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GET BACK IN THE RUNNING Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. For many people, playing sports is a fun way to burn extra calories, socialize, and get fit. Unfortunately, this also means the occasional sports injury or a flare up of an old injury or condition. SPRAINS. A sprain occurs when the connective tissue that joins the end of the bone with another is stretched or torn. Those connective tissues are known as ligaments. Sprains are caused by trauma such as a fall or blow to the body that knocks a joint out of position. Ankles, knees and wrists are most vulnerable to sprains. However, back, neck and shoulder sprains are very common too. SHIN SPLINTS. Shin splints occur when there is a pain along the large bone in the front of the lower leg, known as the tibia or shin bone. Shin splints most commonly occur in runners, especially those who are just starting a running program. This is usually due to poor alignment of the body, or weakness in the leg muscles.

You don’t have to be a professional or even an amateur athlete to suffer a sports injury. In fact, many times, those most susceptible to sports injuries are people who have just started exercising or participate on a recreational level. Sports injuries in this article will be defined as injuries to the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, bones and tissues such as cartilage. The most common sports injuries include the following:

The teamatVertPhysicalTherapycan treatmany orthopedic and repetitive motion injuries without the need for invasive surgeries or medications. In fact, most doctors have their patients try physical therapy first before recommending any other procedures. The licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants at Vert Physical Therapy can customize a program that addresses the weakness of your particular musculoskeletal system, allowing you to recover quickly and remain active. Even if you have an old injury, it is important to have it evaluated by our physical therapists to prevent long-term damage like arthritis. Ifyouhavesportsororthopedic injuries like tendonitis, arthritis, a stress fracture or low back pain, our therapists can design a treatment plan to promote improved function, wellness and minimize the risk of re-injury. For more information about how Vert Physical Therapy can help you, call one of our locations or visit vertcenters.com.

STRAINS. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is pulled, torn or twisted. Strains are non-contact injuries, such as those that occur from overstretching. A common example of a strain is a muscle spasm. A back or neck strain is a very common injury treated in physical therapy.

KNEE INJURIES. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the knee is the most commonly injured joint. Orthopedic surgeons see more than 5.5 million people annually for knee injuries, which

can include runner’s knee (pain or tenderness close to the knee cap at the front side of the knee), tendonitis and iliotibial band syndrome (painon theoutersideof theknee). Severeknee injuries often include bone bruises or damage to the cartilage or ligaments.

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There is nothing more exciting than taking on a new challenge, sport or activity. For most of us, the thrill of accomplishing a physical goal is what we live for. However, are you prepared for it? The term “weekend warrior” means a person who doesn’t really train for what they are doing; they just go out and do it on the weekend. HOW DO MOST INJURIES OCCUR? Most sports injuries occur from ill-prepared individuals who just jump into the activity without first increasing their strength, endurance and flexibility. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments and other tissues need to be warmed up to work properly. They take enormous strain during running and sports activities. Therefore, if they are not in top condition, they are more prone to injury. INJURIES INCREASE AS YOU AGE If you think back to when you were in your late teens, you could go into a full sprint no problem, take a flying leap and do a whole lot without the slightest thought about it. As you get older, your tissues become less elastic and in fact a little“drier.”Whenyourmuscle, tendonand ligament tissueshaveenoughwater, they are supple and stretchy, allowing you to do a lot of activities. Keep yourself hydrated and stretch often to maintain elasticity in your muscles.

BEFORE AND AFTER Knowing the right exercises to prepare for fitness activities is key. Our physical therapyexpertshaveyearsofexperiencerehabilitatingpeopleafter injuriesand returning them pain-free to the activities they enjoy. What some people might not know is that physical therapists put specific exercise plans together based on your needs to prevent injury. If you do start to experience pain with activities, VertPhysicalTherapycangetyouback toenjoyingyouractivitiespain-free.Call today to learn more how our programs can help you feel great! PREPARING YOUR BODY It is important todosportsactivities, fitnessandahostofotherphysicalactivities to keep you healthy and happy. With a little bit of preparation, you can easily do these activities and decrease your risk for injury. • Do stretch often • Do strength training • Do coordination training • Do endurance training For more information about how Vert Physical Therapy can help you, call one of our locations or visit vertcenters.com.

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MichaelThach, MPT,OCS isaPhysicalTherapistandaboardcertifiedOrthopedic Specialist.From thebeginningofhisstudies inPhysicalTherapyhehas focused on orthopedics and sports rehabilitation and has gained extensive experience working witha wide varietyof orthopedic and post-surgicalconditions.He has a passion for helping people recover from injury and returning to what they want and need to do. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, cycling, skiing and snowboarding. PatrickEdgecomb ,DPT,OCS, is thenewestaddition toour team.Patrickreceived hisDoctorsofPhysicalTherapy fromQuinnipiacUniversity,Hehassinceaccrued over 8 years of professional experience in physical therapy, treating patients with conditions ranging from sports injuries to athletic training and fitness to rehabilitation.PatrickbecameVert’sPhysicalTherapistandOrthopedicCertified Specialist since May, working diligently to help patients achieve their health and fitness goals while helping injured patients safely and quickly return to full function.

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Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home.

If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.

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EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S A SAFE EXERCISE TO IMPROVE C ORE STRENGTH

PRONE ON ELBOWS While lying face down on your stomach, slowly raise your upper body up and prop yourself onto your elbows. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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