Safety Guide to Running After Dark

Safety Guide to Running After Dark

This morning, I laced up my shoes in the glow of the porch light, flipped on my flashlights and hit the pavement for a quick 3 mile run before work.  If you are a runner in the northern latitudes, you spend a good portion of your year running in the dark. Are you...
Improve your vertical jump with “The Finisher”

Improve your vertical jump with “The Finisher”

There are many products and programs out there to improve your vertical jump.  Some have merit, others do not.  Isolated calf strengthening exercises aren’t likely to produce a drastic increase in your vertical.  The biggest thing that will help you get above...
Clinical Diagnosis: Beyond A Radiology Report

Clinical Diagnosis: Beyond A Radiology Report

Healthcare providers have used the clinical diagnostic method since the inception of medicine.  Over the last hundred years, there has been a boom in medical technology.  As a result, the way we evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients changed dramatically.  Between...
5 Things Physicians Need To Know About Physical Therapists

5 Things Physicians Need To Know About Physical Therapists

Physical therapists and physicians have worked alongside each other on the healthcare team since the inception of the physical therapy profession.  However, many physicians do not understand or utilize a physical therapist’s education and skills to their full...
Summer Safety: Heat Illness

Summer Safety: Heat Illness

You may have recently seen a story on ESPN or local news about an independent investigation into the heat stroke-related death of Garden City Community College football player Braeden Bradforth.  Bradforth, a nineteen year-old offensive lineman with his whole life...
Hydration Station

Hydration Station

With summer right around the corner and temperatures on the rise, proper hydration should be at the forefront of every athlete, coach, and parent’s mind. The human body is 70% water and proper hydration is vital to every physiological function.  Dehydration, the...
Fueling for Endurance Races

Fueling for Endurance Races

Training and eating for endurance races is quite different from most sports. It takes a lot of additional planning and can be a time-consuming process. You can’t just wake up and decide to run 15 miles on an empty stomach, or do your long run in the middle of the day...
Body Recompositioning for Athletic Performance

Body Recompositioning for Athletic Performance

Body recomposition is a hot topic these days.  By definition, body recompositioning is the process of gaining lean muscle mass while reducing fat mass.  Depending on your goals, your weight may increase, decrease, or stay the same during this process (remember lean...
Four Things Your Physician Won’t Tell You About Back Pain

Four Things Your Physician Won’t Tell You About Back Pain

Back pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint and the #1 reason for doctors visits among adults.  It affects over 80% of us at some point in our lifetime!  Unfortunately, most of these patients go to see their primary care physician, looking for answers. ...
Why You Don’t Need An X-Ray for Your Ankle Sprain

Why You Don’t Need An X-Ray for Your Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are one of the most common orthopedic injuries occurring in sports, and it is the most commonly seen orthopedic injury in emergency rooms.  Most people who sprain their ankle feel it is necessary to go to the emergency room to make sure that the ankle...