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We are growing again!

Added on August 4, 2016 by BodycentralPT

We are growing again!
It's back to school time for everyone and soon we will all be in full-swing "work" mode. Summer vacation is coming to an end. All summer long we have been working diligently on improving and expanding our services and footprint in Tucson!
 
On August 22nd, we will open our 5th location- The Bodycentral Physical Therapy Sports & Concussion Center.
 
This facility in Marana- 3601 W Cortaro Farms Road will be a great addition to our practice. If you have been to the Ultimate Sports Asylum location, then you have an idea of what this facility will be like. It is an open floor plan with high ceilings- equipped like a professional sports facility with rubberized flooring and a turf area for running, jumping, agility drills....well, you name it.
 
This location also has private treatment rooms and it features a concussion rehabilitation center. This specialized area will be used for our concussion evaluations and treatment programs that need a special environment. The decor in this facility is pretty amazing as well...I don't want to give away all the details because I want you to come for the open house party. Let's just say it will be pretty cool.
 
We are excited to be able to better serve our Marana and Northwest Tucson patients - and I'm sure you will be happy to have us closer to you to save the driving time!
 
Stay tuned for more updates.
 
Dr. Tonya Bunner (Co-Founder/CFO) and I want to say a heartfelt "Thank you" to all of our past and current patients- it is because of you that we do what we do. Also thank you to the medical community that has supported us over the years. We are blessed to be a part of Tucson and this great southern Arizona region.
 
Jennifer
 
Jennifer Allen,PT,DPT,OCS,SCS,CHT
Co-Founder/COO Bodycentral Physical Therapy
 
 

 

 

Elite Baseball & Softball Programs- Kick-Off Talk Feb 14th 9AM-11AM

Added on February 5, 2015 by BodycentralPT

Elite Baseball & Softball Programs- Kick-Off Talk Feb 14th 9AM-11AM

It's that time of year again... The smell of the freshly cut grass, the feel of the smooth dirt of the infield. It's baseball and softball season, and with that comes too many preventable injuries. I was lucky to play softball in college, and I consider those days some of the best days of my life.

For many young baseball and softball players, injuries prevent them from enjoying the game. Some injuries are traumatic- a catcher and a runner collide at high speeds.....a head first slide into second base doesn't go well. But many other injuries are a result of overuse- throwing too much or too hard too soon. Others come as a result of playing year round without rest. Injuries can also be a result of poor mechanics or muscle imbalances in the body- not just in the arm or shoulder, but from the hip or low back as well. Many injuries happen when players attempt to return to play after a surgery or injury- coming back to play without a structured return to throwing program, or coming back with weaknesses.

For many years we have studied biomechanics- learning how elite level pitchers deliver that 90+ mile an hour fastball. Now we are looking at more factors- not just how to improve speed or control...but how do we work with pitchers and throwers to help them perform better AND without injury? Elbow and Shoulder injuries are ending promising careers for many baseball and softball players...and our youngest players are seeing more and more injuries.

At Bodycentral Physical Therapy, we have teamed up with some of the best Baseball and Softball professionals to develop programs that will help prevent injuries and that will help get players safely back on the field with less risk of re-injury. In addition to these programs, we have developed performance enhancement programs that can help take players to the next level- utilizing high speed video analysis, 3D bat swing analysis, and a structured individualized strength and mobility program.

Our Partners include:

Blake Eager- former MLB NY Mets Pitcher, Olympic Baseball Coach

Kenzie Fowler- former University of Arizona elite standout pitcher, USA National Elite Team

Kelly Fowler- Head Coach Canyon del Oro High School, Pima County Sports Hall of Fame

On Saturday, February 14th from 9AM-11AM at the Ultimate Sports Asylum, we will be presenting on Baseball and Softball Injury prevention, treatment, and performance enhancement strategies. Blake Eager, Kenzie Fowler, Kelly Fowler, Dr. Sarah Davin (Board Certified Clinical Specialist- Sports Physical Therapy) and I will be presenting a combination of lecture, demonstration, and active participation- topics include Biomechanics, Video Analysis, Injury Prevention ....and much more.

Seating is limited- Please contact Paula via email to make your reservation---- Paula@BodycentralPT.net

Coaches, Athletic Trainers, Athletic Directors, Physicians, Health Care Providers, Press, Parents, Players--- All are welcome to attend. Admission is FREE- but a reservation is required!

Location: Bodycentral Physical Therapy- Ultimate Sports Asylum. 1991 E Ajo Way, Ste 149 (At Kino/Ajo intersection behind the In&Out Burger)

Hope to see you there.

 Jennifer

Jennifer Allen,PT,DPT,OCS,SCS,CHT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martial Arts Injuries- Causes, Treatment, & Prevention

Added on October 27, 2014 by DrJAllen


Participation in combat sports and martial arts is on the rise. People of all ages, and all conditioning levels are raising their fitness levels along with fighters. As with any sport, there are risks for injury. In Martial Arts, there are injuries that are seen more frequently. Following is a list of common injuries, some treatment recommendations for each, and ideas to avoid injury in the first place.


Neck, Spine, and Jaw Injuries
Sprains and strains are common in more contact type martial arts. Simple strains and sprains left unaddressed may lead to headache problems as well as chronic neck or spine issues. It's recommended to use ice or cold packs for relief in the first 72 hrs and to stay as active as you can. Bed rest is no longer recommended for spine problems, in fact the opposite is true. The sooner back and neck issues are treated with hands-on manual therapy and exercise, the better the chance of a full recovery. Seek treatment from a Physical Therapist that specializes in treatment of the spine.


Knee and Leg Injuries
Kicking is a staple in martial arts, and grappling requires being in positions on the mat that put strain on the knees. With these repetitive activities, there is a chance for Tendonitis (an inflammation of the tendon that connects muscle to bone), and for sprains of the ligaments of the knee (tissues that hold bones together in the joint). Simple muscle pulls are common and should resolve in a few days with rest from the aggravating activity. Tendonitis and sprains may present longer term problems and medical attention for these injuries is important. In the initial stages of injury, ice or a cold pack should be used for the first 72 hrs. Visit a Physical Therapist to screen the injury and give you exercises to get you back on track. With some injuries to the knee, swelling can develop inside the joint, which acts to "short-circuit" or "turn off" the big Quadriceps muscles in the front of the thigh. In this situation, even simple walking may be very painful and the knee can "buckle" or give way. So, it's important to seek expert advice--don't just rely on exercises from the internet that might not be appropriate for the specific injury.


Hand and Arm Injuries
Punching and grappling can cause injury to the hand and upper extremity. The small joints of the fingers can be injured with repeated punching and with improper technique. These injuries are generally traumatic in nature and occur with one punch or with taking a kick to the hand. Small fractures or breaks in the bone can be present. Hand injuries should be taken seriously and may require x-rays to rule out significant damage. Injuries to the small joints of the hand can take a long time to recover. Joints in the knuckles can be swollen and stiff for several months after an injury has healed.


Concussion
Head injuries, or concussions can happen with a hard blow to the head, or from hitting the head hard on the mat. Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, and headache. Concussions may affect memory and concentration, and the athlete may feel as if he or she is "in a fog". Concussions are "functional" injuries to the brain and will not show up in an MRI or CT Scan. With any head injury, it is important to be screened by a medical professional. Mild concussions may resolve in as little as 7 days, but it is recommended to have a graded return to activity. No one should return to full activity until cleared by the medical team.


Bumps, Cuts, and Bruises
As with any contact sport, cuts, bumps, and bruises are just a part of the game. Knowing what to do about it is an important part of participating in the sport. A general rule for cuts is anything into the border of the lip or in the eyelid needs immediate attention and stitches. Cuts other places that are more than an inch long, or the sides of the skin don't hold together may also need stitches. When in doubt- get it checked out.


Ankle Sprains
An ankle sprain or injury to the ligaments of the ankle seems like a small injury. The problem is, if left untreated, athletes that sustain one ankle sprain are more likely to have another in the future. Getting treatment aimed at increasing motion, decreasing swelling, improving strength and balance are important to prevent re-injury. Wearing a brace is also helpful in preventing the recurrence of ankle sprains.


Strength, Flexibility, and Conditioning for Martial Arts- Injury Prevention
Flexibility and the ability to move through functional movement patterns like squatting, kneeling, standing on one leg, and others is an important baseline for any sport. If movement patterns are restricted by tight muscles or joints, there is a higher risk of injury. A base of strength and stability of the "core" is also important for injury prevention. Prior to beginning any sport, seek the advice of a Sports Physical Therapist to make sure movement patterns and joint function are adequate for the demands of the sport. If there are limitations, exercises and some hands-on treatment can be useful in getting the body ready for the specific sport. An ounce of prevention is worth weeks or even months of rehabilitation.

WAR is the Warrior Athlete Rehabilitation Program at Bodycentral Physical Therapy & The Ultimate Sports Asylum. This program addresses combat sports injuries, and focuses on returning the fighting athlete back to competition with the flexibility, strength, and stability needed for this demanding sport. For more information visit http://www.BodycentralPT.net Call (520)325-4002 to schedule your appointment.

 

Martial Arts Injuries- Causes, Treatment, & Prevention

Added on October 27, 2014 by DrJAllen

Martial Arts Injuries- Causes, Treatment, & Prevention


Participation in combat sports and martial arts is on the rise. People of all ages, and all conditioning levels are raising their fitness levels along with fighters. As with any sport, there are risks for injury. In Martial Arts, there are injuries that are seen more frequently. Following is a list of common injuries, some treatment recommendations for each, and ideas to avoid injury in the first place.


Neck, Spine, and Jaw Injuries
Sprains and strains are common in more contact type martial arts. Simple strains and sprains left unaddressed may lead to headache problems as well as chronic neck or spine issues. It's recommended to use ice or cold packs for relief in the first 72 hrs and to stay as active as you can. Bed rest is no longer recommended for spine problems, in fact the opposite is true. The sooner back and neck issues are treated with hands-on manual therapy and exercise, the better the chance of a full recovery. Seek treatment from a Physical Therapist that specializes in treatment of the spine.


Knee and Leg Injuries
Kicking is a staple in martial arts, and grappling requires being in positions on the mat that put strain on the knees. With these repetitive activities, there is a chance for Tendonitis (an inflammation of the tendon that connects muscle to bone), and for sprains of the ligaments of the knee (tissues that hold bones together in the joint). Simple muscle pulls are common and should resolve in a few days with rest from the aggravating activity. Tendonitis and sprains may present longer term problems and medical attention for these injuries is important. In the initial stages of injury, ice or a cold pack should be used for the first 72 hrs. Visit a Physical Therapist to screen the injury and give you exercises to get you back on track. With some injuries to the knee, swelling can develop inside the joint, which acts to "short-circuit" or "turn off" the big Quadriceps muscles in the front of the thigh. In this situation, even simple walking may be very painful and the knee can "buckle" or give way. So, it's important to seek expert advice--don't just rely on exercises from the internet that might not be appropriate for the specific injury.


Hand and Arm Injuries
Punching and grappling can cause injury to the hand and upper extremity. The small joints of the fingers can be injured with repeated punching and with improper technique. These injuries are generally traumatic in nature and occur with one punch or with taking a kick to the hand. Small fractures or breaks in the bone can be present. Hand injuries should be taken seriously and may require x-rays to rule out significant damage. Injuries to the small joints of the hand can take a long time to recover. Joints in the knuckles can be swollen and stiff for several months after an injury has healed.


Concussion
Head injuries, or concussions can happen with a hard blow to the head, or from hitting the head hard on the mat. Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, and headache. Concussions may affect memory and concentration, and the athlete may feel as if he or she is "in a fog". Concussions are "functional" injuries to the brain and will not show up in an MRI or CT Scan. With any head injury, it is important to be screened by a medical professional. Mild concussions may resolve in as little as 7 days, but it is recommended to have a graded return to activity. No one should return to full activity until cleared by the medical team.


Bumps, Cuts, and Bruises
As with any contact sport, cuts, bumps, and bruises are just a part of the game. Knowing what to do about it is an important part of participating in the sport. A general rule for cuts is anything into the border of the lip or in the eyelid needs immediate attention and stitches. Cuts other places that are more than an inch long, or the sides of the skin don't hold together may also need stitches. When in doubt- get it checked out.


Ankle Sprains
An ankle sprain or injury to the ligaments of the ankle seems like a small injury. The problem is, if left untreated, athletes that sustain one ankle sprain are more likely to have another in the future. Getting treatment aimed at increasing motion, decreasing swelling, improving strength and balance are important to prevent re-injury. Wearing a brace is also helpful in preventing the recurrence of ankle sprains.


Strength, Flexibility, and Conditioning for Martial Arts- Injury Prevention
Flexibility and the ability to move through functional movement patterns like squatting, kneeling, standing on one leg, and others is an important baseline for any sport. If movement patterns are restricted by tight muscles or joints, there is a higher risk of injury. A base of strength and stability of the "core" is also important for injury prevention. Prior to beginning any sport, seek the advice of a Sports Physical Therapist to make sure movement patterns and joint function are adequate for the demands of the sport. If there are limitations, exercises and some hands-on treatment can be useful in getting the body ready for the specific sport. An ounce of prevention is worth weeks or even months of rehabilitation.

WAR is the Warrior Athlete Rehabilitation Program at Bodycentral Physical Therapy & The Ultimate Sports Asylum. This program addresses combat sports injuries, and focuses on returning the fighting athlete back to competition with the flexibility, strength, and stability needed for this demanding sport. For more information visit http://www.BodycentralPT.net Call (520)325-4002 to schedule your appointment.

 

Female Athletes and Concussion

Added on October 22, 2014 by DrJAllen

With all the recent news coverage and sports medicine updates on Concussion management, it is becoming clearer to all of us that concussions are a serious concern to our athletes.

What is a concussion?

It is a traumatic brain injury that happens with a rapid motion of the head, or a direct blow to the skull. Some athlete's have described this as getting their bell "rung" or other similar descriptions. Athletes of all ages are at risk for concussions, and different sports have varying degrees of risk. Most people think of the NFL and football when we talk about concussions, but it doesn't stop there.

Why are female athletes more at risk?

There are some theories to explain why concussion rates for female athletes are higher than their male counterparts, but at the time of this writing there hasn't been any hard evidence to prove any of these.

Some possible reasons: 1) Female athletes may be better at reporting their symptoms and seeking help  2) Females have a smaller mass of the head and neck, making it more difficult to absorb the injury  3) Females may have less developed neck muscles, which may lead to less control of the head during impact

Preventing and Treating Concussions

Prevention is KEY. Talking to coaches, athletic trainers, parents, athletes, Physical Therapists and others about the importance of concussions and ways to prevent them. Some of these prevention strategies include wearing the right protective gear, playing by the league rules, and making sure athletes are conditioned properly for their chosen sport.

Recovering correctly from a concussion is serious business. Recovery generally includes a period of "shutting down"- both physically and mentally. Athletes must rest from academics and from athletics-- and that means no video games or cell phones too! The brain needs a period of rest. Following this, the athlete will slowly resume activities under proper guidance of a physician, athletic trainer and physical therapist team. The athlete should only return to activity when formally cleared by the team.

Avoiding re-injury is important too. Studies show that players who have one concussion have a greater chance of having another one. With repeated concussions athletes may experience memory loss and difficulty thinking and concentrating.

What's the Risk?

Soccer- research shows female soccer is second only to male football players for the number of concussions each year. Concussions can be caused by falls, player to player impact, and from heading the ball repeatedly.

Cheerleading- high level techniques like throwing cheerleaders high in the air have led to an increase in concussions in cheerleading

Basketball- player to player contact and hitting the head on the floor may cause concussion

Skiiing/Snowboarding- high speed falls and collisions are potential for concussions

Softball- player to player collisions, sliding, and being hit by a ball are potential for concussions

Volleyball- player to player impact, and being hit by the ball or hitting the head on the court are potential problems

Prevention Strategies at Bodycentral Physical Therapy and the Ultimate Sports Asylum

Because of the prevalence of the concussion problem in female athletes, we are teaming with experts in the field to develop concussion prevention strategies and programs for athletes of all ages. For more information on these programs, please contact Dr. Jennifer Allen at info@bodycentralpt.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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