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Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2020: Week 3

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Player injuries are starting to have an impact on fantasy football teams as we head into week 3 of the 2020 football season. While minor injuries may require a substitute for a couple of weeks, serious injuries can leave fantasy players searching for a permanent replacement. (more…)

Leaf Raking Injury Prevention Tips

Posted on by Shelia Tenny, OTR/L, CHT
As we tire of the hot and humid, days of summer, many of us look forward to the cool, crisp fall air. This time of year is beloved by many for so many reasons. Football, apple picking and going to the pumpkin patch are just a few! Even though most of us love to admire the scenery as the leaves change from green to various shades of yellow, red and orange, most would agree that raking them is one of the dreaded jobs of autumn. While raking leaves seems easy, the sheer volume of leaves can turn what seems to be a simple tasks into several weekends of work. To help you combat some of the aches and pains that are often associated with fall yard work, here are a few tips to help you get those leaves out of your yard and if you still have any energy - maybe give you something to look forward to in the spring! (more…)

Fall Prevention: Tips to Prevent Falls

Posted on by Athletico
Mary Lehnen, PT, DPT and Laura Flanigan, MSOT, OTR/L Why is fall prevention important? Physical and occupational therapists frequently treat patients whose injuries were caused by a fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for adults who are 65 years and older. Falls can lead to serious nonfatal injuries, including fractures of the head and hip. A fall on an outstretched hand, also known as a “FOOSH” injury, can lead to fractures and soft tissue tears of the hand, wrist, forearm and even the shoulder. Falls can be emotionally traumatic to some patients and they may avoid participating in exercise, leisure and necessary daily activities due to fear of falling. This can lead to deconditioning, isolation and negatively impacting an individual’s overall well-being and independence. (more…)

Concussions in Gymnasts: Symptoms and Treatment

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
Gymnastics is considered a high risk sport for head and neck injuries. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can occur from a direct or indirect force on the head. In gymnastics this can be the result of falling on the head, collision with equipment, collision with another athlete, or a fall where the head does not directly take the blow but a whiplash type movement occurs. In each of these scenarios, the brain moves rapidly inside the skull. (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2020: Week 2

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
If you were disappointed in the performance of your fantasy football team in week 1 of the 2020 season, we have some tips that could help you improve your lineup ahead of week 2! (more…)

Ask a PT: How to Properly Fit a Backpack

Posted on by Athletico
As students have returned to school this semester, either learning onsite at school, learning remote at home, or in some form of a hybrid model, several changes must be made. Some of these include early wakeup, a longer commute, more formal dress code, and the return of carrying books and supplies in a backpack. While some of these changes may be difficult to adjust to, the least difficult, wearing a backpack, can occasionally be the most painful. Luckily, many schools are seeing an increased trend toward online books and tablets to minimize the carrying of heavy textbooks and supplies. If your child does have to wear a backpack, here are some helpful tips for backpack fit and wear. (more…)

Aerobic Exercise for a Longer Life

Posted on by George Zakharia, DPT
Just move! Research indicates time and time again that the more you move, especially with aerobic exercise, the longer you may live!1,2,3 Read below as we define what aerobic exercise is and how much you’ll need to help live a longer life. (more…)

Why Your Physical Therapist Should Be Your Doctor

Posted on by Jonathan Go, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS
The medical field is constantly changing and along with it, so is the role of physical therapists in the health system. Physical therapists are continuing to grow in their importance in being the first point of contact for patients seeking a medical provider. Below are six reasons why your physical therapist may be the person that you see first for your medical needs. (more…)
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