To Stretch Or Not To Stretch?

 

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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The Injury Prevention Series

Post By: Adrianna Nebedum PT, DPT, OCS This past summer I had the pleasure of working as the physical therapist for Atlanta’s very own WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream.  It gave me an opportunity to see the athletes immediately after an injury. This is often very different from our traditional patient populations when therapists generally don’t see patients until several days or even weeks after injury.  It was an AWESOME experience, but the most resounding thing I took with me was the old adage by Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Recently, there has been a rapid increase of sports injuries in athletes of all ages.   Since 2000, there has been a five-fold increase in serious…

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So you Wanna Stretch your Hamstrings

By: Laura Gold, PT, DPT One of the most popular areas that people like to stretch is their hamstrings. Even with my patients who don’t stretch regularly, it’s the one of the first  places people go. It makes sense too — hamstrings are often tight or feel tight. AND there are lots of ways to stretch them.  Sitting in a chair, sitting on the ground, bending over and touching the toes, lying on your back with a stretch strap, etc, etc. The problem is that many of these stretches DON’T actually target the hamstring muscles… GASP! (Okay, so maybe it’s not that dramatic.) Often when people attempt to stretch their hamstrings they actually put tension on the sciatic nerve instead….

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ACL Tears Growing

Post by Brian Yee, PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT If you’re a football fan of any sense, whether it be college or NFL, it’s likely your hopes for your team have been sidetracked due to one of its players suffering from an ACL tear. And doesn’t it seem like they are happening more often now? Well this article by CNNSI shows that this year, ACL tears in the NFL are on the rise. The article stated, “We have counted 27 preseason ACL injuries, the highest tally since records were first kept in 2004.” Just as importantly, the article continues to say that “studies show 70 percent of ACL tears result from non-contact injuries.” This means there was no one else that…

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How Does Posture Affect Back Pain?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT The way you sit and stand significantly affects your back. Especially for prolonged duration, the tissues around the spine experience what clinicians call ‘creep phenomenon’. Think of a cold piece of taffy. As you hold it, warm it up, and then hold it by its ends, it slowly stretches and lengthens. Very similarly, the tissues in the back can due the same thing. The fascia, muscles, nerve, joints all experience increased strain when the spine is statically held in one position for a long duration of time. When you then place yourself in a poorly sitting or standing posture, that then accentuates the amount of tissue loading that is placed on the spine and…

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