Was Kevin Durant's Achilles Tear Preventable?

Was Kevin Durant's Achilles Tear Preventable?

If you by chance followed the recent NBA playoffs, one of the biggest topics of controversy was whether or not Kevin Durant should have played game 5 of the finals.

As the physical therapist and rehab coordinator for the Los Angeles Football Club, I could not help but try to put myself in the same position and ask myself, "What would I do?"

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Is Your "WHY" Enough Motivation To Get You Through To Your Goal?

Is Your "WHY" Enough Motivation To Get You Through To Your Goal?

"Why are we doing this coach?" Fetty asked me as he groaned while doubled over. He was on the last on a series of ten banded 50 yard pulls.

I asked him, "You tell me?"

What's the point of it all?

Why are we doing what we're doing?

These questions form the foundation or the backbone of any athlete’s or coach’s program. Much attention is given to program structure, sets, reps, cycles etc. Instagram and Facebook are littered with "how to videos" but very little on the "why's."

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My Back Is Feeling Better... Can I Just Jump Back Into My Normal Exercise Again?

My Back Is Feeling Better... Can I Just Jump Back Into My Normal Exercise Again?

I had an injury but I'm feeling better, that means I can go back to exercising right?

This is a question that arrises very frequently and there is no concrete yes or no answer. It depends on each individual and the circumstances. Some key factors that we want to keep in mind when we return to activity is the intensity of the activity, what was the injury, and how long you have not been exercising for.

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Can My Poor Posture Cause Headaches?

Can My Poor Posture Cause Headaches?

How we sit, stand, and do activities can either help or hurt us when we have an injury. When most people sit at work, in their car, or at home their head comes forward, shoulders roll in, and we arch our upper and middle back.

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Ankle Mobility For Deeper Squats - Is It That Simple?

Ankle Mobility For Deeper Squats - Is It That Simple?

A lack of ankle mobility is often one of the contributing components to a less than optimal squat. As a general measuring stick, you want to be able to squat with your thighs parallel to the floor. 

Unfortunately, this is very difficult for some. If you were to examine lower body mechanics, the hips, knees and ankles should all move at the same time and and the right amount when performing a squatting motion. If one or more of these areas are dysfunctional, you may end up with the inability to do the motion in addition to pain if you do not take care of it. 

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