Category Archives: Athletic Health

Youth Sports Injuries: Does my kid need to go to the doctor?

Probably the worst part about youth sports is when a kid, your kid, gets hurt. Immediately there comes this question,  "Are they OK?" Let's be honest, what we really mean is, can they keep playing or is this something more serious. It is a difficult call to make. Most of the time it is the…
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Sports Physical Therapy in Huntington Beach

What is sports physical therapy? Sports physical therapy is a specialty in physical therapy which focuses on the athletic population’s recovery from injury.  While we are treating the same body, and dealing with the same parts, there is a difference in our approach when working with an athlete. Due to the fact that athletes test…
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Top 3 Reasons Your Daughter Has Knee Pain

So your daughter has knee pain and you don' t know why.  Over the past couple weeks we have seen a few younger girls coming into the clinic with knee pain.  Parents are obviously concerned why their active and healthy daughter is having knee pain.  If there hasn’t been an obvious event which caused the pain,…
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Low Back Pain in Athletes

Low back pain in athletes can be a crippling condition.  It is also one which we can easily overlook.  I think this has to do with the fact that so many people have themselves suffered from low back pain.  When their young athlete tells them their back hurts, they relate with what they have felt…
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My Quad Muscle Strain Treatment

A quad muscle strain can be very debilitating for an athlete.  I recently experienced this for myself. My Story After 13 years of not playing soccer, I finally put the cleats back on and took to the soccer field as a player.  I’d been coaching my kids teams for the past 5 years, but hadn’t…
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Ice vs Heat? Which is better?

The age old question- "Should I ice it or heat it?" It seems people have been discussing this topic for centuries and we are no closer to a consensus than when it started. Applying heat or cold to an injury has to be one of the earliest treatment methods used in history. One of the reasons I believe there is no consensus is because we are asking the wrong question. The question shouldn't be, "Should I ice it or heat it?", but instead "What do I want to happen to the tissue?"
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Going for the Gold: Interview with Aaron Brock, ATC

 

Change Sports Physical Therapy director, Matt Swift, DPT recently had the opportunity to pick the brain of Aaron Brock, ATC, who is the Medical Director of the Olympic gold medal winning, Men's USA volleyball team.

In our longest interview yet, Aaron talks about the importance of developing professionalism in young athletes, injury prevention plans, and as he calls it, "the keystone", which is an all in commitment to your sport.

Aaron grew up as a four sport athlete in the town of Storm Lake, Iowa.  Calling Iowa home, Aaron also earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degree from the University of Iowa.  Speaking from personal experience Brock explains in our interview the importance of not playing your specific sport, volleyball in this case, year round. In this video you will gain insight into how professional athletes not only learn and display professionalism, but stay healthy through their season and beyond.  Enjoy!

 

 

Aaron Brock, ATC

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Aaron Brock, Director of Sports Medicine and Performance to the U.S. National Teams
Athletic Trainer to the U.S. Men's National Team

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