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Time for Summer Athletes to be Mindful of Their Knees

As the summer heat starts up more people are lacing up their sneakers, grabbing their I-pods, and hitting the road. Running and power walking outside are very popular forms of exercise and while they both have excellent health benefits, physical problems can still arise. Even running less than five miles a week can cause a […]

Low Back Pain and Golf

Chances are you’ve experienced it before… a dull ache, a sharp pain, or a burning sensation in your lower back. In some cases this pain will radiate down the back of the thigh into the calf. If you haven’t yet experienced this you likely will at some point in your life. According to a number […]

Can ACL Knee Injuries be Prevented in Female Athletes

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) knee injuries occur 4-6 times more frequent in female athletes than in male athletes playing the same sports. It is believed that the difference in neuromuscular control, or the way our muscles contract and react, is one of four primary factors contributing to why women are more susceptible to knee injuries […]

Concussion Myths for the Youth Athletes

Approximately 4 million concussions occur in the USA per year during competitive sports and recreational activities. Unfortunately, up to 50% of the concussions may go unreported or undiagnosed. A concussion is defined as a traumatically induced transient disturbance of brain function due to head contact or rapid head acceleration and deceleration. Concussion is a subset […]

Physical Therapists Role in Concussion Care

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur each year. However, people who have physically demanding jobs or who engage in organized activity are at risk for concussion as well. Concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the brain is shaken inside the […]

Long Term Athletic Development: Is There a Better Way to Approach Youth Athletic Development? Part 3

Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) is a model created by Dr. Istvan Balyi to guide the athletic development process from pre-puberty through retirement. The LATD model helps to teach proper physical literacy and improvement of athleticism through proper skill movements learned in a sequential and progressive program design. These components will help an athlete become […]

Long Term Athletic Development: Is There a Problem with Early Specialization in Sports? Part 2

Research by numerous national governing bodies including, the United States Olympic Committee, and many others has proven that early specialization in sports actually prevents an athlete from reaching their full potential. The lack of development of physical literacy (ability to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities) and proper athletic […]

Long Term Athletic Development: Are We Coaching our Kids Correctly? Part 1

Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) is a model created by Dr. Istvan Balyi to guide the athletic development process from pre-puberty through retirement. The LTAD approach emphasizes age-appropriate skill acquisition based on one’s development physiologically, cognitively and socially to maximize the athlete’s potential. This model focuses on building an athlete first and then moving to […]

Reduce Overuse Injury and Minimize Burn Out in Youth and Adolescent Athletes: Part 2

Overuse injury occurs due to submaximal repetitive loading of the body (muscle-tendon unit, ligaments, joints, bone, bursa, growth plate) when rest is not adequate to allow for those structures to adapt and recover. This incomplete recovery leads to poor athletic performance, reduced physical development, overuse injuries and burn out. Thus, competition and training errors are […]