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We'll be at SAYREVILLE DAY this Saturday 9/15!

We'll be at SAYREVILLE DAY this Saturday 9/15!

Hello Mana Physical Therapy followers. We will be at Sayreville Day this Saturday at Kennedy Park from 12-4pm. There will be lots of food, entertainment, and rides for the kids!

 Posted From Sayreville Recreation on Facebook

Posted From Sayreville Recreation on Facebook

Come to see us at our table and grab some swag! We will have t-shirts, water bottles, and more that you can WIN with a spin on the prize wheel.

We hope to see you on Saturday!

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Throwing Athletes & The Risk of Injury

Throwing Athletes & The Risk of Injury

A pilot study was recently published in Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice which looked at balance deficits in throwing athletes (specifically baseball players) and whether or not it could determine injury risk.  The study was a small sample size of just baseball pitchers but it did highlight some interesting points. The results showed that approximately 30% of the participants increased their injury risk after throwing an average of 30 pitches.  Further, the study highlighted a significant decline in performance on the Y-balance test following pitching.  

With any athlete, the concern is always keeping the individual healthy.  For baseball pitcher specifically we worry about shoulder, elbow, hip, and back issues that can start to develop as a result of poor transfer of energy during a pitch.  As such, there parameters put in place to avoid injury such as age-related restrictions on pitch count.  This article highlights that injury prevention tactics should also involve a thorough evaluation of the athlete including dynamic balance.  

At Mana Physical Therapy we provide each of our athletes with the dedicated time necessary to assess fully for range of motion, strength, and balance issues. Each evaluation is tailored specifically to that athlete’s sport in order to enhance outcomes following therapy and ensure a quick return to sport or an injury-free season.  Call 732-390-8100 today to schedule. 

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Study Reference: 

Schroeder, Stacia and Gorman, Sharon L. “Decrease Balance and Injury Risk in Adolescent Baseball Pitchers”.  Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice.Volume 30, number 3 (2018): 156-9. 

Join Us at "Ready, Set, Summer!", Saturday June 23rd

Join Us at "Ready, Set, Summer!", Saturday June 23rd

We will be kicking off the summer on the first Saturday of the season! Join us at the Brunswick Square Mall for an afternoon filled with treats, music, and kid-friendly activities. Come stop by to say hello and stay for the fun!

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Five Myths About Concussions

Five Myths About Concussions

Five Myths About Concussions

The CDC estimates 1.6-3.8 million sport/recreation-related concussions happen per year in the
United States. 300,000 high-school athletes experience a concussion per year. These
numbers are large. Understanding the myths associated with concussion can help you or a
someone you know seek treatment when necessary.

MYTH 1: LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS= CONCUSSION

Most people believe that you need to lose consciousness or “black out” in order to have a
concussion, but this not true. A person may experience a concussion if they had their “bell
rung”.

MYTH 2: HEAD to HEAD CONTACT IS THE ONLY WAY TO SUSTAIN A CONCUSSION

Concussions occur due to rapid acceleration of the brain inside the skull resulting in it hitting the
sides of the skull. One does not have to just hit their head for this to occur. A hit to the body
which accelerates the head quickly can result in a concussion. Direct contact is also not
necessary, a person involved in a motor vehicle accident who experiences whiplash may be
concussed.

MYTH 3: A HELMET OR MOUTH GUARD CAN PREVENT CONCUSSION

There is no research that supports this theory. In fact, a helmet was originally designed to
prevent skull fractures, which it does however it does not prevent or reduce the likelihood of
concussion. Similarly, mouth guards protect against dental injuries, but do not impact the
chance of concussion. TOUGHER HELMETS=HARDER HITS!

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MYTH 4: CONCUSSION ONLY HAPPENS IN CONTACT SPORTS

Concussions can occurs in any sport where rapid acceleration/deceleration occurs. Athletes
involved in sports such as soccer, lacrosse, basketball, gymnastics, and cheerleading are at risk
for concussion. In fact, the third highest occurrence of concussion occurs in Girls Soccer.

MYTH 5: REST IS THE BEST MEDICINE

This used to be the case. However recent guideline from the Berlin Concussion Consensus
Statement states a brief rest period of 24-48hrs is recommended, but then light submaximal
activity is advised. Research supports the use of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) in order
to improve outcomes in patients.

At Mana Physical Therapy, Danielle Mendez is a certified concussion rehabilitation professional and can develop an individualized VRT program for you. Call (732) 390-8100 today for your appointment.

Laser Tracking For Training Cervical Proprioception

Laser Tracking For Training Cervical Proprioception

This video is narrated by our Therapist Danielle and being demonstrated by our aide Caity. 

This laser tracking exercise is a way to test joint position error testing in the neck. It can treat neck pain, headaches, and concussions.

For treatment or relief of these or any other symptoms, call us today at 732-390-8100 and set up your appointment with Danielle! We are conveniently located next-door to the Stop & Shop supermarket at Route 18 Southbound & Arthur Street.