What is the Female Athlete Triad?

The Female Athlete Triad is a combination of disordered eating, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis.  In my opinion, each of these three things are steps that lead to the next problem.  Disordered eating can lead to amenorrhea which can lead to osteoporosis.  When you’re body is in this state, it’s on the edge of breaking down, if it hasn’t already.  Let’s take a look at each of these in detail. Continue reading →

Stretching Myths: Why You Need More Than Stretching To Prevent Injuries

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Recently, a local high school contacted our physical therapy department and told us that the coaches of the girls soccer and field hockey teams are interested in having a couple of us come out and teach them some things about injury prevention. They sent us a copy of what they were already doing. They’re request implied that they realize that they’re not doing enough to prevent injuries.

It turns out they are right. The only thing that they are doing during their practice sessions for injury prevention is dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching is a way of stretching your muscles with movement. While this is a good start, it is definitely not enough to prevent injury. I would be willing to bet this is the only thing many of you are doing before practicing or working out. If this applies to you, read on and learn what else you should be doing to prevent injury. Continue reading →

Shin Splints Unveiled: When To Worry About Shin Pain

When I was growing up playing sports in the 80’s and 90’s I was often told “you’re fine, just walk it off” or “tough it out.”  This was the response a lot of my coaches had to injuries back then.  Sometimes it worked out okay and other times it meant that injuries would linger longer than they probably had to.

I think a lot of the coaches today are beginning to take injuries more seriously, but there are still some coaches out there that are just old school or don’t know any better who have the “just tough it out” attitude.  Athletes also place a lot of pressure on themselves to perform even when they are injured.  Sometimes they don’t even tell their coach that they have an injury because they don’t want to be pulled out of competition.

One particular injury that I see a lot of in my practice is shin splints.  Most people think of shin splints as pain in the shin that usually happens with running.  Sometimes shin splints only bother athletes when they start running and then they warm up and feel fine.  Other times their shins bother them more often.  Let’s try and figure out when shin splints are a problem and when they’re not. Continue reading →