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What are the most common injuries in field hockey? #SeeApt1st: What are the most common injuries in field hockey? How can you prevent them? #SeeAPT1st Click Here for the Article http://dlvr.it/Qn4n0T
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Motivational Monday: -Earl Nightingdale http://dlvr.it/QmdrVM
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Physical Therapy Month - #SeeAPT1st: America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Consider that in 2012 alone, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every American adult to have their own bottle of pills. Opioids, responsibly dosed, are an appropriate part of medical treatment in some situations. But they carry significant risks, including depression, withdrawal symptoms, overdose, and addiction. The statistics are scary: As many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long-term for noncancer pain struggle with addiction; Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids; People who are addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin; and 78 people die every day from an opioid-related overdose. To address this national health crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidelines in March 2016 urging providers to reduce opioid prescribing in favor of safe, nondrug alternatives such as physical therapy for chronic pain conditions, including low back pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. In August 2016, the Surgeon General sent a letter to every physician in the country asking for their help to solve the problem. Meanwhile, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) launched a national public awareness campaign to educate consumers about the risks of opioids and the safe alternative of physical therapy for pain management. A safe way to manage and treat pain Physical therapists treat pain and improve function through movement and exercise without the risky side effects of opioids. A physical therapist's individualized, hands-on approach engages the patient, making her or him an active participant in her or his own recovery. Patients should choose physical therapist treatment instead of opioids when... The risks of opioids outweigh the rewards. CDC experts say that opioids should not be considered as first-line or routine therapy for chronic pain. Even when opioids are prescribed, the CDC recommends that patients receive "the lowest effective dosage," and opioids "should be combined" with nonopioid therapies, such as physical therapy. Pain or function problems are related to low back pain, hip or knee osteoarthritis, or fibromyalgia. The CDC cites "high-quality evidence" supporting exercise as part of a physical therapist treatment plan for these chronic pain conditions. Pain lasts at least 90 days. At this point, pain is considered "chronic," and the risks for continued opioid use increase. The CDC says that "clinicians should consider opioid therapy only if expected benefits for both pain and function are anticipated to outweigh risks to the patient." APTA's #ChoosePT initiative is raising awareness about the dangers of prescription opioids and the safe, nondrug alternative for pain management provided by physical therapists. Visit http://MoveForwardPT.com for information to help you decide if physical therapist treatment is right for you. http://dlvr.it/QmFPPb
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Recipe Wednesday - Whole-Wheat Bow Tie Pasta With Puttanesca Sauce: Capers, anchovies, and olives! Oh my! Click here for this great recipe! http://dlvr.it/Qm7RjV
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How to avoid devastating injuries with these 3 resources: How to avoid devastating injuries with these 3 resources Here is our latest monthly video. http://dlvr.it/Qm1Q6W
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month http://dlvr.it/QlvbSz
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6 Common Cycling Injuries.: 6 Common Cycling Injuries. #SeeAPT1st Click Here for the Article http://dlvr.it/QldfpT
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Did You Know This About Your Knee?: Did You Know This About Your Knee? Here is our latest monthly video. http://dlvr.it/QlP01G
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Balance training improves sports performance & may reduce injury risk: Good balance comes with several important benefits Balance is defined as the process of maintaining the body's center of gravity vertically over the base of support, and it relies on rapid, continuous feedback from a number of structures throughout the body. Having good postural balance is important for many reasons, as it reduces the risk for falls and resulting injuries, and also helps to optimize movements in athletic performance. This is why balance exercises are very frequently included in training programs for athletes in various sports, fall prevention programs for the elderly, and rehabilitation programs designed by physical therapists. The benefits of balance training have been identified in many studies, but the exact type of training that is most efficient still remains unclear. For this reason, researchers decided to conduct a powerful study called a systematic review. In this review, all available literature on the topic was collected and analyzed to acquire a better understanding of the effects of balance training and what type, frequency, intensity and duration are best. A total of 50 studies are accepted into the review Investigators performed a search of two medical databases for studies that evaluated the effectiveness of a balance-training program for either improving sports performance or preventing injuries. This search led to 2,395 studies being screened, and 50 of these fit the necessary criteria and were accepted into the review. Once collected, the findings of these studies were analyzed and compared to one another, and their quality was assessed to determine their level of reliability. Most studies show that balance training is effective for its intended goals Overall, results were supportive of balance training in both applications. For the first focus of the review on athletic performance, the sports most commonly studied were soccer, basketball, and handball. The majority of these studies found significant differences between the groups that participated in balance training compared to those who did not, meaning that the training was effective for improving sports performance in these athletes. Similar findings were identified for the second focus of the review as well, as balance training was also found to reduce the incidence of sports injuries among athletes of various sports, including basketball, soccer, volleyball and football. These are all high-risk sports in which an injury can lead to long-term disability if severe enough, which highlights why prevention is so important. Finally, researchers discovered that the optimal balance-training program should last for about eight weeks and consist of two 45-minute training sessions per week. Based on these findings, it appears that balance training can serve a crucial role in sports by both enhancing performance and reducing the risk for injuries. Athletes who are looking to elevate their abilities while keeping their injury risk at a minimal are therefore encouraged to contact their local physical therapist to initiate a balance-training program. These programs are designed specifically for their sport, abilities, and goals, and participation will help them to optimize and extend their careers in the safest possible manner. - As reported in the August '17 issue of the Journal of Human Kinetics http://dlvr.it/QlHHX4
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Motivational Monday: -John Neal http://dlvr.it/Ql9Nr6
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