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Leaf Raking Injury Prevention Tips

Posted on by Shelia Tenny, OTR/L, CHT

As we tire of the hot and humid, days of summer, many of us look forward to the cool, crisp fall air. This time of year is beloved by many for so many reasons. Football, apple picking and going to the pumpkin patch are just a few! Even though most of us love to admire the scenery as the leaves change from green to various shades of yellow, red and orange, most would agree that raking them is one of the dreaded jobs of autumn. While raking leaves seems easy, the sheer volume of leaves can turn what seems to be a simple tasks into several weekends of work.

To help you combat some of the aches and pains that are often associated with fall yard work, here are a few tips to help you get those leaves out of your yard and if you still have any energy – maybe give you something to look forward to in the spring!

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Tackling the Transition: Back to School Guide for Parents & Students

Posted on by Athletico

Starting a new school year can be stressful during the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused major disruptions to daily life and children are feeling these changes too, especially as we transition back to a not-so-normal school year. While the return to school will be exciting for some students (and maybe a welcome change for parents), others may be feeling anxious or frightened. Here are some tips to help you handle the back to school transition, navigate emotions your children may be experiencing, and resources for parents tackling remote learning.

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Common Workout Myths: Debunked

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

There is a lot of exercise advice available these days. It can be found in magazines, TV shows, online resources, and even come as advice from friends. It may be hard to know what is true and what is not. Read below as we debunk some common workout myths!
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PT-Approved Hiking Tips

Posted on by Athletico

This time of year filled with sun drenched days and warming weather, combined with daylight lingering into the evening hours is known as the “golden” season of hiking. As a plethora of outdoor opportunities abound, it is the perfect time to get off the beaten path and enjoy a hike! Before you trot off on the trail, ensure you have the proper knowledge and injury prevention tips necessary to enjoy the golden days ahead.

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Staying Physically and Mentally Healthy

Posted on by Kimberly Martin, OTR/L

As we continue to move through summer, we are looking at a very different world than a year ago. However, it is important to return to the familiar as the world continues to change. One of the most difficult things to do in unfamiliar times is to relax and enjoy moments. While we have all made changes, and continue to make changes, it is important to center ourselves and get back to doing the things which make summer so great! Here are a few tips to help bring us back to the present and help us appreciate the moments which make summers so enjoyable.

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At-Home Balance Exercises

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.

Walking down a hallway, up and down stairs, or going for a bike ride are just a few things that require balance.

Balance is comprised of three primary systems: visual, proprioceptive and vestibular systems that collectively work together in order to optimize the ability to balance.1 If one or more of these systems are impaired, the ability to balance becomes increasingly difficulty and can lead to falling.

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Scar Management: Tips & Tricks

Posted on by Shelia Tenny, OTR/L, CHT

Scarring is what allows the body to rapidly repair following an injury. This speedy tissue repair process protects the body from fluid loss and infection. However the new tissue is not quite as good as the original tissue. Scarring produces an excessive amount of connective tissue as a part of the reactive, inflammatory, and repairing process. The longer it takes a wound to heal, the more damage is caused, leaving a greater likelihood of an adherent noticeable scar.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day at Athletico

Posted on by Athletico

International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is a day about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action.

In celebration of this day, we recognize the Athletico women in leadership roles and what being a leader means to them. Read their answers below:

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