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Injury Prevention Tips For Trail Runners

Posted on by Blake Helton, PT, DPT
Trail running is a great way to spice up your running routine by getting a little closer to nature! However, trails are hardly ever forgiving. Often, they are teeming with treacherous inclines and declines, switchbacks, hairpin turns, fallen trees and branches, and errant rocks looking to sideline you. A review of 22 various studies regarding trail runners revealed that the most vulnerable anatomical sites to injury on the trail are the plantar foot, ankle, Achilles tendon, knee and lower back.1 (more…)

The Role of Physical Therapy in the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted on by Jonathan Go, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS
As we enter deeper into the COVID-19 crisis, those working within the physical therapy profession continue to face challenging circumstances managing patient care while considering the safety for themselves and their families. However, as we have moved through this crisis, I have a newfound perspective and respect for our profession as a whole. (more…)

Does Poor Posture Really Cause Back Pain?

Posted on by Kirk Johnson, PT, DPT
How many times have you heard from your elders to “Sit up straight” or “Stop slouching.” We often hear these phrases growing up and many others like them. But how much does our posture relate to the development of back pain? Growing up, I always thought it was very important and as I began my training as a physical therapist, that was reaffirmed. However, as I became more of an orthopedic expert, I realized it is not nearly as important as we were told. (more…)

Safety Tips for Running in the Dark

Posted on by Danielle McIntyre, PT, DPT, CMPT
Let’s chat about running safety. When you go out for a run, safety might not be the first thing on your mind. Unfortunately, running at night or in the dark can lead to more dangerous or vulnerable situations. Whether it’s your work schedule, the hot temperatures, or just your preference to run outdoors in the dark, these tips will ensure you enjoy your run and can do so safely. (more…)

Clinical Excellence: Celebrating Athletico’s Board-Certified Specialists

Posted on by Athletico
At Athletico, our clinicians are encouraged to undergo advanced training and pursue certifications, giving them the experience and education to provide our patients with the highest standard of care. We want to recognize the Athletico clinicians who have committed to their education and their practice in becoming board-certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) or Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS). The credentials are designated by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) to those individuals who have successfully become board-certified clinical specialists in working with orthopaedic diagnoses or sports injuries. (more…)

The Importance of Baseline Testing for Concussion Management

Posted on by Andrew Wyman, MS, ATC, ITAT
With sports slowly returning to our landscape, concussions continue to be an aspect of athletics that players, parents and coaches need to address properly. One step that can be taken prior to the season that may assist with management of a concussion is having an athlete undergo baseline testing. (more…)

What are the Benefits of Video Gait Analysis?

Posted on by Danielle McIntyre, PT, DPT, CMPT
Have you ever considered participating in a video running analysis? They can be beneficial to runners for several reasons. With improved form, your running economy improves, leading to less wasted energy and potentially, a quicker pace! Your risk for injury can also be reduced, allowing you to continue running and to reach all of your goals in the future. Whether you are a seasoned runner looking to reach new goals, a runner who has recently taken time off due to an injury, or someone who is completely new to running, a Video Gait Analysis (VGA) can help! (more…)

What is GOOD Physical Therapy?

Posted on by Jonathan Go, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS
How do you choose which physical therapist you should see? Are all types of physical therapy the same? Physical therapists have different backgrounds, training, and specialties depending on where they went to school, what advanced courses they have taken, and their own belief systems. Physical therapists may also specialize in working with different body parts such as shoulders, ankles, or knees. Finally, there are physical therapists who work with a certain population of patients such as athletes, dancers, or those with work-related injuries. (more…)
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