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There is an all too common misconception that weight lifting can be detrimental to an adolescents’ and teenagers’ (ages 8-15) growth and development. Through extensive observation and investigation, that myth has been put to rest. The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) has endorsed resistance exercise for children, noting its safety and efficacy when performed properly. It is likely that the forces a child’s joints experience during sporting activities (socce...
Posted on 2017-11-20
The fall athletics season is in full swing! High school athletes are in the weight room, working on strength and conditioning or playing weekend tournaments over the summer to prepare for the fall. With preseason workouts comes football tackling drills, heading soccer balls, and diving for that out of reach volleyball creating an even greater risk for concussions. Every step onto the field or court puts athletes at risk for injury, so it is our job as parents, grandparents, fans, and coaches to ...
Posted on 2017-11-07
Physical therapy is often prescribed by a physician when someone is experiencing pain, an injury, or weakness and they want to avoid pain medications, injections or surgery.  You or someone you know may have had a course of physical therapy, and you may have a general idea of what physical therapy can address.  What people don’t know is that physical therapists address many issues from head to toe, and individual therapists may specialize in certain areas where they have had adva...
Posted on 2017-10-06
As promised, here are the 4 features that I consider in determining a running shoe that best allows your body to control running mechanics and minimize injury risk:  1. Drop the Heel Heel-to-toe drop refers to a difference in the height between the outsole/midsole of the heel vs. the outsole/midsole of the forefoot. Traditional running shoes are a modified version of “high heels”, whereby the difference in height between the heel and toe is often 10-12 millimeters. This wa...
Posted on 2017-07-10
One of the most common questions I am asked by runners is “What type of shoes should I be running in?” Frequently, they assume that, somewhere, there is a perfect shoe to fit their foot type (high arches or low arches) in order to prevent the aches, pains, and injuries associated with running. I can’t blame them as this is the traditional model for footwear prescription, which is based on assumptions (not evidence!) and the dated thought processes still echoed by shoe manufactu...
Posted on 2017-07-03
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