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Stretching Improves Shoulder Internal Rotation Range of Motion Deficits in Pitchers

Baseball pitchers have an increased susceptibility to shoulder injury because of increased overloading of the tissues that stabilize the shoulder. Past research has shown that pitchers’ shoulders commonly exhibit greater than normal external rotation (ER) range of motion (ROM) with accompanying loss of internal rotation (IR) ROM. This change in the arc of ROM at…

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Get to Know Your Physical Therapists

George Eischen, PT – Director of Gresham SportsCare Physical Therapy George is a native Oregonian who attended Reynolds High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University. He graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 1985 with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. George has worked for Gresham SportsCare since 1985…

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Pain – How Much is Good, Bad, Normal?

Pain, ache, throbbing, sharp, stabbing and burning… All words to describe the pain we feel after injury, surgery, during or after strenuous exercise and often during physical therapy rehabilitation. How do we know what pain is significant and what pain will go away? That is a hard question to answer. What I will address today…

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Proper Lifting Techniques

Disclaimer: The lifting techniques contained within this document will reduce your chance of sustaining an injury if done properly. SportsCare issues no statement claiming these lifting techniques will 100% prevent injury. If you experience any pain or discomfort while lifting an object, please report to your Physical Therapist. Please contact SportsCare if you have any…

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Resistance Training Can Alter Body Composition in Overweight and Obese Children

The rise in incidence of childhood obesity is a major concern that has been associated with lifelong health problems. The majority of exercise to counteract childhood obesity has focused on aerobic exercise as a method to improve body composition. Although aerobic exercise is appropriate, resistance training may offer unique benefits over aerobic exercise including decreased…

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Gresham SportsCare Physical Therapy

Gresham SportsCare was founded in 1982 by Clem Eischen when he expanded deeper into East Multnomah County. The first SportsCare clinic was located at 122nd and NE Glisan Street. Although the area has gone through quite a few changes, the directors of Gresham, NE Portland, Clackamas and Beaverton SportsCare clinics continue to congregate in the…

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Patellofemoral Pain – Could It Be My Hip Strength?

Patellofemoral pain is commonly thought to be related to abnormal tracking of the patella (knee cap) during loaded flexion and extension activities. The abnormal tracking increases joint reaction forces on the patella and may lead to increased stress on the articular cartilage. Various skeletal factors, such as an increased Q angle, quadriceps and hamstring strength…

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Posture – The Key to a Healthy Back and Neck

Stand up straight! Why do you always slouch so much! You’re sticking your tummy out!  Blah, blah, blah! How many times have we all heard this?  Way too many times!  But what is the solution?  How do we improve our posture? Duct tape a 2 x 4 to our backs? The fact is, most of…

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Tips for Traveling with an Injury

We’ve had a family vacation planned for over a year. The airplane tickets are purchased with no insurance because I’m sure nothing will go wrong! The hotel is booked, and we are stoked because it has a pool (the kids love to swim). I’ve even been going to the tanning bed so I don’t burn…

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Returning to Golf Following Knee Arthroplasty

Golf is a popular sport, especially among older adults. However, this age period also represents a time when osteoarthritis (OA) can impede mobility and function, even during participation in low-impact activities such as golf. In many cases, patients who have severe OA will undergo total knee arthroplasty (TKA) with the intent of returning to recreational…

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