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International Women’s Day: Break the Bias

Posted on by Athletico
March 8th signifies International Women's Day (IWD), a global day celebrating women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. It is one of the most important days to celebrate women's accomplishments and raise awareness about women's equality. To celebrate this day, we asked leaders to speak on the Importance of Gender Equality in the Workplace. Together, we can take action for a more inclusive and diverse future, one without stereotypes and biases. (more…)

Why You Should Try Dry Needling The Next Time You Are In Pain

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT
Trigger point injections have been around since the 1940s, but dry needling has recently become the latest craze. Why? What is dry needling? And how could it help me? Dry needling has many different philosophies and approaches. Some practitioners will perform trigger point dry needling, others will perform dry needling with needle retention, and some will even use dry needling with electrical stimulation. Ultimately, dry needling, no matter what form it is utilized in, triggers an inflammatory response to the tissue, promoting blood flow and healing. (more…)

2022 Team USA Paralympians to Watch in Beijing

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
The 2022 Winter Paralympics will have 78 events featuring six sports. The snow sports are alpine skiing, cross country skiing, biathlon, and snowboarding. The ice sports include para ice hockey and wheelchair curling. Paralympic athletes have a range of disabilities that include but are not limited to impaired muscle power, impaired range of movement, limb deficiency, vision impairment, and intellectual impairment. Here are some Paralympians to watch for in Beijing in 2022: (more…)

Importance of Off-Season Exercises: 3 Rest Based Exercises to Improve Weaknesses

Posted on by Chelsea Silva, PT, DPT
I’d like you to take a minute and picture a car. Imagine driving that car for an entire year without stopping. It’s not possible, and even if it were, the car wouldn’t run as smooth as it would if you took the time to realign the tires or change the oil. If you drove this car all year without taking the time to focus on the smaller pieces that help the car run as efficiently as possible, then you’d run the car to the ground. (more…)

5 Exercises to Improve Shoulder Health

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1
Shoulders are the most mobile joint in the human body, offering a wide range of potential movements and positions they can get into during our daily life. The shoulder’s mobility relies on muscles, ligaments, and tendons as a source of stability rather than bone like the hip joint. Due to their nature, the shoulder is also commonly injured, with 18-26% of the population having some shoulder issues at any given moment. To combat this phenomenon, I will provide exercises aimed at improving overall shoulder health and longevity, with some nice side effects of improved posture and increased muscle tone. A good routine to follow with the following exercises is to perform 3 sets of 15-20 repetitions to supplement your current training routine. (more…)

What Does Preventative Physical Therapy Look Like?

Posted on by Brian Whittington, PT, DPT, CMTPT
Most of us had our first experience with physical therapy after we sustained an injury or underwent surgery. It should be no surprise that we often think of physical therapy as something we do after an injury or post-surgery. But did you know that physical therapy is often used as a preventative tool? Preventative physical therapy may be more valuable than we realize, as the old adage tells us, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Let’s dissect what preventative physical therapy looks like. (more…)

Can PT Help Prevent Heart Disease?

Posted on by J. Cory Silver, PT, DPT, VRT, CAFS, 3DMAPS
The short answer is YES! Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. With a widespread problem, we should consider all of our options for prevention. (more…)

How Much Do You Know About Back Pain?

Posted on by Brian Chapman, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Many people throughout their lives have encountered back pain. In fact, as many as two-thirds of adults will be affected by back pain at some point in their lives. Anyone that has had to deal with back pain knows how difficult it can be. However, back pain comes with difficulty in determining what treatment options are best, what will happen if I can’t work, and what can I do to make sure this back pain doesn’t happen again. (more…)
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