For dedicated athletes, it’s all about gaining the edge. In training. In competition. And when injuries do happen, the more optimal and efficient the injury rehabilitation program, the sooner athletes can return to the arena.
In our last post, we explored the various benefits of evidence-based physical therapy. In recent years, physical therapy has seen great advancements in approaches to evidence-based care. Optimizing therapy for better outcomes requires new innovations, new tools, and new sources of objective data. Continue reading “New Advancements in Evidence-Based Physical Therapy”
One of our favorite things about running is that anyone can do it. All you need is a little motivation, a pair of shoes (optional!), and some earth beneath your feet. This kind of simplicity is what gives running its global appeal. Moreover, affirming this passion for running is the idea behind National Running Day 2018. Continue reading “National Running Day 2018 – All You Need To Know”
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.” Why are these numbers so low, when there is ample evidence that regular exercise can be of immense benefit? Continue reading “3 Ways to Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month”
This year’s NCAA Basketball Championships are over, and what a tournament it was. At the end of all the March Madness, it was the Villanova Wildcats that prevailed for men’s basketball and Notre Dame for women’s basketball—each team winning their second title. Continue reading “March Madness is Over – Here’s 3 Common Basketball Injuries (and How to Avoid Them)”
No matter their sport, athletes are constantly looking for an edge. To shave a second or two here or there. To jump a millimeter higher. And they’ll do anything to achieve their goals: try new supplements, hire expensive trainers with avant-garde workout method, you name it.
Most athletes, though, overlook a fundamental thing that costs nothing and can improve performance far faster, and far more effectively than any newfangled diets and training methods:
It’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? The body needs energy move. It follows then that running faster and longer requires more energy. And a good night’s sleep can do wonders for our energy levels. Several recent studies have examined the effect of sleep patterns on the performance of athletes in various sports. The overwhelming majority of evidence shows that consistent, plentiful sleep has a positive effect on things like coordination, motor skills, reaction time, form, and speed.
So, as you look for ways to gain an edge and increase your speed, take a look at these six ways you can improve your sleep patterns and wake up stronger, faster, and speedier in the morning. Continue reading “How Does Sleep Affect Speed?”
Can you feel it? That cool whisper creeping into the air? Shorter days. Colder temperatures.
Like it or not, winter is coming, and we’re not talking Game of Thrones. We’re talking ski and snowboard season up on the mountain, that joyous time of year where the promise of a bluebird day draws eager riders to high-altitude resorts around the country. Vale. Tahoe. Brian’s Head. Mammoth Lakes.
They’re vast, they’re beastly, and to tackle them safely this coming ski season, you’ll need to make sure your body is ready, no matter your preferred manner of chasing freshies.
Why do you need to prepare your body? Easy. A lack of conditioning leads to fatigue, fatigue leads to mistakes, and mistakes lead to injuries. Falls, unexpected tumbles, and collisions present a real danger, no matter your skill level. Continue reading “6 Exercises to Get Ready for Ski and Snowboard Season”
Runners unite! June 7, 2017 is Global Running Day, the day enthusiasts all over the world celebrate their beloved sport by getting out and pounding the pavement. It all starts with a simple question: what do you run for? For fitness? For fun? Does running bring relief to your life? Across the globe, there are many answers to this question, as well as many forms of running. Some have their softball leagues. Others are training for the next half marathon. On Global Running Day, runners from around the world come together and pledge to participate in some kind of running activity, all for the love of their sport. Continue reading “Get Ready for Global Running Day”
Halfway through my Marathon Training Plan, I felt a sharp pain in my heel followed by severe pain in my arch. Having been a runner for four years, this pain concerned me since I had never experienced that type of pain before. I was at the point in my training where my mileage would increase into high double digits, but I couldn’t run through the pain and didn’t know what to do. Feeling defeated and concerned that I would need to cancel my first marathon, I contacted a running friend and a coach who recommended Empower Physical Therapy and Fitness. Continue reading “Empower Physical Therapy: One Athlete’s Success Story”
As a former collegiate athlete, I understand how important it is for runners and other athletes to recover quickly so that they can continue participating in the sport or activity that makes them happy. My goal, as the owner of High Altitude Spine & Sport in Boulder, Colorado, is to return my patients to a pain-free and active lifestyle. I am dedicated to continuously challenging and educating myself in order to provide the most current and effective healthcare possible. That is why I incorporate the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® into my patient rehabilitation care and sports performance workouts.