Baseball is America’s favorite pastime. Every April, eager spectators flock to ballparks throughout the nation, filling every available seat hoping to see their favorite players lead their home team to victory. At Fenway Park, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline is piped through the stadium speakers, endless boxes of Cracker Jacks are consumed, and necks crane as number 34 steps up to the plate, year after year.
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You may have heard the recent buzz in the news regarding the negative impact that sitting has on the human body. Today, 80% of Americans are spending the majority of their days sitting at a desk. While this is a necessity for most careers, new statistics point to the increased health risks associated with remaining in a sedentary position for too long. Let’s take a closer look at the way sitting impacts our bodies and how we can curb the myriad of harmful side effects from conducting business as usual.
National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness of the connection between winter sports and brain injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, brain injuries are becoming a serious public health problem in the United States which contributes to a large number of deaths and disabilities per year.
If you’re like many Americans, you lead a fast paced lifestyle, driving around a caravan of kids to sports and dance practices after a full day at work. After cooking dinner and helping with a pile of homework, sometimes it’s enough just to hop into sweatpants and slide onto the sofa for an hour of downtime before we press the repeat button and do it all again. Keeping yourself healthy through exercise may just be a distant fantasy. And, for some, swinging through the drive-thru seems so much easier than breaking out the pots and pans. Sometimes, you feel like you’ve run a marathon or lived on a treadmill. The good news is you don’t have to spend hours sweating at the gym (although kudos if you can!) to reap benefits that will impact long-term health. Even if you’re busy, adding a few small changes to your daily routine, you can enhance your overall health, and also look and feel better.
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.
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.