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Returning To Sports After Quarantine

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
After months at home away from sports, athletes can start to look forward to returning to doing what they love again! As states begin to reopen, sports practices and games are beginning to resume. Many athletes may find themselves excited to return to sports but are they physically ready to jump right back in? These are some considerations for athletes, parents and coaches as they return to sports after this break. (more…)

At-Home Lower Body Strengthening Exercises

Posted on by Zach Kirkpatrick, PT, MPT, SCS
Normally, athletes would be in the midst of their summer sports leagues in preparation for the upcoming school sports season. Due to COVID-19, our athletes are now participating in online and virtual practices with their teams, with some states just starting modified live training. One aspect that should not be overlooked as high school sports associations plan for fall sports seasons, is how our athletes are continuing to stay strong despite closed gyms and school weights rooms. While working out at home is an option, you may find you’re limited due to lack of equipment and your environment. To help, here are a few exercises athletes can do to strengthen their legs and help prevent knee injuries. This quick 3-part workout can be done at home using only a chair and adding some tempos and holds. (more…)

How to Practice Mindful Eating

Posted on by John Senft, NASM-CPT, YES, NBATA-CE
Often young adults starting college gain weight due to their change in environment (i.e. different eating habits, lack of working out, etc.) It’s been coined the “Freshman 15.” Now that COVID-19 has interrupted everyone’s daily routine, people are buzzing around the term “Quarantine 19.” With the sudden change in our habits, people may feel as if they are putting on additional weight, and notice their eating habits have changed. Stress eating, access to more or different foods, distracted/mindless eating, and different eating patterns - can all account for weight gain. The closure of gyms, running paths, and recreational activities can also contribute to weight gain. Here are some solutions to practice more mindful eating. (more…)

At-Home Balance Exercises

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Walking down a hallway, up and down stairs, or going for a bike ride are just a few things that require balance. Balance is comprised of three primary systems: visual, proprioceptive and vestibular systems that collectively work together in order to optimize the ability to balance.1 If one or more of these systems are impaired, the ability to balance becomes increasingly difficulty and can lead to falling. (more…)

Workouts to Try Outdoors

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1
Our nation is currently in the middle of a pandemic that has caused various forms of lock down, shutdowns, shelter-in-place and much more. Due to these restrictions, many businesses have been closed, some are re-opening to some degree, or a few have gone out of business completely. This degree of uncertainty has extended to gyms, fitness centers, Crossfit boxes and various other workout facilities and has placed worry on the shoulders of those who want to continue with their fitness journey. But what do you do when working out at home gets too monotonous for your liking? Going outside is a great choice! Barring hazardous weather events, the great outdoors are never closed and they can be a great way to get access to a workout. The following will be workout recommendations that will be based on various levels of equipment available to the general public. I will highlight two great resources specifically. (more…)

Self-Care for New Parents

Posted on by Jonathan Go, PT, DPT, OCS, GCS
As a new father and experienced physical therapist, I realized being a new parent is not only a rewarding and joyous experience, but it can be very hard on the body! As Father’s Day approaches, here are some tips I would like to share on how to prevent aches and pains as a new parent. (more…)

The Importance of Home Therapy Exercises

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
Our bodies are designed for movement. Without activity, sedentary lifestyles can lead to more problems. Problems associated with sedentary lifestyles include obesity, depression, and heart disease. However, repetitive movements and activity can also lead to aches and pains. These aches and pains may find you seeking help from a physical or occupational therapist. Physical and occupational therapists are equipped to examine and assess your pain and help provide treatments. Oftentimes, your therapist will provide you with therapy homework in conjunction with your visits. This homework is designed to help improve your results and carryover the treatment provided in the clinic. Many times we as therapists get asked, “Why do I need to do exercises at home?” Here are some of the reasons home therapy exercise programs are important. (more…)

Four Things to Know about Tummy Time

Posted on by Malvika Sampath, PT, DPT
There is so much for new parents to know, including concerns as parents bring home their new baby. A huge need for babies is tummy time. As a physical therapist, I recommend to my parent patients that they should attempt to perform a few minutes of tummy time every awake period. This allows for the baby to avoid constantly laying on their back after and right before a nap. Below are four things you should know about tummy time: (more…)
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