Athletico Podcast Episode 8: Concussion Safety with Mike Palm

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This week we talk to Mike Palm, Certified Athletic Trainer, about concussions and the seriousness of them as well as the difficulty in diagnosing them. This show will be a two part series on concussions. Mike will remove a lot of the myths surrounding concussions too. Did you know that you can sustain a concussion and not even need to hit in the head? Well, it’s true. And, you don’t have to lose
consciousness to sustain a concussion. Listen in this week as we explore concussions and what to do it about them. (more…)

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How Physical Therapy Can Help Back Pain

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The back is designed to protect the spinal cord. However, it is also like a set of stackable blocks with bones that connect and run from the base of the head, to the bottom of our tailbone. Those stackable blocks keep us erect/upright, maintain posture, absorb shock and provide a stable base for our arms and legs to attach to for everyday movement.  There are three sections of the spine: (more…)

Athletico Podcast Episode 7: Marathon Training and Recap

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This week we have a special show on training for a marathon and we get to here an immediate real life experience from Physical Therapist, Chris Martin. Chris tells us about training and what his experience has been now having run his second marathon. We also get to here about the highlights of running the Chicago marathon and how running with his wife got him through the race. And of course, we also talk
about injuries, prevention and how to make your next marathon one of your best.

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AC Sprain and How to Recover

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The shoulder is an important joint that is used throughout daily life. Once it becomes injured it can be very difficult to maintain a normal lifestyle. One joint effected by shoulder injury is the acromioclavicularjoint or more commonly referred to as the AC joint. (more…)

Debut Marathoner Series: 5 Tips for Recovering from Your First Marathon

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Congratulations, you have completed your very first marathon! Now what? Use the following recovery tips to help you feel your best in the days and weeks ahead. (more…)

Athletico Podcast Episode 6: Should I Put Ice on this or What?

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In this week’s episode we talk to Certified Athletic Trainer, Lindsey Otte, about
when to use ice or when to use heat. (more…)

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Anxiety and Depression Associated with Physical Pain

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“Thats the thing about pain.  It demands to be felt.”- John Green

Early on in college, I decided in addition to majoring in physical therapy, I would also major in psychology.  Why?  I felt that if I was going to treat and understand the physical aspect of a person, I better understand a little bit about the brain, thoughts and emotion of an individual.  After all, each of us is not just a body or a brain.  We have both.  Why is it that it’s readily accepted as the “norm” if you mention you have knee arthritis or back pain, however, it becomes taboo to discuss the psychology or emotion that may be involved with that pain?  I firmly believe that the psychology of what one is experiencing is extremely important to discuss and address. (more…)

Athletico Podcast Episode 5: Get Started Running and Change Your Brain

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This week on Athletico Podcast Episode 5, we are talking about how to get started running and also, how regular exercise can change your brain. I’m going to use fancy words like neurogenesis and synapses. Yes, regular exercise and movement can and will change your brain for the better. (more…)

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Breast Cancer Post-Surgical Physical Therapy Care

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If you have experienced breast cancer, some of the toughest battles you may face are the emotional anxiety caused by the diagnosis and the uncertainty about your future. What you may not know, however, is that physical therapy can help you overcome the physical challenges brought on by surgery.  (more…)

Debut Marathoner Series: Adding Dynamic Stretching to Your Race Routine

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Debut Marathon Dynamic Stretching Race Routine
You have been training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for months and are about to enter the final “stretch”. You are probably starting to think about race morning and your pre-race routine that day.  If not, it is a good time to start. It is important not to forget one of the most crucial and often overlooked parts of your routine…STRETCHING!  I highly recommend having a pre-race plan for stretching. Check out our latest Debut Marathoner Series Dynamic Stretching Race Routine. (more…)

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