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Articles: Injury Prevention

Why You Have “Tight” Hips and What to Do About It

You might have experienced hip stiffness and discomfort after a challenging workout, long car ride, or sitting at your desk for several hours. Given that this is common challenge for fitness professionals and their clients, it’s beneficial to understand the underlying causes of hip tightness, how to address it, and how to identify if you […]

How to Train Clients With Low Back Pain

Low back pain is the leading cause of pain and disability worldwide. Globally, the prevalence of low back pain has increased 54 percent between 1990 and 2015 [1]. In light of this, it is naive to believe we are doing a better job at managing low back pain through protective messaging and training. To me, […]

What Are the Components of a Great Warm-Up?

The basic goals of a warm-up are to prepare the body for exercise and to decrease the chance of injury during training. But on top of that, it’s also great time to start to shift your focus away from everything else in life, and to instead mentally prepare for your upcoming workout. A well-designed warm-up […]

3 Situations When You Shouldn’t Push Through Pain

If you’ve read any of my work about pain, you might have a good framework on its complexity. If you haven’t read any of my work on pain, I’d encourage you to start here. Knowing when to stop pushing through pain with exercise can be complicated. Pain, for many people, is frightening after all. My […]

A Better Understanding of Shoulder Health

The shoulder is amazing, it really is! It is so complex and so interesting. (I know, as an orthopedic surgeon, I am expected to say uncool things like that, but it’s true.) If you have ever experienced shoulder pain when trying to lift weights, practice yoga, box, swim, surf, or simply brush your hair, you […]

Why Muscle Stiffness Isn’t Always Bad (and How to Tell the Difference)

No one wants to be sidelined by pain or injury, which is why you might wonder if something is up when you notice that you don’t have as much flexibility as the instructor in your yoga class, or when your muscles feel especially stiff after a workout. However, muscle stiffness — or being unable to […]

Why You Need Good Wrist Mobility

The wrist is an area of the body, and yet we don’t often think about it when we’re training. However, it plays an important role in upper body function. If you’ve ever had wrist pain in a push-up or a plank, or felt like it was hard to grip the bar in a bodyweight exercise, […]

Why You Need Better Ankle Mobility

Unless you’ve ever suffered an ankle injury, you probably haven’t given much thought to how your ankles move. What you might not realize is that nearly all lower body movements — including walking, squatting and deadlifting — require ankle mobility. Furthermore, stiff ankles can contribute to pain and injury in the knees, hips and lower […]

All About ACL Injuries

If I had a dollar — scratch that, just a dime — for every time I have heard a patient, a friend, or some random person my mother gave my number to say, “So-and-So said I tore my ACL. Please tell me it’s not my ACL!” all my medical school loans would be paid off […]

Why Having A Strong Pelvic Floor Isn’t Enough

As a physical therapist, every day I treat women who say that they leak urine when coughing, sneezing and exercising (called Stress Urinary Incontinence or SUI). Leaking urine during exercise is common, but not normal. The activities that most frequently lead to SUI are box jumps and double-unders. Some women also experience SUI with deadlifts. […]

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