January 2018

Stretching to Reduce Workplace Injuries and Improve Productivity (Part 1 of 3)

Many of today’s workforce spend their time sitting behind a desk working on a computer, going over spreadsheets or on their phone. This prolonged sitting can lead to a variety of issues including low back or neck pain, stiff joints and overuse injuries especially in the shoulder, elbows and wrists. These injuries have shown to lead to increase in time lost at work and decreased productivity, all affecting a business’s bottom line. According to a 2009 report by the Wellness Council of America, “implementing a stretching program into daily work practices show excellent work injury reduction benefits.”

In Part 1 of this series, I will discuss two stretches to help decrease low back pain in 

2 Simple Exercises to Skate Faster

Speed on the ice is defined by stride length times stride frequency. In order to improve your speed, you must improve one of these two factors. Improving strength and power in the lower body will aid in the improvement of frequency and is a very important aspect of off ice training. This improvement however may take some time. One simple and quicker way is to improve your stride length by increasing your 

Scapular Dysfunction

One of the most commonly injured joints in overhead sports is the shoulder.  Pitchers, volleyball players, quarterbacks, and others often deal with overuse injuries such as impingement, labral tears, rotator cuff injuries, tendinitis, as well as general instability.  However, it is not only overhead athletes that may experience shoulder pain.  Many individuals, 

5 Stretches for the Lower Body

Regardless of an individual’s activity level, sport, or occupation, maintaining good mobility can help alleviate general aches and pains.  Here are 5 lower extremity stretches that can be easily worked into any routine.  The optimal time to incorporate static stretches are after working out.  Hold each stretch for 15 to 30 seconds, and repeat 2-3 times.