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Articles: Injury Prevention

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. […]

What You Must Know About Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can have far-reaching effects on a person, deeply affecting their overall quality of life and general health. Chronic pain may cause a person to limit their activities, avoid movement, and decrease their social interactions. Many people with chronic pain often experience disturbances in mood, sleep disorders, and inability to function at the level […]

How To Reduce Your Risk Of Injury

As a physical therapist, I witness the benefits of treating injury risk—and the cost of ignoring it—all day, every day. I see people who follow proper injury risk reduction programs and lead vibrant, active lives feeling capable and independent, and able to participate in physical activities they love. Meanwhile, I see other patients who have […]

Does Joint Hypermobility Lead To Pain?

Do you know someone who is (or are you, yourself) “double jointed” or very flexible? When people say that they are “double jointed,” what they are referring to is joint hypermobility, which is the ability of a joint to move beyond its normal range of motion. It isn’t uncommon for people to have a few hypermobile […]

Why Are My Hamstrings Always Tight?

My hamstrings are always so tight. I stretch them every day, but I don’t seem to be making any progress. They seem to be much tighter since I had my first baby last year. Sometimes I even get pain that feels like a pulled muscle. What do you think I should do? Thanks! Amy I […]

Is Lifting Weights With Scoliosis Safe?

If you’ve been diagnosed with Scoliosis, you might be wondering if there are movements or exercises you need to avoid, and what you can do to stay safe and continue training. Or perhaps you’re a personal trainer and have a client with scoliosis. In either case, if you’ve ever searched for resources and information online, you’ve probably found […]

Proper Core Training: How To Connect Your Core and Pelvic Floor

What does it mean to “integrate the core” or to “connect” your diaphragm and pelvic floor? What is a Connection Breath? Why is this so important? A strong, properly functioning core is the foundation to all healthy, pain-free movement. However, there is a lot of misinformation—and misunderstanding—on how to train the core for optimal function. When I talk […]