Shoulder Exercises

Recently I was lucky enough to go to Costa Rica for a week of surfing. Needless to say it was a great time, but as I’ve experienced in the past, my shoulders are now paying the price.  For this week’s blog I thought I’d suggest a few exercises for any fellow novice / occasional surfers…

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Patellofemoral Syndrome

The incidence of injury among distance runners is estimated to be between 37-56%.  Of these, pain in the area of the patellofemoral joint (near the “knee-cap”) is one of the most common complaints.  Thankfully, some recent research has uncovered some of the risk factors for this condition. Patellofemoral Syndrome Risk Factors   Traditionally, it has been…

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ACL Injury

Last June we posted an entry on the prevention of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.  In that article, we learned that muscular co-contraction was very helpful in preventing an acute tear of this ligament. Today’s blog is going to review some of the more current understandings in sports medicine with respect to ACL tears,  including…

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Healthy Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year when we’re all out getting some last minute shopping in for our friends and loved ones.  For this weeks blog, we thought we would help out with some gift ideas for the health conscious… Dual Purpose Hot and Cold Packs – These are always good to have around the house. …

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Knee Pain from Jumping

Jumpers knee is a common term used to describe an overuse injury to the patellar tendon.  The technical term for this tendon injury is patellar tendinosis or patellar tendinopathy and is estimated to affect 45% of elite volleyball players.  The symptoms of this condition can often be similar to patellofemoral syndrome, patellar tendinitis, quadricep tendinitis, patellar maltracking…

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How To Tie a Shoe

Most experienced runners have a preferred brand of running shoe. Mizuno, Asics, New Balance and Saucony seem to be common choices among our patients, but the jury is still out as to which manufacturer truly makes the best shoe. Since there are no objective, scientific guidelines to direct your purchase, it seems to boil down…

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Chronic Ankle Sprain

Like the various musicians in a symphony orchestra, athletic movements require different muscles to activate and deactivate in a very co-ordinated fashion.  When disrupted, this orchestra of muscular activity can not only affect athletic performance, but can also lead to different injuries. Chronic Ankle Sprain and FAI Functional instability of the ankle (FAI) is an…