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As we find the hot, hot days of summer can be draining and unforgiving,  just know that the cool pool not only can bring relief from the heat ~ it can bring you relief from pain.

If you’re suffering from Low Back Pain, hip or knee pain from osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal strains or just plain weakness &/ or lack of endurance….the pool could be for you!

Lateral epicondylitis is a painful condition affecting the tendinous tissue of the lateral epicondyle of humerus, leading to loss of function of the affected limb. It can be caused by overuse or repetitive strain, improper technique and improper fit of equipment. It is prevalent in 1-3% of the general population. Risk increases with age, with the highest instances between the ages of 30-55. Tennis accounts for 5-10% of all cases. 40-50% of tennis players experience this condition (1,2).

What is your plan for game time injuries?  Through our experience, we have come to realize that the need for Certified Athletic Trainers is no longer limited to the sidelines of the college or high school athlete. This is a service needed at all levels of play where an injury is a possibility. As athletes, parents, and coaches, this is something we need to be aware of during events, camps, and practices.

One of the most common injuries of any athlete I see in the clinic are strains and minor tears to the hamstrings.  Years ago it was common practice to stretch them statically (without movement) before any type of exercises such as lifting or an athletic event.  In recent years there have been numerous research articles that demonstrate static hamstring stretching actually decreases athletic performance.

Gardening is a favorite activity for many of us and although it may not seem strenuous, it can really throw a wrench into creating and maintaining your beautiful yards and gardens. Here are a few tips that can help protect your back before, during and after.