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Coaching Body Contact in Hockey: Defense & Working the Boards

Posted on by Steve Chmielewski, PT, DPT, Level 5 USA Hockey Coach
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…)

Stretch of the Week: Locust

Posted on by Athletico
Week two of January is another beginner level therapeutic back bend called Locust. Locust helps to strengthen the hamstrings, glutes and lumbar musculature, building on last week’s Cobra stretch. As a warm up, you can do a few Cobra stretches prior to performing the Locust. If you missed last week’s stretch, you can find instructions here. (more…)

Snow Shoveling Stretches

Posted on by Athletico
Snow is beautiful when falling to the ground, but it is hard work to clear it out of the way. To keep from getting too sore, try these three exercises after shoveling all of that snow.
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Stretch of the Week: Cobra Pose

Posted on by Athletico
Welcome to 2016!! I hope everyone had a great holiday and happy start to the New Year! This is a time for new beginnings, new goals and I'm sure many of you have made some kind of health or fitness goal. Stretching is an easy thing to add to your routine and I hope you decide to dedicate time each week to it! (more…)

Trigger Finger: Not for Target Practice

Posted on by Athletico

As we age, a little morning stiffness in the fingers may be a typical start to the day and opening and closing the fingers can quickly restore normal motion.  When this stiffness causes a finger to lock in a bent position when making a fist, it can be much more painful to extend finger and is a condition that may require additional medical attention. (more…)

Stretch of the Week: Lizard on a Rock

Posted on by Athletico
For the final week of December we will be doing one of my absolute favorite partner stretches ever! I call this one Lizard on a Rock. You will need a mat for this stretch. Please do not perform this stretch if you have severe knee problems or have great trouble reaching overhead. (more…)

Stretch of the Week: Partner Half Moon

Posted on by Mandy Pasquale
Happy holidays to you and yours! Let's get right to our fourth and final Partner Stretch of December. This partner stretch is called Half Moon. (more…)

Stretch of the Week: Lateral Sway Partner Stretch

Posted on by Athletico
We are halfway through the month of December, wow! I feel like everything is going at super speed with the holidays approaching! So let's take a moment to stretch it out and slow it down with this week’s stretch. I call this one a Lateral Sway Partner stretch. The contraindications for this stretch are shoulders injuries, if you can't bring your hands above your head, don't do this one. (more…)
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