A painful shoulder in sports is one of the most common complaints. Athletes, especially young overhead athletes, suffer from shoulder pain at higher numbers than non-athletes. Shoulder pain doesn’t discriminate. Painful shoulders affect all genders, ages, and sports. If you suffer from shoulder pain, your actions in and out of your sport may be contributing…

Swimming as a college freshman is a unique experience.  A college freshman swimmer rarely experiences such changes in their career because of their unique inexperience as well as their exceptional experience in and out of the pool. If it sounds confusing, it’s because it is. Collegiate athletes have a lot to learn in their first…

Is it smart to set athletes up for specializing in a sport at a young age? That is a question that comes up often in coaching, training, and when helping young athletes to overcome sports injuries. The answer is contested, and if you don’t think so, just visit a youth game, swim meet, fencing tournament,…

Water Polo is a sport that many don’t really think about until the Olympics are on. For some, however, it’s an intense way of life. Water polo is a hard-hitting sport riddled with injuries, blood, and loads of excitement. Similar to hockey, once you catch the water polo bug, you can’t shake it. Don’t believe…

Can CrossFit make you a better swimmer? Honestly, the answer depends on whom you ask. If you are consulting a CrossFit pro, of course they say “yes.” What about swimming professionals? What do they have to say about the connection and potential benefits of swimming and CrossFit? The responses are mixed, but I have a…

It sounds like a new water sport, but swimmers can use these special tools to improve performance and recovery in and out of the water. Taking care of your body doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does have to be accurate and consistent, and with the proper tools and know-how from a professional, you…

Not to call you out or anything, but you know who you are. You are the physical therapy client who comes to therapy faithfully each week. Well, you did at first, and now you avoid eye contact with your physical therapist when you see them in public because you know you didn’t make your physical…

We praise youth sports as one of the best ways to keep kids active, to keep them healthy, and to keep them social. Anyone who has played sports, has kids who play sports, or has seen a youth sporting event knows that they can be both exciting and contentious. Parents and coaches contribute to both, as…

Have you noticed something strange when you run or when you are on the cardio machines at the gym? Do your toes go numb when you work out? If so, what can you do about it? Could foot numbness when you exercise be the cause of something bigger?   Toes Go Numb While Running –…

During any overhead movement the thoracic spine contributes ~10 – 20%. Although 10 – 20% may sound minimal to some, it makes a massive difference when you’re seeking improvement at any level. For perspective on thoracic spine mobility and overhead function, follow along with this video: In swimming, poor thoracic spine mobility limits the following…