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Hamstring injuries are among the most common non-contact injuries in sports. It is important to train hamstring muscles optimally in order to prevent these injuries from occurring. In this article, we're going to show you how to strengthen your hamstrings, by covering our favorite hamstring exercises including nordic hamstring curl variations as well as swiss ball hamstring variations to prehab against hamstring strains!

So you've been trying to get back into shape and just when you caught stride your knees started to hurt, now what!? There are a few key elements with handling this issue that include optimal exercise selection, smart programming, and activity modification. Here is a comprehensive approach on how to stay active and manage your knee pain regarding different physical activities including running and hiking.

The stork exercise (also referred to as the captain morgan exercise), is one of our all-time favorites for gluteus medius activation and neural priming prior to exercise. Not only is it already in a functional weight-bearing position, but you can ramp up as much activation as you want by pushing harder and harder into the wall. Follow along in this article as we show you stork exercise variations for gluteus medius activation, as well as other wall-supported hip exercises!

When beginning the transition to plyometrics, you always want to make sure that athletes can first control regressed movements, positions of instability, and demonstrate good deceleration control in all three planes in a slow and controlled manner. This is an absolute prerequisite before you ask them to generate power (speed component) and change directions (agility component), especially in reaction to an external stimulus (i.e an opposing player or ball). Assessing and training deceleration control in all three planes is absolutely vital for the athlete, as no sport is truly one dimensional. In this article, we will help guide you with how to introduce deceleration control exercises!

Squatting is not only an exercise that can be quite physically demanding, but it is also a prerequisite to healthy human movement! In order to hit and break PRs or just make your life easier on a daily basis, you want squatting to be easy and effortless! Preparation is key when it comes to moving and squatting better, and that is why we decided to write about the best squat warm-up that you can easily implement! This article features some of our favorite content that will squat prep your body for every type of squat you can think of.

Slings (also referred to as chains and/or loops) are a functional component of the musculoskeletal system. If we think of our torso as a core cylinder, there are multiple slings that wrap around the cylinder in different orientations. The cylinder depends on strength and balance from the slings to provide a stable foundation. This article will cover a brief overview of the sling systems, as well as cover the anterior and posterior oblique sling exercise progressions and assessment!

Scapular dyskinesis (aka SICK scapula syndrome) is an alteration or deviation in the normal resting or active position of the scapula during shoulder movement. This observation of "abnormal" or "erratic" movement is often associated with pain. But does scapular dyskinesis actually cause a painful shoulder? Does SICK scapula equal pain?

Personalized blood flow restriction (BFR) training is a training strategy (or an exercise modality) that involves exercising at low intensities (i.e. 20-35% 1-RM) while occluding venous blood flow out of a limb and restricting arterial blood flow into a limb by using a system that is calibrated based off of personalized limb occlusion pressure. This type of training is accomplished by wrapping off the proximal portion of a limb. In the upper extremity, this is done at the level of the deltoid tuberosity, while in the lower extremity this is performed at the level of the greater trochanter of the femur. As healthcare providers, we recommend using an FDA listed system to perform personalized blood flow restriction training as opposed to other methods such as knee wraps and/or voodoo bands. In this article, we will provide an in-depth review of BFR!

There are more than 200,000 ACL injuries each year in the United States alone, and approximately 65% of these injuries are treated with reconstructive surgery. ACL graft options for surgery is one of the main topics of discussion between orthopedic surgeons and their patients. Numerous factors including patient age, occupation, and activity level, graft availability, surgical history, existing tendinopathy, and the experience and preference of the surgeon, should be considered prior to determining which type of graft will be used for reconstruction. We've teamed up with Dr. Nima Mehran and Dr. Mick Huges, an orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist respectively, each of whom specializes in sports medicine as well as ACL rehab, to cover everything you need to know about what you can do prior to surgery for maximal results, graft selection, and what to expect immediately after surgery. With this guide, you will no longer have to fear the unknown. Learn everything there is to know about ACL graft options for surgery!

Training equipment is being utilized more than ever by athletes looking to get an edge on improving their performance. Weight lifting shoes, Chuck Taylors, elastic bands, and chains have found their way into the free weight section with the squat & deadlift, but why? Do these items really help according to claims such as improved ankle mobility, squat depth, lifting heavier, and breaking PRs? This article will look at some of the evidence regarding the best training equipment for the squat & deadlift and will shed some light on squat variations using movement analysis technology.