In another post, I discussed why we would consider testing an athlete in an open-kinetic chain sport with closed-kinetic chain tests. It is important to remember that there is a hierarchy of testing and begins with ROM, strength, plank, and progresses to the Functional...
I am frequently asked
“Why should I test someone in the closed kinetic chain when his sport is exclusively performed in the open kinetic chain?”
“Closed kinetic chain testing is not “functional” for a baseball pitcher, why do it?”
What is the goal of...
Is the NATA recertification process overwhelming? We have simplified it with this post (and a huge list of free athletic training CEUs)
UPDATED 2/3/2023, Originally posted 7/19/21
By Hannah Bernhardt PT, DPT, ATC/L & Phil Plisky, PT, DSc, ATC
Recertification years can be stressful...
To reduce arm injuries, researchers tell us clearly that we should take 3-4 months off of pitching every year. One of the best off-season sports (besides rock climbing), might be tennis. Here are a few reasons that I think it is great for baseball and softball:
5) Developing spin and reading spin...
We have revamped the ACL reconstruction guidelines and have now released version 3.0! Updates in this version include:
- Added biomarkers for monitoring progression, clinical decision-making, and exercise programming
- Increased emphasis on return to sport testing throughout the entire continuum of...
Grip Strength Testing Importance, Procedures and Norms
If I could only do one test that gave me information about the integrity and function of the entire upper quarter including the rotator cuff, elbow, wrist, cervical spine, and dare I say core function, it would be grip strength.
I use Indian Clubs a lot with my patients and performance clients. In this video, I talk with Dr. Jenna Gourlay about how to adapt using Indian Clubs with someone with hypermobility.
I am wrong clinically a lot! I just try not to stay there very long. The only way I can do this is by having a system in place around me that directs me to impairments that affect movement and then have an immediate test/retest.