Category Archive: Basketball

Nov
07

Jump Training Program

Basketball season is coming soon and preseason conditioning has begun. Every kid who has ever donned a pair of basketball shoes has dreamed about the thrill of jumping high into the sky toward the hoop to dunk a basketball. Yes, even those of us at 5 feet 8 inches and below can dream. While it …

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Aug
26

Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Baseball Catchers

Baseball Catcher Squat Position

Why write a column about baseball when the season is winding down? Well, baseball is NOT over yet! In fact, the season is just getting exciting as the playoffs are just around the corner. Also, for those not playing in the big leagues, “fall ball” and travel league is just getting under way. AND, by the …

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Apr
09

Final Rehab Following ACL Reconstruction: Part 4 of 4

Unilateral Leg Stance

Part 4 of 4 Guest columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS The past three columns have demonstrated the lengthy rehabilitation process following an ACL reconstruction.  The first four weeks after surgery can be a little uncomfortable and repetitive. The program focuses on controlling pain and swelling, increasing tolerance for weight bearing, restoring knee motion, and …

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Apr
02

Rehab Following ACL Reconstruction: Part 3 of 4

Phase 1: Quad Set

Part 3 of 4 Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS Even though your surgeon probably reconstructed your ACL in about 2 to 2 ½ hours, your rehabilitation phase will require a much longer period of time. Typically, regaining the motion, strength, and function of your knee following ACL reconstruction requires more than three months. …

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Mar
26

ACL Reconstruction Surgery

Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS Part 2 of 4 If your orthopaedic surgeon suspects an ACL tear, he/she will order an MRI (i.e. magnetic resonance imaging) to confirm his diagnosis.  The MRI results may also reveal damage to other critical structures in your knee such as the medial or lateral collateral ligaments on …

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Mar
19

ACL Injury May End Season But Not Career: Part 1 of 4 on ACL Injury

Part 1 of 4 What do Matthew Knowles, Danielle Dalessandro and Matthew Langan have in common? These local basketball stars had their season cut short due to devastating knee injuries: torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). However, while they may have ended their seasons, they did NOT end their careers! Knowles and Langan tore their ACL’s …

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Dec
19

Prevent Ankle Sprains

Part 2 of 2 Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS Why do athletes sprain their ankles?  Ankle stability depends on two-way communication between the brain and the ankle joint including the associated muscles and ligaments. During competition, an athlete’s brain receives a great deal of information from the environment that it must process to make …

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Dec
12

Basketball Season is Ankle-Sprain Season: Part 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, DPT, OCS The Lynett Tournament is only a few weeks away and marks the official start of the basketball season in NEPA and that means ANKLE SPRAINS! Basketball is notorious for causing ankle sprains. According to the statistics, 40% of all high-school basketball injuries are ankle …

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