Training for the Adult Endurance Athlete

Steve and Dr. Cole talk with Chris Palmquist to discuss the benefits of Diversified Training for Adult Endurance Athletes, how training changes over the course of a season and how a competitive adult endurance athlete trains during off-season.

Chris Palmquist is a USAT Level III and Youth/Junior Coach, USAC Level I Coach andCoachF.I.S.T. Certified Bike Fitter with 18 years of coaching experience and has coached athletes to success at the regional, national and world level.

Chris has coached elite athletes at ITU World Paratriathlon Events and High Performance Camps at Olympic Training Centers. Chris also coaches training camps for USAT JuniorsChallenged Athletes Foundation and Dare2Tri.

As an athlete, she has numerous top finishes in many sports including triathlon, collegiate rowing, canoe/kayak, cross country skiing, speed skating and road bike racing. Her coaching philosophy is based on trust, communication, balance, achieving top potential and the joy of training and racing.

NBA Player Recovery & Performance after Achilles Tendon Injury

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Steve and Dr. Cole talk with Dr. Johnny Lin from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush about Achilles injuries: how it differs from other injuries and why in many cases the recovery tends to be less than 100%. Dr. Johnny Lin is board certified in orthopedic surgery and specializes exclusively in the treatment of complex foot and ankle disorders.

His interests include the treatment and rehabilitation of work-related injuries, sports-related injuries, deformity correction, arthritis, and fractures of the foot and ankle. He provides comprehensive surgical and nonsurgical approaches to the treatment of foot and ankle problems.dr. johnny lin

When surgery is indicated, he utilizes a full complement of both traditional and newer surgical techniques including cartilage transplant, arthroscopy, ankle replacement, deformity correction and osteotomy sparing bunion surgery.

Jabari Parker and his fresh start with the Chicago Bulls after 2 ACL Injuries on the Same Knee

Steve and Dr. Cole talk with Jabari Parker about his past experience with 2 ACL injuries in the same knee, returning to play after signing on with the Chicago Bulls, the rehab process, importance of a positive mental attitude and looking to the future. Dr. Cole also discusses the importance of medical history tracking in order to improve ongoing medical care for new NBA recruits.

Back to Basics: 3 Injury Prevention Tips for Dancers

By Athletico Physical Therapy

As summer starts winding down, dancers are getting ready to transition to the fall program season. Preparing for the season’s big shows means long hours spent at rehearsals on top of other responsibilities, such as academics, work and household duties.

During this time of year, it can be easy to overlook some of the fundamentals of injury prevention when trying to fit in a rehearsal into a busy schedule. However, this is the time when the basics like proper warm up and nutrition matter the most. To help dancers minimize the risk of injury and stay ready for their big shows, we are highlighting three basic injury prevention tips below:

1. Warm Up

To minimize the risk of injury during practices and performances, dancers should incorporate dynamic warm-ups into their training routine. Dynamic warm-ups increase heart rate and get the blood flowing so that the muscles become more pliable and able to stretch. This helps prime the body for physical exertion and minimizes the risk of injury to muscles or joints. A few examples of dynamic warm-ups include body weight squats, jumping jacks, and forward and backward lunges.

Learn more about dynamic warm-ups, as well as cooling down after activity, by reading “Warming Up vs Cooling Down: Things to Know.

2. Cross Train

Although technique training is important, dancers should also consider adding cross training into their routine to improve endurance, strength and flexibility. Swimming or biking are activities that can help improve endurance, while strength training can improve muscular fitness. Additionally, incorporating exercises like Pilates into training can help dancers improve flexibility, balance and core stability.

3. Maintain Healthy Habits

In order to be in peak condition, dancers should focus on their general health in addition to their training. This includes maintaining a healthy diet, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep. Since dancers don’t typically have an off-season, they are more likely to experience altered sleep-wake rhythms, which can increase the risk of illness and musculoskeletal injuries. For tips on how to get better sleep, read “Eat, Sleep, Dance, Repeat: The Importance of Sleep for Dancers.

These three tips can help both experienced and novice dancers keep their bodies healthy to minimize the risk of injury during practices and performances. Should an injury occur, make sure to schedule an appointment at a nearby Athletico location so our team can help you heal.

If you are a dancer who would like to learn more about our Performing Arts Rehabilitation program, please email performingarts@athletico.com.