Exercise

The PT Minute: Why does a Combine Matter?

This week’s PT Minute question: “Why does a Combine matter?” Dr. Carlos J Berio – How can you get where you are going without knowing where you are right now? A sport specific combine is the benchmark for where all programming will be created and how it can be appropriately progressed for maximum performance benefits. Dr. Ivy … Read More

Running Medicine 2016 Highlights

Another thought-provoking and knowledge bombing weekend of Running Medicine is complete. For anyone that works with runners, this conference is a must attend as it brings together the country’s (and often time the world’s) top physical therapists, physicians, sports performance specialists and more to promote healthy, high-level running for the novice to the elite. Here … Read More

Scap March Plank

This movement is indicated when we are working toward improving the strength and tolerance of the many muscles that attach to your scapula. In addition this movement may be advanced to involve much more trunk and hip musculature as needed. Prep and Equipment: This movement begins in the low plank position: Laying in the prone … Read More

Pack your Suitcase for Exercise

It’s that time of year again. The kids are out of school, the vacation is booked, and you have been working hard at SPARK to be pain-free, strong, and, everyone’s ultimate goal, to L.G.N. (for those who know our lingo). But how do you maintain all those gains when the resort you are going to … Read More

Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again-Recovery from Races

The long runs, hill work outs, strength training sessions and science experiments of nutrition are winding down. You’ve barely enjoyed the post-race food and beverages when you’re already thinking “Ok let’s do this again!” However, how many runners plan their recovery like they do their training? Likely very few. Now that the fall race season … Read More

So you want to run a marathon…

Or a half marathon…How many days a week will you run? How many miles each week? How long should your long run be? These are questions I get all the time from my patients/clients who want to tackle a marathon or half marathon. Today’s blog post is going to get you to the starting line … Read More

Crazy glue, duct tape and…running?

Today’s post is the next piece of the running pie after previously discussing why strength training is so crucial to a runner’s routine. What is stabilization training you ask? It’s the glue and duct tape which maintains good posture and uses energy efficiently while we run. If you are unstable while running, you ask your … Read More

Why Can’t I Just Run? The How’s and Why’s of Incorporating Strength Training into your Running Routine

             “But if I want to be a better runner, can’t I just run more?” I get this comment frequently from the high school track girls I coach as well as runners I’m treating in physical therapy. The rule of specificity would say yes because if you want to improve at a certain activity you … Read More

Guest bloger! Liz Davies: Fight Cancer with Exercise

Physical activity can result in a variety of benefits for people with cancer, just as it would for people who are cancer free. A daily exercise routine gives people a way to stay active, maintain a healthy weight and be more muscular. In addition to these rewards, physical activity increases positivity and self-confidence while lowering … Read More