Joe ChiaramonteIn recent years there has been much discussion on training for our adolescent athletes and what is appropriate, whether it be how much, how soon, how specialized? While there are not many definitive answers to these specific inquiries, we, at the Academy of Sports & Wellness believe in a model that keeps the individual athlete’s well being and safety as the central emphasis.

Gone are the days of old (even 20 years ago) when kids rode their bikes around the neighborhood to their friend’s houses or to school. Gone are the days of climbing trees or playing on playgrounds with monkey bars and balance beams. It is rare that a simple game of “tag” pops up in the schoolyard anymore. We are quick to “roll out the balls” and practice baseball/basketball/football/soccer specific drills and games and the like instead of reinforcing basic human movement patterns. We have a generation of students that spend countless hours on their phones and computers, or gaming and watching TV. We have kids that can do amazing things with the soccer ball at their feet, but cannot skip or do a forward roll.



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Pain in the Neck? Think Dry Needling

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Chris NawrockiI have the daily experience of working in outpatient physical therapy care of evaluating and treating many spine patients.  Having over 22 years of clinical care and pursuing advanced credentialing as a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment I think I have a pretty strong background in helping patients deal with their spinal pains.  Throughout my day I evaluate then educate and explain why the pain is limiting their life.  Hopefully we get the correct treatment structure in place to make their pains go away and resume getting back to normal life.  I have always felt empathy for those patients wreathing in obvious pain and my goal was always to encourage them to work through the pain and realize there will be better days ahead.  And then….May of 2016 hit me with a pain in my neck.  Literally.



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Is Apple Cider Vinegar the Remedy You Need?

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applesApple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for centuries as a folk remedy to treat everything from warts and the common cold to acid reflux and arthritis. There has been renewed interest in this mysterious amber liquid and it seems that every time I turn around a friend is talking about it, or yet another Dr. Axe article about ACV shows up in my Facebook feed. I use it regularly and sometimes wonder if the scientific findings show that it’s actually making a difference, or if I’m just benefiting from the placebo effect. What exactly is ACV and which claims hold up under scrutiny?



Anne Slater 4First, you should know that I am not what one would call a “weekend warrior.” It’s true that I have not been in my true peak physical condition since my days participating in high school sports. That said, I stay pretty active playing team sports in adult rec leagues; I play volleyball every chance I can get, I am always willing to jump into a pick-up game of ultimate Frisbee, or join a game of Spikeball at the beach.  I’m in what I call “volleyball shape.” I rarely run voluntarily. When I was asked to sub for a soccer league by a coworker, I was not trying to relive the glory days; I thought, here’s an opportunity to get some cardio and have fun at the same time.



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