Blogs for the Athlete

Overcoming Hypermobility: My Journey with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Flexibility is often celebrated in the dance world. But for individuals with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), it can pose some unique challenges. My career as a Pilates Instructor and former ballet dancer has been marked by extraordinary flexibility coupled with a history of injuries. In my quest for a solution, I discovered the Redcord suspension system.


How Do My Ankles Affect How I Squat?

Most people that first come into my physical therapy practice have a primary complaint of pain. And generally speaking, that pain creates some type of limitation in their daily life. While they don’t typically complain about their ability (or inability) to squat, this functional movement is something that I always screen for. That's because I get a ton of information from it.


Why Nordic Hamstring Exercises are Important for Soccer Players

In my last blog post, I talked about the most common soccer injuries, and how I use a suspension system from Norway to help my clients overcome injury and get back to an active life by rebalancing their muscles. Today I'm going to talk specifically about how I apply suspension exercises to strengthen the hamstring, since this group of muscles (Semitendinosus, Semimembranosus, and Biceps Femoris) is so difficult and painful to heal from when injured.


The Most Common Soccer Injuries and How The Redcord Suspension System Can Help

As a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), I see firsthand the impact injuries can have on athletes. Soccer is a physically demanding sport and injuries are not unheard of. However, I also know there are many things that a physical therapist can do to help you recover safely and prevent these injuries from happening again.


Working Out with your Menstrual Cycle

Have you ever felt stuck with your workout routine? Or felt that no amount of exercise can help you shed those last few pounds? ‍It might be time for you to consider syncing your workout routine to your menstrual cycle. As women, we are cyclical beings. Throughout about a 28-30ish day window, we are shifting and constantly changing. Our hormones, attitudes, and emotions are different each day.


The (under-appreciated) Hip Adductors

When I first became a physical therapist, it seemed like all the rage in fitness and rehab was about strengthening one specific muscle or muscle group. For example, I would hear about the VMO (Vastus Medialis Oblique) muscle and how “vital” it was for proper tracking of the knee cap when squatting. Or how the glutes were “key” to an effective golf swing. Or how the rhomboids had to be “strong” for good posture. In some cases these theories proved to have some level of validity. But in many cases they became outdated theories and a sign of limited evidence.


Boost Your Bone Health with Kettlebell Training

As a Performance Specialist at Activcore, I frequently get questions from my clients about bone density and ways to improve it (or at least maintain it). Building strong, healthy bones is essential for overall well-being and longevity. While traditional weightlifting has long been associated with bone-building benefits, Kettlebell training offers a dynamic and effective alternative.


What Does a Good Shoulder Treatment Look Like?

There is strong evidence to support suspension based physical therapy for shoulder rehabilitation and performance. So it’s perplexing why it has taken so long to become the gold standard of care. This type of treatment intervention is common in Norway, where it originated. But here in the United States it barely exists. I guess one reason for this is that the profession of physical therapy began in this Nordic region of the world in the early 1800s. Therefore they have about a hundred more years of clinical experience than we do.


SMART Goals for Smart Movement

When you begin an exercise routine, it is helpful to develop a goal for yourself so that you stay on track. When making your goals, keep them simple and SMART. When goals are SMART, they give you the opportunity to make a concrete plan. SMART is the acronym for all components of a well-planned goal.


What Exercises Should I Be Doing to Prevent My Pain From Coming Back?

This is one of the most frequent questions I get asked as a physical therapist. The short answer is: a little bit of everything. But let’s talk more about this concept. As we all know, a healthy and active lifestyle is important for both our physical and mental well being. Intentional movement of any type is a great way to maintain that lifestyle. 

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