Over the course of the past twelve days, I have experienced working with the US Soccer U16 Boys National team in Gradisca, Italy.
The trip started off quickly after a long day of traveling with a light practice to help reduce the jet lag. Practice that day was kept to an hour mostly consisting of dynamic movements and ball handling drills. The next two days consisted of a little bit longer practices. After breakfast on these days, I would assist the exercise physiologist to conduct hydration testing. We also did body composition for each athlete on practice days. Following hydration testing, treatments, and a short team meeting we would head onto the bus for practice. Practice took place just across the border in Slovenia. Following practice was lunch and a regeneration session in the afternoon. Free time for the players consisted of team meeting and being treated for a variety of ailments.
Our third restorative stretch for May is a gentle low back stretch. I call this one Supported Hugging Knees.
You will need your yoga bolster or three folded blankets.
If you have a history of low back injury, hip or sacral injury/pain, or if you have trouble getting up and down from the floor please do not perform this stretch. As with beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.
You have been having hip pain for years and you have decided to have your hip replaced. Prior to surgery, your doctor sends you to a physical therapist for “pre-hab.” If you are unfamiliar with physical therapy, you may be wondering why is “pre-hab” necessary? What is “pre-hab” and what are the benefits?
Occupational therapists treat a wide range of work related injuries in the clinic, both traumatic injuries and cumulative trauma disorders. Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) are the most common injuries seen by hand therapists for the Workers’ Compensation population.
Nursing is a tough, physically demanding job and the data proves it. There were over 33,000 soft tissue injuries sustained by nursing professionals in 2013. The average number of days lost was 8. For those counting, that’s a total of 264,000 days of lost time, valuable time, spent inactive and unable to perform.
For the second week of May we will learn the Supported Side Lying stretch.
As in last week’s restorative exercise, you will need to use a bolster or a set of stacked blankets.
If you have any trouble getting up and down from the floor or shoulder, back or rib injuries, please do not perform this stretch. As with beginning any exercise program, it is recommended to consult with your physician, physical or occupational therapist to determine which exercises are best for you.
What is “turn out”?
“Turn out” is the amount of outward rotation that can be achieved from the legs.
For a ballet dancer, the ideal amount of turn out is 90° from each leg.1 If that motion is not possible from the hip joints, the motion must come from other parts of the body.2 While the ideal amount of hip external rotation of each leg is 90°, no need to toss your pointe shoes in the trash if you don’t have that much hip mobility. Even elite professional ballerinas rely on compensations to produce the desired level of turn out.3
May is here! Summer is just around the corner and some of us may be hitting the gym pretty hard to get ready for the warm days ahead. So for this month’s theme we will be taking it down a notch with some restorative stretches. These passive stretches are like a reset for the body. We allow gravity to do most of the work while we relax.
I’m referring to the ache in the back of your hip that’s been there for a few weeks.
First, you thought it would just go away. Next, you talked to a family member or friend, who recommended “rubbing this cream on it.” Then, you Googled it. Some methods worked, others made your hip pain worse…so what’s next?
Time to see your Athletico Physical Therapist.
Most runners have experienced it: your run is going smoothly and you’re feeling great, then all of a sudden you succumb to the dreaded side stitch, calf cramp or that feeling of “having to go.” Muscle and stomach issues can stop a runner dead in their tracks. With varying spring temperatures, muscle cramps are more common, as there is little opportunity to adjust to the change in weather.