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Stretch Rx for Achieving the Splits

Posted on by Kathleen Warner, PT, DPT, Performing Arts Specialty
Is your goal to learn the splits? Beyond just improving flexibility, this skill can be useful for athletes in a variety of sports – from gymnasts and cheerleaders to hockey goalies. However, learning to safely perform this movement takes a lot of practice and consistency. See below for recommended stretches and some evidence-based tips for improving your flexibility and achieving this goal. (more…)

How Can Parents Help Their Student Athlete?

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
It has been estimated that more than 50 percent of high school students participate in a sport.1 This does not include younger children who may have previously participated in athletics. With these considerations, many parents may find themselves worrying about their athlete, asking questions like: Are their aches and pains just muscle soreness or a more serious injury? Do I take my child to the doctor? Do they need x-rays? Should they use ice or heat for their pain? (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2019: Week 7

Posted on by Athletico
As injuries continue to impact teams around the league this season, many fantasy football players are having trouble filling holes in their rosters. This week’s Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report can help you make the right decisions for your starting lineup. So whether you are looking to stack a couple of wins or are trying to turn around a losing season, our very own Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, is highlighting significant player injuries that you should be aware of. (more…)

5 Exercises to Improve Your Balance

Posted on by Malvika Sampath, PT, DPT
Do you feel off balance? Are you hesitant to go on a walk outside because of uneven surfaces? Do you avoid going to dinner because there may be steps? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to work on improving your balance. (more…)

Test Your Athletico IQ

Posted on by Athletico
As an organization, Athletico celebrates National Physical Therapy Month every October as a way to recognize the impact that our staff members have on the patients and communities where we live and work. This October we are also celebrating an Athletico milestone – as we open our 500th clinic in the neighborhood of Westport in Kansas City, MO (officially named Athletico Kansas City – Westport). (more…)

The Hip: The Forgotten Joint

Posted on by Brian Vetterkind, PT, DPT, CMTPT, CMPT
Although it’s one of the biggest and most important joints in the human body, the hip joint is sometimes overlooked when evaluating, treating and diagnosing musculoskeletal conditions. With normal movement patterning, the hip is used heavily for bending, twisting, rotating and propelling forward. Mechanical breakdowns will occur if the hip is unable to function at peak efficiency, often at other segments like the knee or lumbar spine. (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2019: Week 6

Posted on by Athletico
Injuries and bye weeks have many fantasy football players scrambling to fill gaps in their rosters as we head into week 6 of the professional football season. (more…)

What is the Difference Between an ACL Sprain and Tear?

Posted on by Brian Whittington, PT, DPT, CMTPT
ACL injuries are one of the most recognized knee injuries that occurs in patients of all ages. Yet, there is often differences in the treatments and recovery of an ACL injury. While many factors may influence the recovery process, one significant factor is determining if the ACL is sprained or torn. So you might be wondering; what’s the difference between an ACL sprain and tear? (more…)
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