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The IT band, or Iliotibial band, is the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin.  It attaches to the knee to help stabilize and move the joint.  The IT band can become tight or inflamed due to overuse.

A tight IT band is something...

Do you have pain or tightness?  Have you tried different things, but the tightness and pain keeps coming back?

These issues are like a fire.  The fire is your pain, dysfunction or any other issues you are having.

Let's use the example of tight muscles. To help with tight...

Why do we need thoracic mobility?

Why is the thoracic spine more mobile than the lumbar spine? 

It really comes down to anatomy.

Lets compare the thoracic spine to the lumbar spine. First, look at the spinous process, which is the bone that sticks out in the ba...

The message today is "STOP STRETCHING"!!!

This is meant for the athletes and individuals that have a lot of inherent mobility and flexibility. These people are usually the gymnasts, the cheerleaders,  the dancers and the yogis. It's not uncommon to see these athletes c...

Unilateral exercises are great and extremely important to work into your program when training. Not saying bilateral exercises aren’t, but single leg ones are usually more neglected.

Here are some reasons why…

Improving Sports Performance and “Functional” or “Sports Spec...

In my previous post, “Why Stretching Isn’t Working: Hamstring Edition”, I used the hamstrings as an example and discussed the importance of checking pelvis position to determine if hamstrings are actually tight and shortened, or is it perceived that way because of pelv...

A sprained ankle is one of the most common acute injuries in many sports, including volleyball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and many others. They happen most commonly when  landing after jumping, cutting or changing directions, pivoting, and other athletic movements.

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Stretching is something a lot of us do, but have we ever thought about why? Of course we have. The muscle is tight, so to fix it we stretch it. That makes sense, if the only reason why a muscle is “tight” or “restricted” is because it was shortened and we have to stret...

Many times the low back isn’t really the culprit when it comes to low back pain.

How is it not? It’s my back that hurts.

If not the low back, what’s responsible?

Read more to find out the two places I look at and assess to find out who the potential true culprits are...

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There are many things players can do to help prevent things like overuse injuries  from happening and to help reduce risk of injuries in general. Below are 4 tips to help you or your athlete.

1. Proper Assessment

Screening and assessment is key! Whether you are or are no...

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