Tips for pain-free travel
with advice from Michael Beauvais, PT
As we get deeper into the summer and the July 4 holiday approaches, many of us are packing up the car or boarding a plane for a summer getaway. If you’d like to get to your destination without a sore back or stiff muscles, try these simple tips to improve how you feel upon arrival.
The basics of bicycle safety
by Alison Mason, PT, DPT
and Nathan Humphrey
Warm weather is here and it’s the perfect time to ride a bike instead of hopping into the car to run errands. But before you jump into that
saddle bicycle seat, remember that adults and children alike should be cautious when riding a bicycle at all times and in all environments. Here are a few things to remember.
Aging and loss of balance
by Michael Beauvais, PT
Falls remain the leading cause of injury and death for older Americans. As we age, a variety of factors can affect our balance. In addition to the overall decline in flexibility and strength, impairments in our vision, hearing and inner ear, reflexes, and position sense (or proprioception) can cause us to be at greater risk for falls.
Improving safety for younger athletes
with advice from Teri Roberts, PT, DPT
and Mark Salandra, CSCS
As our population grows, so too does the number of children participating in organized sports. Safe Kids USA, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, estimates that there are 38 million kids who play sports each year. Of those, almost 10%, or 3.5 million, sustain some type of injury on the field, injuries that can often be prevented.
Step away from the computer!
with advice from Darren Bayliss, PT, CEAS,
Michael Beauvais, PT,
and Presidio Sport and Medicine
With the evolution of technology, people are spending more time at their desks and less time moving around at the workplace. The New York Times pointed out in 2011 that “jobs requiring moderate physical activity, which accounted for 50% of the labor market in 1960, have plummeted to just 20%.” And while the New York Times story emphasized how such changes in the workplace are a big factor contributing to the obesity issues plaguing Americans, there are many more reasons we should all try to step away from our desks now and then.
What is Kinesio Taping and is it right for me?
with advice from LaKeesha Crouch, PT, DPT, ATC, CKTP
and Krystal Schoch, PT, DPT
Over the last few years, Kinesio Taping® has leapt from the physical therapy clinic to major athletic venues. Professional athletes, in particular Olympians like Kerri Walsh, have been seen in recent years with ornately applied tape in black, blue, pink and, occasionally, the less obvious nude, strapped across shoulders, knees and thighs. But what is Kinesio Taping, exactly, and is it right for the everyday athlete?
The hydration game
As New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to capture headlines for his now overturned bill limiting the purchase of sugary sodas (from Gothamist.com three weeks ago: Bloomberg’s soda ban threatens sanctity of pizza parties), even those that criticize the bans agree that the concept behind such legislation has a valid point: Many people are drinking too many calories. So what should we be drinking (and eating) to stay hydrated?
Can video games help you stay fit?
with advice from Nicole Puzio, PT, DPT, OCS
and Mary Lazarski-Stout, PT, DPT
When the Wii gaming system was introduced in 2006, the video game market was forever changed. No longer did playing a video game mean sitting on the couch and exercising your thumbs — and nothing else. The Wii, and other movement-based gaming systems like it (notably the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3), allows players to get off that couch and break a sweat.