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
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
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
We’ve pointed out some of the benefits of foam rolling here. So you may be left with the question, doesn’t stretching pretty much do the same thing? Is foam rolling better? I can’t foam roll every muscle in my body before practice or lifting, that would take forever! When should I use a foam roller and when should I stretch? Keep reading!Read More
Research on foam rolling is still evolving, so much of the information here is still being investigated and proven through research. But here is what we know: Foam rolling can improve short-term flexibility, foam rolling regularly can lead to long-term improvements in muscle length, and foam rolling can decrease soreness or DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) after a workout.Read More
Every day, all over the world, people are using a foam roller as part of their gym routine. When you walk in the gym, you are almost 100% guaranteed to see someone in there rolling out their IT band. Have you ever wondered what foam rolling does, and if it's something you should be doing? Here we look into the science of foam rolling, what it does and what it does not do. And, if you choose to use it, we can help you figure out where it needs to go into your workout routine to get the most out of your workout!Read More