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Should Gymnasts Lift Weights?

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

Gymnasts are strong, and they have to be to do their amazing tumbling passes, hang and spin on the bars, and perform their routines on beam or pommel horse. Weight lifting is a common way that many athletes build strength. However, in the gymnastics world, weight lifting has mixed reactions. Historically, many gymnastic coaches and athletes have discouraged weight lifting routines as they may “bulk” up the athlete. Gymnasts need to maintain certain agility and flexibility to perform their skills and be able to fly through the air. The question becomes, “can a gymnast lift weights for strengthening purposes without causing harm?”

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How to Rock Your Cheerleading Tryouts

Posted on by Ashley Kovalcik, PTA

Cheerleading has become one of the fastest-growing sports, and it is no surprise why! Cheerleading has evolved into an activity involving gymnastics, stunts, jumps, and dance jam-packed into a three-minute routine, while most times simultaneously cheering for your school. We hope these tips help you feel more prepared for your big day!

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6 Warm-Up Stretches for Overhead Athletes Before a Game

Posted on by Josh Lawrence, MS, L/ATC

“Go get your arm warmed up!” This is a phrase I hear all the time for overhead athlete sports, whether it’s the relief pitcher in baseball, the center fielder in softball, the ACE server in volleyball, or the star QB. This is solid advice; it’s never a good idea to go into aggressive overhead activity without a proper warm-up, but what makes a good warm-up? That can be a very loaded question! Fortunately, by understanding the anatomy of the shoulder and the requirement by its muscles to work optimally overhead, it can be simple to get an athlete ready for action and, more importantly, lower their risk for injury.

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4 Easy Steps to Improve Offseason Training Tips for Young Pitchers

Posted on by Scott Snyder PT, DPT

With winter in full effect, it is time to shift the focus of training for our throwers toward preparation for the spring. As the demand for increased pitch speed increases, it is important that throwing athletes make the most of the winter to reduce their risk of injury before ramping up their throwing in preseason training. Although most throwing injuries occur in the arm, athletes can minimize injury risk and increase pitch count by focusing on leg strength and core stability in addition to mechanics.

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Most Common Pickleball Injuries

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

Even though pickleball was invented in 1965, it has been gaining popularity very quickly since the early 2000s. Pickleball was the fastest-growing sport from 2019-2022. Pickleball is played both indoors and outdoors and has both singles and doubles. Though it resembles tennis, pickleball is played on a much smaller court and using solid-faced paddles and the rules differ from tennis as well. As with any sport, as the popularity grows, so do the injuries. Here are some of the injuries that can occur in pickleball and ways to prevent injury:

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How Shoulders Can Affect the Low Back in Cheerleaders

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

Cheerleading is a popular sport in high schools and universities, and a competitive all-star sport. All-star teams are comprised of a variety of ages; they can be co-ed and practice multiple days per week for competitions. Cheerleading athletes are more susceptible to certain injuries, including a high incidence of low back pain.

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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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Up-Par Body Workouts for Golf

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

Every golfer out there is always looking for ways to improve their game. Whether they look to practice their short game, work to improve the consistency of their drives, or try to improve their chipping ability, the work never stops. Strength training is one “easy” way these golfers can improve their game. Most understand the importance of improving hip and leg strength to help drive power into their swing, but the upper body is equally as important to help drive power and control gains. Thus, it is important to improve upper body strength to prepare for your best swing. This workout will help increase club head speed, improve control, reduce injury risk, and prepare your body for the forces applied during a golf swing. These workouts will target the large force generators and stabilizers of the upper body portion of the golf swing. Since this is a strength workout, the best gains will be made by using weights. This workout should be performed once per week for each specific exercise listed.

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