Category Archives: Exercise

The “Triple Extensors”: Run fast and Jump high!

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC To run fast or jump high, you must have explosive push off of the “triple extenders” of the ankle (plantar flexion), knee (extension), and hip (extension). The muscles that make up the “triple extenders” are the; gluteus maximus at the hip, the hamstrings (biceps femoris, semimembranosus, semitendinosus, […]

COVID-19 “Long-haulers”: Physical Therapy – The Treatment of Choice

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Researchers estimate about 10% of COVID-19 patients become “COVID long-haulers” (Rubin, JAMA, 2021). “Long-haulers” are people who experience persisting symptoms of COVID-19 long after the infection is defeated. The condition can affect both young and old with very mild to severe symptoms. COVID-19 has far-reaching pathology, potentially […]

Winter Workout Baseball and Softball Performance and Injury Prevention Program

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC, Owner, Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates The Mishock Winter Workout Baseball and Softball Training Program is a home exercise program that prepares the athlete for pre-season baseball. It also can be used as a warm-up or training station in a winter work-out program or as an in-season […]

Football and Concussions: The Physical Therapist’s Role

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Despite COVID-19 the NFL, college, high school, and youth football is being played. Beyond the concern for prevention of COVID-19, concussion prevention and management are at the forefront of health providers’ concerns. According to NFL injury data, 224 reported concussions were reported in 2019, up 4.7 % from […]

Brain Training, the Key to Developing Sports Skill: Part III

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC In part I and II of the “Proper Training of the Brain is the Key to Developing Skill in Sports” we learned how the brain and nervous system learn and perfect movement. The underlying physiology of learning is a critical to how a coach or trainer should […]

Brain Training, the Key to Developing Sports Skill: Part II

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC In part I of the “Brain Training, the Key to Developing Skill in Sports: Part I” we learned how critical the brain and perfect practice is to developing proper movement. In this article I will review the mechanisms of how the brain and nervous system learn through […]

Brain Training, the Key to Developing Sports Skill: Part I

The saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” However, in the world of physical therapy and motor learning it is, “perfect practice makes perfect and permanent.” Perfect rehearsal, over time, allows the athlete to transfer the movement to competition at game speed. For example, in basketball, great shooters have mastered the movement pattern that allow them to […]

Aquatic Therapy: An Alternative to Pain Medication

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC; Owner of Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates Aquatic therapy is quickly becoming well known for its amazing effects on decreasing pain, speeding recovery and improving function. Aquatic therapy, or pool therapy, consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. The water provides buoyancy and hydrostatic […]

Eccentric Exercise: An Integral Muscle Contraction Type Used in Physical Therapy

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Physical therapists are doctorate level trained health care providers who are experts in exercise, function movement, and performance. In practice, physical therapists use three main muscle contraction types (concentric, eccentric, and isometric) to improve a patient’s quality of movement. In the last article I reviewed isometric muscle […]

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