Manipulation Responders Have Higher Disc Diffusion

Manipulation Responders Have Higher Disc Diffusion

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The use of spinal manipulation is quite common in chiropractic, physical therapy, and osteopathic treatments. Yet, the physiological adaptation following a spinal manipulation is not well understood. This study looked at the response to a single spinal manipulation. What was done Nineteen adults between 19 – 45 years (M=6, F=13) of age participated in this study. All had the low …

Low Back Stabilization Prediction Rule

Low Back Stabilization Prediction Rule

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Clinical prediction rules (CPR) are meant to identify patients who would benefit from certain rehabilitation protocols. This study looked at the current CPR for identifying patients most likely to improve with lumbar stabilization exercise (LSE). The current CPR suggests four variables possess the greatest predictive power for treatment success: 1) Age <40 2) Straight leg raise (SLR) > 91 degrees …

Are Functional Movement Screens (FMS) Beneficial for Swimmers?

Are Functional Movement Screens (FMS) Beneficial for Swimmers?

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Injuries are extremely common in those repeatedly performing awkward movements and positions. Movement screening has become quite popular for an injury prevention tool, yet the improvement or applicability of these screens, like the functional movement screen (FMS) used in this study on injury prevention. What was done The FMS was performed on 433 firefighters (M=408, F=25; ~41.8 years). The FMS …

Reliability of Shoulder Blade Timing Tests

Reliability of Shoulder Blade Timing Tests

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Alterations in neuromuscular control are thought to contribute to shoulder impingement. Specifically, this alteration in muscle timing is perpetuated by a muscular imbalance between the muscles which stabilize the shoulder and assist in overhead motion. Recently, rehabilitation focusing on improving the muscular imbalance demonstrates better results than purely strengthening. Unfortunately, the reliability of testing neuromuscular control is limited. The ability …

Back Pain in Adolescent Athletes

Back Pain in Adolescent Athletes

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Background on Back Pain The low back is the most common site of pain in the population. In swimming, the low back is one of the top five sites of injury. This site of injury used to be exclusive to adults, but over recent years the amount of cases has increased in the pediatric and adolescent population. It is likely …

Athletic Training Effects on Spinal Curvature

Athletic Training Effects on Spinal Curvature

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Background on Spinal Curvature The excessive spinal curvature is common in the sport of swimming. This frequency is difficult to interpret as many health care professionals have recommended swimming as a sport for rehabilitation, yet many others have linked swimming as a cause of this excess curvature. Spinal curvature in the adolescent spine typically involves curves in the sagittal plane …

Friday Interview: Do Backpacks Cause Shoulder Pain?

Friday Interview: Do Backpacks Cause Shoulder Pain?

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Below is an interview on swimmers use of backpacks, specifically answering the question: Do backpacks cause shoulder pain? Here is the latest article by Yoram Epstein, Effect of Load Carriage on Upper Limb Performance. Review the latest studies and complete research work sites here. 1. What research exists on the question, do backpacks cause shoulder pain? What is a swimmer risk of using backpacks? The research …

Friday Interview: Dr. Lars Berglund Discusses Weightlifting and Powerlifting

Friday Interview: Dr. Lars Berglund Discusses Weightlifting and Powerlifting

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Below is an interview on the principle differences and movements between weightlifters and powerlifters.  Whats included and demand in each sport.  Here is the latest article to Lars Berglund’s “Injuries Among Weightlifters and Powerlifters: A Systematic Review”  his latest studies and complete research work sites can be found here. 1. First off, what is the difference between weightlifters and powerlifters? The principal differences …