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How Long Does ACL Recovery Take?

Posted on by Kevin Lohbeck, PT, DPT
Approximately over 250,000 people tear their ACL every year, with the most at-risk population being young female athletes.1 Despite being a common injury, every ACL reconstruction rehabilitation is different. Protocols depend on graft type, concomitant injuries like meniscus or MCL, and surgeon preference. For this reason, ACL protocols need to be a combination of both criteria-based and time-based. From a criteria-based perspective, physical therapists need to make sure athletes can get back to squatting, jumping, landing, cutting, and all other sport-related tasks with good mechanics to set them up for success as they return to sports. From a time-based perspective, physical therapists need to consider tissue healing time and appropriate tissue loading. Each athlete achieves their objective criteria at different times. It can take anywhere from 6 months to 24 months post op for athletes to get back to full participation, with a majority of athletes returning to sport between the 9- and 12-month mark. (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2022: Week 5

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Fantasy football players are now entering Week 5 of the football season. A few may be scrambling to fill the gaps in their roster due to injuries affecting their team. To help you decide who to sit and who to start, Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert. provides the following tips in this week’s Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report. (more…)

Is My Neck Pain Normal?

Posted on by Tony Matoska PT, DPT, CMPT
Experiencing neck pain can be very worrisome, especially the first time. A lot of thoughts may be running through your head. What happened? Is this serious? Is this normal? You may be surprised to know that your neck pain is likely very normal. Studies have found that between 10-20% of the population is experiencing neck pain at any given time, and 54% have experienced neck pain within the last six months. Prevalence is generally higher in women than in men and peaks around 45 years of age. (more…)

4 Tips to Help Kids Find a Love for Exercise

Posted on by Rebecca Pudvah PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS
Does your child have an affinity for the couch, computer, or tablet? Do you struggle to get your child to engage in sports, outdoor play, or physical activity? Here are some top tips to help foster a love for exercise in your children: (more…)

Beginners Guide to Indoor Cycling

Posted on by Rebecca Pudvah PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS
Indoor cycling is an extraordinary way to improve your health and fitness from the comfort of your home. But where do you start? Do you buy an upright bike, recumbent bicycle, bicycle trainer for your road bike, or fancy “smart trainer?” The options may seem daunting but let me help you make the best choice for your needs. (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2022: Week 4

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
If your fantasy football team didn’t perform as well as you hoped for in Week 3, it may be time to make some changes to your lineup! Athletico’s Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert. highlights injuries within the professional league each week in the Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report so you know who to sit and who to start. (more…)

11 Reasons You Should Start Protecting Your Joints in Your 20s and 30s

Posted on by Rebecca Pudvah PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS
With balance and strength declining as we age, often after the mid-50s, you may think that you don’t need to worry about improving these skills until much later in life. The truth is that maintaining physical fitness throughout your 20s and 30s comes with a number of benefits that can help set you up for better overall health long-term. Let’s take a look at a few key reasons why it’s never too early to start prioritizing your joint health. (more…)

Stop Falls Before They Happen

Posted on by Malvika Sampath, PT, DPT
The CDC reports that over 800,000 people are hospitalized each year due to a fall. This is a huge number of people, but there is the potential to mitigate some risks associated with falls. This blog will educate you on a few exercises to build up strength and balance to assist in the prevention of falls. (more…)
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