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We have all done it. Watched our friend, teammate, or favorite player go down and grab their knee. We’ve wondered aloud if it is the vaunted ACL tear and if there is any additional damage to go along with it. The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament gets most of the attention and is often the slowest healing structure involved when returning a player to their sport. However, there are a variety of other structures that can be injured in the knee that will play a significant role in an athlete’s recovery. These include the medial collateral ligament (MCL), the lateral collateral ligament (LCL), the medial and lateral menisci, as well as the cartilage that covers the bony surfaces of the knee joint. ACL and knee injuries in general often happen in combination and much research has been done into one particular combination of knee injuries called “the unhappy triad”. This article will examine the unhappy triad, its prevalence, mechanisms, and reasons for occurring as well as how it can affect recovery. We also will finish with unhappy triad knee rehab to give you insight on how you can recover from this injury properly if you have suffered one yourself!

Do you experience pain and feelings of tightness in your calves? Did you also know that calf tightness can be the culprit for difficulty with normal everyday activities such as walking and running? Research supports thorough assessment of muscular tightness when a person is experiencing pain in their calves with activity (1), and addressing these issues can lead to less overall discomfort and more ease with functional activity. In this article, we briefly discuss anatomy of your calf, why tightness can occur, and the best tight calf exercises you can implement into your routine to make sure that tightness does not turn into a more serious issue!

Have you recently suffered a knee injury and are now asking yourself the question, "what exactly just happened?" Maybe you have been running for a couple of weeks and are beginning to experience some nagging pain around your knee, or you felt a sudden wince of pain when taking a step. Regardless of the specific knee problem you are currently trying to manage, we are here to show you not only how to assess your knee pain, but also how to take control of those knee issues. Whether you are new to the [P]Rehab community, or you have been with us for some time, one of our biggest core values is putting the ball in your court with high quality, educational content so you do not have to rely on anyone but yourself to maintain health and wellness!

There are some questions in life that are always accompanied by a little bit of controversy and leads to people arguing which is correct. Some of my favorites arguments include: the ranch versus blue cheese debate, does pineapple belong on pizza, and is Die Hard a Christmas movie? In the training world, coaches can't seem to the shake the topic of periodization and they have been arguing for years whether periodization is necessary for success in a training program. Read this article to find out why periodization has been in the midst of controversy, what that intimidating word means, and if you should be using periodization in your own training programs.

Part 2 of this Clinical Pearl series on will focus on runners knee return to running implications. It is during these phases that there will be a larger emphasis on advanced strengthening, single limb loading that simulates running activity, reintegration of running, and power-based exercises! By this point, the runner should have lower symptom irritability, and a solid foundation of motor control, stability, and strength before progressing towards this part of rehab.

Rehabbing runners is no easy task. We know that runners love to do one thing: RUN! When that is taken away from them, they become frustrated. Innately, we expect this, right? If you are passionate about something, and can no longer do that specific hobby, you are likely to feel some type of way! What is even more challenging about rehabbing runners is ensuring they do not return to running too quickly, which can quickly turn into a cyclic pattern of nagging pain and chronic injuries. With that being said, this runners knee rehab rationale is going to take you through 3 phases, consisting of a systematic approach to getting your runners back to what they love to do safely, and optimally.

If you're looking to pursue a career to become a sports physical therapist, welcome. If you're a veteran of the game who has been in team sports for years, forgive me should my limited 5 years of experience come up short in trying to capture such an interesting culture. And finally, if you're not in sports medicine and just interested in learning a bit more "behind the scenes," you may find some interest here too. Regardless, I hope you enjoy.

Whether you can believe it or not, the holidays are here for 2021! Are you scrambling at the last minute, trying to figure out what to gift your sister, brother, or significant other? I know that I certainly am. Fear not, as we're here to help you take control of your health and give the gift of health to ALL your loved ones by wrapping up the best rehab, prehab, and performance products on the market! Trust us, these are gifts that even Santa can't top.

Picture this – its 75 degrees outside. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and your body is ready for a workout. Who wants to take it down to the dusty old basement gym on such a perfect day?! Time to move that equipment outside and get after it! And, whether its rain, snow, or shine, you can always find creative ways to stay active with these best outdoor exercises.

We’ve all been there before, rehab is going really well for your patient and every session builds off the previous, you’re happy and your patient is happy! You find yourself progressing every single movement and increasing the challenge because your rationale is the patient is getting better so why not push the limits? Next thing you know reality checks in and your patient has experienced a setback with increased pain, decreased load tolerance, and reports of stiffness with greater ranges of motion.“I think we overdid it doc…I guess my ankle isn’t ready still” What went wrong?! How are you even supposed to know that could happen? Was it the exercise, was it too much too soon, what did my patient do that they’re not telling me!? Let's take you through a systematic approach for lateral ankle sprain rehab.