Tag Archives: youth sports

Sports Injury Prevention: What risk factors can we control?

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC In the US, there is over 8.6 million sports-related adolescent (age 10-20 years) injuries annually; 42% happen in the lower extremity, 30% in the upper extremity, and 16% in the head and neck. (NHSR, 2016) Many of these are over-use injuries that occur due to excessive intensity, […]

Sports performance: Is there a benefit to muscle damaged during resistance exercise?

By Dr. John R. Mishock There is a belief that resistance exercises or weightlifting create muscle damage, leading to tightness and limiting function in sports such as baseball, basketball, golf, and others. Does resistance exercise damage muscle? Can the muscle damage be helpful? When exercising, there is micro-damage or small amounts of physiological tissue change […]

Sports performance: Will weight training negatively impact my basketball shot?

By Dr. John R. Mishock Today’s elite-level basketball player needs high-level athleticism with elite-level skills in shooting, ball handling, and passing. When I was growing up, it was a common belief that lifting weights would make you too bulky and tight, negatively impacting your shooting form and accuracy. Some basketball coaches and trainers still hold […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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