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How your golf swing can lead to increased back pain

8/3/17 12:00 PM

 

Those who play the game of golf know the physical strain it can place on the entire body especially the lower back. The last thing any golfer wants to do is to miss a few rounds of golf  because of pain or injury. Anyone who watches golf on TV can tell you that the days when players were out of shape and overweight are gone. Nowadays, each player follows a rigorous training program to stay at the top of their game throughout the year. Here are a few tips to keep you at the top of your game.

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Written by Garry Campbell.

Garry Campbell, PT is currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our Cicero office.

Topics: Low back pain, healthy habits, GOLF, strengthening, stretches

8 EXERCISES TO IMPROVE BALANCE AND STRENGTH

9/16/16 2:13 PM

To maintain your balance, the body needs to feel which way you are falling, how to move to correct that balance loss and then move in that direction. All of this happens in an instance so it is important to keep you muscles strong and your balance sharp so the body reacts properly. A fall can lead to fractures, head injuries and wounds. If significant, the injury can turn into hospital stays and months of rehabilitation. So lets get this balance thing under control!

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Written by Courtney Ryer, PT.

Courtney is currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our Baldwinsville office.

Topics: tips, fall prevention, balance, strengthening

GOLF: A BALANCING ACT

7/29/16 4:24 PM

When I was in PT school I had a professor describe walking as ‘an act of controlled falling’. It takes the coordination of 200 muscles to maintain your balance while walking. Having good strength of the core musculature is vital to maintaining good balance.Not only are they essential for balance with any movement this is particularly true for the golf swing. The core is the foundation of the golf swing because it stabilizes the entire body throughout the swing. It is important to have a strong core and flexible spine to complete a full swing.

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Written by Garry Campbell.

Garry Campbell, PT is currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our Cicero office.

Topics: GOLF, tips, stretching, strengthening

7 EXERCISES THAT RUNNERS SHOULD ADD TO POST WORKOUT ROUTINE

7/22/16 11:22 AM

Runners are a hard-working, highly committed breed of athlete. Despite putting in hours of training out on the roads, I find that many runners come into the clinic with surprisingly weak hip musculature, a poor ability to control rotational forces under demand, and tightness that impacts postural alignment. The exercises and stretches below are specifically designed to enhance your running routine in order to counter repetitive training in a sagittal plane.

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Written by Julie Berube, PT.

Julie is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our DeWitt location.

Topics: running, tips, stretches, stretching, strengthening

3 SIMPLE WAYS FOR ATHLETES TO SELF-ASSESS FOR RISK OF INJURY

11/17/15 1:25 PM

The purpose of this blog post is to provide people who participate in CrossFit or other high intensity work-outs with an opportunity to self-assess their potential risk of injury and identify any asymmetries or muscle imbalances they may have developed. There have been several studies that demonstrate certain factors correlated with an increase in injuries. These include age, sex, body size, flexibility, history of injury, etc. Although we cannot change many of these risk factors, we can certainly reduce our risk of injury by correcting muscle imbalances and asymmetries when appropriate. There are simple and effective ways to self-assess ourselves, and there are exercises out there that can help to correct them. 

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Written by Kevin Brown, PT.

Kevin Brown is a contributing author and a licensed physical therapist.

Topics: tips, strains, exercises, strengthening, risk of injury

Runners, Here's Why You Need to Stretch AND Strengthen

7/24/15 11:03 AM


 

 

Stretching is a very critical piece of preparing for and cooling down from a run, no matter the length or intensity.

Warm up stretching should be minimal and non-aggressive prior to running; followed by extensive and more aggressive stretching post-run.

Major muscles and muscle groups should be stretche

d at both times. These include: quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, hip rotators, shoulders and upper / lower back. These are all very important muscles involved in running. Keep them happy and they will keep you running happy!

 

Strengthening

Most of us runners like to get out there and just RUN. Right?!...

However, to be a really good runner, there should be a strengthening regime added to your running program to improve your performance and minimize your risk of injury.

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Written by Mary Smith.

Mary Smith, PT is currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our Baldwinsville office. She specializes in (and enjoys) treating injured runners to get them back to their craft, or simply reaching their best.

Topics: running, exercises, stretching, strengthening

11 THINGS EVERY RUNNER NEEDS TO KNOW

6/11/15 11:42 AM

 

If you run, you're a runner. Dig into these 11 Things you need to know to run and train at your best and take care of your body while you're doing it.

 

4 Running Myths DEBUNKED:

1. Hydrating with a sports drink is better than water: WRONG! If your run is less than an hour, water is the better option. If your run is longer than an hour, this is when you should use a sports drink to replace the electrolytes lost during a more intense run.

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Written by Mary Smith.

Mary Smith, PT is currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our Baldwinsville office. She specializes in (and enjoys) treating injured runners to get them back to their craft, or simply reaching their best.

Topics: tips, running, stretching, strengthening