Year in Review: 2016

Rather than start a new topic series on the last day of the year, I’ve decided to close out 2016 by reflecting on what I’ve been able accomplish in 2016. While many regard this past year as a terrible year (i.e. deaths of some of my favorite, and very prominent, celebrities including Carrie Fisher andContinue reading “Year in Review: 2016”

Screening for the Elite Hockey Player

Many of you know that this year I’ve been fortunate enough to be working with the Boston Blades in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) – a professional women’s hockey team/league – as their primary therapist for the season. It’s been a very exciting season so far, and it’s very rewarding to utilize some skillsContinue reading “Screening for the Elite Hockey Player”

Concussion series, Part 3: Post Concussive Syndrome, Second Impact Syndrome, and Treatment Strategies

Parts 1 and 2 discussed the pathophysiology and return to play guidelines for a concussed athlete. But what happens if the athlete’s symptoms don’t go away, and it’s been a month or more? The ICD-10 definition of Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS) states that in order to be diagnosed with PCS, the athlete must experience atContinue reading “Concussion series, Part 3: Post Concussive Syndrome, Second Impact Syndrome, and Treatment Strategies”

Concussion series, Part 2: Management and Return to Play

**Disclaimer**: I am not a representative of Complete Concussion Management Institute (CCMI), nor am I endorsed by them. I am a Certified Complete Concussion Management Practitioner (CCCMP) through CCMI, but am not paid to present this material. The following post is of my own, and does not represent opinions of anyone but myself. Now thatContinue reading “Concussion series, Part 2: Management and Return to Play”

Concussion series, Part 1: Pathophysiology

Over the past few years concussions have become quite the “buzz word” in sports. Many years ago, no one really cared about concussions, and then all of a sudden, we’ve gone to the other extreme – everyone who gets hit has a concussion. Concussions are a very serious topic. It is a mild traumatic brainContinue reading “Concussion series, Part 1: Pathophysiology”

Clinical Anecdotes: Treating Complaints of Chest Pain

PLEASE READ BELOW: ***This post will mark the start of a new segment – Clinical Anecdotes. While research is very important, it takes years and years to generate good research. It is always going to be somewhat behind – I say this meaning that since it takes a long time to generate good and reliableContinue reading “Clinical Anecdotes: Treating Complaints of Chest Pain”

Treating the competitive volleyball player series, Part 3: Lower Body Assessment

It’s fairly obvious that the shoulder is one of the more commonly injured joints, but just as obvious should be that the knees of a volleyball player are just as beat up. The impact alone, overtime, is enough to wear down a volleyball player’s knees. Both overuse and traumatic injuries can occur in volleyball toContinue reading “Treating the competitive volleyball player series, Part 3: Lower Body Assessment”

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”