Overhead Deep Squat and the Golfer

carol golfThe overhead deep squat is by far the single most informative test performed on athletes.  For golfers, we utilize this test to help determine the cause of swing faults leading to performance issues including ball distance, swing inconsistencies, swing speed, swing path, swing power, and flight patterns as well as the cause of golf injuries. MyTPI has performed extensive research on various biomechanical tests and how they relate to the…

Miracles at Ironman, Kona

Chrissie Wellington in T1Chrissie Wellington in T1 (To see more pictures from the Ironman, click here.) My fourth time working Ironman Championships in Kona, HI and this year proved to be no different than Ironmans past.  Most ART practitioners who work Ironmans have stories to tell:  Every year, the ART team treats last minute injuries occurring the week before the race, flare-ups of chronic injuries, and Ironman winners in for last minute…

Training hard or overtraining?

Yep! Sick as a dog. I’m on the couch, watching “Semi Homemade” with Sandra Lee on the Food Network and writing my first blog. And since I’m unable to torture my patients with ART® these past two days, I’ve decided to talk about slowing down. It is true, we all need to slow down in our daily and weekly lives to avoid the dreaded cold and flu. When you are…

Weekend Warrior

Occasionally, well, not so occasionally- frequently, some of my patients decide to cram in as many "weekend warrior" activities in an amazing 2 week trip as they can. Here's a summary of such an adventure from a dear patient: "In February of this year I went on a 2 week trip to the south island of New Zealand. I went with a company called "Active New Zealand" and boy did …

Beijing Bound!

Boston was a success for our patients here at Innersport. We had 4 patients running the Boston Marathon and all finished with great times. Congratulations to Mirek Boruta, and Suzanne Franco, Magdalena (Magda) Lewy, Gabor Torak! I'll write more in our next newsletter due in May, however, here's an email I received from Gabor about his experience at the Boston Marathon and the Marathon Olympic Trials for women the day …

THE WALL

I’m not talking about “hitting the wall” or “bonking.” I’m talking about OUR wall- Innersport’s wall of very happy faces and active bodies. Those of you who have been treated at Innersport have seen our wall of pictures of patients doing the athletic endeavors they love. Many of you have given us a picture, too. However, there are some of you who have not- and we’d like to change that.…

The Bench Press: Big Pecs, Bummed Shoulders

The bench press is one of the best ways to grow big muscles in the chest so it’s no wonder why so many gym-goers routinely use it in their exercise repertoire. However, the bench press is becoming more and more blamed for ruining weight lifters’ shoulders. I’d like to shed some light on the biomechanics of bench press injuries. The Bench: The bench itself can cause shoulder injuries by restricting…

Need to Recover Faster? You may want to try this…

Ever have a multi day event where you had to get back to your hotel room and try every recovery trick you can think of to avoid the "exercise hangover" the next morning? One research study found that Contrast Water Therapy resulted in a smaller reduction in- and faster restoration of- strength and power, compared with rest. Here's the protocol they used. They immersed the lower part of the body…

To Stretch or not to Stretch

That is the BIG question. It's hard to find the right answer since research has opened up a whole new can of worms. Certain types of stretching (dynamic/static) seem to be appropriate at certain times (pre/post training), for certain reasons (injury prevention/recovery). What we know: Types of stretching (abbreviated list): Dynamic, Ballistic, Static, PNF, AIS. Reasoning behind stretching: Injury Prevention Injury Recovery Increase Flexibility Increase Performance Reduce Pain So, how…

I have a confession to make…

Somebody stop me, please! I have a new addiction-habit-obsession. I don't know why it took me so long, but I just can't stop obsessing over bikes and bike parts. I'm on Ebay, Craigslist, and other various websites looking to build the perfect bike with the best deals. I don't know if it's about the treasure hunt or my competitive nature to outbid, but I haven't been able to put the…