Rotator Cuff & Shoulder Injury: Exercise Rehab

Ok! So today we’re going to do some “Kettle Bell Rotates”, and this is really great for the rotator cuff in conjunction with strengthening the scapular muscles. And so what we’re going to start off with… Iyad’s got a kettle bell; And so the reason why a kettle bell is actually better is because with a dumbbell the weight is kind of on the side and with a kettle bell the weight is actually going straight down right through the forearm. So we’re going to start off basically holding a… so this is a 10 pounder here so it’s a little more as you get stronger in your rotator cuff. If you’re a little bit weaker at first start off with a 5 pounder, but with a 10 pounder it gets a little bit heavier. So what Iyad’s going to do is bring his arm into a 90 degree angle and keep the shoulder at a 90 degree angle and you can see that the weight is going down straight through the forearm here right down. And so he’s going to do a rotation going outwards all the way and inwards all the way and he’s go…

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Catastrophic traumatic brain injuries, including hematomas and cerebral edema, are the second most common cause of fatalities in football players and can occur in many other contact sports. When there is severe contact with the head, the brain swells and blood pools to increase the intracranial pressure. If treatment is delayed, displacement of the brainstem, known as a herniation, or respiratory arrest can occur.
Types of Brain Injuries:Diffuse cerebral edema, or second impact syndrome, primarily occurs in children when the athlete suffering post-concussive symptoms following a head injury returns to play and sustains a second head injury.
Skull fractures, although not always visible, can arise from a head impact. Skull fractures can cause swelling and tenderness, bruising around the face, and bleeding from the nose or ears. All skull fractures should be treated by a physician.
Intracranial hemorrhage is a pathological accumulation of blood within the skull activity and occur in differ…

Shoulder Strain: Dynamic Strength Exercise

Hi my name is Iyad, I’m a Physiotherapist here at INSYNC PHYSIOTHERAPY. Today I’m going to show you an exercise that is particularly useful for any upper extremity rehabilitation or warm up. Some people in sports like Ultimate Frisbee, Rock Climbing, especially baseball or cricket where you involve a lot of throwing, this will be very very useful for it. Now the best thing about this is that you progress it on your own and you can modify it according to your needs. So all you need is a ball. The ball can have weight to it. That would probably help you by adding a strength component to this thing. Or if you’re not even injured and you just want a good warm up for the shoulder it can actually work really well for that. So the whole premise of this is that you are throwing the ball and catching it before it lands using a lot of the muscles of the shoulder blade and the rotator cuff to do so. So if you’re recovering from a strain and this is suitable for you and your stage of rehab then t…

Shoulder Injury and Strain: Functional Rehab

Hi, My name is Iyad, I’m a Physiotherapist here at INSYNC PHYSIOTHERAPY. I’m here with Wil, one of our Physiotherapists as well. And today, we’re going to go over some exercises for the overhead athlete. If you’re lifting weights or if you practise any sports that involve you going over head like tennis or volleyball, this would be a really exercise for you either as a warm up or as part of your rehabilitation. Now the most important thing is the way we face this line of pull here. So if you have a band or a cable machine, you stand facing it at a 45 degree angle alright. So Wil’s going to help us with the exercise. So this exercise involves 3 steps. Each one works at a different aspect of the shoulder muscles and the shoulder blade muscles. So the most important thing is where you stand like I said. So when Wil pulls back here we see that’s the perfect angle here because it’s the line of the shoulder blade. Pull… Once he pulls his elbow back we rotate the shoulder back there; So try…

Exercising in the Heat

As the temperature beings to rise, athletes must be aware of the effects of exercising in the heat on the body and on performance. Heat loss during exercise can occur through four different processes: evaporation, radiation, conduction, and convection. As the body’s core temperature rises, blood is transported to the periphery for cooling. This leads to a deficit in the body’s central fluid, which results in a smaller stroke volume (volume of blood pumped from the heart) and an increased heart rate for a given exercise intensity. Splanchnic vasoconstriction, a reduction in blood flow to the internal organs, especially to the abdomen, attempts to compensate for the peripheral outflow. However, this may lead to gastrointestinal and kidney issues.

Heat Stroke:There are various heat illnesses that an athlete may be susceptible to. Exertional heat stroke (EHS) occurs at a body temperature of greater than 104°F (40°C) immediately post collapse and central nervous dysfunction. Symptoms inclu…

Functional Screening Tests For Ultimate Frisbee: Detecting Weaknesses & Imbalances

Hey Guys, So what I’m going to go over with you today are six screening tests for the lower quadrant and the upper quadrant… really good for any running type of sports especially Ultimate Frisbee or soccer, but particularly Ultimate Frisbee. So the first one is just a simple “One - leg balance” test. So you’re basically going to stand on one leg for 30 seconds and what you’re looking for are whether or not the knee is nice and stable and strong and if it buckles or not. If it buckles it means there is a bit of weakness in the hips and whether or not you’re really tipsy going to one side or the other. And you want to do that on both sides for 30 seconds. The second one is called the “Pistol Squat”. So basically with the pistol squat, it’s a little more progressive. Now you’re look at not only doing a one-leg balance but now you’re squatting down and all the way back up, and down, and you want to do that 5 times on each leg. Same thing… you want to see whether or not the knee is bucklin…

Neck Mobility Exercise #3: For neck stiffness after trauma, whiplash, strain

So our next exercise will talk about mobility for the neck, particularly with rotation. Quite often when the neck is very stiff, it can be quite uncomfortable to turn so I find that just simply giving your hand around your neck a bit of a tug there to help it support. You’re guiding the neck a bit through the range. So you start off here and you turn into a comfortable position. You can feel a bit of a discomfort on the end or a bit of stiffness between the shoulder blades or even in the side muscles of the neck like your traps and that’s completely fine. I would start off doing this 5 to 6 times, 5 to 6 times a day. So you want to just get more frequency throughout the day, and as you get better you can up your sets and reps. But it’s quite simple; you place your hands across here and then turn this way. In case of shoulder pain where you’re unable to reach across, you can still use the same side. The whole idea is that you want to rotate to a comfortable position. It’s ok to hit a b…