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Does Strength/Plyometric Training Affect My Running Performance?. “Will lifting weights make me a slower runner?” It’s a question physical therapists get asked all the time by runners fearing that increased muscle mass will slow them down. Although the running community is becoming better educated on the benefits of cross training with resistance workouts, it is still a deeply rooted belief that runners tend to think the best way to become a better runner is to run more mi...
Posted on 2017-10-18
Strengthening the Knee: A Biomechanical Approach. Anterior knee pain is so prevalent, almost everyone knows someone dealing with it.  Most likely it is keeping them from doing the activities they love; things like running, going to the gym, playing basketball, or lifting up their grandchild. Anterior knee pain due to abnormal forces going through the patellofemoral joint is estimated to affect 1.5-7.3 of people with knee pain. Patellofemoral pain syndrome affects women more than men, due t...
Posted on 2017-09-28
Runners: 3 Great Exercises to Prevent and Treat Bunions . Nothing brings runners enjoying their blissful weekend runs or intense race training schedules to a grinding halt like big toe or hallux pain. It seems impossible to mentally tough out big toe pain and finish the race (not a wise idea) because there is no way to compensate and run without using the big toe joint (1st MTP). It is a joint we take for granted when all is working well, but runners need 50-60 degrees of motion at the big toe ...
Posted on 2017-09-11
Improve Throwing Velocity: Plyometric Training for the Shoulder.                     So you have spent the off season working hard on endless squats, lunges, and box jumps to improve leg strength for a powerful push off. And you also trained the core with tiring planks, chops, and medicine ball tosses to transfer that power efficiently, but you find that you are still just shy of reaching that ninety ...
Posted on 2017-09-01
Throwing Velocity: Transferring Power through the Trunk          We hear so much about the importance of “core strength” that it is put into almost every sports training program. However, much less often do athletes know what the “core” consists of or why it’s important. And it becomes even more confusing trying to find the “best” or most appropriate core exercises due to the sheer volume of articles dedicated to the ...
Posted on 2017-08-24
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