What is the Cold Plunge Trend?
Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
Recently seen all over various social media is the cold plunge trend. A cold plunge is where a person immerses themselves in cold or icy water for a certain length of time for various health benefits. The trend has sparked a lot of viewers to try this technique themselves, but we want to make sure you know the pros and cons and focus on performing this trend safely should you decide to try it out. (more…)
A Day in the Life of an Athletic Trainer
Posted on by Mallory Gizowski, MS, LAT, ATC, PES
Have you ever wondered what exactly athletic trainers do on a daily basis? Well, for beginners, athletic trainers are now employed in so many different settings that each ATC will have a different day-to-day. Over the last decade or so, there has been a significant increase in the scope of an athletic trainer’s practice. Traditional athletic trainers only worked in athletics – that could include secondary schools, colleges, universities, and with professional teams. Currently, athletic trainers are employed in all different settings, such as hospitals, sports medicine clinics, corporate and industrial health care programs, and even military bases. One of the amazing things about being an athletic trainer is every day brings something new! We, as athletic trainers, have our consistent daily tasks, but our day-to-day always look different no matter what setting you work in! (more…)
What does Physical Therapy after a Head Injury Look Like?
Posted on by Kimberly Smith, PT, DPT, VRT
I can’t begin to describe how often I get the question, “What can you do for the brain after a concussion in physical therapy?” And my response 100% of the time is, “We evaluate and find the root cause of any of your symptoms.” (more…)
5 Arm Workouts that will Have You Feeling the Burn
Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
When the weather outside doesn’t cooperate, we can be left with what we have at home to get a good upper body workout. Let’s look at a few exercises that require little to no equipment to do at home when you can’t get out of the house. (more…)
International Women’s Day: Equity in the Workplace
Posted on by Athletico
March 8th signifies International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. It is one of the most important days to celebrate women’s accomplishments and raise awareness about women’s equality. To celebrate this day, we asked leaders to speak on the Importance of Equity in the Workplace. Together, we can take action for a more fair, inclusive, and diverse future. At Athletico, we believe in the power of advocacy and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all our patients and employees. (more…)
How Do I know If I Have a Concussion?
Posted on by Kimberly Smith, PT, DPT, VRT
Contrary to belief, a concussion injury does not have to be sustained by a direct blow to the head. In 2014, falls were the leading cause of mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Falls accounted for 47% of all TBI-related ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States in 2014. (CDC) Being struck by or against an object was the second leading cause of TBI, accounting for about 15% of TBI-related ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S. in 2014. (CDC) Among all age groups, motor vehicle crashes were the third leading cause of TBI-related ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths (14%) in the U.S. in 2014. (CDC) Approximately 1 in 4 mild traumatic brain injuries in adults occurred at work. (Terry, 2018) (more…)
Exercises to Build Strength after 40
Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1
It’s 2023, and you’re another year older, and multiple sources have emphasized over your lifetime that your muscle strength and size will decline with age and take a noticeable sharp decline after 30, right? Well, that trend is largely context dependent. Age-related changes will indeed occur, but the magnitude will be largely based on an individual’s activity status and resistance-training status. Individuals who are sedentary are the most at risk for this aging phenomenon. If you implement resistance training and keep your nutrition in check, you can effectively slow or hold off age-related changes in muscle mass and strength. (more…)
6 Warm-Up Stretches for Overhead Athletes Before a Game
Posted on by Josh Lawrence, MS, L/ATC
“Go get your arm warmed up!” This is a phrase I hear all the time for overhead athlete sports, whether it’s the relief pitcher in baseball, the center fielder in softball, the ACE server in volleyball, or the star QB. This is solid advice; it’s never a good idea to go into aggressive overhead activity without a proper warm-up, but what makes a good warm-up? That can be a very loaded question! Fortunately, by understanding the anatomy of the shoulder and the requirement by its muscles to work optimally overhead, it can be simple to get an athlete ready for action and, more importantly, lower their risk for injury. (more…)