An anterior cruciate ligament injury, typically referred to as an ACL injury, can be devastating to both adults and children alike. The ACL, which connects the upper leg bone to the lower leg bone, often becomes the target of an injury for athletes who play jumping and pivoting sports. ACL injuries are most often seen in team sports which demand frequent turns, jumps, stops and starts when running, and often have little to no contact, such as soccer, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, tennis and skiing.
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Recent research on softball pitching techniques shows the importance of involvement of the body as a whole and not just the shoulder/arm. The power of a pitch is primarily generated from rotation in the hips and core stabilization. Proper use of the core muscles and mechanics are very important in these athletes, to sustain the ability to pitch for many innings. However, like many other injuries in life, softball injuries cannot be fully prevented. South County Physical Therapy, Inc. is happy to offer a few tips to assist with the reduction of the risk of injury in young female athletes.
Dance is an activity that doubles as an art form and an excellent source of exercise to maintain a strong balance of fitness. That being said, dance certainly has its challenges, both mentally as well as physically. For those who dance, it is especially important to stay healthy and always strive to develop a more toned technique. If injuries should arise, it is also imperative that the best care possible is available to return dancers back to the floor faster.
Physical Therapy today is dramatically different than it was in its infancy. Ancient healers acknowledged the benefits of exercise, massage, and manipulation of the joints. The modern physical therapist was born of developments in orthopedics, through attempts to help people with Polio, and in response to returning veterans in WWI and WWII. As medicine advanced during the World Wars, surgeons were able to repair and save limbs and young soldiers needed help reclaiming their function.
As 2013 comes to a close, snow, holidays and resolutions come to mind. Year after year the ceremonious flip of the calendar into the New Year offers us time to reflect, take stock and set goals for 2014. Fitness Centers will be full of “Resolutioners” doing treadmill workouts, spin classes, yoga and more. This year it will be different! However, by February, the regulars will get their machines back and the “Resolutioners” will slowly drop off and garner a new name… the “Excusers.”
In the approximate time it will take you to read this blog, six people will have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. This can be toxic to a person’s cells and lead to many underlying health issues.
In the United States today, there is a much greater awareness of the fitness benefits for people over 50. Many baby boomers are working hard to make wellness a priority which includes eating right, exercising and taking care of themselves holistically in an effort to increase their chances for better health and longevity.
Due to the summer heat and humidity, it is important to make an extra effort to stay properly hydrated. Dehydration is a major factor in heat related injuries.
If you plan to exercise for over an hour in hot, humid conditions, sports drinks provide not only fluid, but carbohydrates and sodium. A sports drink is preferable, especially if you sweat excessively.
As experienced physical therapists at South County Physical Therapy, Inc., (SCPT) our education covers a large spectrum of care, which extends beyond that of manual therapy technique, exercise prescription and sports training. At SCPT, our clinicians recognize the need to understand nutrition and how it can impact physical therapy.
“Nearly 50% of all injuries sustained by middle school and high school students during sports are overuse injuries.” This quote from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in AAOS gives a significant statistic on how common overuse injuries are in youth sports. South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) has joined a coalition to bring awareness to preventing sports overuse injuries called the STOP sports injuries campaign. This program is comprised of physicians, ATCs and physical therapists, who have a common goal of reducing the number of injuries in young athletes.