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From the late 70's, when I began participating in organized sports, and well before, there have been Certified Athletic Trainers working the sidelines, courts and fields.  These healthcare professionals are mostly 'behind the scenes' types of individuals, and are none too often recognized until tragedy strikes or emergency triage is needed. Most Certified Athletic Trainers can be recognized with their khaki pants and polo shirt with aJess Rix Concussion Catholic Central Athlete towel and medical kit draped over their shoulder. It is not an altogether understood profession, but has been growing tremendously over the past two decades. Most High Schools and Universities in the West Michigan area employ Certified Athletic Trainers. My goal with this blog is to introduce you to another side of Athletic Training that you may not know exists.

Many people believe that ATCs (Certified Athletic Trainers) are there to tape, stretch and ice athletes while participating in sports. Accurate as that is, there is so much more to their daily lives. Becoming an ATC requires a bachelor's degree and requires passing a demanding national board certification exam. Many ATCs hold master's degrees in Sports Medicine or Exercise Science. There are requirements for continuing education yearly, and ATCs stay abreast of the latest techniques and technologies in Sports Medicine.



TAP evaluation of high school aged pitcherCoach my arm hurts”.  “Are you feeling ok, can you throw one more inning?”  The scene of seeing a young baseball player complaining of arm pain to their coach or parents is all too familiar.  Not many people are well-trained in HOW to handle a baseball player complaining of pain.  As physical therapists we have seen the alarming rise of sports injuries especially in younger kids.  Especially concerning is the sharp trend of overhead throwing athletes developing serious tendonitis, dead arm syndrome or worst of all the “Tommy John injury”.  I believe a lot of these throwing problems can be avoided with sound education to the athlete, parent and coaches.

Baseball is a passion of mine and I have helped lead our company in developing a throwing video analysis program.  We call our program TAP (Thrower’s Athletic Performance).  We have also expanded into doing community talks and educating local coaches and parents on what is so special about throwing that can lead to minor and major injuries.  Prevention is always the best model (something our whole healthcare system is sorely lacking).  So here goes my two cents on helping our baseball athletes.



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Don't Forget About Your Gluteal Muscles

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With summer now officially here, there seems to be an increase in how many times a week a person performs a cardio based workout. The convenience and enjoyment of a quick jog or bike ride during these warm months is quite enticing. However, the importance of a well-balanced workout routine remains consistent even despite an increase in outdoor activity. This is not to say that a steady cardio routine is not an excellent addition to a daily routine, but rather to emphasize the need for some degree of weight training to be tossed in the mix. In doing so, one important muscle group that should receive special attention is the gluteal muscles. The gluteal muscles play a crucial role in the prevention of back, hip, knee, and ankle injuries.



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Protecting Your Joints When You Have Arthritis

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Recently, I was given the opportunity to speak to members of the Arthritis Foundation about managing their activities when dealing with osteo- or rheumatoid arthritis.  Many people either have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis or know someone who does.  However, not all people understand the fundamental differences between these two types of arthritis.  In osteoarthritis, the articular cartilage (the cartilage that lines the ends of your bones) starts to degenerate.  The joint space becomes narrowed and bone spurs can form at the edges of the joint.  Eventually, if enough degeneration occurs, there is injury to the bone lying underneath the cartilage and a person is told her joint is "bone on bone." In contrast, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder where the synovial tissue produces diseased and excessive synovial fluid.  Normally, a person's synovial fluid gives proper nutrition to your cartilage and lubricates your joints but rheumatoid arthritis interrupts this process. This results in swollen, red and painful joints that can lead to deformities in the involved joint(s) if untreated. Osteoarthritis is more common in the weight-bearing joints, like your knees, hips and spine where rheumatoid arthritis typically involves the hands, feet or neck (but is not exclusive to these).



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