Category Archive: Athletic Training

Skier’s Thumb

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Skier’s Thumb, Gamekeeper’s Thumb….. Baseball Player’s Thumb? Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries of the Thumb:  An injury for all seasons. (more…)

Hot topics Regarding Overhead Throwing From This Year’s ASMI Conference

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The American Sports Medicine Institute’s Annual Conference on sports injuries was held on January 29-31st of this year.  In its 34th year, this particular conference focused primarily on the health, safety and treatment of overhead throwing athletes, with emphasis on baseball pitchers.   (more…)

How Swimming Can Help Improve Your Health

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Swimming continues to grow in popularity as one of the aerobic exercises of choice. With as little as 2.5 hours of swimming a week you can significantly decrease your risk of chronic illnesses. (more…)

Coaching Body Contact in Hockey: Defense & Working the Boards

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Hockey is a graceful game that requires players to participate in manner that requires body contact regardless of whether checking is permitted. Any avid hockey player can acknowledge the difference between a “body check” and “body contact” but occasionally the line can be blurred when a player’s skill level is questionable and when an official’s subjective interpretation is applied to the game. (more…)

Hockey Training Tip: Off-Ice Balance Training

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Lower extremity strength training is a priority when considering a comprehensive training program for youth hockey players. Most coaches consider dynamic stretching, functional strengthening and plyometric training to be enough. However in a sport where agility and balance are essential it is important to consider how players can improve these components off the ice. (more…)

Physical Therapy Fun Facts

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October is National Physical Therapy Month.

In honor of physical therapy month here are some physical therapy fun facts that you may not have been aware of.

Did you know?:

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On the Road with U.S. Soccer

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Editor’s Note: Athletico has been a partner of U.S. Soccer for more than 10  years. As the Official Provider of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training to the organization, Athletico provides athletic training support for all of the men’s and women’s soccer teams, which includes traveling with the teams both domestically and internationally. This special blog post will chronicle our athletic trainers’ experiences both on and off the field traveling with these teams. (more…)

Minimalist Shoes vs. Maximalist Shoes

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What’s the best shoe to wear when running? Minimalist shoes, maximalist shoes, or your current running shoe? Here are some things to consider.. (more…)

Athletic Trainers Keep You at the Top of Your Game

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You may think of an athletic trainer as the person at the end of the bench who comes running to the aid of an injured player. While you’d be right, you would be only partially right. Certified athletic trainers are members of a health care team who work with physicians, physical therapists and others to help prevent, recognize, assess, and rehabilitate injuries no matter where they occur. Athletic trainers are everywhere from the field, in the back yard and on the dance floor or stage. (more…)

5 Ways Sleep Improves Athleticism

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Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, articles profiled Tom Brady and the regimen he has to aid the longevity of his football career. One thing that popped out at me was his devotion to getting to sleep by 9 pm every night. It reminded me of an article I read about the Blackhawks and how they felt napping played a huge role in their success. While increased amount of rest is common knowledge at higher levels of sport, it is commonly overlooked at lower levels. When it comes to improving athleticism in younger athletes, so much of the focus is put on strength training methods, diet, and supplementation, while little focus is put on sleep. There is a growing body of evidence that indicates that forgoing sleep might is a huge misstep. (more…)

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