Category Archives: Sports

Baseball Arm Throwing Injuries: A possible solution?

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Overuse injuries in the shoulder and elbow are the most common problems in baseball players. Injuries of the shoulder account for 14-21%, whereas the elbow account for 16%-22% of all baseball-related injuries. (Agresta et al. Orthop. J Sports Med, 2019, Posner et al. Am J Sorts Med, […]

Sports Performance: Using Motor Imagery to Achieve Elite Level Status Part II

  By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC In sports, most high-level athletes (70-90%) and elite sports coaches (94%) report using motor imagery (mental or kinesthetic imagery) to enhance sports performance. (Ridderinkhof et al. J Physiol, 2015) There have been over 122 studies demonstrating the effectiveness of motor imagery in basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, […]

Sports Performance: Using Motor imagery to Achieve Elite Level Status

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Coaches, trainers, and athletes are often looking for the “next thing” that will allow them to reach the highest level of sports performance. One training technique to optimize sports performance is motor imagery, also known as mental imagery or visualization. Motor imagery is defined as the mental […]

Sports performance: Understanding Why Nutrition Optimizes Sports Performance

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Why is nutrition essential to me as an athlete? Good nutrition is essential to improve or maintain health parameters (blood glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure), maintain optimal weight, prevent disease (infection, heart disease, hypertension, cancer), and improve healing from injury. A diet that is primarily whole food and […]

Sports Performance Nutrition: How important is protein in my training?

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Building powerful explosive lean muscle can be a game-changer in optimizing sports performance and injury prevention. To optimize muscle growth and development specific training relative to sport is needed, however, exercise alone is not enough. Nutrition and more specifically protein are needed to attain optimal results. Why […]

Injury Prevention and Durability: The Significance of the “Core”

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC In the US, 30 million children and teens participate in organized sports with more than 4 million injuries each year. The majority of these injuries occur as sprains and strains of the upper and lower extremity. (Hopkinsmedicine.org) Many of these injuries are preventable with proper exercise training, […]

Basketball: Preventing Ankle Injuries with Balance Training and Bracing

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Basketball is one of the most popular sports, with an estimated 300 million people playing worldwide. (www.sfia.org) Ankle injuries are the most common orthopedic injury in basketball. In a study of NCAA Division 1 basketball players, 27% of all musculoskeletal injuries occur in the ankle. Many of […]

Football and Concussions: The Physical Therapists 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 […]

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