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Spotting Safety During Tumbling

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
With many tumbling sports, such as gymnastics and cheerleading, one of the most obvious risks for injury is to the athlete doing the tumbling skill. However there is also a risk for the spotter. The spotter is usually a coach or teammate who works to make sure tumbling skills are performed safely. For many coaches, the ratio of athletes to coach is such that they can be performing many repetitions of the same movement during a single practice. This can place added stress and increase the risk of injury to the spotter’s shoulder, wrist and low back. (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2019: Week 9

Posted on by Athletico
Heading into week 9 of the professional football season, many fantasy football players are preparing to fill holes in their rosters as a result of injuries and a brutal bye week. To help you start your best lineup, our very own Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, is highlighting significant player injuries impacting teams around the league. These insights are put together inside the Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report, which is a resource to help fantasy football players manage their starting lineups on a weekly basis. (more…)

Q&A: What Does 500 Clinics Means to You?

Posted on by Athletico
October 2019 has been a very special month at Athletico Physical Therapy. Not only did we have the opportunity to honor our wonderful clinicians in recognition of National Physical Therapy Month, but we are also celebrating a milestone – reaching 500 clinics! (more…)

PT Month 2019: Celebrating Athletico’s Impact

Posted on by Athletico
Every October during National Physical Therapy Month we highlight the impact that our clinicians have on the lives of patients within the communities where we live and work. As we take a look at the impact the Athletico team made in 2019, there are a few categories that stand out, including patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and community support. For instance, did you know that 98 percent of patients would recommend their family and friends to Athletico? This satisfaction rating stems from the superior care delivered to patients from our clinicians, many of whom have pursued advanced certifications to improve upon their expertise and skillsets. (more…)

Can Physical Therapy Improve My Balance?

Posted on by Kyle Dodge, PT, DPT, OCS
Balance is simply defined as an individual’s ability to maintain their center of gravity over their base of support. Lean over too far beyond your base of support, and you’ll be falling to the ground. Narrow your base of support too much and it doesn’t take too far to lean before you lose your balance. That’s one reason that so many falls happen in the mid stance phase of the gait cycle when you’re standing on only one foot and have a significantly reduced base of support. (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2019: Week 8

Posted on by Athletico
Player injuries are impacting many fantasy football teams as we approach the halfway point of the 2019 season. Our very own Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, is shedding light on some of these injuries in order to help you make the right decision on who to sit and who to start in week 8. These tips are put together in the Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report, which is shared on a weekly basis to help fantasy football players start their best lineups. (more…)

The Fourth Trimester: The Birth of a Mother

Posted on by Tina Christie PT, CCE, FAFS, FMR, 3DMAPS
In the weeks following the birth of a baby, a new mother emerges. The fourth trimester used to be defined as the first six weeks postpartum. This period was also known as a singular event, only being addressed at the six-week checkup. The visit would consist of a depression screening, evaluation of the cervix, uterus, cesarean birth scar/episiotomy scar, family planning/birth control and discussion of breast/bottle feeding. In recent years this has changed – and for good reason. (more…)

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…)
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