Common basketball injuries and prevention tips

Basketball is the most popular youth sport in the US. A study by the National Athletic Trainers Association found that 22% of male basketball players have an injury that causes them to miss playing time each year. 42% of the time, that injury is to the ankle or foot, making this the most injured area. Some other common injuries to basketball players include: Lower Extremity Muscle strains such as a groin pull, quadriceps, hamstring, or calf strain Knee ligament injuries such as ACL, LCL, MCL tears or sprains Ankle sprains, including high ankle sprain Ankle fractures Overuse injuries such as patellar tendonitis, IT…

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The Big Deal with DR (Diastasis Recti)

Last year, Diastasis Recti (DR) made a big splash in the news when NPR covered a story on an exercise to flatten the “mummy tummy”. While it is common for pregnant women to experience diastasis recti during pregnancy (some studies state as many as 100% of women will experience DR during their pregnancy), even those who have never been pregnant can be affected by this orthopedic condition. What is DR anyway? DR is a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle (superficial abdominal muscle) from the central connective tissue called the linea alba. The degree of separation of the muscles, sometimes…

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Redcord will Help you Move Better and Speed Up your Return to Optimal Function

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When clients walk into our clinic, they often ask us, “What are those red cords and straps hanging from the ceiling?” They may look a little scary, but the system hanging from our ceiling is called Redcord. What is Redcord? Redcord is a unique treatment approach that uses one’s own body weight to restore proper neuromuscular control and functional stability for daily activities and sports. What makes it special is that you exercise while suspended from “red cords” that hang from the ceiling. These cords consist of a series of bungees, slings, handles and ropes suspended over a treatment table….

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Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Post-Partum

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Oliver is one month old! That is crazy to even think about. We are both doing great! He has gained 2 lbs and is the light of our lives. I am happy to report that I am feeling great physically (and mentally). My stitches have all healed and I do not have any of the signs or symptoms that would warrant me to be extra careful. This doesn’t mean I can start back at Orange Theory Fitness, but it does mean I can get an exam from a pelvic health physical therapist and start increasing my exercises. I have started…

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Our Ancestors May Have Held the Secret to Better Brain Health

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It turns out that while our early ancestors spent their days out in the wilderness hunting and foraging for food, they may also have been keeping their brains sharp. Researchers at the University of Arizona have found a connection between the highly active lifestyle that was prevalent in those ancient days and the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related diseases. Some two million years ago, our ancestors covered long distances—mixing moderate and intense bouts of aerobic activity throughout the day—as a means of survival. In sharp contrast, today’s average American starts his day by getting ready for…

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How Much Physical Activity Do Kids Need?

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Recently we have seen a rise of diseases in children that in the past had only been seen in adults. Things like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure are being seen more frequently in children. One of the best ways to combat the rise of these diseases is to make sure that your kids are getting enough physical activity. The Department of Health and Human Services has developed guidelines recommending that youth ages 6-17 participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity 7 days/ week. This is total activity time, so 1 hour, 2 30 minute sessions, or 4 sessions…

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Ask a physical therapist to “screen” your movements this Summer

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Let’s talk about the last time you—or someone close to you—interviewed for a new job. Chances are that the first step was a phone screen with your potential employer, and when you passed that portion of the process with flying colors, you were then invited for an in-person interview. At that stage, the employer probably asked you to answer a series of questions and to demonstrate your skills through a test or two. The process is set up in a way that narrows down the options until the most suitable candidate is found. Makes sense, right? Just as job recruiters…

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Swim Across America

Swim Across America

On Saturday, September 22nd, 2018, the Functionize Health and Physical Therapy team will be participating in the 32nd annual Swim Across America (SAA) event. Swim Across America is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that began in 1987 in Nantucket, MA. Since its inception, SAA has managed to raise over $75 million dollars for cancer research and treatment and hosts 18 open water events and over 100 pool swims annually. You can more about SAA’s mission and history here: Swim Across America Our team will be participating in the Atlanta SAA event hosted at Lake Lanier Islands. As a participant, you have the…

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Early Sport Specialization: What Parents Need to Know

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It is becoming more popular for young athletes to specialize in a single sport. The advantages seem obvious—putting in more time early on and “outworking” the competition should lead to a better chance of success later, right? Even though this seems to make sense, early specialization may not be giving kids the advantages parents hope for, and it can come with some risks. THE ADVANTAGES The obvious advantage is skill acquisition. Baseball players use the off-season to work on hitting or pitching mechanics, basketball players work on their shooting, and tennis players might work to develop their serve. Specific skills…

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Avoid the Pain of Travel

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School is out and summer travel is upon us. However, the joys of a family vacation can be overshadowed by the ‘pain’ of hauling excessive luggage, sleeping in a different bed and extended periods of sitting. Here are our favorite tips to keep you feeling your best while traveling so you can enjoy your destination:   Take breaks while driving Every hour or two, stop and walk for a few minutes. It’s also not a bad idea to do some standing back extensions. Sitting places your spine in a flexed position, so moving it the opposite direction can prevent pain….

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