Can Running Strengthen The Discs In Your Lower Back?

Structures within the human body are often viewed in different ways. Skeletal muscle tissue, for example, is considered adaptable with the capacity to become stronger in response to exercise. Other structures, such as spinal discs, are viewed more like machine parts, susceptible to activity related wear and tear and lacking the capacity to positively adapt… Continue reading Can Running Strengthen The Discs In Your Lower Back?

Does Strength/Plyometric Training Affect My Running Performance?

“Will lifting weights make me a slower runner?” It’s a question physical therapists get asked all the time by runners fearing that increased muscle mass will slow them down. Although the running community is becoming better educated on the benefits of cross training with resistance workouts, it is still a deeply rooted belief that runners… Continue reading Does Strength/Plyometric Training Affect My Running Performance?

Strengthening the Knee: A Biomechanical Approach

Anterior knee pain is so prevalent, almost everyone knows someone dealing with it.  Most likely it is keeping them from doing the activities they love; things like running, going to the gym, playing basketball, or lifting up their grandchild. Anterior knee pain due to abnormal forces going through the patellofemoral joint is estimated to affect… Continue reading Strengthening the Knee: A Biomechanical Approach

Runners: 3 Great Exercises to Prevent and Treat Bunions

Nothing brings runners enjoying their blissful weekend runs or intense race training schedules to a grinding halt like big toe or hallux pain. It seems impossible to mentally tough out big toe pain and finish the race (not a wise idea) because there is no way to compensate and run without using the big toe… Continue reading Runners: 3 Great Exercises to Prevent and Treat Bunions

Improve Throwing Velocity: Plyometric Training for the Shoulder

So you have spent the off season working hard on endless squats, lunges, and box jumps to improve leg strength for a powerful push off. And you also trained the core with tiring planks, chops, and medicine ball tosses to transfer that power efficiently, but you find that you are still just shy of reaching… Continue reading Improve Throwing Velocity: Plyometric Training for the Shoulder

Pitching Velocity: Power Through The Trunk

We hear so much about the importance of “core strength” that it is put into almost every sports training program. However, much less often do athletes know what the “core” consists of or why it’s important. And it becomes even more confusing trying to find the “best” or most appropriate core exercises due to the… Continue reading Pitching Velocity: Power Through The Trunk

Improve Throwing Velocity: Throw With Your Hips, Not Your Arm

Improving throwing velocity is the Holy Grail that all baseball pitchers seek, probably with more resolve than Indiana Jones.  Be honest, how many of you pitchers have Googled “how to improve pitching speed/velocity”? Maybe that is how you found this article. Chances are you have come across a plethora of information on the web, all… Continue reading Improve Throwing Velocity: Throw With Your Hips, Not Your Arm

How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery Part III: 5 Necessary Exercises to Avoid Injury

Now that you know the risk factors and improper pitching mechanics that can lead to excessive valgus stress at the elbow, you are probably wondering what exercises you can do to strengthen the elbow to combat this stress. If you remember back to part I of this blog, we talked about the tensile strength of… Continue reading How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery Part III: 5 Necessary Exercises to Avoid Injury

How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery Part II

In last week’s blog, we took a look at some risk factors that can place excessive valgus, or inside out, force on the elbow and place pitchers at higher risk for developing injury to their medial ulnar collateral ligament (MUCL), which is repaired by the famous Tommy John surgery. These risk factors included a larger… Continue reading How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery Part II

How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery: The 3 risk factors for injury

If you are a baseball pitcher, player, or just a fan of America’s greatest pastime, then chances are the phrase “Tommy John Surgery” makes your heart skip a beat and a knot in the pit of your stomach. This infamous injury has plagued many of the great pitchers in baseball: John Smoltz, Tim Hudson, John… Continue reading How to Avoid Tommy John Surgery: The 3 risk factors for injury

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