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Touring with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: From Chicago to Germany

Posted on by Maria Brady, PT, DPT
I am a performing arts physical therapist working at a downtown Athletico clinic in Chicago. I recently had the opportunity to travel with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago to Germany. As I let my patients know I would be away from the clinic, quite a few asked what I would be doing. When I told them I would be working while traveling internationally, many responded wondering “How does your work as a physical therapist take you to Germany for a week?!” Let me explain… (more…)

AT IQ: How Much Do You Know About Athletic Training?

Posted on by Athletico
Every March Athletico recognizes the important contributions of athletic trainers in the communities where we live and work in celebration of National Athletic Training Month (NATM). This year’s theme from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) highlights the ways athletic trainers (ATs) impact health care through action. To kick off the NATM celebration, we are starting with a quiz that highlights some general questions about the athletic training profession. Test your AT knowledge with the five questions below. (more…)

4 Performance Tips for Overhead Athletes

Posted on by Malvika Sampath, PT, DPT
Training for overhead athletes oftentimes includes performing repetitive overhead activities in order to improve power and strength in their dominant extremity. However, this repetition can lead to overuse injuries, including rotator cuff injuries, labrum tears and ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears. So, how do you become a good overhead athlete while minimizing the risk for overuse injury? Below are tips to improve performance, up your game and avoid injury! (more…)

Plantar Fasciitis: Fact vs. Fiction

Posted on by Sarah Ryerson, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
In the modern world of reality television, exaggerated media headlines and fabricated statistics, deciphering truth from deception often seems to lead to even greater confusion. This is often true with medical conditions – where you are prone to read one thing on the internet, hear something different from your workout buddy and receive a third opinion from your neighbor whose aunt suffered from the same problem. To provide clarity on some misconceptions about plantar fasciitis (and help you avoid a Google search on the condition, which may result in a headache), I am separating fact from fiction below: (more…)

4 Things to Know About Jaw Pain

Posted on by Molly Runquist, PT, DPT, COMT
Are you having pain or clicking in your jaw while yawning or laughing? Does it cause you prolonged pain to chew delicious foods such as a steak, apple, or bagel? Did your dentist offer you a retainer or splint because you grind, clench or have worn your teeth? Answering yes to these questions may indicate that you have a dysfunction going on in or around your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or more simply, issues related to opening and closing your jaw. (more…)

4 Tips for a Good Warm Up and Cool Down

Posted on by Kyle Dodge, PT, DPT, OCS
I had a coach once tell me that the two biggest mistakes people make at the gym are not going enough and doing too much when they do get there. I would add a third mistake to his list: skipping an appropriate warm up and cool down before and after your exercise. (more…)

Cervicogenic Headaches: It’s Not All in Your Head.

Posted on by Molly Runquist, PT, DPT, COMT
There are many different types of headaches. In fact, the International Classification of Headaches has more than 180 pages! However, there is one type of headache that affects more than just your head and can be helped by a physical therapist: cervicogenic headaches. (more…)

The Benefits of Playing Multiple Sports

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
Sports play an important role in many children’s developmental years. Participation in athletics can help children learn motor control, patience, teamwork, listening skills and the benefits of hard work. In 2018, data shows 52 percent of kids aged 6 to 12 participated in team or individual sports. Data from 2008 shows 27 percent of youth athletes specialized in one sport. (more…)
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