Category: Exercise

Concussion Baseline Testing Aids Return-To-Play Decisions

August 10th, 2018

There has been a 60% increase in the estimated number of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) seen among young athletes in the past decade according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can cause lasting effects on brain tissue and change the chemical balance of the

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Youth Athletes who Play Multiple Sports are Healthier, Happier

March 2nd, 2018

In an era of specialization in sports involving athletes of all ages, physical therapists join most medical experts in agreeing that young athletes generally remain mentally and physically healthier, achieve greater success, and learn to enjoy a lifetime of physical fitness when they opt to play multiple sports. In contrast, allowing youths to specialize in

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Exercise May Improve Your Memory & Mood

January 26th, 2018

Orthopedic professionals such as physicians and physical therapists often refer to the human body’s kinetic chain – the notion that all bones, joints and “links” are connected, and that movement in one area can affect function in all areas. While not officially part of the kinetic chain, it turns out the human brain is affected

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Use Fitness Apps This Year, but Use Them with Caution

December 29th, 2017

As more people continue to turn to health apps on their smartphones to help achieve goals related to exercise and weight loss, it’s important to use such tools with an element of personal caution, say physical therapists and other medical professionals.  According to a report by the firm Research 2 Guidance, more than 325,000 health apps were available to

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These tight hamstrings are a pain!

September 26th, 2017

Taking a full body look at our posture can help minimize those aches and pains we have from our low back, to our neck and shoulders. Some of the heavy hitters are the calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, and upper trapezius (the large muscles that run from our neck to our shoulder blades). There are some common

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Exercise and Memory - the Link

Physical Exercise is Essential for a Strong Memory

September 7th, 2017

While a relationship between the body and mind has long been theorized – 1st Century Roman poet Juvenal once suggested people should pray for “mens sana in corpore sano” (a sound mind in a sound body) over power and wealth – a physiological connection between physical exercise and improved memory has been well-documented scientifically. “There

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Managed exercise, physical therapy can improve concussion symptoms

July 25th, 2017

With high school sports starting up soon, and NFL training camp in full swing, concussions are certain to ramp up within the mainstream consciousness. And while talk will often point to conventional wisdom which states that “time and rest” are the best and only options for recovery from concussion, physical therapists point to studies that

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Summer Flip Flops

Summer Pro Tip: Wear your flip-flops with caution

June 6th, 2017

Warmer weather means lighter clothing all around, and footwear is no exception. But before you grab the flip-flops for summer outings and activities, physical therapists join other medical professionals in offering a word of caution: long-term flip-flop use can be bad for the feet, as well as other parts of your body. Why? Because not

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Think prevention during Stroke Awareness Month

May 3rd, 2017

While we start what’s been known since 1989 as National Stroke Awareness Month (May), physical therapists are eager to point out that stroke is a medical emergency that’s highly preventable, and that movement and exercise are keys to such prevention. As is true with so many conditions and ailments, getting out and living an active

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Don’t confuse soreness with pain

April 20th, 2017

There’s soreness, and then there’s pain. It’s important to not confuse the two, say physical therapists. To active people in general and athletes at all levels, the inability to recognize the differences between muscle soreness and pain can mean pushing your body – your muscles and joints – to the point of injury. It’s the

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