Golf has been growing in popularity, including among junior players. The benefits of the sport for kids include physical, social, mental and emotional growth, but it’s important to keep it fun while also keeping them safe by avoiding early sport specialization.
As a physical therapist, I see many avoidable injuries happen every year to athletes getting back into soccer without proper preparation. Here are 4 crucial steps to help you better prepare for and navigate the soccer season.
Volleyball is an exciting, high-speed team sport that demands a lot of energy and athleticism of its players. As middle school and high school athletes learn the fundamentals of the sport and develop their skills, it’s also important to know what the most common injuries are, how to avoid them, and what to do if they occur.
Cheerleading blends many aspects of traditional sports including strength, power, balance, control and flexibility. Like other youth sports, cheer requires overall conditioning as well as sport-specific skills. Incorporating a workout program is the ideal way to optimize performance and avoid injury.
While cross country is not generally known as a sport that causes a lot of injuries in student athletes, they do sometimes happen. Learn what the most common injuries are, how to avoid them, and what to do when they occur.
With the end of summer drawing near, fall sports are starting to ramp up in middle schools and high schools. For many youth athletes, this could mean transitioning back to full activity after having a nice long summer break. Whatever their sport this season, injury prevention is key to keeping your kids in the game.
What are the most common hiking injuries? Whether you’re an advanced adventurer or a weekend warrior just beginning to explore the nearby hiking trails, knowing what to watch for and what to do in the case of an injury can be the difference between a season cut short, and a season full of miles.
You go to any gym, and you see people foam rolling. You see foam rollers advertised online and featured on sale racks in stores. Maybe you even foam roll yourself. But what is foam rolling really doing? Does the science support using foam rolls? And, how does foam rolling help you feel and perform better?
Whether you are new to paddle sports like stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking or canoeing or you have been gliding across the open water for years, it is ideal to start your exercise training 6-8 weeks prior to your first venture out.
Tennis is a dynamic physical sport requiring hand-eye coordination and full-body engagement. Training for the sport is integral to not only improve your game, but to give yourself the best chance to stay injury-free.
Like a lot of athletes, physical therapist Matt Rogers grew up in the “no pain, no gain” world. This line of thinking, it turns out, has been applied inappropriately to a lot of things in our lives.
In many instances, the best way to stay injury-free on a bike is to start working out off the bike. From beginners to experts, there are a few things to focus on that will help keep away those dreaded injuries and post-ride pains.
Resistance training can be beneficial for everyone. Often, women miss out on the benefits of resistance training because of false information about how their bodies will respond to exercise with resistance. Here are 4 truths about resistance training for women.
Physical Therapist and Certified Titleist Performance Institute Practitioner Zach Bauling demonstrates 5 simple exercises to help you achieve the optimal balance of mobility & stability to hit bombs on the golf course and keep you healthy all season long.
The move from high school sports to college sports is an exciting yet challenging time for student athletes. There are key steps to take to ensure a strong, smooth and successful transition.
Golf courses are a popular place for people to get outside and get moving. Failing to properly prepare for the rigors of 18 holes, however, can lead to injury. Reduce your risk of injury by committing to a dynamic warm-up before you walk onto the tee box on the first hole every time you play.
Shoulder strengthening can help reduce the risk of injury and soreness after throwing. Follow this 4-week shoulder program to help build shoulder strength and coordination for baseball or softball players of any age. All exercises can be done from your own home with limited time and equipment.
Contrary to popular belief, running on its own is not enough to keep your legs strong. Whether you are hitting the trails for the first time or finally tackling that race you’ve been training for, try these exercises to tap into the strength of your glutes.
These 3 tips are key to success when jumping into a new running routine. Follow these guidelines, designed to help maximize your chances of sticking with a program while feeling strong and healthy and staying injury-free.
It can be hard to know what shoes to buy for your next running season but understanding foot types and how shoes are designed to support them can help. Your feet are the foundation of your stride, so it’s important to look beyond the color and style and pick a shoe that works best for you.
Why should runners foam roll? Foam rolling provides self soft-tissue mobilization or SSTM. The benefits of SSTM include improved muscle flexibility and tightness, decreased lactic acid, decreased muscle fibrosis (adhesions/scar tissue), and decreased risk of injury. Using one’s own body weight applies pressure through the muscles in order to regulate the areas of increased muscle […]
Swimming is a great full-body workout capturing movement from all four limbs – arms and legs. It requires speed, consistency, endurance, strength and power. Performing dryland exercises elevates your training in ways water-based training alone simply cannot achieve and has been shown to reduce injury rates in swimmers. Take your swimming to the next level with a dryland program.
It is important to be sure your body is prepared to handle the running you challenge yourself with, whether it’s high mileage, fast pace, hills or trails riddled with obstacles. While running injuries are common, most can be avoided. Following these simple tips will help you prevent running injuries before they happen.
There are many things you can do as a parent or coach of a young athlete to ensure they get the most out of participation in organized sports. From focusing on fun and prioritizing a positive environment to keeping them safe and avoiding injury, here are 10 tips for being a successful sports parent or coach.