Overuse Foot and Ankle Injuries in Gymnasts
Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
Foot and ankle injuries can occur during various sports, but a shoe or cleat may protect the foot from more severe injuries. However, some sports are performed barefoot, such as gymnastics. Gymnasts have high demands on their feet and ankle, especially when landing their skills on vault, bars, floor, and beam. Gymnastics places high impact forces and high repetitions on growing young athletes. Gymnasts train all year and are therefore susceptible to overuse injuries. (more…)
A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Balance Training
Posted on by Kimberly Smith, PT, DPT, VRT
Kimberly Smith is the Assistant Manager of Clinical Programs, IL Regional Coordinator - Vestibular/Concussion Program If you or someone you know has fallen, you are not alone. Balance quickly diminishes after the mid-50s, increasing the risk for falls and other adverse health outcomes. According to the National Institute on Aging, 1 in 3 individuals will suffer a fall each year. The good news is it is never too late to improve your balance and fitness to decrease these risks. This may be as simple as making minor changes, just a few minutes a day, and using your local Physical Therapist as a resource! The pandemic has not helped reduce the falls problem, as most of the population 65 and older became stationary, less active, and was not challenging their bodies to the full potential. As part of Falls Prevention Awareness Month this September, we would like to highlight the importance of early detection and prevention for yourself or a loved one. (more…)
Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2022: Week 1
Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Week 1 of the professional football season starts tonight, which means Fantasy Football players need to finalize their starting lineups before kickoff. (more…)
Congratulations to Athletico’s Newest Board-Certified Specialists
Posted on by Athletico
At Athletico, our clinicians undergo advanced training and pursue certifications for the experience and education necessary to provide our patients with the highest standard of care. For this reason, we take a moment to recognize the clinicians committed to their education and practice in becoming board-certified as Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists (OCS) or Sports Clinical Specialists (SCS). These credentials are designated by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) to those who have successfully become board-certified clinical specialists working with orthopaedic or sports diagnoses. (more…)
Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2022
Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
The wait is finally over – the professional football season starts on September 8th. This also marks the start of Fantasy Football, a fun social experience that brings people together over some friendly competition. To help you finalize your starting lineup, Athletico’s Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert. provides tips via the Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report. This weekly report will give you the rundown on significant player injuries in the league and recommendations to help you get the most out of your Fantasy Football team. (more…)
An Honest Discussion On Opioids
Posted on by Brian Whittington, PT, DPT, CMTPT
Randy Ramseyer pleads with the head of the District Attorney’s office to take his concerns seriously. Ramseyer and his partner are Virginia lawyers following an alarming trend. Nearly all of their cases are connected to OxyContin. Ramseyer doesn't fully realize the scope of this problem, but in a clear, confident voice, he says, “Our community is ground zero for a national catastrophe!” This catastrophe became commonly known as the “opioid epidemic” and this dramatic scene was captured in the hit Hulu show Dopesick. Dopesick, an 8-part mini-series starring Michael Keaton, captures its audience by exposing the underbelly of the opioid epidemic. Yet the series' most important contribution was to capture how the opioid epidemic affected real people, families, and countless communities around the country. (more…)
Is it Safe to Run with Knee Pain?
Posted on by Rebecca Pudvah PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS
Generally speaking, exercise should not be painful. Pain is an alarm system within the body telling you something is not working properly. So, should you keep running when your knee hurts? When do you go to the doctor? Will they ask you to stop running? Can you ignore it? Stop right there. (more…)
So Your Baseball Season is Done….Now What?
Posted on by Zach Kirkpatrick, PT, MPT, SCS
If you know anything about youth baseball, the season seems never ending as kids go from one team to another and never seem to have an offseason. Most youth baseball players and parents don’t realize that the offseason is equally if not more important than the regular season. It is a chance for the body to recover and adapt to the changes that were imposed on it during the regular season. Now the offseason does not mean it’s time to sit around and do nothing; it’s a great chance to improve your strength and conditioning and address asymmetries as well as faults in your throwing motion. (more…)