Category Archives: Youth Sports

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: 12 training techniques to make you a better Coach or Trainer

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC In parts I through III of the “Brain Training, The Key to Developing Sports Skill” we learned how the brain and nervous system function with the musculoskeletal system to create proper movement patterns that can enhance sports performance. In this article I will outline key concepts that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Isometric 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 a three main muscle contraction types (concentric, eccentric, and isometric) to improve a patient’s quality of movement. Today, we will focus on the isometric […]

Tommy John Elbow Ligament Injuries in Football Quarterbacks: Why are there significantly fewer injuries than in baseball pitchers?

By John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Recently Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, sustained an ulnar collateral ligament tear and subsequent surgery, ending his football season. Elbow injuries in football players are uncommon with 92% of the injuries being traumatic (contusions and dislocations), (Ortho J Sports Med 2019). Ulnar collateral ligament injuries in […]

Vibratory Therapy: A Manual Therapy Technique Used in Physical Therapy Treatment to Decrease Pain and Improve Function

by Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates uses a wide variety of manual therapy techniques (myofascial release, joint mobilization/manipulation, Active Release Technique, trigger point therapy, acupressure, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, cupping, Maitland, Mulligan, Cox Flexion Distraction, chiropractic, and others), to help relieve pain, enhance soft tissue healing and improve patient […]

Knee ACL and Lower Extremity Injuries: Can we prevent them in our young athletes? Part II

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC In my last article, (Knee ACL and Lower Extremity Injuries: Can we prevent them in our youth athletes? Part I) http://mishock.wpengine.com/knee-acl-and-lower-extremity-injurys-can-we-prevent-them-in-our-young-athletes-part-i/we determined that lower extremity injuries make up 66% of all sports injuries, with the knee being the most commonly injured joint.(Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2002) These […]

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