"It is amazing the unique way the staff works as a whole unit. You have created a terrific environment where hard work and fun made my visits with Bodycentral a totally positive experience!" - E. Campbell
Bodycentral is excited to announce a partnership with FC Tucson for the treatment of their soccer athletes. FC Tucson is bringing elite level soccer to Tucson, and those athletes require elite level care.
Bodycentral will be providing on-field coverage at games as well as clinical treatment on-site at the FC Tucson training room. Athletes will also have the opportunity for recovery and treatment sessions at the Bodycentral Ultimate Sports Asylum location.
"We recruit our Physical Therapists from all over the United States. The better our staff, the better we can support the Tucson community." Jennifer Allen, co-founder and COO reported. "We have an opportunity to support the growing soccer movement, and where better to partner than with FC Tucson"
Bodycentral will also be providing soccer-related education information for the FC Tucson website. The weekly blog will include topics on sports injury prevention, injury treatment, and sports performance enhancement topics.
For more information about FC Tucson and soccer, visit FCTucson.com
What is Physical Therapy, and How Can it Help You?
Physical Therapists are experts in improving mobility and motion. Physical Therapists use hands on treatments and specific exercises to treat a variety of problems ranging from headaches and spine pain, knee pain and hip pain, to foot and ankle pain. Some Physical Therapists specialize in the treatment of Women's Health conditions like incontinence and pelvic pain. Other Physical Therapists specialize in the treatment of Sports injuries and bone and joint injuries also known as Orthopaedic injuries. Many people are referred to Physical Therapy after surgery or a major accident. Other people go to Physical Therapy because they have pain or limitations in their abilities to do normal activities. Diagnoses like back and neck pain, hip and knee pain and plantar fasciitis or foot pain are common reasons for people to see a Physical Therapist. In some cases, Physical Therapy has been known to prevent the need for surgery and reduce the need for prescription medications.
Most insurance covers treatment by Physical Therapists. In many cases you just need a prescription from your Physician, PA, or Nurse Practitioner for the treatment to be covered by your insurance. Too many people suffer from pain conditions that are treatable. For more information about Physical Therapy and what Physical Therapists can do for you visit www.BodycentralPT.net or call (520)325-4002 to schedule an appointment.
When we talk about overuse injuries in baseball and softball, we generally discuss upper extremity conditions. Although those injuries are the most common, we are seeing more awareness and discussion of injuries to the hip.
How Do Injuries to the Hip Happen?
The activities of batting and throwing place high demands on the hips and put them at risk for injury. For instance with overhand pitching, during the wind up phase, a flexion and rotational force is placed on the hip. During the cocking phase, the hips are further apart and more loading stress is placed on them. As the pitcher moves from acceleration through the follow-through phases, the hips go through additional loading and rotational stresses. With Softball pitching, rotational forces occur in both the hips as the pitcher moves from a static standing position through the follow-through phase.
With Batting, during the stance or coiling phase, torque is placed on the back hip. As the batter moves through acceleration and follow-through, additional rotational forces are placed on the hips.
These are all normally occurring stresses that are just part of the games of baseball and softball. With normal stresses, there is a potential for injury. The potential for injury increases with the following risk factors:
1) Poor Biomechanics- Improper technique with any of the phases of batting, throwing or pitching can cause increase pressures and torque in the hip
2) Deficits in Mobility or Functional Movement- limitation in movement in any of the joints of the Lower body or Spine can contribute to increased problems in the hips
3) Deficits in Strength & Endurance- Weakness in the muscles of the hips or general "core" muscles can cause instability and result in increased pressures in the hips with activity. Fatigue can also play a part in these types of injuries- Arm fatigue is monitored for pitchers to alleviate the possibility of upper extremity problems, but we should also be monitoring lower body fatigue. If the lower body is weak or starts to break down, pitching accuracy will suffer and may be the first sign of fatigue.
4) Deficits in Proprioception/Balance- strength and flexibility are important, but being able to have balance on one leg and being able to shift weight and control motion is an important aspect in injury prevention. With poor balance, or awareness of body position, joints may move beyond their limits or may place undue strain on soft tissues that support them
5) Joint Abnormalities: abnormalities inside the joint may predispose players to certain types of joint "impingement" or pinching with movement. Repeated strain at these end ranges of motion can create pain and inflammation
Symptoms of Hip Injury
Symptoms of hip problems may be subtle at first and may just be tightness in the hip or buttock area. Other symptoms may include groin pain or aching into the thigh. As symptoms worsen, pain may be experienced at night or with the first few steps after sitting for a prolonged period. These symptoms are a sign that something is wrong in the area- the player should seek medical advice at the onset of these symptoms.
Screening for Risk Factors
A comprehensive baseball or softball program should include Pre-season screening, followed by preseason and off-season corrective actions to address any problems or deficits found during the screening process.
An ideal screen should include the following:
1) A regular pre-season Physical
2) Biomechanics Assessment- video assessment in slow motion during hitting/throwing or pitching
3) Flexibility & Strength screening
4) Screens of Specific Functional Movement Patterns
5) Balance & Stability Screens
The best injury treatment advice is to Avoid injury in the first place. Prevention strategies are the Key to keeping players healthy during their careers- if that is Little League Baseball...or all the way through the Majors.
Treatment for Hip Related Injuries
There are many conservative Physical Therapy treatments available for these types of hip injuries. Hands-on techniques, or manual therapy are an important part of rehabilitation as well as specific exercises to fix any muscle imbalances that may exist. Prior to returning to play, video biomechanical analysis is vital to look at throwing, pitching and hitting. This will help identify any mechanical or technique issues that could be causing problems in the hips.
Dr. Jennifer Allen is a Physical Therapist, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in the Areas of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, as well as a Certified Hand Therapist. Sports Programming at Bodycentral Physical Therapy includes Biomechanics assessment, video movement assessment, Injury Prevention, and individual and team performance enhancement. For more information visit www.BodycentralPT.netor call 520-325-4002.