5 Signs You’re Not Fully Recovered From Your Ankle Sprain & At Risk For Another Injury

Putting You At Risk For Another, Potentially More Serious, Injury…like a torn ACL Ankle sprains are a very common athletic injury, but the significance of an ankle sprain is frequently downplayed and many people never get back to 100%…even though they think they are fully recovered. If you don’t fully recover from your ankle sprain, it will put…

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The “Speed & Agility” Ladder Myth

Given the popularity of speed & agility ladders, I’m sure you’ve seen or used one at some point.  And I’m sure you were told it would help you (or your child) run faster or improve your agility.  And now here comes the truth – agility ladders won’t help you do either.  So, does that mean…

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Quick & Easy Self-Assessment: Ankle Dorsiflexion

Limited ankle dorsiflexion (moving your foot up towards your body) is a common issue and its ramifications can affect the foot all the way up the kinetic chain to the shoulder.  Some of the common problems that limited ankle dorsiflexion can lead to are: plantar fasciosis, achilles tendinopathy, ACL tears, anterior knee pain, and lateral hip…

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Get Pain With Shoulder Presses? Try This Shoulder-Friendly Variation Instead

If you get pain with shoulder (military) presses or avoid them altogether because they bother your shoulders, then the landmine press might be the solution to your pressing problem.  I highly recommend this variation to many of my patients and I even use the landmine pres personally in my training.  There is a video of…

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Top 10 Not-To-Do List For Youth Baseball Pitchers

I first heard of a not-to-do list from author and human guinea pig Tim Ferriss and I really liked the idea, so I figured I would put one together for youth baseball players.  As Tim wrote in his blog, “not-to-do lists are often more effective than to-do lists for upgrading performance [because] what you don’t…

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The Importance of a Dynamic Warm-Up

While I feel like just about everyone has heard of a dynamic warm-up, I definitely don’t see them being performed that often and it’s a shame.  They are easy to implement, can improve performance, and potentially prevent injury.  I’ll briefly discuss the benefits of a dynamic warm-up and then provide a video of one at…

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Early Sport Specialization is Killing Your Child’s Health

Want to limit your kid’s athletic development and increase their chances of getting injured….then have them specialize in one sport early on.   Early sports specialization (i.e. playing only 1 sport from an early age) is a booming yet concerning trend in the U.S.  The social pressure to have your child specialize early has never been…

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Is ACL Surgery As Successful As You Think It Is….Nope!

It is estimated that approximately 100,000 ACL reconstruction surgeries are performed annually.  Undoubtedly, you probably know someone who has had this procedure done or even had it done on yourself. The public perception seems to be that if you undergo ACL reconstruction surgery, it’s a temporary setback and you will be able to return to playing…

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Hydration Recommendations For Athletes

With temperatures rising and outdoor activities starting to increase, I figured it would be a good time to go over the recommendations for proper hydration for sports activities.  This is especially important for young athletes as they have a harder time dissipating heat and usually don’t fully understand the importance of hydration (or listen to…

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The Truth About Your Lumbar (low back) MRI Results – What the Doctor’s Don’t Tell You

What You NEED To Know About How To Interpret Your Results So you just had an MRI of your lumbar spine (lower back) and you went to see the doctor for the results or tried to read the MRI results yourself.  Quickly you became confused, overwhelmed, and/or anxious reading all these “bad” things about your…

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Got Knee Pain? Try This Simple Taping Technique

I wanted to share with you a quick and easy way that I use kinesiology tape for patients with knee pain.  Many knee taping techniques use multiple strips of tape (usually of different lengths) and take time to prep & put on and are hard for patients to replicate.  This technique, however, uses only 1…

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You Can’t Stretch Your IT Band

I bet the title of this article got the attention of some people – especially runners who have been told their knee pain is due to a tight IT-band and have been constantly “stretching” it….and don’t see results. It’s unfortunate that people out there (including some medical professionals) think the reason someone has pain in…

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The Express Lane To Eliminating Your Aches & Pains

So you’ve been dealing with some pain in your shoulder, knee, etc. and every time you think about doing something about it you run through all the steps it will take to do that – the frustrating, time-consuming process of finding a doctor, calling that doctor, scheduling an appointment, having it take up a couple hours…

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