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Resiliency During Rehabilitation

Resiliency and psychological readiness to return to sport have been identified as factors that significantly influence an athlete’s ability to return to sport after an injury. Resiliency is the ability to cope with injury or setbacks while striving to reach individual goals. Psychological readiness to return to sport is the athlete’s self confidence in the preparation and ability to return…

Injury Reduction in Volleyball Players

The purpose of this blog is to provide players, coaches, trainers, and sports-related providers with evidence-based injury reduction strategies for volleyball players.  Both acute and overuse injuries are common among volleyball players, specifically involving the shoulder, knee, ankle, and wrist.  Common injuries that are often seen with participation in volleyball include: ankle sprains, patellar tendinopathy (jumper’s knee), and shoulder overuse…

Pre-Activation Circuit for Dancers

Here is a pre-activation circuit for dancers based off the most current research.  This can be implemented before class or competitions.  Research suggests performing this at least 3 days/week in order to decrease the risk of injury. Pre-Activation Circuit for Dancers WARM-UP 1.  Forward jogging 2.  Backward jogging 3.  High knees 4.  Butt kicks 5.  Walking open/close gate with hip…

What Causes Muscle Cramping?

Many people experience muscle cramping during or after exercise which can be uncomfortable and alarming. A muscle cramp is a sudden, involuntary contraction of the muscle that can last for seconds or for minutes. Whether it’s a small muscle cramp or full body cramping, there isn’t an exact reason proven yet as to the cause of it.  However, there are…

Staying Fit in the “Off” Season

With spring soccer season winding down and summer try-outs approaching, some of your coaches may give you a few weeks off. Although you may be “off” from scheduled practices and events, an athlete is never truly “off.”  While it is SO IMPORTANT to take days off for your body to recover from the wear and tear of the season, it…

Dry Needling Provides NO ADDED BENEFIT in Treating Chronic Neck Pain

Dry Needling Combined With Guideline-Based Physical Therapy Provides NO ADDED BENEFIT in the Management of Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial . Here is more research on why Dry Needling is NOT effective or necessary in the treatment of back and neck pain. . ☝️In a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy in 2020,…

Load vs. Capacity

Musculoskeletal injury, whether sudden or from repetitive use, often boils down to the imbalance between load and capacity.  Many factors play a role in an individual’s experience of pain, but when we think about musculoskeletal injury on the level of the tissue, we can just about always see that load/demand has exceeded the capacity of the injured tissue. Many patients…

Balancing our Body

Our bodies do amazing work to keep countless variables in check without us even knowing.  There really is something to the yogic ideal of achieving balance in one’s life—scientifically speaking this attempt to achieve balance is seen across many different systems within the body allowing us to thrive in a state of homeostasis.   Homeostasis is the perfect balance that our…

Research on How to Stay Comfortable At Work

In a recent article titled, “It’s Time to Have a Rest: How Do Break Types Affect Muscular Activity and Perceived Discomfort During Prolonged Sitting at Work,” researchers used electromyographic (EMG) studies of the trapezius and lattisimus dorsi during 2 hours of sedentary work (EMG = assessing electrical activity in skeletal muscle). They divided the intervention groups into passive break (participants…

4 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Knee and Foot Pain in Growing Athletes

A common complaint we hear from pre-adolescent and adolescent aged athletes is that their knees or feet are consistently sore or irritable.  A lot of time, these same athletes have been going through growth spurts.  Here are a few tips on how to properly manage or reduce the risk of knee and foot issues in the growing athlete. 1.  Stay…