or two to review all the joys, benefits, heartaches, lessons and life-changing events that have resulted from my many years as a parent, coach and referee of “The Beautiful Game”.  The story about how I reconnected after 30 years with the woman who is my wife is related to my involvement with soccer.  My youngest daughter (who was a part time referee with me for a few years until college got in the way) just became a middle school teacher and next year she will be the coach of the girls’ soccer team at her school.  I figure my granddaughter will be a player when she gets to be of age, so there will be another generation going forward to watch with pleasure.  

Whatever it is that you do, enjoy your work, enjoy your life.

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
January 11, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: soccer referee  

I was just recertified for my 12th year as a soccer referee.  It’s been a most interesting ride, from when I began as a soccer parent for my oldest daughter when she was in first grade (she’s now in her 30s and the mother of my granddaughter--a future soccer player no doubt). 

A few years later I was conned into being an assistant coach and, ultimately arm-twisted into being a head coach for my 2nd daughter when she was starting 2nd grade. Did I say that in spite of enjoying the game, I had never played the game?  Quite naturally, my youngest daughter expected me to be her coach as well, so among the three of them, I was a coach for literally hundreds of games involving hundreds of girls and boys.

Being a travel coach for my youngest daughter, I encountered one of those unfortunate experiences where one assistant coach (and his wife) wanted to take their daughter and 3 of the other players to a private club and my other assistant was a master of backstabbing when trying to re-form the team for the next school year.  Not being Machiavellian by nature, I resigned.  But I needed to stay involved in soccer somehow and couldn’t stand sitting there watching this jerk coach my team (BTW, he got his comeuppance from the club the very next season when he used a non-roster player in a game—a huge no-no).  So I signed up for a refereeing course and the rest is history.

Quickly, I learned how much I didn’t know about the Laws of the Game.  I learned about camaraderie with fellow referees as teammates and as “Brothers and Sisters of the Whistle”.  Frankly, it was also a way to get paid to exercise and I could get both set of parents angry with me during a given game, not just those from my own team.

Seriously, though, it is a great deal of fun but there’s a great deal that goes into being a referee.  Desire, commitment, effort, fitness, teamwork.  Clear thinking and the ability to make quick, decisive judgment calls on the run.  Individual and group psychology--and a sense of humor.

As I thought about those reasons, I also realized how much soccer has given me new perspectives. Serving as a referee also means learning and re-learning a few things — some that apply not just to sports but to life and business.

  1. Sometimes you’re wrong. I hate being wrong. Actually, that’s an understatement. But I’ve also learned it’s more dangerous to pretend you’re not. Referee instructors have taught me over the years that the moment I’m walking off the field at halftime is a beneficial time to catch my breath and check in with referee teammates.  We ask “did I miss anything out there?”  Lesson:  At appropriate times, seek out feedback from another set of eyes and ears. Never fall into the trap of thinking you know everything or that you’re always right.  In medical practices, sometimes you get a diagnosis wrong or miss a critical clue in making a diagnosis. You’re not always right  when it comes to running your practice or dealing with staff, either.  Don’t be afraid to ask for advice or a second opinion 
  2. Not everybody will like what you decide.  You can’t please everybody and in a soccer game somebody is going to be angry at your decision.  Was it offside or not?  Was it a foul or not? Despite others’ “perspectives” on important referee tasks like foul recognition, player management, game flow and conflict management, the game must go on.   Lesson:  Expect disagreement from time to time (but don’t look for it). And try to get comfortable with the discomfort — realizing it’s a necessary part of being in charge of the game.  Patients may not like your treatment recommendations—not many like receiving an injection or surgery.  Personnel decisions can be downright unpopular. 
  3. Find your level. Referees are competitive, and some are ambitious to go to state and national levels. That’s terrific, and I marvel at their abilities and commitment.  I don’t really care about what level a game I work.  The little 8-9 year olds are a hoot. I’ve worked girls’ college showcase tournaments with top notch players and 200 college coaches checking them out for recruiting purposes. For the most part I stick with my local travel league, working games from the U-8 to U-14. I also enjoy higher-level travel games working as an assistant referee (the ones on each sideline carrying the flag). They seem to fit and offer that right combination of challenge and enjoyment. Lesson: Realize there’s plenty of opportunity out there vis a vis individual goals.  In medical practice, you have to practice in the style and perform the procedures that you enjoy.  You also have to know your             limits. A friend of mine one told me that the difference between a good surgeon and a great surgeon is in knowing when not to       operate.  If something is out of your league, learn by assisting first or refer.  If there’s something that you simply prefer not to do,     refer or delegate.
  4. Anticipate. This unpredictable sport has some fairly predictable patterns: Where players tend to go, where the ball tends to go, what tends to happen in the flow of the play. Soccer has taught me the practice of thinking ahead just a few seconds or even a few minutes. For instance, when a player commits two fouls, it is quite possible he or she will commit a third. So a quick word of admonition could prevent that third foul and an injury (a sure benefit since it’s the referee’s job to make the game as safe and fair as possible)—and keeping that player from being ejected from the game. Lesson: Think about what’s happened before and what people’s objectives and state of mind might be. Consider how to point things in a productive direction.  In medical practice, there’s so much planning to do.  I was taught by my residency director to mentally rehearse every step of a planned surgical procedure—from the time I walk into the hospital to the time I leave.  It becomes far easier to make any needed adjustments from that point. You have to anticipate a variety of patient needs from appointment scheduling to office access issues to insurance/billing issues as well as their psychological needs.  You need to anticipate how you will deal with your staffing needs and your own needs in maintaining a medical practice.  A great thing to do is to mentally rehearse “what will I do, how will I respond if ‘x’ happens”? Or “how can I make ‘y’ happen or how can I prevent ‘z’ from happening”?

               More to come in the next few days!


By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
January 02, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Gait Analysis  

Computer Gait AnalysisTreating an array of problems of the foot and ankle at Clark Podiatry Center, we put the best of technology to work in diagnosing many biomechanical injuries and abnormalities that cause pain and discomfort when walking or running.

After extensive research and new advances in podiatric technology, there are now faster and more accurate ways to asses a patient's feet and administer the most appropriate treatment. In fact, many foot problems can be treated most effectively by addressing their mechanical function, and at Clark Podiatry Center, we offer our new Video Gait Analysis technology that helps us identify biomechanical faults faster and more accurately than ever.

Assessing Your Gait

Our Video Gait Analysis is an advanced method used to assess the way an individual walks or runs to highlight biomechanical abnormalities. While many of these common problems are treatable with modern medicine, assessing motion, and more specifically how you walk, has always been limited until the recent development of the Computerized Gait Analysis.

The Procedure

Dr/s. can observe and analyze the way an individual moves, looking in particular at the feet, ankles, knees and hips to determine the problem. This can then be performed in slow motion and freeze frames can be used to carefully assess your running or walking style. By assessing the condition in the actual environment that causes that particular problem, we can actually identify what is happening while you walk and give you the best treatment for your condition based on this data.

By analyzing the mechanics of a patient's stance, postural alignment, and flexibility of the hips and back, recommendations can be made for orthotics, shoe modifications or a course of physical therapy designed to strengthen core muscles. Many times, with the right treatment, surgery can be avoided, thus diminishing the recovery time from a variety of injuries or disorders. With the new foot pressure measurement technology, our Clark office can identify foot abnormalities more accurately than ever before.

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