It’s Motion Monday! Try this sleeper stretch to help stretch the back of the shoulders and increase the range of motion. Click photo.
Mike St. George joined the Excel Physical Therapy and Fitness team in October of 2010 as a staff Physical Therapist working in the Rothman Institute clinics. Throughout the past three years he had the opportunity to work closely with some of the Rothman sports medicine physicians and surgeons. He now currently works in the Lionville clinic.
Mike graduated from The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Professionally, he has a strong interest in providing care with concentrations in orthopedic and sports medicine related issues in runners, triathletes and high endurance athletes. His treatment approach focuses on teaching individuals how to transform their body through exercise and nutrition. Future aspirations include specialties in advanced treatment of athletes at the high school and college level, treatment of members of the armed services and Special Forces and becoming a certified hand therapist. He also wants to pursue more of a knowledge base through research of the body’s core and its function in physical activity. If there is one mission he wants to accomplish with every individual by the end of their therapy, it is to have them leave knowing that they are stronger and more capable of achieving their goals than they may have thought when starting therapy.
Mike played soccer until high school where he then concentrated on cross country, track and field as he advanced to a state level distance runner in New Jersey. Mike gave up his sports career to pursue Physical Therapy but still has a passion for sharing his knowledge and training techniques with current runners and athletes. Mikes current passion in health and fitness and rehabilitation is driven by his past personal experiences with traumatic sports related injuries. He also has been influenced by his father who has his degree in Exercise Physiology and is currently employed in Cardiac Rehabilitation.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys working out by engaging in various cross training such as running, combat/martial art training, hiking, GoRuck training and weight lifting. His workouts emphasize high intensity, full body dynamic activity that mixes functional strength with isolation exercise. Mike also enjoys spending time training and exercising with his rescue dog, cooking and being outdoors.
“You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets” –Arnold Schwarzenegger
There’s a nip in the air, Halloween has come and gone and Thanksgiving and the holiday season are coming up fast! This is the time of year ice skating rinks see a surge in their clientele and lesson sign-ups, especially children hitting the ice for the first time.
Ice skating is a great and fun sport for your kids to stay active even in the colder months, but it’s important to make sure they are protected from injuries. Particularly for the younger children who are still learning on-ice balance and coordination, while still building muscle strength.
A study previously completed by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that head injuries were the most common among recreational skaters and caused by falling backwards or sideways which can prevent skaters from using their arms to help brace themselves. Children six and under have a higher center of gravity which can cause them to fall head first, therefore they have the greatest risk for head injury.
Many parents will use their child’s bicycle or skateboarding helmet, and while either of these will provide sufficient protection, it is recommended by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to use helmets that meet the ASTM Skateboard standard (F-1492 certified) or helmets certified for both skateboard and bicycle standards. Helmets for skiing are another good option and can provide extra warmth. Always make sure you have the proper fit to ensure maximum protection. Here are tips to be sure your child has the right fit: http://www.wetreatkidsbetter.org/2011/05/bicycle-helmets-getting-the-right-fit/ . Of course, don’t forget the elbow, wrist and knee pads too! It’s fun to get them in colors and/or characters your child likes and will encourage them to wear them without a hassle.
Teaching new skaters how to fall properly can also help reduce the potential for injury. Be sure they receive accurate instruction and try to make it amusing so they won’t be fearful of falling and will be more likely to retain the information and use it if needed.
So, get out on the ice and have fun while being safe!
Motion Monday is here again. Today we show you a nice stretch to help relieve tension on the low back and help maintain flexibility.
It’s nearly impossible to exclude shoulder movement from a fitness routine, sports training or even activities of daily living. Given this, it is very important to maintain shoulder health and incorporate strength exercises and proper stretches to protect this joint area. Please click the photo below for 5 useful tips to maintain and build shoulder health.
Five Tips to Keep Your Shoulders Healthy for the Long Haul
By Eric Cressey
The changes a woman’s body goes through during and after pregnancy is unmatched by any other stressor our bodies encounter. Even with an “easy” pregnancy, there are physical repercussions the body will experience, and some may not present themselves until later in life. Muscles can be torn or weakened and bones may become misaligned. There are many factors that will affect the severity of problems; including age, the number of pregnancies, multiple births, delivery type and the overall fitness level of the new mom. In addition, women are having children later in life and more pregnancies closer together, not allowing for full recovery of the body.
They may seem like “normal” annoyances as the result of gestation, however, if not addressed these sometimes simple conditions can become quite bothersome and create bigger problems in the future. Physical Therapy can help to resolve post-pregnancy issues such as weak core muscles, incontinence and other pelvic floor disorders. It’s never too late!
Please click the photo below for more details and contact our office to find a clinic near you offering Women’s Health treatment programs. (866-883-9235)
Bigger Postpartum Challenges Than Just Baby Weight
By Sarah Nassauer