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
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