A Winning Team
MidMichigan Health is proud to be the Great Lakes Loons' exclusive team health care provider and sports injury specialist for all of the team’s medical needs. MidMichigan sponsors a number of health- and wellness-related events and activities throughout the season, and is also the official presenting sponsor for these services:
- The first aid area at Dow Diamond
- Team mascot Lou E. Loon, along with Lou E.’s Kids Club, and Lou E.’s Look Out (the Dow Diamond playground area)
- Healthy food options, available at all of Dow Diamond's stadium concessions
- MidMichigan Health Wellness Report during each game’s radio broadcast
- Jersey-Off-the-Back Auction Nights
Team Physicians Help Keep Players in the Game
MidMichigan Health is the exclusive team health care provider and sports injury specialist for all of the team’s medical needs. The official team physicians for the Loons are:
Orthopedic Surgeon John Murphy, D.O., of MidMichigan Physicians Group, has been selected to provide orthopedic sports medicine support for the Great Lakes Loons. Former professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals, Dr. Murphy is on the active staff of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. He received his medical degree at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Missouri, and completed an orthopedic residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, where he was selected to serve as chief resident in his final year. During his residency at Genesys, an affiliate of Michigan State University, Dr. Murphy completed training in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and joint replacement surgery. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedics, Michigan Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon, and the Michigan Orthopaedic Society, just to name a few. He resides in Midland with his wife, Christina, and two children.
Family Medicine Physician J.T Pinney, M.D., has been selected to provide primary care sports medicine support for the Great Lakes Loons. He holds a certificate of added qualifications in sports medicine. Dr. Pinney is currently the assistant director and faculty member of the Midland Family Medicine Residency Program at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. He also is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Pinney is a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, just to name a few. He completed his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan and his family medicine residency at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. Dr. Pinney resides in Midland with his wife, Lydia, and two children.
Hot Diggety Dog - Healthy Eating Tips for Fans
The widespread popularity of hot dogs makes them top dog at the ballpark. According to a 2006 survey by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, ballparks in the United States sold enough hot dogs and sausages to stretch from Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington, D.C., to AT&T Park in San Francisco.
However, a regular beef hot dog contains 150 calories and 13 grams of fat. Adding a plain white bun adds 100 more calories and 1.5 grams of fat. In amounts of one tablespoon each, ketchup adds 15 calories, chopped onions add 6 calories, pickle relish adds 20 calories and yellow mustard adds 10 calories. What does this mean? A hot dog with all the fixings is nearly 300 calories and 14.5 grams of fat.
Here are some healthy tips to help you hit a home run when it comes to nutrition at Loons games:
- Reach for the healthy options - MidMIchigan Health sponsors tasty and healthy food options at Dow Diamond's stadium concessions. Look for the special MidMichigan Health symbol to help steer you to these healthier food choices.
- Moderation is key - Go ahead and enjoy a little not-so-healthy food at the ballpark, but remember to choose wisely and don't overindulge. If you're regularly eating recommended allowances of fruits and vegetables and watching your fat intake, indulging a little bit at a game is no problem.
- Plan ahead - Review the fat and calorie counts of different foods before going out, and plan what you're going to eat. Decide in advance whether you'll go for the hot dog or the nachos, so you don't end up eating both.
Sports injuries shouldn't keep you from your best
A sports injury can eliminate you faster than your best competitor. You play hard. You strain. You stretch. You push your body to the limit. Seeing a rehabilitation specialist at MidMichigan Health is the fastest way to get back in action again.
MidMichigan's rehabilitation programs specialize in prevention and treatment of athletic injuries. Through MidMichigan's sports medicine program, rehabilitation specialists have been working with area schools for more than 15 years to help student athletes participate safely in school sports.
For a referral to physicians who diagnose and treat sports injuries, orthopedic problems and other sports-related concerns, call MidMichigan Health Line at (800) 999-3199 in Midland or visit www.midmichigan.org/doctors.
Information about MidMichigan-sponsored events at Loons home games will be posted on this page during the baseball season, as details become available. For more information or to order tickets, call the Great Lakes Loons at (989) 837-2255 or visit their website, Great Lakes Loons.