HEALTHY & ACTIVE
Prepare Your Kids for Spring Sports With a Mobility Exam
As your little baseball or softball player begins oiling their mitt for the upcoming ball season, you’re probably coordinating their schedule and searching for their cleats. But in the midst of all the preparation, make sure their body is up to the task of staying healthy, fit, and mobile this spring season by scheduling a sports mobility exam at Stretch Physical Therapy and Total Wellness. Many people know that physical therapy can help athletes and those in pain relieve their injuries, but most are unaware that it can also help people prevent injuries. Therapists are experts on joints, muscles, and movements, and they understand the recovery process. They not only help people find relief and rehabilitation; they also offer patients tools, tips, and tricks to avoid the injury again. That same knowledge is used by the experts at Stretch Physical Therapy and Total Wellness to help our uninjured patients stay healthy. Getting your young athlete a sports wellness exam prior to taking the field can alert both parents and children to possible injuries the child could sustain during their sport. Specialists can pinpoint areas of an athlete’s body that are most susceptible to injury, and they can also provide information on common injuries for that sport. Knowledge of these complications can help your athlete prepare for the pain, take active measures to avoid it, and keep watch for potential warning signs.
Furthermore, a young athlete’s body is constantly changing, and that’s not just from regular growth spurts. A young athlete is also working their body in ways their peers may not be, and their bodies may be stronger in different areas. For example, what’s normal for your daughter who is a swimmer may not be the same for your son who plays baseball. Seeking an expert’s advice on how to prevent and mitigate injuries for each child is necessary for their total wellness.
Watching your child play their favorite sport can be a mixed bag of pride and nerves. Gain some peace of mind and schedule your young athlete for a mobility exam before their season begins. Call Stretch Physical Therapy and Total Wellness at 513-874-8800 for more information or to talk to a scheduler.
HAVE A LAUGH!
Beet, Mint, and Ricotta Hummus
A delicious and healthy take on the classic Levantine spread, this hummus will brighten up your March Madness snack spread.
1 6-ounce beet (about the size of an adult fist), scrubbed 1 15 1/2-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
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1 garlic clove, grated
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
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1/3 cup tahini, well-mixed 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
Mint leaves, poppy seeds, and olive oil, for garnish
Heat oven to 425 F.
2. Wrap beet tightly in foil. On a foil-lined baking sheet, roast wrapped beet until fork tender, about 60–70 minutes. 3. While beet is roasting, blend chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, ricotta, garlic, salt, pepper, and coriander until smooth. 4. Once beet is cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to remove beet skin. Trim root end and cut into small pieces. Add to blender or food processor, and blend until entire mixture is smooth. Add additional salt if desired. 5. Transfer to a shallow bowl, top with garnishes, and serve. 513-874-8800 Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine
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