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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
 
 

 

 

COMMON SOCCER INJURIES AND PREVENTION STRATEGIES

Added on March 28, 2015 by DrJAllen

COMMON SOCCER INJURIES AND PREVENTION STRATEGIES

COMMON SOCCER INJURIES AND PREVENTION STRATEGIES

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and is becoming more and more popular in the United States. With close to 27 million players in the United States and Canada alone, understanding injuries in this sport is vital. FIFA (Federation Internationale Football Association) began tracking injuries to soccer players in 1998. Since then several other organizations have followed suit and have begun taking a look at how many and what types of injuries are most prevalent in the sport.

A study by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) suggests that in professional soccer, a 25-player team can expect close to two injuries per player during any one season. Researchers state 70% of those injuries are lower extremity in nature, 15% are head and neck injuries, 8% are in the trunk/spine, and 7% are in the arms/upper extremity. Out of these injuries, they state 80% are player to player contact in nature and the other 20% are non-contact injuries.

Common injuries seen in the lower extremities include: MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) Knee injuries, Achilles tendon and Ankle Injuries. ACL injuries are also a concern and are a serious injury, but are not seen as frequently as the other injuries listed. Common injuries to the head and neck include concussions (1/3 of all head injuries), and sprains, strains of the spine. Groin injuries are one of the most common muscle injuries in the sport. Injuries in this area can be adductor muscle strains, pelvic instability, or sports hernias. This can be a challenging injury to deal with as a player as many of these injuries turn into chronic issues.

Sports Physical Therapy & Injury Prevention

Rehabilitation of injuries should focus on a global approach to treatment. If the injury is to the knee, Therapists need to focus on not only the function specifically of the knee, but also on the flexibility, strength, and neuromuscular control of the entire lower extremity. They must also make sure there is stability in what we traditionally refer to as the "core", which includes the abdominals, spine, and pelvis. Treatment should include Biomechanical Analysis of the lower body, and can include video analysis of movement, which helps identify break down in mechanics which can result in re-injury.

Concussion return to play is a staged program aimed at returning the player safely to play as they progress through a series of stages. These include full rest, working on aerobic capacity, strength, and progression to sport specific play, returning to non contact activity, and then resuming full sport activity. Based on current recommendations, this process should be a minimum of seven days. At any of the stages, if symptoms return, the player does not progress to the next level.

Injury Prevention techniques involve many approaches:

-       FIFA has instituted the FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention Program that includes a warm-up, preventative exercises, balance and agility exercises

-       Dynamic Warm Ups- These are active warm ups aimed at getting the body ready for activity. We no longer advocate jogging, then doing passive stretching before an event. Dynamic warm ups improve performance as well as decrease injury rates

-       Biomechanical Analysis and Player Specific interventions- each individual player is different, and each player has weaknesses, tightness and biomechanical problems that may dispose him or her to injury. Using video analysis and functional screening tools, Therapists can identify areas of potential injury and intervene with a custom program for the individual player.

-       The medical profession has begun to gather helpful information in the area of concussion and is identifying risk factors for concussion. At this time, we are developing concussion prevention activities based on the most current research, which includes core strengthening, postural control retraining, and specific cervical spine strengthening.

References:

Ekstrand J, Hagglund M, Walden M. Epidemiology of muscle injuries in professional football (soccer). Am Journal Sport Med. 2011;39:1226-32.

Jones N. Update: Soccer injury and prevention, concussion, and chronic groin pain. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 2014: 319-325.

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.

 

 

BODYCENTRAL Spine & Athlete Performance Center- Now Open!

Added on March 16, 2015 by BodycentralPT

BODYCENTRAL Spine & Athlete Performance Center- Now Open!
Announcing the New BODYCENTRAL Spine & Athlete Performance Center
 
On March 9, 2015 the Bodycentral Spine & Athlete Performance Center opened on 7493 E Tanque Verde Rd. The Therapists at this Clinic are true specialists in the non-surgical treatment of the Spine & in treating Athletes from the Elite Olympian to the Armchair Quarterback.
 
Using hands-on manual therapies, movement education, and therapeutic exercise, the therapists at the Spine Center are tackling difficult spine problems including:
 
Low Back Pain
Incontinence & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Pelvic Pain
Spondylosis & Spondylolisthesis
Scoliosis
Stenosis
Cervical/Neck Pain
Headaches
Rib Pain and Dysfunction
Sacroiliac Pain and Dysfunction
Pregnancy Related Pain
Tailbone Pain
Sciatica
Post surgery-- lumbar spine, cervical spine, TMJ
 
In the Athlete Performance Center:
Treatment for:
Shoulder, Knee, Hip, Foot & Ankle Conditions
ACL Reconstruction patients
Total Joint Patients
Rotator Cuff Injuries and Post Surgery
Elbow, Wrist & Hand Conditions
Tendonitis of all Varieties
 
Performance Enhancement Programs:
Gym Membership
 
Running Program- Strength/Conditioning, Injury treatment and Prevention
Video Gait Analysis
Baseball & Softball Programs
Soccer- ACL Prevention & Performance Enhancement Programs
 
Most Insurances are Accepted at the facility for injury treatment. Self Pay options also available.
 
New patients being accepted now- Call 520-325-4002 to schedule.
 
 
 

 

 

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