Athletes of all genders need fuel—in the form of food—to exercise. When an athlete is exercising without enough fuel, all systems of the body are affected. When the negative consequences of low fuel impact an athlete’s life and/or performance in minor OR significant ways, the issue gets a special name: Relative Energy Deficiency in…
If you’ve ever had multiple, or recurrent, ankle sprains, you’ve likely wondered “how can I make my ankles stronger and keep this from happening again?” Here are 3 ankle exercises for strong, sprain-resistant ankles. Single leg balance on foam Sometimes, balancing on foam can feel a bit mundane and baseless, especially for…
Will this concept ever die? It was not long ago that Dr. Ellie wrote about the ridiculousness of hearing someone say that “your core is weak,” as an explanation for pain or, frankly, anything else. The idea has surfaced again except THIS time, it isn’t using your core as the reason for your pain. …
Ahh yes, the ol’ pain in the butt: hurts to sit, hurts to run, hurts to stand. This little joy of an injury is a true pain in the arse.
With social distancing measure in place, an increased number of people seem to be running. This increase in engagement has correlated with an uptick in a specific question sent my way: “What should I do about my shin splints?” I hate (and love) to say this, but it depends. Today, I want to discuss what shin splints are exactly, and review actionable steps you can take to start feeling better.
I have found that there are a few key exercises that have been invaluable to the runners that I see and work with here in Seattle, WA.
Two years ago I sustained an achilles tendon injury resulting in tendon pain with activity, specifically running.
Under the pretense of Wolff’s law, one might deduce that as long as your bones are healthy (key word here…healthy), they’ll adapt to the stressors you place on them and even become stronger.
Have you ever “thrown out your low back?” Are you wondering what you can do to help?
Day after day I am confronted with the sad reality that our medical system has created a sense of fragility in women all over the country.
Are you having low back pain with the deadlift exercise?
Doubt, is death to dreams for women and girls.
Out with the old and in with the new! Plantar foot pain is hard enough as it is, we don’t need to be torturing ourselves anymore than necessary.
Injury, and the pain that follows, can be a scary experience. But it doesn’t have to be. We will often go searching for information to help us understand what has happened or what may be happening to cause our pain. Unfortunately, that information much of the time, is frightening, scary and downright bad. As it turns out, frightening…
If you haven’t done so yet, check out the new blog I wrote for Girls Gone Strong on movement variability! –> Click here to read the article <– Highlights: “Variability in our movements and posture is important, because of the need for our bodies and minds to tolerate day to day activities, without…
…about 25% of athletes with anterior knee pain will stop participating in sports because of their pain
Being curious about the sensation of pain, and how the entirety of our personhood might be affecting our feeling of pain, can empower us to be unafraid of our own bodies. To know that our bodies are not under attack when we feel pain, that we aren’t damaged goods. That we are, indeed, the most capable, most intelligent, most advanced species in the world.
ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries are not fun and if you’ve ever had one, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Tearing the ACL can keep an athlete sidelined for months…even years! What’s more, is that the results of surgery are not great either. Studies show us that only about 55% will return to their…
My knee will never be the same, but that doesn’t mean the rest of my life has to suffer because of it.
Advocating for better care after your concussion
“Oh, my body needs to rest to heal.” I call bullsh**.
If there’s one thing to know about knee injury in youth soccer, it’s that tearing the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is common and is often devastating for a young, driven athlete.
Fear Avoidance Model with modifications by Dr. Somers
When a young athlete begins experiencing lower back pain, it becomes important for those around that athlete to consider…