What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is the point of connection for primarily two muscles which make up the bulk of the calf. It is responsible for performing the motion of lifting the heel off the ground. The Achilles tendon is located just above the heel bone where it attaches. Although it can bare high loads, acute and chronic Achilles tendon pathology continues to be involved in 50% of all sports related injuries.5 In addition, there continues to be a rise in Achilles tendon ruptures (complete tear), of which 75% occur in men between the ages of 30-49 while participating in sports.5
Our focus for the month of July will be the subclavius muscle
This triangular muscle is attached to the first rib and clavicle (collarbone). It lies directly below the collarbone and draws it forward and downward, providing stability during shoulder and arm movements.
For many dancers, summers are filled with morning to evening dance classes. Sometimes learning new styles, other times perfecting their technique in a familiar style. Often these summer dance intensives are away from home allowing the dancer to stay in a dormitory and meet new friends who have the same passion. Auditions for these programs are held months in advance and attention from renowned dance teachers may arise from this experience.
This trip down to Nicaragua was my first time ever doing anything like this, and I do have to say, it was one of the most eye-opening experiences I have ever had. In three days, we served over 1000 members of the San Luis de Limay community.
The final week of June is upon us. Let’s end it with a great stretch called the Chair Lunge!
This stretch will work on the hip flexor muscle group that can shorten from sitting too much.
You will need a chair for this stretch, preferably one without wheels. If your chair has wheels, make sure they are locked in place.
During the third camp of 2016 for the U-15 Girls’ National Team (GNT) in Portland, Oregon, I had the opportunity of working with the same coaches I worked with last spring in Carson, California. I was also able to work with some of the same players, so it was a great opportunity to see how they had improved and matured over the past year.
Many people see or hear Athletico Physical Therapy and relate our name to the treatment of athletes or joint replacement rehabilitation. However, Athletico offers a variety of quality care options, including Pediatric Physical Therapy!
Happy summer! It’s the third week of June and we are continuing our theme of chair stretches.
I hope you have been allowing yourself some time each day to take a break from sitting and stretch!
This week we will learn a seated piriformis stretch. This will target not only the piriformis, but also the gluteal and outer hip muscles, which can become tight when we sit for long periods of time. You will need a chair for this stretch, preferably one without wheels. If your chair has wheels, make sure they are locked in place.
From May 11th -26th the U-17 Men’s National Team participated in the first every international youth soccer tournament held in the country of India. India also happens to be the host country for the 2000’s age cycle world cup to be held in October of 2017.
Athletico’s involvement with Copa America Centenario
At 100 years old, the Copa America Centenario is the oldest international continental “football” competition. For the first time it is being played on American soil, having only been played in South America in the past. (more…)