Category Archives for physical therapy

The 10 Best Articles of 2016

It’s that time of year.  Here are the most popular articles on fitnesspainfree.com from 2016 (In no particular order). 1: Quick and Easy TFL Stretch and Assessment Quick and Easy TFL (Tensor Fascia

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3 Common Misconceptions About Pain

Today’s post comes from a bright therapy student named Kyle Thibodeaux.  Pain is a complex and frustrating thing for coaches and athletes.  It doesn’t have to be and Kyle puts things together

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Is Cupping Just Another Fad?

This week’s guest post comes from author Kelly Crawford.   During the Rio Olympics last summer you may have seen athletes with large, red circles covering their skin.  Scattered all over their

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How to Create Circuits for Strong Resilient Shoulders

I see a lot of shoulder pain in my clinical practice.  It probably rivals low back pain with the most common injury I end up treating (Low back pain is more common in the general population).  For this

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6 Step Guide to Prevent and Treat Extension Based Lower Back Pain (Part 2)

Welcome back.  So in the first installment we broke down: What extension based lower back pain is Which movements have the potential to cause it Compensations that lead to overextension and potential

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5 Common Causes of Extension Based Lower Back Pain (Part 1)

We all know that lifting with a rounded lower back can certainly cause some lower back pain.  What’s also important to wrap your head around is that many people don’t have trouble with lumbar

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Is Weighted Mobilization for the Thoracic Spine a Bad Idea?

Foam rolling for the thoracic spine is a good intervention for improving thoracic spine motion.  I use it for myself, patients and athletes regularly.  However, should we be adding weight to the movement?

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3 Great Lower Trapezius Exercises You’ve Never Thought Of

So the scapulae are kind of a big deal.  They help us do cool stuff in the gym and help keep our shoulders healthy.  What goes on in the shoulder blade is very important from a shoulder impingement

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How To Coach and Progress Jumping Variations – Part 4: Advanced Single Leg Jumping

In Part 3 we covered advanced double leg jumping and progressions.  In part 4 we’ll focus on advanced single leg jumping and progressions.  These are the progressions I like to use after athletes

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How To Coach and Progress Jumping Variations – Part 3: Advanced Double Leg Jumping

In part 3 we’ll focus on more advanced double leg jumping and progressions.  These are the progressions I like to use after athletes have mastered the basics in part 1.  Before moving on, here

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How To Coach and Progress Jumping Variations – Part 2: Single Leg Jumping

In Part 1 we covered double leg jumping and progressions and explained how to progress jumping with athletes.  In part 2 we’ll focus on single leg jumping and progressions.  I generally start

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How To Coach and Progress Jumping Variations – Part 1: Double Leg Jumping

As I’ve mentioned in a few posts in the past I’ve been working with a lot of doctorate students finishing their clinical affiliations lately.  I mentioned in my last post about students not

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