March Madness is Over – Here’s 3 Common Basketball Injuries (and How to Avoid Them)

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)”

5 Common Injuries to Avoid this Holiday Season

Holiday season is upon us, that time of year when things get super busy—at least they will be here at AlterG. Office parties, white elephant celebrations…super fun AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill™ dance contests.

Okay maybe not that crazy.

This year, we’re all about keeping the festivities safe and injury-free. Why? Because none of us can forget the time our fellow employee—who shall remain NAMELESS—took a stumble while trying to bring a Christmas tree up to the second floor of their home. Continue reading “5 Common Injuries to Avoid this Holiday Season”

6 Exercises to Get Ready for Ski and Snowboard Season

 

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”

Improve Your Gait, Accelerate Recovery

As we mentioned in our previous post, gait—the manner in which you walk or run—can have a significant impact on a person’s mobility, limb health, and recovery time. It’s no wonder, then, that physical therapists often rely on gait analysis to help prevent injury, improve endurance and conditioning, and accelerate recovery.
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Exercises and Movements for Managing Juvenile Arthritis

Even though arthritis is not typically associated with young people,   juvenile arthritis affects approximately one in every one thousand children in the United States. It’s real and left unmanaged, it can have a deep impact on a child’s life. Continue reading “Exercises and Movements for Managing Juvenile Arthritis”

“Abnormal” MRIs and X-Rays From Pain-Free People: More Common Than You Think

Results from medical imaging – Xrays and MRIs – are not always the final word on pain and your ability to be physically active. These tools are vital in assisting medical providers to take an internal look at what ails us, but their ability to produce definitive diagnoses for the cause of musculoskeletal pains has been grossly over-utilized.

For instance, you may have pain and not have any abnormal findings on imaging. Or you may have abnormal findings, but not be in pain.

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AlterG in Aussieland: The Martin Cooper Story

This week, we’re heading back to the land down under for some serious story-time from one seriously speedy Aussie runner. You may recall Martin Cooper from our previous spotlight piece on his rock star PT, Stephan Venter. Well, his blurb about how Stephan and AlterG helped him to overcome injury and achieve mountain running glory made me more curious than a monkey named George as to the details of his inspiring journey. Luckily, in addition to Martin’s harrier capabilities, he is also quite the master of the written word, and he enthusiastically agreed to share his story with us, even as he was in the midst of an altitude training block. What a guy! So, gather round, everyone, and give Martin your full attention, as he takes you away to a world of speed, strength, and really really steep hills.  Continue reading “AlterG in Aussieland: The Martin Cooper Story”

PT Spotlight: Stephan Venter, Aurora Active PT

Let’s face it, running is a fickle sport. As a former competitive (and I use the term lightly) track and cross country athlete for the University of Colorado, and current distance running devotee, I am all too familiar with the thin line that separates peak fitness from season-ending injury. If you have ever had the misfortune of crossing paths with a recently decommissioned runner, you are doubtless aware of the frightening mogwai we become when we are denied our daily endorphin fix. Continue reading “PT Spotlight: Stephan Venter, Aurora Active PT”

Banish Low Back Pain with AlterG

Ok, raise your hand if you’ve ever suffered from low back pain. Now keep it up if that pain has lingered in some form, haunting your every-move like some sort of nagging “ghost of injuries past” that you just can’t quite shake completely. I’m betting there are a lot of hands up out there (you can put them down now; we don’t need any rotator cuff injuries). So, for all you low back pain troopers, there’s good news! You are not alone; and misery loves company, right? Research shows that low back pain is responsible for more disability than almost 300 other conditions, globally, and that a staggering 10 percent of people around the world suffer from lower back woes. Luckily for you guys, an exciting new study points to a relatively simple solution: exercise. In Prevention of Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, published in the most recent issue of the JAMA Journal of Internal Medicine, researchers investigated the efficacy of various interventions in the prevention of low back pain. Their conclusion? “The current evidence suggests that exercise alone or in combination with education is effective for preventing low back pain. Other interventions, including education alone, back belts, and shoe insoles do not appear to prevent low back pain.”  Continue reading “Banish Low Back Pain with AlterG”

Easily Achieve your 2016 Fitness Resolutions

It may be cliché, but the “New Year-new you” spirit is here again. By now we are all well-aware that, in order to achieve optimal health, we need to get moving! Physical activity is crucial to wellness, but often, our noblest of exercise intentions are sabotaged by musculoskeletal injury. With many people doubling-down on fitness and wellness goals for 2016, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill™ can provide a safe, effective, enjoyable way to improve conditioning, shed excess weight, and achieve better health.

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