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The 2017 School Season is approaching…

Do you know how much your child’s backpack weighs? According to the APTA if it’s more than 15 percent of his or her body weight, then it could hurt your child’s back. Millions of students in the United States carry backpacks to and from school, often overloaded with books, supplies and equipment.  Weight of the backpack and improper use can result in injury to the skeletally immature child.

During adolescence kids are going through growth spurts and so their bones and posture are vulnerable to injury.  Injury can result when a child carrying a heavy backpack uses bad posture or shifts there weight abnormally to adapt a heavy load.  These adaptations can cause pain from disk injury, improper spinal alignment and deformity.  In addition, the muscles of neck, shoulder region and lower back can be strained leading to injury.  In more advanced cases, a child may even experience nerve compression and damage.

Some of the warning signs that a problem may be arising include back pain, fatigue, red marks on the shoulders, tingling or numbness in the arms and a shift or leaning in one direction.

The American Physical Therapy Association has set forth guidelines that should be used with backpacks to reduce the risks associated with them.  These recommendations include:

–       Backpacks should be worn on both shoulders for equal weight distribution, and the height  should fall two inches below the shoulder blades and sit at waist level.

–       It should have padded shoulder straps, which distribute the weight in the bag evenly over his/her shoulders.

–       Shoulder straps should fit comfortably on the shoulder and under the arms, so the arms can move freely.

–       The bottom of the pack should rest in the contour of the lower back.

–       Keep the load 10-15% or less of the child’s body-weight.

–       Organize the contents of the backpack by placing the heaviest items closest to the back

–       Carry only those items that are required for the day

TheraSport Physical Therapy can help you and your child choose a proper backpack that fits your child properly.  Additionally, our physical therapists can help your child improve their posture, correct muscle imbalances and manage the pain from improper backpack use.  TheraSport has two board-certified McKenzie credentialed practitioners to help with all spinal related problems.

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TheraSport Physical Therapy – Swimming in the Summer

Shoulder pain is common with swimmers. When you swim, you use many muscle groups, some which are highly dependent on the shoulder for coordinated function.

Numerous muscles are all working simultaneously to stabilize the shoulder.
Naturally, the repetitive motion of swimming can tire out muscles which can
lead to pain, inflammation and a possible injury, known as Swimmer’s
Shoulder.

Call TheraSport Physical Therapy today to find out how we can help you a
create a comprehensive program to develop strength, endurance, and
flexibility so you can swim conditioned without fatigue or injury.

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TSPT NOW HIRING!

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Licensed Physical Therapist – 30 hours per week – Bilingual (Spanish) a plus

Please email resume to jperno@therasport.org or Fax to: (856) 661-0204

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TheraSport Physical Therapy – Soccer

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The Soccer season is in full swing, and with such a dynamic sport many injuries can occur without proper stretching or injury prevention activities. Soccer injury prevention consists of strengthening and conditioning for optimal physical performance while on the pitch. Most soccer training sessions have well-designed practice plans for skills and tactics, with a solid warm-up before play. A healthier team with fewer injuries comes from a well prepared fitness plan and training schedule.

Most time loss injuries in soccer are due to ligament injuries (to the ankle and knee) In a high energy fast-paced soccer match, ligament injuries are very common. In lower levels of play, injuries that lead to the most concern, especially amongst middle and high school areas of play knee injuries, specifically to the anterior cruciate ligament.

Some Common Soccer Injuries Include:

Hip Flexor Strains:

Common in the soccer population due to the kicking involved, strains occur when a muscle is overstretched causing tearing in the muscle. Therapy is an excellent way to decrease swelling and increase flexibility, strength, returning the individual to playing soccer.

Patello Femoral Syndrome:

A more common problem in female soccer players, it involves poor tracking of your patella in the femoral groove. Therapy helps to re-align the patella and decrease pain in the knee joint

MCL/ACL Tear:

Soccer players often injure the ligaments in the knee due to the cutting and pivoting required in the sport. The medial collateral ligament and anterior cruciate ligament are two of the four major knee ligaments. Following a tear of one or more of these ligaments, treatment varies from therapy to surgical reconstruction.

Ankle Sprain:

Common in Soccer players, it involves over stretching of the ligaments that stabilize the ankle joint. This injury responds well to a therapy program that is designed to increase strength, flexibility, and propricopetion in the ankle joint.

Contact TSPT today to find out how we can help develop a program to boost your sports performance and overall fitness goals!

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Keep Cool with your Summer Exercise! – TheraSport Physical Therapy

Summer exercise is great, but some days the conditions may not be ideal. The sweltering sun, high humidity, and blazing hot temperatures are all factors you must consider with your summer exercise routine. You can learn tips to enhance your exercise routine this summer, without compromising your health.

• Time your exercises around the hottest points of the day. Beat the heat.

• Take breaks and rest in shaded areas. If you are doing cardio, remember to take in account the levels of heat and stress on your body.

• Protect your skin from over exposure of UV rays. Use a sunblock when exercising outside. Make sure you reapply when necessary.

• Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before and after your exercise routine.

• Make sure you eat well. You need to have a well rounded diet to perform your best, especially in harsh weather conditions.

• Be mindful of how long you are exposed to the heat. It takes very little time in the sun for our bodies to get overheated. So manage your exercise time properly.

• During the hottest exercise days, consider wearing loose,  and UV protective clothing. You want your clothes to breathe to ensure you won’t overheat.

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