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This article will feature a 4-step progression in developing the stretch-shortening cycle which is crucial for returning to plyometric exercises. The stretch-shortening cycle is an active eccentric stretch (lengthening of a muscle) followed by an immediate concentric contraction (shortening of a muscle). This is similar to a spring; you first stretch the spring to create potential energy, then it is released into active energy. The stretch-shortening cycle is often used in plyometric training and is crucial in every sports training program. The 4-steps in the progression include eccentric jumping, low-intensity fast plyometrics, hurdle jumping, and depth jumping. This 4-step progression will help athletes safely develop the stretch-shortening cycle that is essential for every sport that involves jumping or change of direction activities, such as basketball and volleyball.

Bone Stress Injuries (BSI) are not uncommon in avid runners, track and field athletes, and endurance athletes. As common as they may be, they are still very difficult to deal, hard to identify for the average person, and unfortunately can turn into full-blown bone stress fractures before being correctly identified and treated. In this article, we will discuss exactly what bone stress injuries and bone stress fractures are, what the risk factors are, and prehab strategies to get back to running after a bone stress fracture.

Knee pain is by far the most common complaint we hear in the clinic from patients. Sometimes it's from traumatic injuries like a fall or sporting event. Other times, people don't even know when or how their knee pain started, but they have been living with low-level knee pain for years! To us, this is unacceptable, especially the latter. Not being proactive about your health and addressing issues before they become a bigger problem is why we have clinical jobs as physical therapists. So many of the knee injuries we see in the clinic we truly believe could be prevented with knee prehab. A systematically designed progressive loading program to strengthen the quadriceps and hamstrings while also addressing the hips and ankles will do wonders for just about every knee on the face of the earth. And even more importantly, education on how to manage flare-ups, how to perform exercises in the correct way, or knowing what type of discomfort is good vs bad is how we will teach you to have to become your own best physical therapist. Our Knee [P]Rehab program is your answer to your cranky knees, chronic injuries, improperly rehabbed surgical interventions, and duck legs. In this article, we're going to show you why you need knee prehab, the story behind the program, insider access to some of the program content, and most importantly how to get started with your knee Prehab now!

Landing mechanics has always been a hot topic in sports medicine. Letโ€™s be honest, watching elite athletes perform at a high level and analyzing their movement is sexier than most low-level rehab exercises for movement enthusiasts. So itโ€™s natural for clinicians and trainers to get excited when teaching someone landing mechanics. In this article, youโ€™ll learn the basics of what to focus on with teaching landing mechanics.

The function of the foot is extremely important to the overall musculoskeletal function of the body.ย  The foot is the base of support for most everyday activities. Like a game of Jenga, if the base is not solid, the entire structure will lean, wobble, and eventually collapse. If the musculature of the foot is not properly functioning, many structures both locally and globally will be affected. The intrinsic muscles of the feet become deconditioned over time due to ill-fitting shoes, tight socks, and even some orthotics.ย  Due to cramped spaces and the inability of the joint to function in its natural range of motion, our brains lose the neurological connection to the muscles of our feet, causing compensations. Luckily, neuroplasticity (the ability for our brains to change the neural circuits to our bodies) dictates that it is possible to improve and even reverse chronic instability of the foot, and thus joint pathologies and pain. This article will show you exercises to improve foot strength!

So you fell and twisted your ankle and your foot swelled up like a balloon. You find out you have an ankle fracture and you're sidelined for 4-6 weeks in a cast. Time goes by, you see the doctor and he says the bone is healed, you're good to go! You get the cast removed, but you realize your calf is shriveled up and tiny compared to the other side. Even worse, it hurts to move your foot, your ankle feels weak, you can't even put weight on your foot, now what?! In this article, we will detail exactly what an ankle fracture is and some exercises to jump-start your rehab when you get your cast off.

The latissimus dorsi, or the lats for short, play a huge role in shoulder function and health. Often times, these muscles become tight after injury, surgery, immobilization, or simply a lack of stretching or repetitive lat overuse/overdevelopment! Because they act to internally rotate and depress the shoulder girdle, they can severely limit your ability to achieve an optimal overhead position. This is a very important position for just about anyone who does anything with their arms overhead: weightlifters performing snatches, swimmers swimming, crossfitters performing kipping pull-ups, volley players spiking the ball, tennis players serving, baseball players throwing, or gymnasts performing handstands. Because so many individuals need full overhead mobility, stretching the lats is a part of many athlete's [P]Rehab programs. This article will show you some of the best lat stretches out there, and more importantly, how to maintain your overhead mobility after lat stretching!

Jumper's knee is when there is irritation of the patella tendon, the tendon just beneath your knee cap. Patella tendon pain is a common source of anterior (front) knee pain often occurring from repetitive or excessive overload onto the patellar tendon. This is often a condition of younger athletes, especially men, who participate in jumping sports such as volleyball, tennis, football, and basketball. Patella Tendinopathy is debilitating and can result in the prolonged absence and potential retirement from sports. Loading the tendon is the primary stimulus which helps with tendon health! This article will take you through a few common jumper's knee exercises!

So you fell on your hand and it swelled up like a balloon. You find out you broke your wrist, experienced a wrist fracture, a FOOSH injury - you name it - it sucks no matter what. Next thing you know you're in a cast for 4-6 weeks. Time goes by, you see the doctor and he says the bone is healed, you're good to go! You get the cast removed, but you realize your wrist and hand look shriveled up and tiny compared to the other side. Even worse, it hurts to move it, your hand feels weak, you can't even put weight through it, now what?! In this article, we will detail exactly what a wrist fracture is and some exercises to jump-start your rehab when you get your cast off.

Just sprained your ankle? You're not alone. Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in all of the sports, so if you're one of the few that has never experienced an ankle sprain until now, consider yourself lucky! While they can initially be very painful and limiting, most respond very well to structured ankle sprain rehab program. With a solid plan (like the one detailed here), you will be well on your way back to sports and activity in no time!