Treating the competitive volleyball player series, Part 2: Shoulder Impingement Assessment

Congratulations to TEAM USA on their BRONZE medal and TEAM CHINA on their GOLD medal yesterday. Not the outcome that TEAM USA wanted, but it is still a medal and everyone played their hearts out. TEAM CHINA showed that they had the grit to grind it out against a very tough SERBIAN team. While thereContinue reading “Treating the competitive volleyball player series, Part 2: Shoulder Impingement Assessment”

Treating the competitive volleyball player series, Part 1: An Introduction

Who’s been hyped up for the Olympics this year? I live for every 4 years (well, really every 2 because of the winter Olympics). Finally, other sports other than American Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Hockey will be featured for 2 weeks, and we get to see history being made. This will be the first series ofContinue reading “Treating the competitive volleyball player series, Part 1: An Introduction”

Featured Professional: Ramez Antoun, PT, DPT, SFMA,PNF

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to connect with a fellow physical therapist in the Boston area, Dr. Ramez Antoun, PT, DPT, SFMA, PNF. Dr. Antoun is a graduate of UMASS Lowell’s DPT program as well as Kaiser Permanente’s Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) fellowship in Vallejo, CA. He is SFMA and Dry NeedlingContinue reading “Featured Professional: Ramez Antoun, PT, DPT, SFMA,PNF”

Lateral Ankle Sprain series, Part 2: No Such Thing As A Minor Ankle Sprain

With all of the hype surrounding the upcoming Olympics, I felt like this was a great time to bring in some real life examples. This past week wrapped up the US Gymnastics and Track & Field trials – and what an exciting week it’s been. So far between Gymnastics, Track & Field, and Swimming itContinue reading “Lateral Ankle Sprain series, Part 2: No Such Thing As A Minor Ankle Sprain”

Lateral Ankle Sprain series, Part 1: An Introduction to Anatomy of the Ankle

It might seem odd to jump from the shoulder/overhead athlete in one topic series to lateral ankle sprains at the other end of the body in the very next, but I promise there is a connection – there always is. Many overhead athletes rely on the hip opposite their dominant side for power generation andContinue reading “Lateral Ankle Sprain series, Part 1: An Introduction to Anatomy of the Ankle”

Featured Professional: Nicole Canning, PT, DPT

Dr. Nicole Canning, PT, DPT is our first featured professional on #NotYourAveragePhysio. She was a classmate of mine while at Emory University and is also the author of the blog: inthegamept.wordpress.com. Check it out! Dr. Canning is also a former NCAA D1 soccer player at St. Johns University in Queens, NY, and is also aContinue reading “Featured Professional: Nicole Canning, PT, DPT”

Overhead Athlete series, Part 3: Biomechanics and Movement Patterns of the Overhead Athlete

Understanding anatomy is very useful when treating any client population, however, when treating an athletic population, it is imperative to understand the sport in question, as well as the associated movement patterns. As mentioned previously, most studies are conducted on baseball athletes, but an overhead athlete can play a number of sports, and the mechanicsContinue reading “Overhead Athlete series, Part 3: Biomechanics and Movement Patterns of the Overhead Athlete”

Overhead Athlete series, Part 2: Physical Characteristics of the Overhead Athlete

All athletes will develop special physical characteristics that are specific to their sport due to repetitive use of certain muscle groups as well as movement patterns required of that sport. Overhead athletes are no exception to this observation. Here are some of the physical characteristics to keep in mind of an overhead athlete upon initialContinue reading “Overhead Athlete series, Part 2: Physical Characteristics of the Overhead Athlete”

Overhead Athlete series, Part 1: An Introduction to the Overhead Athlete

“Overhead athlete” is a broad term that encompasses many different sports including baseball, volleyball, tennis, javelin throwers, softball and more. While swimming could be grouped in this series because it is an overhead sport, it will have it’s own topic series in the future. Most research studies have been performed on baseball players, however, theContinue reading “Overhead Athlete series, Part 1: An Introduction to the Overhead Athlete”

Breaking Down the Initial Evaluation, Part 4: Movement Assessment

  The previous posts discussed static postural assessment. I never solely conduct a static postural assessment and establish my diagnosis. We, as physical therapists, are movement experts and therefore, while I can utilize a static postural assessment to guide my clinical evaluation, I am more interested in seeing how my client moves. More importantly, IContinue reading “Breaking Down the Initial Evaluation, Part 4: Movement Assessment”