Category Archive: Stretching

Oct
22

Stay Limber and Stay Healthy

Photo A - Quad Stretch

October is National Physical Therapy Month! The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) would like to recognize the thousands of physical therapists as dedicated health care providers. Moreover, physical therapists would like to thank the public for allowing us to participate in your health and wellness. While PT’s may not save lives…we do save LIFESTYLES! This …

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Oct
26

Stay Limber and Stay Healthy

  October is National Physical Therapy Month! The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) would like to raise public awareness of the thousands of dedicated physical therapists as health care providers. Moreover, physical therapists would like to thank the public for allowing us to participate in your health and wellness. This column will address a question …

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Aug
25

Muscle Cramps

MUSCLE CRAMPS! PIAA fall sport teams began their first week of official practice a few weeks ago – including double sessions for high school football. While a warm August may be a wonderful time of year to swim and kayak, it may not offer the best temperature and humidity for athletes playing football or soccer. …

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Sep
03

Muscle Cramps

  This weekend marked the beginning of high school football in NEPA! While a warm September may be a wonderful time of year to watch football from the bleachers, it often plays havoc on athletes as they suffer from severe muscle cramping. This year was not exception as many players limped off the field in …

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Oct
17

Stay Limber and Stay Healthy

October is National Physical Therapy Month! The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) would like the public to recognize the dedication of physical therapists as health care providers. Moreover, physical therapists would like to thank the public for allowing us to participate in your health and wellness. This column will address a question that is frequently …

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Mar
23

Hamstring Injuries Common in Spring Sports and Cool Temperatures: Part 2 of 2

Last week we presented the definition, cause and symptoms of hamstring strains while this week will be dedicated to diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Mar
15

Hamstring Injuries and Cool Weather: Part 1 of 2

Hamstring strains are very common in almost all sports. Moreover, participating in spring sports in the cool temperatures of NEPA presents additional challenges. New research shows that these injuries can be prevented by following a specifically designed intensive training program.

Oct
26

Stay Limber and Stay Healthy!

This column will address a question that is frequently asked by people of all ages and activity levels…stretching.

Jun
13

Muscle Cramps

A muscle cramp is defined as an involuntary contraction or spasm of a muscle that will not relax. The tight muscle spasm is painful and debilitating. It can involve all or part of the muscle and groups of muscles.

May
15

Injury Prevention and Safety for Spring and Summer Sports

Soon summer will be here. It is that time of year when kids begin playing summer sports and attending summer sports camps. It is also a time when injury rates are high due to extreme temperatures, poor conditioning, and poor hydration. One concern I have always had was the fact that well-intended coaches did not always have the information or staff to have an effective plan to prevent or manage injuries.

May
15

Hamstring Injuries Common in Soccer and Football

Hamstring strains are very common in football, both American and European. Each fall, as the season begins, many players suffer from pain in the back of their thigh when they pull or strain the hamstring muscle. New research shows that these injuries can be prevented by following a specifically designed intensive training program.

May
15

Groin Strain

A groin strain is a tear of the muscle fibers of the groin muscle. This injury, like others, varies in intensity.

May
10

Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Tennis: Stretching the Shoulder. Part III of III

Last week we discussed the importance of strengthening and stabilizing the shoulder muscles to prevent injuries in tennis. This week we will focus on stretching the shoulder for injury prevention.