By Imani Mack PT, DPT
As a former collegiate middle distance sprinter (400m), turned long distance runner (currently running 10Ks, 10-milers, and half-marathons), I know that sometimes it can feel like you are doing the same mundane routine over and over again. But being stuck in a running rut doesn’t have to be looked at as a negative thing. This training lull can be a motivator to try new things and can take you to another level as a runner. Here are some tips to provide new challenges to optimize your running performance...
By Matt Bourdeau PT, DPT
Whenever I talk to youth baseball teams about injury prevention, unfortunately this topic resonates the most with the players who are also asking for my business card because they were “shut down” by their coach due to pain, decreased velocity, decreased command on the ball, or dead arm.
Fortunately, there is hope for these players. This is the window of opportunity for them to address the three main risk factors that lead to their decline: overuse, fatigue or lack of strength, and poor or worsening throwing mechanics. This post will highlight these factors behind youth pitching injuries, and how physical therapy can help players recover to increase their pitching velocity.
Lindsay Kirlin PT, DPT, is a former collegiate club lacrosse athlete and three-sport high school athlete. In 2013, she graduated from Penn State University, and in 2016, earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. Lindsay has a passion for working with overhead athletes (baseball, lacrosse, softball, etc.), as well as endurance athletes, including runners and triathletes. She recently completed training in Functional Dry Needling with Kinetacore Physical Therapy Education. Lindsay is passionate about using her background of movement science, athletics, and wellness to create individualized plans for her patients to return to the activities they love.
By Kelly Greenway PT, DPT, ATC
Concussions in sports continue to be a hot topic, and more sports are making changes to the rules, equipment, injury assessments, and how athletes return to school or their sport following a concussion. In lacrosse, helmets remain controversial across the board. Do they actually protect an athlete from a concussion, or are they giving these athletes a false sense of safety and causing them to be more aggressive?
By Kim Hansen PT, DPT, CCI
So you’ve had this nagging pain along the outside of your elbow, and you just can’t seem to shake it. Now it even hurts to hold your morning cup of coffee, much less attempt a backhand on the courts. Spring is here, which means before you know it, tennis, softball, and baseball seasons will be starting. You’ll need your arm ready to go. You’ve checked with Dr. Google and all signs are pointing towards the dreaded “tennis elbow.” Here’s the rundown on what this injury is all about, and how to treat the source of the pain.
Jump Higher, React Faster, Be Stronger in Lacrosse
By Christine Danielson PT, DPT, OCS
Just picture it: 30 seconds left on the clock, tie game. Coach calls a timeout and lays out the plan. Win the draw, pass it down field, run the play, shoot, SCORE! Game over and add another W to the list! When you look at the end game stats, the team that wins is also more often than not the team that wins more of the draws. But it’s not just about the center, the person actually taking the draw—it’s who can get to the ball fastest and gain control. In order to do that, you need speed, strength, and the ability to control your stick using one arm if needed. Here are FX Physical Therapy’s top exercises to help you jump higher, react faster, be stronger!
By Sean Jones PT, DPT, CSCS
It might be tempting to lace up whatever sneakers you have on hand, head outside, and start your run. But training in any old pair of shoes is never a good idea. In fact, running in the wrong shoes can be painful, or even cause injury. Your shoes absorb a lot of shock with every stride, and without the right shoe to absorb that shock, your run can take a toll on your body. Here are three common mistakes runners make when it comes to choosing and maintaining their footwear, and how to avoid making those mistakes.
By Sean Jones PT, DPT, CSCS
As a physical therapist whose patient base includes about 75 percent running athletes, I commonly see training patterns that lead to injury. Most of the time, these running injuries are self-inflicted due to a person’s desire to reach new goals, try new gear, or change their form based on advice from a magazine or YouTube. Here are the top five reasons why runners get injured and have to see a physical therapist, and my recommendations to avoid injury:
By Kim Hanson PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
Have you recently found yourself slumping over at your desk? Or noticed your knees buckling inward and the arches of your feet flattening when you pick something up? Just like with unhealthy diets or workout routines, we can get stuck in a rut with faulty movement patterns. Whether it’s poor posture or improper alignment, performing these faulty movement patterns regularly over time can lead to serious pain or injury.
The good news is that you can correct these faulty movement patterns before they get worse. Here are some top tips to move better─and feel better─in 2018.
Kelly Greenway PT, DPT, ATC, earned her Bachelor's in athletic training at King's College in 2011 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chatham University in 2014. After graduation, Dr. Greenway worked in the outpatient setting with a focus on orthopedics and sports medicine. She has completed functional manual therapy training with the Institute of Physical Art, as well as comprehensive coursework on evaluation and management of concussions. Dr. Greenway has also achieved her Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist credentialing from Myopain Seminars for dry needling. She enjoys working with athletes of all levels, with a special interest in gait analysis and treating runners.