Happy Trails: Exercises for Running Injury Risk Reduction

By Brynne Duty PT, DPT, OCS Lower blood pressure, decreased risk of Diabetes, improved cardiovascular function, improved endurance, adventure, and exploration – these are just some of the reasons why we run. But what happens when something goes wrong? Running injuries are quite common, with numbers varying from 19% to as high as 79% of … Continue reading Happy Trails: Exercises for Running Injury Risk Reduction

Buns of steel: Why butt strength and hip stability are critical for injury prevention

One of the most commonly injured areas of the body is the knee.  Whether you are a competitive athlete or a sedentary office worker, a growing teenager or an aging retiree, you have or will experience some degree of knee pain.  Why?  The knee is a pretty unstable joint compared to its neighbors, the hip … Continue reading Buns of steel: Why butt strength and hip stability are critical for injury prevention

Do This, Not That! Exercises for health, not harm. (Part 7)

The hamstrings are an often ignored muscle group.  Perhaps it’s because they are aesthetically overshadowed by gluteus maximus or that our benchmark for a good leg workout is “feeling the burn” almost entirely in the quadriceps.  Whatever the reason, it’s finally time to acknowledge the importance of the hamstrings.  Their daily tasks include extending the … Continue reading Do This, Not That! Exercises for health, not harm. (Part 7)

Balance 101

Understanding balance is like watching an elephant stand on a beach ball:  confusing and fascinating.  Many of us never consider improving our balance until we witness extraordinary feats of stability (a ballerina en pointe or a tightrope walker crossing between two buildings) or the results of diminished stability (grandma’s fractured hip after a fall).  Believe … Continue reading Balance 101

Posture check: Simple exercises to prevent injury and improve sports performance

Good posture is an often ignored, but important portion of every athlete’s training program.  Whether you are a novice or competitive athlete, posture is critical to your sports performance because it directly affects: foundational mobility and stability training advanced, sport-specific training techniques (strength, balance, power, agility, etc.) the health of muscles, tendons, joints, etc. respiratory … Continue reading Posture check: Simple exercises to prevent injury and improve sports performance

The benefits and risks of exercise for kids

While it’s no surprise that physical activity is good for kids of all ages, we often overlook “overtraining”.  Sometimes, something as healthy as exercise can be too much of a good thing.  To avoid injuries and burnout, healthy athletes must find a good balance between training, competition, and recovery.  Understanding the benefits and risks of … Continue reading The benefits and risks of exercise for kids

Do This, Not That! Exercises for health, not harm. (Part 6)

Do This! Side plank Not That! Seated oblique twists against resistance A side plank is the tougher, more experienced older sibling to your regular plank.  Because we spend so much of our day walking forward or sitting, we often underutilize muscles on the side of our body which provide stability.  As a result, a simple … Continue reading Do This, Not That! Exercises for health, not harm. (Part 6)