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”

Breaking Down the Initial Evaluation, Part 3: Static Postural Assessment – LE

The previous post dissected the process of examining the upper extremity, particularly the relationship between the thoracic/cervical spine with the glenohumeral joint and scapula positioning. In today’s post, we will be continuing the discussion of static postural assessment with the lower extremity. I believe that everything is connected to everything, and therefore neither of theseContinue reading “Breaking Down the Initial Evaluation, Part 3: Static Postural Assessment – LE”

Breaking Down the Initial Evaluation, Part 2: Static Postural Assessment – UE

Postural assessment should be a staple in every therapist’s initial evaluation, no matter the diagnosis. How else are you supposed to know the relationship between the spine and the rest of the body? And yes, this means for guys, asking them to take their shirts off, and for females too (as long as they haveContinue reading “Breaking Down the Initial Evaluation, Part 2: Static Postural Assessment – UE”

Breaking Down the Initial Evaluation, Part 1: The Subjective

I’ve decided to address the initial evaluation in my first topic series because I think it will serve as a good foundation for future posts to come. In this series, I will highlight how I perform an evaluation – I am not saying that everyone has to do it this way, nor am I sayingContinue reading “Breaking Down the Initial Evaluation, Part 1: The Subjective”

Not your average physio

Welcome! This blog is meant to provide literature review and clinical insight into treatment of athletic injuries. The format of the blog will include topic series determined by population and diagnosis and organized into introduction/basic anatomy and always ending with treatment interventions for the athlete. Between these topic series there will be literature reviews as well asContinue reading “Not your average physio”