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
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
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
This is it. The final section of the acronym. The E. Elevation. Taking a second to look back, 3 of the 5 sections are primarily focused on the reduction of swelling. Ice, Compression, Elevation. Like we said before, swelling itself isn’t bad but too much can cause a problem. Too much swelling will most likely reduce your range of motion and cause an unnecessary addition to the pain you already don’t like feeling. So here is what you can do to reduce immediate swelling. But first, remember we are talking about acute care which means 0-3 days after injury.Read More
We are going after two letters today, O and L! So we know how to protect the ankle, and now it is time to learn about optimal loading. I know what you are thinking, What is the world is that? Allow me to enlighten your mind brain.
This phase of the acute care process has replaced the R in R.I.C.E and P.R.I.C.E. Remember what that was? Rest. We know that the body works best when it is being used. That means rest is out and loading is in. But not just loading, optimal loading. We want to use the ankle correctly, with appropriate and progressive load through the joints and bones. Wait, that sounds like rehab!Read More