Jul 30, 2013

My First Guest Blog at ATCHacks!

For my second and final year of graduate school I will be featured as a semi-regular guest blogger at ATC Hacks. The series will be called "Grad Life" and as you might guess it will be about my time as a graduate student and graduate assistant athletic trainer.

I will be discussing things like advice for prospective graduate students, reflections on my own experiences, and anecdotes related to my own trials and tribulations. Here is a link to my first post! It isn't very long or informative, it is just more of an introductory post! This is the same website that featured me on their "In The ATR" series and you can find that post here if you haven't checked it out yet.

My next post will be my 50th blog post which I am considering a mini milestone, so I hope that I can make it something interesting for you all! To also go along with that piece of news is the fact that you can now type in EatRunRehab.com and it will redirect you to my site. No more worries about the long URL or spelling rehabilitate correctly! ;)

Jul 23, 2013

I Am Suffering From Clinical Summer Doldrums

I am not sure if the title of this post makes any sense but what I am trying to say is that I am itching to get back into the clinic. All of my athletes(patients) are on summer break and I won't be dealing with any athletes for another two weeks or so. I love being an athletic trainer and I have been reading/watching/learning a lot this summer that I want to use to advance my skills as a clinician.

With no athletes to fix I have resorted to offering a helping hand to others outside of my athletic training world. I work as a barista for a part-time summer job to help foot some of my bills and fortunately for me over the past week this job has been a source for me to help some people with musculoskeletal issues.

Jul 20, 2013

Strengthen and Mobilize Your Feet!

I have put together a video compilation of some of my favorite mobility and strengthening exercises for the foot. The target of most of these will be for the intrinsic soft tissues of the feet but you can't fully target just one area or muscle of the body with an exercise. I didn't think of all of these ideas and I tried to give credit to those that I learned them from where I could!

These would be good for anyone with a history of ankle, lower leg or foot injuries. It doesn't matter if you wear Hoka One Ones or nothing on your feet because all of us should have strong and mobile feet. Your feet do a ton of work for you and are your main contact point with the ground. Take care of them!

Jul 18, 2013

I'm Getting Heated About The Heat

No, Not This.

Nor This!

This is the type of heat that I am talking about.

     Here comes another rant or a pet peeve that I have related to recent warm weather and people exercising in it. Just like this photo displays I hate that people think safely exercising in warm weather is all about preventing dehydration, and drinking copious amounts of fluids. Some athletes and coaches think that they can work vigorously and non-stop in extreme conditions as long as there is an adequate water supply. It doesn't matter how much you drink, it won't prevent your core body temperature from rising. The real danger is exercising in a way that allows the core temperature to reach unsafe levels where heat stroke can occur.

Jul 17, 2013

Stay A-Head of the Game: Concussion Literature

Concussions are still a hot topic and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. The media loves to discuss them, coaches loathe them, parents fear them, and the research is still within its infancy. It isn't time for anyone to jump to conclusions or panic but it is definitely a good time to stay informed and properly educated on the topic.

This blog post came as a result of the latest edition of the Journal of Athletic Training, which had several concussion related articles. To begin the issue there was a special editorial written by concussion research expert, Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, FNATA, FACSM. He is also the chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Guskiewicz recommends that sports medicine professionals stay informed on upcoming concussion research to be published within the next 6 months. 

This includes the ‘‘Consensus statement on concussion in sport: the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport, Zurich, November 2012’’ that was published in this edition of the Journal of Athletic Training and originally published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in March, 2013. He advises that these documents "will define the standard of care for athletic trainers and team physicians for at least the next 4 to 5 years. These documents are very well prepared and will make significant contributions to the sports medicine community." 

He also had these three major closing points:

  1. Read these documents,
  2. Develop and implement a sound concussion-management program and policy
  3. Check the boxes each time you manage a patient with a concussion. 

Dr. Guskiewicz had one last closing piece of advice that is very important for concussion management but is applicable to everything we do as clinicians and arguable important for any person to learn. I know football season for me is fast approaching so I know I need to make sure I get caught up on my concussion literature.  I will leave you with his advice in quotes and a link to the latest journal issue!

"But just as important, be sure you go the extra mile to educate yourself and your athletes and to ensure that both you and your athletes are protected. "

Jul 14, 2013

Biphasic or Premod? Who cares!

Therapeutic modalities had an entire course devoted to it in my educational curriculum and there is more and more research being done on the topic. There is plenty to learn about the theory and application of each individual type of modality from ultrasound to electrical stimulation and plain old ice.

I definitely learned a lot and the use of modalities has been definitely beneficial for me as a clinician, especially for acute injuries. However, I have found myself and others at fault for relying upon modalities too much. There are too many clinicians relying upon the "powers" of modalities instead of using the power of movement and rehabilitative exercises. I'm not saying that they don't have their place because they definitely do but they often are too heavily relied upon.

Jul 11, 2013

Thursday's Interesting Finds!

Yesterday, Chris Kresser announced that his book now available for pre-sale. If you haven't checked out his website, ChrisKresser.com, then you are missing out on some quality articles related to health and nutrition. His book will be titled Your Personal Paleo Code and will be released on Christmas Eve.

Coach Caleb of Team BonkProof wrote a short article about dealing with the heat and humidity during these dog days of summer. I like this article and feel his advice is on target with the science related to how we should go about hydrating and exercising in the heat. Great training tips, Coach!

Dr. Nick Campitelli, DPM is featuring a story on his blog of a runner that has overcome chronic knee pain by successfully and safely transitioning to minimalist running. This find technically belongs in both the Run and Rehabilitate section...Love it when that happens ;).

Erson Religioso of TheManualTherapist posted a blog and video about using his EDGE Mobility bands as an alternative approach to using a mobilization belt for increasing Hip Internal Rotation. I haven't personally attempted this because I don't have any EDGE bands yet, but this seems much more time and user friendly than the bulky mobilization belts. I don't own any of those either actually...

Here is an interesting editorial by Richard Demont, PhD, CAT(C), ATC in the latest edition of Athletic Training & Sports Health Care about athletic trainers needing to promote our profession through quality research initiatives. This is an article that rings true for me considering I am working on my first research study for my master's thesis and I want it to be a quality and credible piece of work in the end.

Jul 10, 2013

ATC Hacks Profiles Moi! And More!

I was recently asked by the guys over at ATCHacks if I was willing to answer some questions for their "In The ATR" series. I have been following @ATCHacks on twitter for awhile now and I love what they have been doing, what they are about and how they are doing good things for the profession of Athletic Training. Their "In The ATR" series features athletic trainers and asks them questions about their history, methods, tips and med-kits. 

I was not only honored to have them ask me to be part of In The ATR, but they have also asked me on to regularly guest blog for them about my experiences as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. This next year is going to be an exciting and fast paced time for me! Head on over ATC Hacks to see their feature on me and don't be afraid to register at their site to get full access to their information for free. They have some insightful articles for athletic trainers and aspiring athletic training students.

Jul 7, 2013

5 Books That Influenced Me As a Runner and Cyclist

Well it is summer time and that means people are spending a lot more things like reading and running. Runners like myself probably like to combine the two activities by reading about running or listening to audio books during long runs. This has inspired me to make a list of the books related to running or running nutrition that have inspired me. I have listed my top 5 in no particular order and have also listed 5 honorable mentions! Here they are...

Jul 4, 2013

Finally - A Facebook Page!

It is about time I finally got off my bum and made a Facebook Page for the blog! This will be one more way to keep in touch, share ideas, and stay up to date if you wish. That's enough blabbering for now because I need some coffee! Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans. Celebrate safely.

Oh and here is the link to the Facebook Page, throw us a Like or Share please :). There is also a button to find it on the upper right of the page near the twitter, LinkedIn, and etc icons.

Jul 2, 2013

3 Lessons I Learned In My First Year As A Clinician

I am quickly reaching my one year anniversary since finishing my undergraduate education and becoming a certified athletic trainer. A lot has happened since then including starting work on my master's degree, my master's thesis and working with many different athletes and teams via my graduate assistant position. I have learned a lot and it would be impossible to list everything but I figured it would be a good idea to reflect back on a few major themes.

Jul 1, 2013

Manual Therapy Monday: Interview Feature

Hey Readers, today's post is directed at the clinicians and people interested in manual therapy! What better way to have a post about manual therapy than to feature a new interview of TheManualTherapist.com by SportsRehabExpert.com!

It is kind of lengthy but is a great conversation between Joe Heiler and Erson Religioso. I recommend taking the time to watch or listen to it! I've learned a lot from both of these guys and their websites.

Here is the interview link!

Happy Monday and enjoy the upcoming holiday week/weekend!


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