While most of you are starting to tune your skis and put your clubs away for the winter, you should be tuning your body for next year’s golf season. That’s right, the winter is a great time to prepare yourself for the upcoming year . . . to get into golf shape.

Laura Cooper, the clinic’s director of physical therapy, wants it to be warm and inviting — a world removed from a traditional clinic setting, which she says can be “a little bit more cold, sterile and impersonal.” Building community among physical therapy patients and creating a more inviting atmosphere for patients is a growing emphasis among some of Central Oregon’s clinics. Local therapists believe going through rehabilitation with fellow patients leads to a faster, more effective recovery.

The Padgett family said her recovery wouldn’t have been possible without Dr. Bents and the tremendous work of Dybdahl to get her back into playing shape in less than nine months even through her blood clot scare. Having seen her future flash before her eyes and get another chance at it, like an inside fastball, Skylar isn’t letting another opportunity pass by.

Neck pain is one of the most common complaints from cyclists – and it’s no wonder! We cyclists spend a lot of waking hours in the same position with our backs bent in a forward position, placing great demands on the neck. We sit bent over driving, we sit bent over at our desks, and we sit bent over our handlebars, spinning pedal strokes down the road. Over time, all those hours in that forward-leaning position, on and off the bike, can lead to increased load and stress on muscles, ligaments, and joints of the spine.

Neck pain is one of the most common complaints from cyclists – and it’s no wonder! We cyclists spend a lot of waking hours in the same position with our backs bent in a forward position, placing great demands on the neck. We sit bent over driving, we sit bent over at our desks, and we sit bent over our handlebars, spinning pedal strokes down the road. Over time, all those hours in that forward-leaning position, on and off the bike, can lead to increased load and stress on muscles, ligaments, and joints of the spine.

Bike fitting focuses on the cyclist’s contact points on the bike—foot and pedal interface, saddle, and stem and handlebars—and includes a thorough assessment of the cyclist’s body and cycling biomechanics, including videos from the front, side and back. Functional tests should include walking, jogging, single leg squat, balance, etc. A clinical fitter (i.e physical therapist, chiropractor, etc.) may include other tests appropriate for the clinical setting to assess current and prior injuries, neural involvement, joint integrity, range of motion, soft tissue restrictions and the cyclist’s boney architecture.

When the barefoot running and minimalist shoe trend was at its peak, curious runners were advised to transition gradually to more stripped-down footwear. Now it seems that same caution is warranted if you’re moving in the other direction, from traditional trainers to the mega-cushioned models known as maximalist shoes, according to new research.

While running on trails, the angle and location of one’s foot contact is more variable, increasing the demand on the musculature that stabilizes the foot, knee, hip, and trunk. Adding in exercises that challenge these stabilizer muscles, while strengthening the muscles that propel us forward is a great way to improve performance and decrease the risk of injury.

While running on trails, the angle and location of one’s foot contact is more variable, increasing the demand on the musculature that stabilizes the foot, knee, hip, and trunk. Adding in exercises that challenge these stabilizer muscles, while strengthening the muscles that propel us forward is a great way to improve performance and decrease the risk of injury.