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Overhead Shoulder Stability and The "Core" Overhead athletes often suffer injury to the shoulder (glenohumeral) joint secondary to inherent instability. In the Crossfit population, this holds true as well. According to a survey performed in 2014 by Weisenthal and colleagues, the shoulder was the most commonly injured body region amongst 486 CrossFitters. Why is this the case? The answer could lie in the biomechanical requirements of the movement. The performance of the overhead motions ...
Posted on 2016-03-03
Throwing Return-To-Sport: Upper Extremity Functional Testing and Sport-Specific Rehabilitation. Return-to-sport criteria and testing for the lower quarter (i.e. anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction injuries) has been heavily researched over the years. (More recently, these tests have evolved into a movement-based testing criteria that focuses on movement quality and the biomechanical risk factors for ACL injury) Conversely, there seems to be less attention to return-to-sport testing fo...
Posted on 2016-01-15
Many athletes understand that it may take roughly 6-9 months to rehabilitate from an ACL reconstruction. (Examples: Adrian Peterson, professional football player for the Minnesota Vikings; Lindsey Vonn, American World Cup Alpine Ski Racer for the US Ski Team; Jabari Parker, professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks.) Traditionally, it is the orthopedic surgeon who performed the surgery that gives the final clearance to the patient on when they can return to their sport. What tes...
Posted on 2015-12-31
“Hard work pays off.” Many athletes (active individuals included) live by this age-old adage. It is in a sense an internal and unspoken mantra that can motivate a person to spend countless hours in the gym or on the field, trying to improve his or her skills. Imagine for a second that this athlete is you. Early morning practices, long-winded workouts…all for the sake of “getting better.” Fast-forward to the start of your season. It’s finally game time. Your...
Posted on 2015-07-15