When people ask me what I do for work, I tell them “I’m an athletic trainer”. Their response is usually, “Oh, cool! So do you like train athletes, then?” No, no, no, no, no. I do not train athletes. Coaches train athletes. I am not a coach. Certified Personal Trainers (CPT) train athletes (and the general public). I am not a personal trainer. I am a medical professional whose patients are athletes.Read More
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If you went to physical therapy after surgery (which is what should have happened), what were you able to do when you were discharged? What did your physical therapist consider as reasons for you to be discharged? Did running out of insurance visits play a role in the end of PT for you?Read More
Let’s say you or someone you know has torn the ACL. From reading “How Gender and Contact Influence Injury”, you may even understand why the injury happened. Then there was a surgical reconstruction to give you, or that someone you know, a new ACL. From reading “Surgical Interventions”, you may even have a better understand of what procedure was done. So after all this, what do you do next? And how long is it going to take?Read More
Contrary to popular belief, ACL injury does not require surgical intervention. There are plenty of individuals who are living life and running several miles daily without an ACL because of their rehabilitation and physical therapy efforts. However, the ACL’s purpose is to prevent too much movement, and is important for the high intensities required by sport participation. It is much safer to have an ACL than to not have one when it comes to competitive athletics.Read More
When injuring the ACL there are two major categories the injury falls into: contact or non-contact. These may sound completely obvious to you, but we are going to describe them anyways. In a “contact” scenario, an athlete has a collision with another athlete that forces the lower leg into an unnatural position and this causes the bones to move past the limits the ligament allows. Think of a collision during football. The receiver plants his foot to catch the ball as the defensive lineman collides with him shoving him in the opposite direction. The foot remains planted, but the upper leg keeps moving, causing the injury to the ligament.Read More
This is it. The big bad wolf of injuries: the ACL. We wish this was going to be simple, but unfortunately, there are a mess of factors involved in ACL injuries. So we are going to do our best to give you relevant information that helps you see as much of the big picture as possible. This week we will start with explaining what the ACL is, what the ACL does, and what can cause ACL injuries (general explanation).Read More
Well, you totally could. And if your team has a mandatory team lift during the season, that’s great! According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), strength training can be implemented year-round, but during the competitive season, the focus is on maintenance. Think of your sport year like building a house. If the competitive season is the maintenance phase, that means you are regularly cleaning the house, fixing leaky faucets, adding a fresh coat of paint, etc. Your goal is to maintain what has already been established.Read More
The off season is also the perfect time to prevent injuries. When you work out in one sport every day, you use a lot of the same muscles over and over again, moving the same way again and again. This leaves some muscles vulnerable to overuse injuries, while other less used muscles can get weak, causing muscle imbalances. These muscle imbalances are the leading cause of injury. (Especially in athletes who specialize in one specific sport and play only that sport all year round).Read More
When we talk about returning to sport stronger than you were before, we need to talk about the importance of recovery. When you work your muscles and tendons hard for 9 months of the year, they are under a lot of stress. That stress causes some break down in the muscles which is the catalyst that tells the muscle to get stronger. Stress is good for a muscle, it tells it what it needs to do to build up stronger so it is better at handling the stress next time. But in order for the muscle to build itself stronger, it requires recovery time.Read More
Athletes work very hard during pre-season practice and during the season to gain strength, agility, and cardiovascular endurance. Strength training, sprinting drills, suicides, dribbling drills, passing drills, there are endless ways coaches train athletes to be excellent. For most athletes, the sport season lasts about 3 months; for really athletic people the other ¾ of the year is spent on travel teams or participating in other sports.Read More
Athletes are under a lot of pressure on the field. They put pressure on themselves to remember the play. They feel the pressure of their team counting on them to defend the goal. They feel the pressure of the coach counting on them to be a good role model. They feel the pressure of their parents wanting them to succeed. They may also feel pressure to impress scouts so they might be able to afford college. That’s a lot of pressure for an athlete to bear. When they are performing well, they get a sense of pride knowing they did what was expected of them. But when they perform poorly, this pressure can lead to an increase in stress.Read More
Getting involved in sports gives kids ample opportunities to build relationships with positive peers and adult role models. The relationships they build with upperclassmen, their team captain, the assistant coach, the athletic trainer, give them a support system of healthy adult relationships that pour strength and direction into their life. Teenagers and young adults rely heavily on their role model relationships. These people encourage them, support them, motivate them. Just one “good work” from the assistant coach or a high five from the team captain can substantially improve any day. Approval from these people helps them feel accepted, and understood. These people have to power to encourage the development of positive behavior traits in your athlete as they progress through their teen years. These relationships are so powerful and meaningful.Read More