Physical exercise

Core Goals: Pilates 101

2023-12-21T14:39:56-05:00February 24th, 2019|Categories: Pilates Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Core Goals: Pilates Are you looking for a strong core, enhanced mental awareness and whole body health? Well read on to learn more about how Pilates can help achieve your goals. What is Pilates? A mind-body exercise created by Joseph Pilates that provides daily conditioning, promotes whole body health and develops mental awareness to optimize your personal performance. “Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit. Through Pilates, you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then [...]

7 Key Factors for Successful Crossfit Performance Post-Rehabilitation

2023-12-20T01:09:20-05:00December 21st, 2018|Categories: Crossfit Articles, Sports Medicine Articles, Physical Therapy Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The sport of Crossfit continues to evolve; asking the most elite athletes in the world to perform seemingly superhuman physical tasks. While the sport continues to test the boundaries of human form, there is always an ability to scale the movements for those more lay people, like myself. What is Crossfit? Crossfit defines itself as “constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity”. The most important principle to keep in mind when approaching an apparently impossible workout is the intended [...]

Hydration For Youth Athletes

2023-12-21T14:41:23-05:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Physical Therapists News, Youth Sports Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As a parent of a young athlete, like me, I often get asked the following questions about youth hydration: How much should my child be drinking? When should they be drinking? What should they be drinking? Why are children more prone to heat illness and how do we prevent it? What happens in the winter when it’s cooler? The youth sports programs don’t typically have nutritionists on staff guiding and educating the athletes or parents, so it’s time to put [...]

Improving Overhead Position in Weightlifting

2023-12-21T14:41:37-05:00August 12th, 2018|Categories: Performance Enhancement Articles, Strength Training Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Achieving a perfect overhead position in weightlifting is not an easy task. The grip used to perform a “clean and jerk” or “push press” or the slightly wider grip used to complete a “snatch” or “overhead squat” requires a tremendous amount of mobility, strength and neuromuscular control. Here are four easy methods to improve the overhead position and the stability while overhead: The Box Stretch Figure 1. Box Stretch A common limitation in overhead mobility is tightness in [...]

Tabata Training

2024-05-13T16:55:40-04:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Performance Enhancement Articles, Strength Training Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I recently had the opportunity to try a Tabata class and it KILLED me, but I loved it. It was an intense workout that included sprints, jumping jack, burpees, bear crawls, inchworm planks, and TRX. I was sore for about 2 days, but I felt my body work harder than it had in a while and I felt really good. Here is the scoop on Tabata training and how it may help you. What is Tabata?  Tabata training is a [...]

Oh Baby! Common Pregnancy Conditions and What Physical Therapists Can Do To Help

2023-12-20T06:37:19-05:00June 10th, 2018|Categories: Physical Therapy Articles, Pelvic Floor Articles, Women's Health Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dr. Anisha Drake, PT, DPT, WCS Many of the structures in the body change during pregnancy. As the ligaments stretch, the rectus abdominis muscles split, the organs get moved around, and the brain is finding new and efficient ways to move the body. In the past, much of the complaints pregnant women had during pregnancy were given a sympathetic nod and a promise it would get better. However, new research shows that this is not always the case. Although discomfort [...]

Functional Strength Training is for You & Everyone Else Too

2018-11-07T18:53:01-05:00April 11th, 2018|Categories: Strength Training Articles, Sports Medicine Articles, Performance Enhancement Articles, Injury Prevention Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Strength training" has come to be synonymous with Crossfit, powerlifting and Olympic lifting, which can be highly intimidating to those of us who are wanting to stay healthy, but have no prior experience in the previous matters. However, functional strength training is vital for injury prevention, despite fitness level, and can be scaled for everyone. Our bodies are pretty incredible. Without our conscious thought they coordinate our movements, fight infections, regulate our heart beat and temperature, and digest food amongst [...]

Injury Prevention for Tennis Players

2024-05-13T16:59:06-04:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: Physical Therapy Articles, Physical Therapists News, General Information, Injury Prevention Articles, Sports Medicine Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Injury Prevention for Tennis Players By Melissa Baudo Marchetti, PT, DPT, SCS, MTC It’s that time of year again…welcome back Spring ALTA tennis players! The weather is getting nicer out…perfect for tennis! We want you to be prepared this tennis season and minimize those pesky injuries, aches, and pains. Injuries to the lower leg, elbow, back and hips are common in tennis due to the high demand of the sport and the repetitive, quick movements required. You can reduce your [...]

The Importance of Play

2023-12-20T05:28:52-05:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: Physical Therapy Articles, Physical Therapists News, General Information, Sports Medicine Articles, Pelvic Floor Articles, Wellness Articles, Performance Enhancement Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Chloe Murdock PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS We’re two weeks into January, and gyms are bursting with people eager to keep their New Year’s resolutions. But how many of these people will be so zealously hammering away on the Stair Master in July? Becoming and staying active is very hard in our sedentary society, often because it becomes just another task on our “To Do” list. Adding one hour of exercise per day can cut into our social lives and time [...]

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

2023-12-19T16:54:29-05:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Physical Therapy Articles, Physical Therapists News, General Information, Wellness Articles, Prevention Articles, Ergonomics Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

No SEDENTARY is! Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic at Arizona State University, coined the phrase “Sitting is the new smoking”. Studies have correlated chronic sitting with an "increased risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, kidney disease in women colon cancer in men, numerous chronic issues related to obesity, and death." This means that if you work out and eat well, but then sit all day you are still considered a sedentary person.  The prolonged sitting cancels out the [...]

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