A Student’s Perspective

By: Bethany Diamond, SPT, ATC – Cleveland State University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program        “’It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,’ he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.’ . . .” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring   This is one of my favorite quotes, it actually is the sticker that covers my entire laptop. This most likely makes me a giant nerd but I already knew that but I digress. I came here from a small town in Ohio near Cleveland, where I am completing my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I will…

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Reflections on IADMS

By: Mandy Blackmon PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT October was a busy month for Emma and myself! As most of you know, our primary clinical interests are dancers and performing artists, thus our partnership with Atlanta Ballet.  Both of us are involved in multiple organizations related to physical therapy for dancers.   The International Association of Dance Medicine and Science has members from all areas of healthcare that treat dancers, including MDs, DOs, PTs, athletic trainers, nutritionists, and others.  They hold their annual meeting in North America every two years.  This year, Emma and  I were both honored to speak at the conference, representing Motion Stability, Atlanta Ballet, and Mercer University. Emma partnered with our former Emory PT student, Tiernan Damas,…

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To Stretch Or Not To Stretch?

by Jake Reynolds, PT, DPT Spine & Sports Clinic of Motion Stability   I frequently have clients ask about stretching and tend find a lot of confusion about proper technique and dosage. This confusion can lend itself to injury as opposed to injury prevention and performance enhancement (the intent of stretching). If we are stretching incorrectly you may actually prime your muscle for injury. For the sake of clarity, lets get a one thing out of the way: yes—stretching is important. In fact the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) outlines the following guidelines for flexibility training in terms of risk factor reduction for the development of injuries and preventable diseases:   At least two or three days of stretching…

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Eating Disorders, RED-S and Physical Therapy

Post By: Mandy Blackmon PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT* Many people are familiar with eating disorders and disordered eating, but there is a significant amount of myth, misinformation and stigma surrounding these topics. There are 8-10 million Americans struggling with eating disorders. This statistic includes diagnoses of anorexia, bulimia, compulsive over-eating, and non-specific eating disorders that do not squarely fit into another category. A true eating disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis and may be accompanied by other psychiatric diagnoses, including depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Anorexia has a 12x higher mortality rate for girls 15-24 years of age than all other causes of death. Eating disorders are often overlooked and missed by parents, friends, coaches, teachers, and healthcare professionals. Therefore, it…

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