Happy New Years!

We always start January with the best of intentions–this is the year I will lose weight, eat healthier, find that work/life balance and finally travel more— but it’s always easier said than done. While a lot of people who make New Year’s resolutions do break them, research shows that making resolutions is useful. People who…

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Winter Paralympic Athletes Challenged with Injuries Too

The first Winter Paralympic Games took place in Sweden in 1976, and 53 athletes participated in two sports. The Games have grown exponentially since then with more than 670 athletes participating in 80 events across six sports in the most recent PyeongChang Paralympics in 2018. This growth can be attributed to several factors, including the…

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Tips for Better Sleep and Recovery

If you want to improve your athletic performance, proper rest and recovery are critical. In some ways, they are even more important that your training. Getting better sleep is an important component of rest and recovery. Entire books have been written on sleep and how to improve your sleep. There are some easy steps you can…

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Know Your Limits on the Slopes to Stay Safe

Skiing and snowboarding are popular, yet dangerous recreational winter sports. The large number of participants come with a wide range of age and skill levels which result in a variety of types of injuries. Beginners are more likely to sustain injuries than advanced level participants. For example a beginner snowboarder is more likely to have…

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Avoiding Winter Injuries

Winter sports are a great way to stay active during colder months, as long as you participate with common sense and caution. Do not take on more than your skill level will safely allow, and wear protective equipment to ensure you can enjoy your sport for the full winter season! It is important to remember…

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How Physical Therapy Can Help Children with Torticollis

Torticollis is a clinical condition characterized by tightening of the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle on one side of the neck, resulting in the tilting of a child’s head to one side. It can occur due to abnormal positioning of the baby within the uterus or due to injury to the SCM muscle. It may also be…

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Slips, Trips and Falls

While many weather and road conditions are out of our control, there are some tips every colleague can take to be safe this winter: 1. Plan ahead, give yourself sufficient time and plan your route. 2. Wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice. Footwear made of rubber and neoprene composite provide…

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Pulling Your Groin Falling On The Ice

Whether you play hockey or your foot slips while you’re walking across an icy driveway, stretching one of your inner thigh muscles past its normal limits can cause significant pain. Most groin pulls occur when you move your leg with a fast and forceful motion or your leg changes direction rapidly. The level of pain…

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Female Athlete Triad

The Female Athlete Triad is a group of interrelated conditions that affect female athletes, particularly teenage athletes. It is widely believed that an energy imbalance is the cause, combined with competitive forces. This disrupts eating patterns and body image for female athletes. Despite the fact that this is common in athletes, several aspects of the…

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Where Does Physical Therapy Stand on Foot Drop Treatment

While there is good foot drop treatment, the causes can be serious. Foot drop syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder characterized by weak muscles in the front of the lower leg. This can result in partial or total loss of control over the foot. This affects the ability to lift the foot at the ankle. Damage…

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