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Can Orthotics Help You with Pain?

February 2, 2018

Orthotics are specialized devices like shoe inserts, knee braces or ankle braces that are designed to support your bone and muscle health. The most commonly used orthotics are shoe inserts that improve foot and ankle health. True foot orthotics can’t be bought in a shoe store. These customized shoe inserts, available from physical therapists, podiatrists […]READ MORE

How to Find the Right Sports Shoe For You

August 8, 2017

Athletic shoes are not one size fits all. Selecting the right pair of athletic shoes can be similar to buying a car or a home; you’re going to spend a lot of time in them, so you want to be sure you choose something that is going to fit your lifestyle. Keep in mind these […]READ MORE

Getting Started With Your Weight Training Routine

October 10, 2016

This blog was written by Brandon Johnson, CSCS, FMS, USAW. There are numerous benefits to adding weight training to your distance routine.  In an earlier blog, I spoke about some of those benefits, so hopefully you are excited to add this component to your training regimen.  The biggest question I hear is: how do I get started? In […]READ MORE

The Importance of Physical Therapy in Returning to Sport

October 10, 2016

This blog was written by Shawn Van Decker, PTA, CPT. Many athletes have been injured at some point during their athletic career. It’s just a part of playing sports. From ankle sprains to injuries that require surgery, no injury is too small to benefit from physical therapy. Yes, your ankle sprain will feel better with […]READ MORE

Physical Therapists Can Help Prevent Injury in Cheerleading

August 8, 2016

This blog was written by Kelly Boutchyard, PT, DPT | Cheerleading has been around since the late 1800’s.  Starting as mainly a sideline event full of chants and leg kicks, it has evolved over the years into a highly competitive sport of its own.  Cheerleading is now filled with stunts, jumps, dance, and gymnastics-style tumbling.  […]READ MORE

PRI™ Exercise Spotlight: Left Stance in Left AF IR Position from the Left AIC Pattern

July 7, 2016

This blog was written by Lori Strobl, PT, DPT, PRC. When you are in our clinic at Watkins, you might see several patients doing some ‘strange’ exercises.  These exercises are techniques from Postural Restoration™.   With Postural Restoration™, we recognize fundamental asymmetries in the body, and attempt to get our clients into a state of “neutrality”. […]READ MORE

Casey Fanz Dominates at Olympic Trials in Swimming

July 7, 2016

Sports performance client places 21st out of 180 at the Olympic Trials! Check out Casey Fanz’ story below (provided by her mom, Lisa).   “We are back from the Trials!  Everything was fabulous –  Casey went a best time in her 50; the fastest ever in her lifetime!  25:60.   She was .07 from making it to […]READ MORE

Elevation Training Masks – Are They Beneficial?

June 6, 2016

This blog was written by Corey Anderson, CSCS. Most everyone has seen the movie Batman. Those who have are all too familiar with Batman’s enemy, Bane. You may have also come across Bane look a likes at your local gym. I am referring to the “elevation simulation masks” that are becoming more and more popular. Claims have […]READ MORE

Training Load: Improved Performance Versus Injury

May 5, 2016

This blog was written by Damien Howell, PT, DPT, OCS. Individuals strive to improve their physical performance by adjusting their training load, the frequency, duration, and intensity.  The aim is to increase the training load enough to improve physical fitness and performance but not to increase training load so high as to result in worse performance […]READ MORE

Beat the Heat: How to Stay Hydrated

May 5, 2016

This blog was written by Brandon Johnson, CSCS, FMS, USAW “How much water should you drink” is a loaded question.  There are a lot of factors that play a role in how water you should consume.  The old saying is “eight servings of eight ounces of water a day,” but that does not take into […]READ MORE