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Ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports and physical activity, estimating to be about 25% of all injuries across sports. Of all ankle injuries, 85% involve the lateral ankle ligaments. There is strong evidence suggesting you increase risk of re-spraining your ankle two fold within the first year of spraining your ankle. Every year in the US, lateral ankle sprain affects 2.15 of every 1,000 people which results in $2 billion of healthcare costs. (Waterman, Owens, Zacchili, & Belmont, 2010). All these costs are primarily from non-invasive treatment. We know that athletes today benefit from the BEST available rehab techniques and here is a statistic that proves my point: in the NBA there are approximately 100 ankle sprains per season, and in the last 11 years there have only been 4 that require surgical intervention. With high incidence of ankle sprains and the associated economic burden/negative chronic consequences, this calls for Preventative measures.

Have you ever strained your hamstring before? You’re not alone! Hamstring strain injuries are among the most common acute musculoskeletal injury in the United States. Athletes who participate in track and field, soccer, and football are especially prone to these injuries given the sprinting demands of these sports. One study found that over a 10-year span in the NFL, the occurrence of hamstring strains was second only to knee sprains. The average number of days lost for athletes with hamstring strains ranged anywhere from 8 to 25 days, which equated to missing up to 4 NFL games or 25% of the season. Even more concerning is that hamstring re-injury rates are extremely high, especially during the first 2 weeks after return to sport. In fact, over 1/3 of hamstring injuries will reoccur during this time.

Everyone has a slightly different bony anatomy. Whether it’s a longer femur, bent shin (tibial torsion), or a rotated hip socket (acetabular retroversion), your anatomy, in addition to your functional goals, should ultimately drive squat depth. So how deep or low should you squat? From an injury prevention and biomechanical perspective, there is only one thing that should matter – posterior pelvic tilt.

Plantar fasciitis is one of most nagging and limiting orthopedic pathologies in the foot. It's estimated that nearly 2 million Americans experience plantar fasciitis each year and is the most common condition of the foot for runners. Plantar fasciitis can be defined as inflammation of the plantar fascia+perifascial tissues due to repetitive microtrauma from excessive traction and/or loading forces. How do you know whether you MAY have plantar fasciitis and how do you get plantar fasciiis prehab? Keep reading to find out!

There is a huge misconception in the fitness and rehab worlds. Far too often, we label exercises as a good exercise or bad exercise for all athletes. Many preach that squats are a must in every athlete’s fitness program and exercises such as behind the neck press’ should never be performed…when in fact, many of these movements can be great for athletic performance. These beliefs are from years of dogma surrounding certain movements. But in reality, any exercise can be a bad exercise if an athlete lacks the requite mobility & motor control. Let's put this bad exercise myth to bed!

It seems as if the fitness industry not too long ago was engulfed in the newest and latest machine. However, the recent pendulum of this industry has been going back to the minimalist end of the spectrum giving attention to calisthenic exercises. This has led to the popularity with exercises such as the Pistol squat AKA the single leg squat. This exercise is a complex movement that is overall encompassing of strength, motor control, and range of motion (particularly at the ankle). This series will break down why you are not able to pistol squat as well as how to have the proper balance of strength, motor control, and mobility to perform this complex movement! Without the proper recipe, you may find yourself falling right on your butt time after time.

Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal diagnoses in the world. The low back is typically considered the lumbar spine region, but it is also important to remember the pelvis and the hips influence motion at the low back. After an injury or experiencing pain in this region, motion in this area can get, 'out of whack'. This can lead to changes in body awareness and as a protective mechanism, the body may move in a more rigid pattern, thus less dissociation from joint to joint. This can lead to someone having difficulty with performing and controlling pelvic tilting. In these scenarios, you have to go back to the basics to retrain the foundations for healthy movement and improving body awareness. This article describes three exercises to help retrain low back movement and pelvic tilting.

Dead bug exercise variations are one of my absolute FAVORITE exercises and if done properly with advanced progressions, they can be a core killer!! Learning to activate your deep spinal stabilizers like the transversus abdominis in these positions is imperative before progressing to more dynamic exercises. As with all "core stabilization" exercises, you MUST PROGRESS THEM to more functional and upright movements once you learn what it feels like to truly stabilize your spine!

This 3-video post will be covering differ lunge variations. We will cover:

➡️ Prehab considerations for multi-directional lunges ➡️ Lunges variations for power development ➡️ Our favorite lunge combo If you don’t already include some lunge variation into your lower body training, hopefully by the end of this article we will have convinced you to not only do so, but also gave you some creative ideas on variations that best suit your goals!