RESEARCH ROUNDUP: Why Proper Form matters for Strength Training and Running

This week’s pair of articles are from the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.  The first one discusses the effect of posture on a commonly used hip strengthening exercise.  The second talks about running gait re-training which is becoming more common in rehab and prevention of running injuries.  Enjoy the new knowledge below and contact CLE Sports PT with any … Read More

Concussion Series Part 5: Do Concussions Cause Other Injuries?

I’ve been working with concussion patients for a few years now… I’ve also presented on the topic of concussions in female athletes twice nationally.  When I was prepping my first talk, I came across this article.   College athletes who suffered a non-contact ACL injury scored lower than their non-injured teammates on a test of verbal memory, processing speed, and … Read More

The Concussion Series- Part 2: Concussions in Female Athletes

The gender gap in US sports continues…   Despite the heroics the US Women’s Soccer Team displayed at the World Cup this summer (in stark contrast to the Men’s Gold Cup loss to Jamaica a few weeks later), data continues to mount showing that female soccer players have more concussions than men and have symptoms for a longer period. Check out these staggering … Read More

THE GREAT ULTRASOUND DEBATE: Does it Really Help Tendon Injuries?

In the past few years, many Sports PT’s have stopped using ultrasound due to lack of evidence that it actually works.  To be honest, I’m one of those PT’s –  the minute I hear that a patient had ultrasound done for something, I tend to roll my eyes and wish that person’s time wasn’t wasted on a more active means … Read More

Research Roundup- Success in Volleyball, Training Power in Hockey, and Return-to-Kicking Program for Soccer

Future Elite Success in Volleyball-  What does it take? A recent study  showed that tests of motor coordination (balance, jumping, lateral movement, and upper body coordination) in volleyball players were predictors of success in addition to the athlete’s height and vertical jump height.  In fact, these three tests were able to predict playing levels in volleyball players 5 years later.   … Read More

Research Roundup- Baseball Edition

Could hip strengthening help you become a better pitcher?  You bet it can!  Multiple studies (here, here, or even here) including this recent one, have shown that the hip muscles are active during baseball pitching.   The study also showed the importance of the muscles around the shoulder blade (the scapular stabilizers). The pitching motion requires total body strength-  Include hip and core strengthening in … Read More

Does Kinesiotape Really Work?

Kinesiology tape, kinesiotape, or just “that fancy tape the Olympic athletes use” has been a big trend in sports medicine.  But does it work?  How about for hamstring injuries?  A recent study compared the tape to traditional stretching and also to a type of stretching called PNF, or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (Wikipedia definition or the more scholarly  one here) The PNF stretching … Read More

Movement Analysis is Essential for Rehab and Performance

A few months ago, Sports Illustrated profiled Dr. Marcus Elliott and his sports motion analysis lab at P3.  Motion analysis can screen for injuries before they happen or help to determine when an athlete is ready to return to the field.   It’s one of the most powerful tools in sports medicine today. Athletes can undergo motion analysis without the cost … Read More

How Necessary is Hamstring Strengthening for Preventing ACL Injury?

FOR ATHLETES:   Bottom line info you need to #GETBETTER The hamstring muscles work with the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) to maintain knee stability during sports.  Research over the past few years has shown that females who injured their ACL’s had weaker hamstrings than uninjured females or males.  Because of this, the sports medicine community thought that strengthening the hamstrings … Read More