Most people are surprised to learn that unhealthy eating and a lack of physical activity are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. If you’re active, it’s important to know that poor or improper nutrition can have a detrimental affect on an athlete, and can result in numerous and potentially serious health issues.
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In today’s day and age, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone without a Smartphone. Statistics from emarketer experts show that by the end of 2014, there will be 1.75 billion smartphone users worldwide. Smartphones are being used for much more than talking and texting, and have emerged into mini computers that have the capacity to do anything, including managing a person’s fitness routine.
It’s important to consider the floor to your core before you do sit ups, crunches or Pilates “hundred” exercises. Oftentimes, people think of their abdominals as the primary focus area for core strengthening. However, it’s significant to note that your core (trunk support) is made up of deep abdominal muscles, back muscles, hip muscles and the floor to your core: the pelvic floor muscles.
Did you know you have the right to choose your own physical therapist?
In fact, Massachusetts allows patients to seek treatment from a physical therapist without a physician’s referral. While some insurance companies mandate that a patient must have a referral from a physician prior to seeing a physical therapist, you are not required to adhere to the physician’s recommendation of a physical therapist, if that is not your choice.
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.
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.