Daily archive for April 7, 2012

March is National Athletic Training Month!

March is National Athletic Training Month!

People today are more active than ever before, that’s why its so important to have knowledgeable “trainers” in your corner to help you stay healthy – and stay active. But, what really is an Athletic Trainer and what do they do?

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (www.nata.org), an Athletic Trainer is an expert at recognizing, treating and preventing musculoskeletal injuries. Their daily activities include:

  • Providing physical rehabilitation services
  • Preventing, diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating injuries
  • Coordinating care with physicians and other health care professionals
  • Working in schools and universities, with professional sports teams, and in clinics, hospitals, and corporations

At Northern, we both encourage and enhance our athletic communities. We staff the Athletic Trainer at both Coopersville and Cedar Springs High Schools. In addition to working with athletes and tending to injuries on and off the field, our Athletic Trainers also run our summer sports and fitness camps.

Students enjoy the fitness aspect of our summer sports camp

Mark Garnaat is the Athletic Trainer at Cedar Springs HS. He has been involved with treatment and prevention of injuries of high school athletes during his six years with Northern Physical Therapy. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BS in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education.

March is National Athletic Training Month!
Mark Garnaat, Coopersville High School Athletic Trainer and Northern Physical Therapy employee, tapes an athlete’s ankle.

Marcus Ribant is the Athletic Trainer at Coopersville High School and he works with treatment and prevention of injuries of high school athletes at Northern Physical Therapy. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BS in Athletic Training.

As we celebrate National Athletic Training Month we offer thanks not only to Mark and Marcus, but to all the Athletic Trainers who are looking out for our athletes. Their mission to maintain your health will keep you active and moving for years to come.

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Treat your staff with in-office massage!

Looking for a fun, convenient, and healthy way to treat your staff or co-workers? How about the gift of massage! Your employees will feel appreciated for all of their hard work as our team of professional massage therapists uses their magical fingers to help them relax and melt away stress. And unlike meals out and high-calorie treats that often adorn the break room, the gift of massage is a healthy way to say “thanks.”

With NPT, we make it easy! Our therapists will travel to you and bring and set up their own equipment. If you prefer, gift certificates may also be purchased for a massage at any of our locations.

And don’t forget…Administrative Professionals Day is April 25th!

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Proper Training and Common Running Mistakes

Proper Training and Common Running Mistakes

Is starting a fitness program part of your New Year’s resolution? Many people opt to take up running as a great way to stay fit, eliminate stress, and shed a few pounds. But making sure you’ve got proper form and training can go a long way. Here are 3 myths you should know about before beginning your program.

Myth 1: Recovery is a break from training
Recovery time isn’t a break from training, it is part of it. Runners, particularly those at the Master’s (40+) level, can consider taking recovery time every third week instead of every fourth week during a marathon training program.

Consider using cross training, such as the elliptical or bike, to substitute for recovery runs to give your legs a break. This allows you to rest your legs while remaining on track for a successful program.

Myth 2: Push through the pain
Runners know how to handle pain. But how do you determine what pain is normal and what is cause for alarm? Muscle soreness that eases as you run can be normal. However, pain you should be concerned about may have one or more of the following characteristics:
– Pain that does not subside within several hours after running
– On a pain scale of 1-10 (10 being worse), pain that exceeds 3 while running
– The onset of sharp pain
– Pain that wakes you up at night
– Persistent pain that worsens when you run
– Pain that persists in the same area, every time you run

A physical therapist can help determine the cause of the problem and recommend effective cross training exercises, identify when poor form may be contributing to your pain, and prescribe necessary changes in training to allow the body to repair itself.

Proper Training and Common Running Mistakes

Myth 3: You can zone out on a run
Running can clear your mind and provide stress relief. However, thinking about your form while running can help you make subtle improvements.

Advice includes listenening to how you run and notice how you strike the ground. Does it sound the same on both sides, or is one foot strike louder? Notice where your foot lands relative to your body. Is it in front of you, or relatively underneath you, which is often less stressful? Recognize that as you fatigue, your form is more likely to be compromised. Usually when a runner’s form is compromised mechanical stress increases and injury can soon follow.

If you would like to begin a program and aren’t sure how, or have questions on a potential injury, give us a call. We would be happy to discuss your situation to see if therapy is the right option for you.

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