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3 Tips for Gaining Extension

3 Tips for Gaining Extension After ACL surgery, gaining back range of motion is essential in the healing process. Without full range of motion, the knee and the joints close to it will be comprised and lose efficiency ultimately causing further pain and injury. During...

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What is Proprioception?

What is Proprioception? Proprioceptors are sensory receptors located within joints, muscles, and tendons that relay information to the subconscious and conscious parts of the central nervous system based on your awareness in space and during movements. They are...

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Benefits of Electrical Stimulation

Benefits of Electrical Stimulation Electrical stimulation sometimes referred to as e stem or TENS is a recovery technique that can be used in 2 ways; to relieve pain or to re-educate muscles. The devices come in many different sizes and usually have two basic...

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Safe Workouts After ACL Tear

Safe Workouts After ACL Tear It is important to do prehab or pre surgery rehabilitation so you can set yourself up for a successful surgery. The problem is many insurance companies do not cover enough visits to allow patients to see a physical therapist before and...

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To Brace or Not to Brace?

To Brace or Not to Brace? Wearing a Post Op ACL brace and wearing a functional ACL brace when returning to sports can be of some debate. Many surgeons have different preferences and more recently some surgeons are leaving it up to the decision of the athlete. So what...

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EmBRACE It!

EmBRACE It! Dealing with the Knee Brace: How to keep it Sexy One of my biggest struggles revolves around my knee brace. It’s uncomfortable, annoying, and most of all, hard to wear with anything except workout clothes. This works fine for me most days of the week, as I...

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Crutchspiration

Crutchspiration   Let’s face it, crutches suck. No matter how in shape you are or how high your pain tolerance is using crutches makes for a tiring and frustrating time. The pain isn’t the worst part. The worst part is feeling secluded from your daily routine and...

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The ACL and Leg Dominance

The ACL and Leg Dominance Leg dominance is more common in female athletes than in males. Leg dominance is when one leg is stronger and more efficient than the other leg and is typically the dominant side of the body whether someone is right handed or left handed.  Any...

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So You Tore Your ACL?

You cannot control what happens to you, life can be unpredictable. But you can control your reaction to what happens to you and your attitude moving forward. The hardest part about having a setback is replaying the moment in your mind over and over wondering how you...

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The ACL and Knee Valgus

The ACL and Knee Valgus Knee Valgus is when the knee naturally buckles inward during a load like a squat.  Just like in the Q Angle, knee valgus increases the lateral force on the knee joint. Athletes with knee valgus are more likely to suffer from chronic knee pain...

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The ACL and the Q Angle

The ACL and the Q Angle The Q angle is the angle measuring from the ASIS at the hip to the midpoint of the patella (knee cap) at the knee. The larger the angle, the greater the lateral force on the patella basically meaning the wider your hips are the more force is...

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Motion is Lotion

Motion is Lotion The first time I heard this phrase was from Jenny Moshak (one of my former supervisors and the former Head Athletic Trainer for the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers Basketball Team).  I didn’t know at the time that it would quickly become my...

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