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4 Ways to Prepare for the Physical Therapy Board Exam

Posted on by Caitlin Kirchner
Three years of school, clinicals and countless hours of studying will culminate in a few short days with the physical therapy board exam. As a physical therapy student, this is what you’ve been working toward and we at Athletico would like to wish you luck as you prepare to take the Physical Therapy Boards. Read More

#PokémonGO: Catch Them All Without Catching a Neck Cramp

Posted on by Athletico
Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm. In fact, data from SimilarWeb shows that within two days of the app’s launch, Pokémon GO was being used for an average of 43 minutes and 23 seconds a day, which is higher than time spent on popular apps like Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat and Messenger. Read More

Stretch of the Week: Half Cow Face Arms

Posted on by Rachel Lackowski
The second week of July brings us to a stretch that we call in yoga, Half Cow Face Arms. We are still focusing on the subclavius muscle that we discussed in detail last week, but you may also feel this in the upper chest and biceps muscles if you are tight there as well. Read More

The Achilles Tendon: So Strong, but at Risk for Injury

Posted on by Jessica Doporcyk, PT, DPT

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 Read More

Stretch of the Week: Seated Clavicle Stretch

Posted on by Rachel Lackowski

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. Read More

Your PLAN for an Injury-Free Summer Dance Intensive

Posted on by Kelli Barton
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. Read More

Global Medical Brigades: Nicaragua

Posted on by Athletico
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. Read More

Stretch of the Week: Chair Lunge

Posted on by Rachel Lackowski

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. Read More
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