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5 Reasons to See a Physical Therapist if You’re an Overhead Athlete

Have you ever wondered: What does a physical therapist actually do? Aren’t they just for people who have had surgery? Don't they just do massage? How can they possibly help me with my overhead sport? These are some of the questions we hear all the time from athletes.

Well, let's clear this up. Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercises, hands-on care, and patient education. Some physical therapists pursue advanced specialization in helping athletes with overhead sports, like volleyball, baseball, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, and track & field events.

Many of these "sports injury specialists" got into physical therapy as a career, after sustaining and recovering from their own overhead injuries. I can include myself among this group. As a former varsity softball player at Cornell University, I have a special interest in overhead athletes of all levels, genders and ages. You can read more about my story here.

As an overhead athlete, you put unique stresses on your body. Therefore, you could benefit from the observant eyes, skilled hands, and thoughtful exercises of a physical therapist in order to stay healthy and at the top of your game. A qualified physical therapist can be your "go-to" person to work on your musculoskeletal system on a preventative basis, not just when an injury crisis strikes.


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Topics: Movement Assessment, Performance training, The Value of Physical Therapy, The Overhead Athlete

My Jaw Hurts. Where Does This Pain Actually Come From?

Posted by Dr. Tia Totura, Physical Therapist at Activcore on September 12, 2019 at 12:37 AM

TMJ. What is it good for? Absolutely everything!

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a fancy word for the space between your jaw and your skull. You have two of them, one on either side of your face.

The TMJ is a wonderful thing when it works correctly — allowing you to talk, eat, drink, chew, breathe through your mouth, sing, laugh and yawn. You get the picture, it does a lot. The joint itself is small but really strong. In fact, it can endure up to 250lbs!

So how does something so strong get hurt so often? TMJ disorder (TMJD) actually ranks second only to low back pain, as the most prevalent musculoskeletal problem in the United States!


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Topics: Movement Assessment, Pain Relief Treatments, Jaw pain, Headaches, TMJ, TMJD

What Can Princeton University Learn From Activcore?

Posted by Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance on August 19, 2019 at 1:02 AM

Michelle Cesan, former Princeton University Field Hockey Player and member of the USA National Field Hockey Team, had been dealing with back issues for over a year. She reported, “Though I was able to get temporary relief through heat, massage and chiropractic means, nothing lasted more than a day.” Her coaches, trainers and doctors were unsure of the root cause of her symptoms, since both the MRI and bone scan were negative. Michelle was beginning to think she would have to live with the pain. That was until an Athletic Trainer from Princeton University recommended Activcore.


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Topics: Movement Assessment, Pain Relief Treatments, Performance training

Activcore Helps Professional Hockey Players Develop a Smarter, Balanced Body

Posted by Dr. Nick Passe, Physical Therapist at Activcore on August 6, 2019 at 3:38 PM

Three times a year, I have the exciting opportunity to teach about the power of neuromuscular activation to the Washington Capitals NHL Hockey Team.

The Capitals first installed Redcord suspension systems into their athletic training facilities in 2011; and since then, they have been utilizing the equipment and my training methods as part of their workout routine for NHL and farm team players.


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Topics: SFMA, Movement Assessment, Performance training

What Can a Functional Movement Assessment Do For You?

When evaluating clients early in my career, I would always focus just on their painful areas. When treating those painful spots, I would sometimes be successful, but often I would have to search elsewhere on the body in order to achieve any significant relief of pain. I had no clear cut path or system to zero in on the actual source of their pain. That was until I took the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) a few years ago with Mike Voight as the head instructor.


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Topics: SFMA, Movement Assessment, Pain Relief Treatments