Physical Therapy

Physical therapy or physiotherapy is the treatment of disorders of the muscles, bones, or joints by means of physical agents - heat, light, water, electricity, manual therapy and exercises that are prescribed as treatment for various conditions...


Sports Medicine

A branch of medicine concerned with the effects of exercise and sports on the human body, including treatment of injuries. Sports medicine can be divided into three general areas: clinical sports, medicine, sports surgery, and the physiology of exercise...


On-Site X-ray

On-Site X-ray services are available to provide immediate diagnostic assessment of injured body parts...


Sports Medicine in St. John, IN

Great Lakes has been providing for more than 10 years Orthopedics & Sports Medicine as a full service Sports Medicine and General Orthopedic multi-site, patient focused, physician driven, patient care environment that is the culmination of many years of hard work to create and care for family, friends, and those who are in need of Orthopedic related care and assistance.  

New Office Open!

Our new office location in Lowell, Indiana opened May 19, 2014 and is located at: 1020 E Commercial Avenue, Lowell, IN 46356.

Phone number is: 219-696-6353. At this time, Dr. Bayer is the only provider in Lowell and is accepting new patients at that location.

Give our team a call to schedule your appointment!

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Pre-Game Carbo-Loading, Is It a Myth?

It’s all too familiar to hear the joke or the even the serious comment about athletes needing to “carbo-load” before a big sporting event or competition. We’ve all heard the term, but how necessary is the act of loading up on carbohydrates before strenuous physical activity?

The science behind loading up on carbohydrate-heavy foods before marathons or a big ballgame, comes from the thought that foods high in carbs such as pasta and breads can help increase our levels of stored glucose – glucose that we’ll need for our muscles during an endurance event. But is the practice really enough? Or necessary?

The professionals at Great Lakes Orthopedics and Sports Medicine believe that carbo-loading can be beneficial – but only if done methodically and properly. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Hold back before loading up. As part of your regular training diet, consider sticking to low carb foods for the duration. Then, when you’re ready to “load” the day(s) before you and your muscles will really notice the benefit of the added carbs.

  • The act of loading up on carbohydrates should only be conducted as a regular part of your training schedule. Don’t try to down a ton of pasta the night before a long run, for the first time ever. This can lead to adverse outcomes like digestion and other issues. Try it occasionally before a big training activity to make sure you body reacts appropriately.

  • Carbo-loading is only helpful for exercise that will last longer than 90 minutes. This includes, running, hiking, swimming, cycling, you name it.

  • Carbo-loading should occur for 72 hours before your event.

  • Do not overeat during carbo-loading activities. Simply add more carbs to your diet.


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9615 Keilman Street
St. John, IN 46373
Phone: (219) 365-0220

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Crown Point, IN 46307
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