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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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Ask a PT: How to Properly Fit a Backpack

Posted on by Athletico

As students have returned to school this semester, either learning onsite at school, learning remote at home, or in some form of a hybrid model, several changes must be made. Some of these include early wakeup, a longer commute, more formal dress code, and the return of carrying books and supplies in a backpack. While some of these changes may be difficult to adjust to, the least difficult, wearing a backpack, can occasionally be the most painful. Luckily, many schools are seeing an increased trend toward online books and tablets to minimize the carrying of heavy textbooks and supplies. If your child does have to wear a backpack, here are some helpful tips for backpack fit and wear.

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Aerobic Exercise for a Longer Life

Posted on by George Zakharia, DPT

Just move! Research indicates time and time again that the more you move, especially with aerobic exercise, the longer you may live!1,2,3 Read below as we define what aerobic exercise is and how much you’ll need to help live a longer life.

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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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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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9 Ways to Prevent Injury While Walking the Dog

Posted on by Alicia Walker, MOT, OTR/L

What’s not to love about man’s best friend? In addition to an unbreakable bond, dog ownership comes with many health benefits! Did you know adults that own dogs have fewer chronic diseases, fewer doctor visits and decreased limitations with daily activities?1 Those who own dogs also walk fifty percent more on average, compared to non-dog owners.2

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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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Safety Tips for Running in the Dark

Posted on by Danielle McIntyre, PT, DPT, CMPT

Let’s chat about running safety. When you go out for a run, safety might not be the first thing on your mind. Unfortunately, running at night or in the dark can lead to more dangerous or vulnerable situations. Whether it’s your work schedule, the hot temperatures, or just your preference to run outdoors in the dark, these tips will ensure you enjoy your run and can do so safely.

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