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How Much Do You Know About Stretching?

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

People always mention the importance of stretching, but what does that truly mean? There are many stretching options for you, and the benefits of stretching vary with the type and how they are performed. How much do you know about stretching?

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Best Ways to Stay Pain-Free On The Playground

Posted on by Erik Krol, MOT, OTR/L

Daily physical activity for children provides a number of advantages and health benefits for development. According to Dr. Edward Laskowski of Mayo Clinic, children should do vigorous activities at least three days a week. Adults who care for children can encourage them to participate in active play that includes many common school-age activities-such as playing on playground equipment. Despite all the musculoskeletal benefits of running, climbing, and jumping, there are always considerations to best ensure safety and pain-free play.

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Do You Want to Be a Ninja?

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Who didn’t have a moment in childhood where you wanted to be a ninja? Ninjas are cool, stealthy, and can do things that seem to defy gravity. With the show, American Ninja Warrior on television, the rise of ninja warrior gyms has grown in the past few years. Ninja warrior has become an actual sport, and there are competitions all over America. Ninja warrior combines the skills of gymnastics, running, rock climbing, and weightlifting; in summary, these athletes are incredibly strong, agile, and flexible.

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Are Hot or Cold Showers Better for Muscle Recovery

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1

If you are reading this blog, you are interested in the best strategies to enhance your muscle growth and recovery. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, someone trying to build muscle, or someone who participates in sports competitions, you are trying to maximize your recovery and performance in any way you can. This blog looks at the strategy of manipulating shower temperature to facilitate recovery, usually from DOMS (Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness). To understand recovery, we first must understand DOMS and the role inflammation plays in our body.

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A Complete Core Workout for Runners

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT

Running can place up to 3 times your body weight of force on the body. Because of this extremely high demand, having a strong core is important. The core muscles include the diaphragm, transverse abdominus, rectus abdominus, obliques, pelvic floor, and multifidus. These muscles provide stability to the trunk when the arms and legs are being used, as well as through an axial load (which occurs during running). A strong core to absorb all of the force described above with running is critical to prevent injuries. Below you will find a complete core workout to help encourage core strength to help prevent injuries.

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A Daily Walk is Worth Your Time

Posted on by Dawn Klos, ASTYM cert

How much time or distance would you need to achieve health benefits? Most research would suggest 30 minutes of walking can help you to achieve your health goals. Here are a few good reasons to schedule a daily walk.

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Body Parts You’re Neglecting During Workouts

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1

Squat, bench, chin up and deadlift. What do all of these exercises have in common? They stimulate a lot of total musculature and are a great start to building a strong and aesthetic physique. Most people will progress just fine focusing on those few exercises; of course, they can sprinkle some others in there, but the nuts and bolts are there. While these exercises stimulate many muscles, they don’t do a great job of stimulating all of them effectively. It’s these body parts that need some extra work to get enough stimulus to make adaptations, and these muscles are key to providing support to your joints during your workouts and your life.

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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:

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