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The Importance of Strengthening the Gymnast’s Elbow

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

Gymnastics offers a unique perspective, even allowing some athletes to see the world upside down!

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Considerations for Returning to Soccer after ACL Surgery

Posted on by Athletico

You’re almost there. The initial ACL injury you sustained months ago seems so distant. You’ve endured all the time healing from the surgery, the rehab, and now you are pushing ahead to get better, stronger and faster. You can almost taste the grass, outperforming your opponents, and scoring a goal in the final minutes of the game.

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Cross Country Skiing: Benefits and Injury Risk

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

Cross country skiing or “Nordic Skiing” gets to shine in the spotlight every four years with the Winter Olympic coverage. However, this sport is great every year with many health benefits and a low risk for injuries.

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The Risk of ACL Injuries in Baseball

Posted on by Mike Headtke

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are typically associated with sports like soccer or football, however these injuries can occur in any sport – including baseball.

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At-Home Exercises for Skiers

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

Skiing is a great winter sport for people of all ages. However as with any sport, there is a risk for injury.

For most people, skiing is an activity that they get to participate in only a few times each year. This means the body is not able to remain as conditioned for this activity, which can lead to injuries. Skiing tends to place more stress on the lower body – specifically the knee. This can result in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries. That said, the upper body can also be injured if a skier falls landing on their arm or shoulder. Thankfully there are some exercises that can easily be performed at home to try to decrease the risk of these injuries.

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Tips for Preventing Common Skiing Injuries

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

Skiing is a popular outdoor winter activity that we tend to hear a lot about during the Winter Olympic Games. With the Winter Olympics occurring in PyeongChang this year, it is expected that the skiing will be making headlines in the coming weeks – from discussing amazing performances to unpredictable injuries.

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Who is at Risk for Jumper’s Knee?

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

Sports that involve high levels of running and jumping can leave athletes at increased risk for certain injuries. Basketball is an example of a sport that can predispose athletes to knee pain. Several studies have shown that the knee is the most common site of injury reported in adolescent basketball players, both male and female.1,2

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Importance of Lower Extremity Strengthening for Overhead Athletes

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

Overhead athletes play a variety of sports, including baseball, lacrosse, football, volleyball and even tennis. These athletes require power and strength in their dominant extremity for overhead positions. However, it is important to also consider the lower extremities of these athletes in a strengthening program.

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