Weekend Reading #1

It was a busy week, so I didn’t get a ton of time to read, but here are a few of my favorite articles and videos that I found this week.

Child’s Play Is Good For All of Us by Gretchen Reynolds (New York Times)
The numbers from this study kind of blew my mind.  According to their models, the US alone could save $120 billion dollars per year in future health care costs if we just get our kids to be active every day.  If we allow today’s 8- to 11-year-old kids to remain sedentary, they may cost us as much as $3 trillion in medical expenses and lost productivity.

The Concept of HIGH + FAST Load in Tendinopathy (Modern Manual Therapy)
This is a really nice description of the mechanics of tendinopathy and what it means for rehab.

The Psoas March (Barbell Physio)
I just really like this exercise because it has the added benefits of isometric dorsiflexion.  Personally, I like using it in a quadruped position (think: mountain climber with a band), but Zach’s supine approach seems like a good way to isolate hip flexion while maintaining a neutral spine.

For Bad Backs, It May Be Time To Rethink Biases About Chiropractors by Aaron Carol (New York Times)
Like many people, I have definitely had (and continue to have) my biases about chiropractors.  With that being said, some of my favorite clinicians in the world of physical medicine are chiropractors.  As with any other profession, we just need to realize that there are good and bad clinicians of all kinds.  Regardless of our biases, this article highlights recent research and new clinical guidelines from the American College of Physicians that suggest spinal manipulation (along with heat, massage, and acupuncture) should be tried as first-line, noninvasive approach to low back pain.

Shoulder Stretching Intervention Reduces the Incidence of Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in High School Baseball Players (Physiospot)
We may still lack a truly significant amount of data, but it is easy enough to add shoulder stretching to the warm-up routine.

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