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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

It’s Not Just a Bump on the Head – The Importance of Concussion Management

September 9, 2016

This blog was written by Rachel Rand, PT, DPT. The management of concussion is a constantly evolving topic.  Thankfully, in the last several years, there has been more focus than ever before on how to effectively identify and manage concussions, thanks to ongoing research regarding the long term effects of multiple concussions.  As a result, […]READ MORE

Beat the Heat!

August 8, 2016

This blog was written by Julienne Brown, ATC, VATL. We can all agree that summers in Virginia can be brutal. And for athletes, the heat can be downright dangerous. So, do you know how to be safe when you’re stuck with a 106-degree day but still need to get ready for the big game? First things […]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

Using Biofeedback in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

July 7, 2016

This blog was written by Robyn Lowry, PT, MSPT. Biofeedback is a fundamental tool for pelvic floor rehabilitation.   Biofeedback can be used for both strengthening weak pelvic floor muscles (up training) as well as training tight shortened overactive pelvic floor muscles to relax (down training).   Biofeedback is defined as “A training technique that enables an individual 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