Knee

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.

When beginning the transition to plyometrics, I always want to make sure my 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 I ask them to generate power (speed component) and change directions (agility component), especially in reaction to an external stimulus (ie 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.

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 and selection 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, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, 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!

Learning box jump progressions and how to do so safely is something that all health care practitioners and trainers should know. Understanding box jump progressions can expand your toolbox to optimize performance for your patients, clients, and athletes alike.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACLr) is one of the most common surgeries performed due to a sports injury. ACLr rehab and ACL prevention training is one of the hottest topics in the sports medicine world. The reality is while 80% of ACL reconstruction (ACLr) patients return to some form of sport, only 65% return to the same sporting level and 55% return to sport at a competitive level within 1-2 years post ACLR (reference). In this article, we will cover ACL return to sport testing as well as some of the alarming statistics regarding this topic.

Soccer is the worldโ€™s most popular sport and demonstrates continued growth in the United States each year. Over 13 million Americans play soccer, and according to US Youth Soccer, there are over 3 million youth soccer players registered in the United States today. Although there are benefits to playing soccer such as improved cardiovascular health, strength, and self-esteem, there are also some inherent risks involved. One study found that there were over 2.4 million soccer related injuries leading to an Emergency Room visit between the years 2000 and 2012. Another study showed that soccer is the high school sport with the highest risk of injury for female athletes. The most commonly injured areas are the ankle and knee, and the most common injuries are sprains and strains. In this article I will highlight the most common injuries seen in soccer, and demonstrate research based soccer prehab exercisesย to prevent these injuries while employing soccer-specific activities.

We have simplified the literature investigating running to bring you the Runnerโ€™s Prehab Checklist featuring our favorite runner's prehab exercises. For the new and experienced recreational runners, this is a reference guide with biomechanical information to check and optimize your movement system for running. Be sure to add these exercises to your training routine to protect your body in helping you run!

Have you ever strained your hamstring before? Youโ€™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.