Injury Prevention

The Myth of Velocity: Preventing Elbow Injuries in Throwing Sports

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When it comes to sports like baseball, softball, and tennis, the idea that throwing harder or with more velocity inevitably leads to elbow injuries has become a prevailing myth. While it’s true that high-velocity throwing can pose a risk to elbow health due to the high loads that are placed on joints, with proper preventive […]

Running Does Not Cause Bad Knees, But Poor Hip Strength Can

Approximately 50 million people run or jog every year, 1.1 million of whom complete a marathon, according to Statista. Runners are passionate about their sport and enjoy the freedom of hitting the trail or pounding the pavement any time of day they please. And runners won the lottery when COVID hit, and the gyms and […]

How to Not Let a Hamstring Injury Ruin Your Athletic Dreams

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Hamstring injuries are a common concern for athletes and are the number one thing that can take an athlete out of commission. This is precisely what took Chris McKenzie, DPT, physical therapist and owner of McKenzie Sports Physical Therapy, out of running and dashed his dreams of going to the Olympics.  “One of the main […]

A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Winter Sports Injury Prevention

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Winter sports lovers unite!  Winter is here, and many of us are excited to hit the slopes or trails for winter sports fun. However, it’s important to remember that these activities use different muscle groups and put greater force on our joints, making it crucial to prepare our bodies properly. Without proper preparation, you are […]

Understanding and Alleviating Winter Knee Pain

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The cold winter weather brings seasonal challenges, especially for those engaged in sports or activities that put significant stress on the knees.  Winter knee pain stems from various sources. Cold weather conditions can exacerbate pre-existing conditions like arthritis, prior injuries, or strains. The drop in temperature can cause muscles and ligaments surrounding the knee joint […]

Never Get Sore + Rarely Become Injured = Eccentric Training

What is the number one way to eliminate baseball related shoulder and elbow soreness in the shortest amount of time? Eccentric training. Eccentric training is the use of eccentric contractions. An eccentric contraction is the elongation of a muscle while it’s still contracting.  Think “negatives” in the gym.  This picture briefly describes it:     […]

The Mechanics of Throwing a Baseball: Implications for Long Tossing

Short flat ground throws   VS.    Long toss throws Which throw causes more stress at your shoulder and elbow?  What should you be using in the later phases of your rehab?  Have you returned to baseball and still have pain?  Read this quick, one page document from the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) […]

Injury Prevention Guidelines for Young Baseball Pitchers

In the recent past the sport of baseball has become, and will probably continue to be a year round activity with such events as showcases, fall ball and summer workouts.  Activity and training of this magnitude and scope (the same type of training over, and over and over again) increases the chance for significant shoulder […]