Posts tagged injury recovery
4 Tips For Using The Indoor Rower Correctly

Indoor rowing is an excellent way to get an effective, low-impact workout.  When done correctly, it challenges the core, back, arms, quads and cardiovascular system. And it’s great cross training for runners, cyclists and swimmers - especially if you’re looking for some new ways to cross-train around an injury.

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Can Massage Guns Really Decrease Muscle Pain?

Over the past few years, percussive massage guns have become a popular recovery tool, finding favor among doctors, trainers, professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts. They look and sometimes even sound like power tools, but these handheld devices are meant to make you feel better — by increasing blood flow, breaking up tension, decreasing soreness and improving range of motion — all things that can lead to better warmups and speedier recoveries.

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Heat or Ice? An Athlete's Guide to Making The Right Choice.

Heat or Ice? This is one of the most common questions I get as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. It’s a basic question, but requires some understanding of physiology in order to make the right choice. In short, ice is best used to control swelling (most effective 1-3 days after an injury) while heat is used to loosen tight muscles/joints that are more chronic in nature. Let’s take a closer look at why this is case.

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5 Questions With The Working Triathlete: Life Lessons, Coaching And Injuries.

We recently had the opportunity to interview our good friend and triathlon coach Conrad Goeringer. Conrad is a respected triathlon coach in Nashville, TN, founder of Working Triathlete, writer, working professional and all-around beast of an athlete. As a coach and an athlete, Conrad understands the delicate balance of training, injury and performance.

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The 3 Most Common CrossFit Injuries And How Physical Therapy Can Help Them. Spoiler Alert! It’s The Shoulder, Low Back And Knee.

Let me start by saying that I'm not against CrossFit. Like any other sport, CrossFit can be dangerous. But it’s your job as a athlete to balance those risks with the personal reward of participating in the sport. If you’re educated about your movement patterns and seek proper coaching to help guide you, you’ll have a strong chance of participating without injury. To me, this is no different than any other sport, like running or triathlon.

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Just Buy A TRX Already

As an athlete and Doctor of Physical Therapy, I love cross training. I always incorporate some form of cross training into my own workout routine and regularly recommend it for sports injury recovery to my athletes in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN. Cross training is a great way for the injured athlete to maintain sport-ready fitness by challenging fitness levels and allowing the brain to interact with different movements in a new and exciting way. Of course there are plenty of ways for an athlete to cross train , but TRX is one of my favorites.

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How To Rehab A Muscle Strain or Tear

If you’re an athlete, chances are you’ve probably experienced a muscle tear. Muscle tears are prevalent in athletes due to the high amount of strain we put on our muscles. When we put too much external strain on them, it can result in a tear. Tears can occur at any point along the muscle and can vary in severity. Most muscle tears are graded from 1-3 based on severity.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Lifting Weights

The benefits of resistance training for the endurance athlete no longer need to be justified. When done correctly, weight lifting has long been documented to prevent injury, stabilize joints, preserve muscle mass and increase bone density. So why do so many endurance athletes ignore it?

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The Truth About Cupping.

This post explains what cupping is and how I use it as a physical therapy treatment for athletes in the Franklin, TN and Nashville, TN areas. We also discuss the current literature on cupping and if it’s a good treatment for you.

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