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Listen to the Athletic Trainers

Listen to the Athletic Trainers NATA Guidelines for Sports Participation The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) has released new guidelines for children’s sports participation.  Athletic trainers are on the front line of the growing youth sports injury battle.  Trainers work in the school setting and they see all of the injured children--not just the ones with insurance coverage.  More than any other profession, they witness the results of year round, single sports participation. The recommendations from NATA are more stringent than the ones handed down by various physician groups.  As a physical therapist that has witnessed an exponential increase in youth overuse athletic injuries, I agree with all of NATA’s suggestions.  Go online and read the New York Times article,…

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Pivot Pain–Get the Right Shoe for the Job

Pivot Pain--Get the Right Shoe for the Job On a recent Saturday Solution session, I had the pleasure of meeting Tony.  Tony has been training in the gym for just under two years.  Between the classes and his personal training routine, he lost fifteen pounds and had a new-found enthusiasm for exercise.  Unfortunately, Tony had developed pain in both feet.  Pain was present “under the ball of the foot” and became stronger as the day progressed.  Treatment with shoe orthotics and medications had not helped and the symptoms were getting stronger.  He was frustrated and needed some answers. During the evaluation, we were able to recreate the pain when Tony planted his foot and pivoted to change direction.  Tony then…

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October 2019 Newsletter

This month, Mike O'Hara discusses training muscles that you don't always think about training.  Video of the exercises he demonstrates is available on our youtube channel. He also discusses head pain after exercises and ways to control it.  Jeff Tirrell writes about fats and their caloric content. Download Here

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“Cardio Makes My Head Hurt”

"Cardio Makes My Head Hurt" Last month, I had the opportunity to assist a fitness client during a Saturday Solutions session.  I have found exercise induced head pain is becoming a more common problem and I wish to share this success story in an effort to help others. Susan was making good progress in her fitness program when she suddenly developed head pain after every session of exercise.  She tried non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and migraine medications, but the head pain did not change.  She noticed that the pain was worse on the days she performed more demanding cardiovascular training.  Susan worked at a computer for six plus hours a day and she spent at least an hour in the car.  She…

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Life In The Lateral Lane–Lateral Lunges

Life In The Lateral Lane Better Motor Control With Medicine Ball Lateral Lunges Most gym activities are front to back movement patterns.  We call this sagittal plane training.  Running, elliptical training, and biking, all are predominantly sagittal plane activities.  In athletics and daily activities, a great deal of movement is side to side or frontal plane movement.  Most of the motor control issues we find in physical therapy and fitness clients involve poor control of side to side (frontal plane) movement patterns.  The lateral lunge with a medicine ball is a simple exercise that will resolve many of these problems.  Read the rest of this article and watch the video. Medicine Ball Lateral Lunges:  I like fitness activities that develop…

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September 2019 Newsletter

In this month's issue, Mike O'Hara tells you how to get your glutes and hamstrings working in "Reboot Your Glute".  He also gives a simple exercise program to improve posture caused by too much tech.  Exercises are demonstrated and you can view videos of them on our youtube channel using the links in the article.  Jeff Tirrell gives tips on success using VIP. Download Here

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