One of our favorite exercises to perform this spring is the kettlebell swing! The kettlebell swing is a great option for building lower extremity power. When done correctly, the kettlebell swing helps develop muscles around the hips, knees, and back. Its versatility and ability to help build muscle and provide a cardiovascular challenge are why it’s one of our favorite exercises to perform this spring!
With the various deadlifting techniques present in weightlifting, it’s important to know the similarities and differences between the techniques in order to determine which is most effective for your desired outcomes. The two most common techniques are the conventional deadlift and the stiff-legged, or “Romanian”, deadlift (RDL). Although there are many parallels between the two lifts, there are important differences in muscle activation as well. If your desired outcome is increased strength, which of the two is considered to be the best to incorporate into your workout? The answer depends on the intent of the individual performing the exercise.
When talking optimization for the esports athletes one may think it comes down to just gameplay! Optimization is soooo much more than improving your gaming skills! Just like all athletes, strength, coordination, stamina, and availability are huge aspects of an athletes game that makes them stand out when compared to other athletes. Availability is one we will be covering in depth in this blog.
Why would weightlifters need sports physical therapy even if they are not injured? Weightlifters can benefit from seeing a doctor of physical therapy to allow their bodies to recover between their workout sessions, as well as to prevent any future injuries. One of the biggest areas where weightlifters can benefit from regarding sports physical therapy is flexibility and mobility. Many weightlifters will prioritize their strength training, but often will neglect their mobility and flexibility training. Both should be addressed and consistently implemented into a weight training routine to ensure longevity of training.
What is a concussion: A traumatic brain injury usually caused by a blow to the head or violent shake to the head/upper body. We commonly see this with motor-vehicle accidents, falls or traumatic accidents. Not all concussions result in loss of consciousness and no two concussions are the same.
The age-old question of how low you should go when you squat can only be answered with a disappointing “it depends”! If you are a basketball player, going “ass to grass” or squatting well below parallel might not be necessary since most of your game takes place with your hips above your knees. However, if you are an Olympic weightlifter and you need to snatch as much weight as possible, you must drop into a deep overhead squat.
One thing that all athletes can agree on no matter what sports you play is, being hurt stinks! An injury prevents you from participating in the sport or activity you love and that’s no fun. Many athletes try to play through pain and that can sometimes make things worse. Physical therapy as part of a recovery plan can help athletes get back in the game with decreased pain and improved strength and function.
The amount of runners hitting the streets during and following the covid-19 pandemic has significantly increased. Running is a great form of free exercise and stress relief. As more runners hit the pavement unfortunately they also increase their chance of injuries. Here we go over physical therapy for runners and present options for running pain-free.
This is a very important aspect of what we do as a physical therapists…I ask my clients to tell me their story and what brought them in to see me. When they don’t remember falling or injuring themselves, they are left wondering how they got into this situation. Especially when it’s impacting the things they want to do; running for stress relief, hiking to get out of the noisy city or playing a game of basketball at the local park.
Now that spring is here we hope that you are gearing up for outdoor workouts in a safe manner. We want all of you to protect yourselves against a growing problem: orthopedic injuries from doing too much too soon! Today, we are talking about patellar tendinopathy, commonly known as Jumper’s Knee. This often affects active individuals, especially those who perform explosive movements like jumping or running or activities involving repetitive bending of the knee.