What is IASTM?

Origins of IASTM Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization or IASTM is a commonly used form of treatment in outpatient physical therapy clinics. It’s origins come from a Gua Sha, an ancient practice of traditional Chinese medicine. Smooth edged instruments made out of an assortment of materials e.g. horns, jade, ivory etc. were used to press… Read More »

Staying Healthy In-Season

It is that time of year again when fall sports are back in full swing, school work starts to pile up, and other stress from life can start to add up.  Consequently, that can lead to pain or injuries whether it be acute or chronic.  Once athletes transition from the off-season into preseason, and then… Read More »

Should you always be using 3 sets of 10?

Author: Noah Kaminsky, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS Three sets of ten is the most common repetition and set scheme you may hear in physical therapy.  Is it wrong? No. Can it be more individualized and specific? Yes.  It can be used as a starting point.  There is a lot to consider when prescribing exercise to… Read More »

Catch Those Zzz’s for Optimal Recovery

Author: Kristin Bockelman MS, LAT, ATC We are now in the midst of summer, and with that comes more hours of daylight each day! As we fill those hours in the early morning with exercise (or upcoming Tokyo Olympic coverage!), late afternoons being on the water, catching a baseball game, or a bonfire with friends… Read More »

What is the Right Recovery Strategy for Me?

Written by: Dennis Meszler,  PT, SCS, CMTPT With all the recent advancements in and increased awareness of proper recovery as a part of training, many may have questions about which of the many tools out there are the best.   Newer (or at least newly popularized) options include, but may not be limited to: Dry Needling… Read More »

Summer Fitness Tips

Written by: Ashley Yartin, MS, LAT, ATC Ashley Yartin is a Certified Athletic Trainer at Raleigh Orthopaedic Performance Center. She earned her Master’s Degree from LSU in 2009 and her Bachelor of Science Degree in 2007 from Florida State University. Ashley has been a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer since 2007. Ashley worked with the East… Read More »

Baseball Injuries

By Brian Schiff, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS With baseball season upon us, there will be a natural increase in throwing-related arm pain. Many of the injuries are related to a sudden increase in throwing intensity and/or volume. In other cases, players who pitch and catch may be up to five times more likely to suffer… Read More »

In-Season Training

In-Season Training By Will Parker, CSCS, USAW, FMS With the onset of Covid-19 and its corresponding impact on the condensed and overlapping youth athletics schedule this Spring, I thought it appropriate to address an important topic of in-season training.  Since becoming a professional Strength & Conditioning Coach in 2006, I have trained thousands of athletes… Read More »

Proper Training Load Prevents Many Sports Related Overuse Injuries

Written by: Brian Schiff, PT, OCS, CSCS One of the biggest issues I see today in sports is an abundance of overuse and preventable musculoskeletal injuries due to improper conditioning, lack of recovery or both. In the current era of sports specialization, an athlete can unknowingly be placed in a comprising position with respect to… Read More »

Don’t Make the Biggest Mountain You Climb This Year an Injury

Written by: Kristin Bockelman, MS, LAT, ATC As the leaves change color over the state of North Carolina and the weather starts to cool down, a common activity is heading outside and going hiking in the beautiful NC State Parks! Whether you’re heading to the nearby Umstead State Park or Pilot Mountain, or towards western… Read More »