Like always, there are some articles that gain traction and are viewed by tons of people. Then, there are others that people really don’t care much about. Below is a summary of my 5 most viewed articles from 2014. Make sure to check them out for yourself and see why they were viewed by many. Please share your feedback if any of the topics relate to you or provide insight that may improve your current situation.
Do These 3 Exercises If You Want Low Back Pain: Do you know these 3 common exercises that actually increase your risk of low back pain? I bet if you go to a fitness center or gym in your area you will regularly see these being performed without knowing that back injury could be right around the corner.
The Cure To Hamstring Tightness Without Stretching: Hamstring tightness is such a common issue amongst many people including distance runners. The problem we tend to think that stretching is the best option when something feels tight when there may be a better treatment strategy.
Self-Assessment/Treatment Strategies for the Ankle: Tightness in ankle dorsiflexion can cause issues through the entire kinetic chain. Do you know if you fall into this category? Here’s a way to test ankle mobility with several drills to improve the lost motion.
Exercise of the Month: Body Saw: The body saw is by far one of my favorite anterior core, anti-extension exercises. The movement increases the challenge at the core while mobilizing the great toe and ankle joint.
6 Ways to Improve Hip Mobility and Improve Running Performance: Need a few new mobility drills to improve your running performance? Mobility in the hips is not only important from a performance standpoint, but to reduce the likelihood of injury.
For 2015, if you have any ideas or topics relating to exercise, injuries, injury prevention, sports performance training, fitness after physical therapy, exercises to target specific areas, etc., please feel free to send your ideas so I can answer your questions. For the most part, the ideas that generate these blog posts come from my personal interests, things my fitness clients struggle with, or common trends in injuries that I regularly treat with ART and therapeutic exercise. Finally, thanks to those of you who took the time to read even a single article in 2014, I appreciate you and am thankful you took the time.
By: Garrett McLaughlin, MS, ATC, CSCS, ART