Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Spring Into Fitness: Functional Strength Training

In the winter, it’s easy to forgo workouts and let exercise fall by the wayside. Weather can keep you indoors, there isn’t much sunlight, and motivation can falter. But as the days start to lengthen again, what are you doing to renew your good habits?

Are you looking at Internet fads and crash diets? Watching late night infomercials about special pills and crazy workouts? You know those never work, and many are unsafe. Before starting any workout program after a period of inactivity or injury, you should consult your medical professional to see if you are ready to begin. If your doctor gives you the “all clear”, the next question to consider is…

Is functional strength training the right choice for you?

Functional fitness programs are all about training your muscles to do your everyday activities more safely and efficiently. Think for a moment about the work you do physically every day: stair climbing, lifting, carrying, balancing, stretching, walking, jogging, running, sprinting, jumping, pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, turning, standing, starting, stopping, and lunging.

Because functional strength training focuses on improving your ability to do tasks you’re already participating in, not only do you quickly see results, but those results are also useful to you on a daily basis and as an athlete.  Functional strength training doesn’t just focus on muscle building. Instead, this practice emphasizes the enhancement of the coordinated working relationship between the nervous system and your muscles.

If your exercise routine only focused on a specific muscle or movement, you’d get really skilled at that one movement only. With the exercises of functional strength training, you develop skills that are cross-applicable to most of your activities of daily living. Functional strength training also reduces your chance of injury. Improvements in balance and resilience make normal activities more smooth and efficient.

To find out about whether functional strength training is right for you, and about classes starting soon, request an appointment today!

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The Truth about Basketball Injuries and Recovery

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No matter how long you’ve been playing basketball, or how talented you are, injuries are a fact. It’s not even a question of if; it is simply when will you 7612278_lbe injured and how long will you take to recover. Moreover, what will the recovery look like? Many players imagine the worst: immobilization, pain, and lifelong changes to skills and abilities. But are those realistic outcomes?


Common basketball injuries involve the knees, ankles, feet, lower back, and even the eyes. The statistics don’t lie–you’re more likely to be injured during practice or when playing for relaxation than during a competitive game. The good news is that most (around 75%) basketball injuries are relatively minor: strains, sprains, and bruises. The bad news? Of the remaining 25% of injuries sustained during basketball, most required a recovery period of one to three weeks. Only about 3% of all basketball injuries required surgery. It is possible, however, that over time, repeated damage or stress to joints may necessitate surgery, even if there is no single injury sustained during basketball participation.


If you are injured playing basketball, it’s likely you will be directed to see an orthopedic or sports medicine specialist. In addition to rest, there are many interventions a specialist may recommend that can increase your function and overall fitness, allowing you to get back on the court faster. These include:


  • Graston Technique©
  • Kinesio Taping™
  • Tai Chi Classes
  • Functional Strength Training
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Heat or Cold Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Clinical Exercise


All these treatment options take time; there are no quick fixes. Just like in basketball, there are no shortcuts to developing skills. But, with patience and dedication, an injury while playing basketball doesn’t have to end your playing days. With proper diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, it’s possible to come back stronger than ever. Request an appointment today to learn about your treatment options if you have experienced an injury on the basketball court.

Sprains, strains, fractures, oh my! Pain and impaired mobility are serious business, but there is hope. At Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold, our professional therapists collaborate with physicians to provide care that alleviates pain, restores function, and gets you back in the game faster. We encourage you to learn more about our team — and what we do best.