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2022 Team USA Paralympians to Watch in Beijing

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

The 2022 Winter Paralympics will have 78 events featuring six sports. The snow sports are alpine skiing, cross country skiing, biathlon, and snowboarding. The ice sports include para ice hockey and wheelchair curling. Paralympic athletes have a range of disabilities that include but are not limited to impaired muscle power, impaired range of movement, limb deficiency, vision impairment, and intellectual impairment. Here are some Paralympians to watch for in Beijing in 2022:

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Importance of Off-Season Exercises: 3 Rest Based Exercises to Improve Weaknesses

Posted on by Chelsea Silva, PT, DPT

I’d like you to take a minute and picture a car. Imagine driving that car for an entire year without stopping. It’s not possible, and even if it were, the car wouldn’t run as smooth as it would if you took the time to realign the tires or change the oil. If you drove this car all year without taking the time to focus on the smaller pieces that help the car run as efficiently as possible, then you’d run the car to the ground.

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What Does Preventative Physical Therapy Look Like?

Posted on by Brian Whittington, PT, DPT, CMTPT

Most of us had our first experience with physical therapy after we sustained an injury or underwent surgery. It should be no surprise that we often think of physical therapy as something we do after an injury or post-surgery. But did you know that physical therapy is often used as a preventative tool? Preventative physical therapy may be more valuable than we realize, as the old adage tells us, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Let’s dissect what preventative physical therapy looks like.

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Team USA Olympians to Watch in Beijing Winter Olympics

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

It’s Olympics time again! Due to COVID, the Summer 2020 Olympics were postponed to 2021, and it is already time for the winter 2022 Olympic Games held in Beijing. Olympic athletes train year-round for their chance to compete on this world stage. Due to this intense training schedule, injuries do occur. Let’s look at some Team USA athletes to keep an eye on when you watch the winter games this year!

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Active Recovery Tips for Gymnasts

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

Gymnasts participate in their sport all year round and multiple days per week. A gymnast performs multiple repetitions of skills and their routines on equipment such as uneven or high bar, beam, floor, vault, pommel horse, or rings within each training session. Due to the nature of their training schedule, gymnasts may not have time for full recovery between events or between training sessions. We know the benefits of rest days, but what about the benefits of active recovery? Active recovery can include recovery between events during one practice as well as recovery between practices.

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5 Exercises to Improve Core Strength for Cheer Stunting

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

The core is the foundation for your entire body. Your core is much more than just abdominal muscles; the core includes the whole trunk, including the front, back, sides, and pelvic floor, and it spans from your shoulder blades to your hips. Every movement for a cheerleader starts at the core. If cheerleaders are not activating the core, then all movements, including running, squatting, basket tosses, and stunting, could be weaker, slower, or lead to injury.

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4 Ways Cheerleaders Can Get Higher Jumps

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

Many cheerleaders want to achieve higher and more powerful jumps. Jumps take practice and repetition. Jumping also involves the whole body, requiring strength in your legs, hips, core, back, and upper body. These four focus areas may help you achieve your high jumping goals!

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Preventing Injuries from Video and E-Gaming

Posted on by Shelia M. Tenny, OTR/L, CHT

With the increased popularity of gaming, otherwise known as eSports, or video gaming, there is increased potential for repetitive injuries in teens and young adults. This type of gaming allows players to participate from their home office or even their bedroom, using a handheld controller keyboard and mouse, or touch screen, possibly while wearing a headset to communicate with fellow teammates. Even though it is not a contact sport, injuries can occur. Here are some tips to prevent injuries, fatigue and strain, and treatment options if you experience a gaming injury.

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