DOES YOUR SOCCER COACH KNOW ABOUT INJURY PREVENTION?

Athletics is an important part of growing up. However, with participation in sport there is a risk of injury. Over the last decade there has been an alarming increase in the number of injuries especially in the female, adolescent athlete. Recent research is providing us with some answers though. In a study of 300 female

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FALLS AND FLOORS

Many newsletters ago, we reported on balance and falls. You might recall these facts: 1. One in four people that live at home and are over 65 will fall within the next year. 2. Sixty percent of all falls occur in the home. 3. In the senior population, falls are the leading cause of injury

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ACUTE LOW BACK PAIN – NEW RESEARCH

What is acute low back pain? It is pain in the low back in the center, on either side of the low back, or sometimes all the way across the low back. “Acute” is a word that refers to the amount of time you have experienced your symptoms. Someone with pain less than 10 days

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WHY SHOULD I STRETCH?

There are several good reasons to stretch. First, stretching will maintain joint range of motion and flexibility. Flexibility is the total range of motion in a joint or joints. Second, stretching provides reflex feedback to the muscles causing them to lengthen. It helps relax the muscle(s), and it may also prevent injury of muscles and

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BALANCE IS BETTER THAN FALLING

Balance is something that we often take for granted. If you have ever had a fall, you know that it can happen without warning and with serious consequences. Here are some statistics from the American Physical Therapy Association: One in four people that live at home, and are over the age of 65, will fall

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STRENGTHENING EXERCISES

Muscular strength is a muscle’s ability to generate force. The purpose of strength training is to increase muscle and connective tissue size, density, and toughness. Bigger muscles and stronger connective tissues are less prone to injury and aid in long term weight management. Muscle tissue also burns more calories than fat at rest. Strength training

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TMJ VERSES TMD

As you may or may not know, TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. These are the jaw joints. We all have two TMJ’s. One is on the left, one is on the right. They are just in front of the ear canals. When someone visits the clinic and says, “I have TMJ,” they probably mean to

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ONE NOT TWO IS BETTER FOR YOU

As I collaborate with other therapists, I learn better ways to communicate with my patients. For example, one therapist described physical therapy to me as follows, “Physical therapy is the art of unilateral exercise.” What does this mean? It means that I often exercise just one part of a patient’s body. This makes sense because

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GOOD POSTURE – SOMETHING WE SHOULD ALL STRIVE FOR

Posture is something we all intuitively know something about, but here is a little more detail. Ideal posture is something we all strive for. Imagine if you were looking at yourself from the side and could draw a line from the top of your head down to the floor. With ideal posture, that line would

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PHYSICAL THERAPISTS TREAT A VARIETY OF PROBLEMS- CAN WE HELP YOU?

Physical therapists are able to help many people with a variety of ailments.  Do you know someone who is suffering from: » Low back pain » Knee pain » Neck pain » Shoulder pain » Arthritis » Tension headaches » Difficulty with walking » Poor balance » Pain sustained in an accident » Poor physical

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ECCENTRIC MUSCLE CONTRACTIONS – SAY WHAT?

We take it for granted, but did you know that your muscles lengthen as they contract? At first this doesn’t seem to make sense; however, muscles are often active while they are lengthening. This occurs when the external force is greater than the force the muscle(s) generates. Eccentric muscle contractions happen all of the time.

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ACHILLES TENDON CARE – NEW THERAPY CAN END MONTHS OF PAIN.

The Achilles tendon is the large cord-like structure at the back of the ankle. It is responsible for transferring the muscle forces generated by the calf, which in turn allows you to roll onto the ball of your foot during walking and running. We don’t realize it, but this tendon can withstand tremendous stress. It

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