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Understanding the Hip Hinge: The Basics

Deadlift

The hip hinge is an important movement pattern for everyday life and athletics.  This movement is similar to “bowing” or bending at the hips while maintaining a flat spine.  The movement occurs at the hips which loads the gluteus maximus and hamstring muscles.  The hip hinge is characteristic of picking up a bag of groceries […]

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Abdominal Oblique Injuries in Rotational Sports

Oblique muscle injuries

Abdominal oblique injuries, also known as side strains, are common in rotational sports such as baseball, tennis, golf, and track and field.  These injuries are characterized by a sudden, sharp onset of pain near or on the side of the rib cage.  The injury usually occurs during some type of rotational sports movement such as […]

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Exercise is Medicine for Depression

Exercise is medicine for depression

Depression can be a short-term state or a long-term clinical disorder.  Depression as a transient mood state is characterized by feeling sad, discouraged, or unhappy. These feelings generally resolve over the course of a few days or less.  Depression as a clinical condition is a psychiatric disorder where certain diagnostic criteria must be met.  The […]

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Finished Your Physical Therapy: What’s Next?

Build Exercise Habits after Physical Therapy

The day has come.  You’ve dedicated your time and put in the work now you and your physical therapist have decided you’re ready for discharge.  So what happens after you have completed physical therapy? Some patients leave physical therapy feeling 100% and return to their regular active lifestyle and prior fitness routine.  In many cases, […]

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Early Sport Specialization and Long-Term Athletic Success

Early Sport Specialization

Sport specialization is defined as year-round (≥8 months per year) intensive training in a single sport at the exclusion of other sports.   Early sport specialization refers to those who focus on a single sport before entering high school.  Advocates for early specialization propose that athletic performance in that sport will be better than the performance […]

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Baseball Stretching Drill to Restore Range of Motion between Innings

Pitchers lose shoulder ROM following throwing

Baseball players will lose range of motion in their throwing shoulder and elbow following a pitching session.  This loss of range of motion becomes cumulative over the course of a season.   Range of motion deficits have been shown to increase the risk of arm injury in baseball players.  Baseball stretching routines performed over the course […]

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5 Arm Care Stretching Exercises for Baseball Players

Baseball Stretching Exercises

The unique demand of throwing a baseball places a great deal of stress on the bones, muscles, and soft tissues of the arm.  Therefore, shoulder and elbow injuries are common amongst baseball players of all ages.  Repetitive throwing leads to adaptations in the bony structure and muscles around the shoulder.  Some of these adaptations are […]

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Total Hip Arthroplasty (Replacement)

Total hip arthroplastt

Total hip replacement is a surgical procedure that is most likely performed on people who have severe osteoarthritis of the hip. Other possible reasons for a hip replacement include, rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis, fracture, and bone tumor. Since 2003, the number of hip replacement surgeries performed has increased by 33% in the United States. The most […]

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Total Knee Arthroplasty (Replacement)

Total Knee Arthroplasty

Total Knee Replacement (TKR), also known as a Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA), is a surgical procedure commonly used to relieve knee pain due to arthritis or in some cases trauma-related injury. TKR is a viable option when the individual’s function is extremely limited due to pain and when conservative care, an exercise program, and weight […]

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Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty (Replacement)

Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty

A reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) or replacement is characterized by changing, or “reversing”, the position of the ball and socket so that the ball is on the socket side of the joint and the socket is on the ball side. In the normal shoulder, the rotator cuff muscles help the large deltoid muscle to raise […]

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