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Beat the Band: Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)

Posted by: Dr. Kevin Wong  /   August 22, 2016  /  02:52 PM

ITBS is one of the most common overuse injuries among runners, and one of the top 10 injuries seen in distance runners. With more than 200,000 U.S. cases per year, symptoms include pain between the hip and knees that worsens with activity.

A phased treatment plan including Foot Levelers custom-made functional orthotics plus ice, stretching, massage and rehabilitative exercises can ‘beat the band.’

Chronic Low Back Pain in the Athlete

Posted by: Mark Charrette  /   July 15, 2016  /  09:24 AM

The major source of most chronic low back pain is structural weakness or failure caused by repetitive microtraumas. With the stress and strain they subject their bodies to on the field, track, green, etc., athletes and “weekend warriors” are at greater risk.

Treating Excessive Pronation in Football Players

Posted by: Pat Kennedy  /   June 22, 2016  /  11:22 AM

Over-pronation makes football players more susceptible to imbalance and lack of strength. An inefficient gait will impact their agility, balance, and ability to excel. A well-supported player will enjoy better balance, strength, and endurance and reduce the possibility of injury.

By some estimates, 77% of the population over-pronates during walking and running, to some degree.  Those who over-pronate are 1) more susceptible to foot/ankle injury, like ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis and 2) are putting the entire body at risk. After all, with the body’s foundation (the feet) compromised–unable to do its primary jobs of providing stability and managing shock–the joints, muscles and bones up above become unstable.  Muscle imbalances may include: Tibialis Posterior, Flexor Digitorum Longus and Brevis, Flexor Hallucis Longus and Brevis, Peroneus Longus, Abductor Hallucis, Soleus, Gastrocnemius, Adductor Hallicus.

Spondylolysis/Spondylolisthesis in Gymnasts and Other Athletes

Posted by: Mark Charrette  /   June 22, 2016  /  10:54 AM

Spondylolysis refers to a defect in the pars interarticularis—the segment of the vertebra between the superior and inferior articular processes—while spondylolisthesis refers to a forward displacement of a vertebra, especially the fifth lumbar vertebra, most commonly occurring after a fracture. Both conditions are relatively common in children, adolescents and athletes, especially gymnasts, divers, football linemen, tennis players, and rowers.

20 Tips For Every Athlete

Posted by: Edward Feinberg, DC, DABCSP, ICCSP  /   June 21, 2016  /  01:42 PM

This collection of Athletic TIPS™ provides the research and studies behind many of the common and uncommon recommendations for athletes.

Plantar Fasciitis in Basketball Players

Posted by: Dr. Kevin Wong  /   June 3, 2016  /  01:19 PM

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition affecting the plantar fascia and its attachments on the bottom of the foot. The condition is created when trauma or wear and tear cause micro tears of fibers within the fascia and of fibers that insert the fascia into other structures.

Shoulder Moves Keep Pitchers Throwing Strong

Posted by: Dr. Phil Page  /   August 19, 2015  /  11:31 AM

A pitchers’ windup and throw might get all the attention. But it’s the moment immediately after releasing the ball that actually poses the greatest risk of injury.

Picture it: The shoulder tends to follow the ball. Meanwhile, the rest of the body remains on the mound. These opposing, powerful forces threaten to tear muscles and ligaments in this critical area.

Strong rotator cuff muscles—especially in the back of the shoulder—stabilize the joint against unhealthy rotation. You can build them up with resistance bands like the TheraBand CLX, research shows. Pitchers who completed a six-week strengthening program increased their muscles’ ability to withstand force, potentially protecting them from injury.

The study used moves that worked the shoulder in a diagonal pattern. Incorporate exercises like the one below into your routine to decrease your odds of landing on the disabled list this season.

Swimmers: Dive Into a Shoulder-Saving Routine

Posted by: Dr. Phil Page  /   July 16, 2015  /  02:25 PM

No athlete wants pain to stand in the way of his or her sport. But about half of college swimmers suffer from shoulder aches severe enough to affect their training routine. With time, the repetitive motion of reaching overhead places overwhelming demands on this joint, causing a pattern of injuries so common they’re referred to as “swimmer’s shoulder.”

Fortunately, stretching and strengthening the shoulder muscles using foam rollers, exercise balls, and resistance bands like the TheraBand CLX can put swimmers back in the fast lane. One eight-week training program improved swimmers’ form, rebalanced their neck and shoulder muscles, and helped their joints work more efficiently. Another 12-week plan with just four moves strengthened shoulders in a way likely leading to fewer injuries and better performances.

Shore up your shoulders with moves like the dynamic hug shown below. A few exercises three times a week could be all you need to splash safely.

The Secret to Speeding Up Your Tennis Serve

Posted by: Dr. Phil Page  /   July 16, 2015  /  02:15 PM

Lobbing a serve slowly over the net won't cut it in today's competitive tennis landscape. Moves done off the court could be the key to sending the ball sailing more swiftly, research shows.

For a recent study in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, young tennis players did an hour-long conditioning program with resistance bands and light weights (like TheraBand Soft Weights) three days per week. At the end of six weeks, their serve speed increased 5 percent with no sacrifice in accuracy. Plus, they gained shoulder flexibility, potentially reducing their risk of injury.

In another study, collegiate players boosted their balls’ peak speed by 6 percent and average speed by nearly 8 percent after a four-week program incorporating elastic bands.

Pro tennis players count elastic resistance bands like the Thera-Band CLX among their most valuable training tools. Add them to your gear bag for an edge over your opponents.

The Surgery-Free Way to Relieve Shoulder Pain

Posted by: Dr. Phil Page  /   July 15, 2015  /  05:09 PM

Your shoulder can move in more directions than any other joint. Thanks to this freedom, you can toss pitches, sweep floors, swing a tennis racket, and hoist heavy suitcases into the overhead bin of an airplane.

But all too often, chronic shoulder pain makes these motions—and more—difficult. Some people choose to go under the knife for shoulder problems. Two recent research reviews, however, find that in many cases, exercises work as well as surgery to relieve pain and restore function.

Shoulder-strengthening moves like the ones below, using the TheraBand CLX, can improve your strength, flexibility, and range of motion.

If you have stubborn shoulder pain, consider asking a physical therapist or other expert to demonstrate the best program for you. But once you’ve mastered them, doing exercises on your own can effectively treat many cases of shoulder pain, the studies suggest.

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