Low Back Pain in Athletes: Why Timing of PT Matters

Low back pain is common in young athletes with up to 50% of athletes reporting low back pain by the middle teenage years. Numerous types of low back injuries can occur from strains, sprains, disc problems, to fractures. One common fracture of the spine is at the pars interarticularis and is called a spondylolysis. A…
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How Physical Therapy Can Help Common Baseball Injuries

With summer sun comes outdoor fun like bbqs and pool parties. It’s also the time of year for one of America’s favorite pastimes –– baseball! The popular outdoor sport can be enjoyed by athletes of all ages, but unfortunately, there are also common injuries associated with playing the game. From pitcher’s elbow to bicep tendonitis,…
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Risk Versus Reward: High School Sports

If I jump out of an airplane with a parachute, there are some serious risks. Prior to a jump, skydiving companies make it very clear there are serious risks in skydiving that including broken bones, serious injury, or death and require an extensive release of liability paperwork. If I jump out of an airplane, there…
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Common Shoulder Injuries in Athletes

Athletes of all levels put a lot of stress on their bodies, which makes them more susceptible to an injury. For athletes who play sports that involve throwing or swinging of the arm, the chance of a shoulder injury occurring is very common and likely. Any repetitive arm motions like those that occur in sports…
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Dietary Supplements: 5 Things to Consider

Supplement use is very common. In sports, using dietary supplements to enhance lean muscle mass, strength, and effectiveness of workouts is very common, even among youth. Studies show from 10-35% of high schoolers use supplements of some kind. In certain populations, such as football players, up to 30% report taking a supplement called creatine. Most…
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Does Preventive Ankle Taping Actually Help?

  Ankle sprains are very common sporting injuries(1). So one might think, “Let’s just get our ankles taped to prevent an injury.”  Not so fast. Recent research has shown that taping or bracing an ankle has a significant impact on the knee on the same side(2). Taping an ankle often limits the amount of ankle movement…
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Concussions Are Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries. Here’s What You Need To Know

  It is football session again! With all the fun, excitement, and hard hits comes the occasional serious injury. Even though football may not be the most dangerous sport when it comes to concussions, it seems like a fitting time to discuss the topic. Studies have showed that nearly one-third of athletes have sustained concussions…
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6 Ways to Keep Young Athletes Healthy and Strong

  The summer Olympics are here! What a wonderful time to enjoy the amazing capacity of human potential. Enjoy it. Be amazed. Watch in awe. They are the best of the best. However, before you take your kids and start training them to be the next Olympians, here are a few things you should consider….
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Top 5 Critical Secrets of Core Stability

  To understand the secrets of core stability, first we need to understand what it is and how it works. You can think of the core like a cylinder, it has a top, bottom, and a continuous side. Most people think about the six pack abs when they think about the core, but the muscles…
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