7800 SW Durham Rd | Ste 500 | Tigard, OR 97224
735 SW 158th Avenue | Ste 160 | Beaverton, OR 97006
2500 NW 229th Bld E | Ste 200 | Hillsboro, OR 97124
Sept 2014

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1.  KOR Meets CrossFit with Project Unbroken

2.  FREE Running Injury Clinic on September 13th

3.  FREE Bike Screens Return in October

4.  KOR Run Club Meet & Greet on September 15th

5.  Fast Pitch Softball: The Biggest Misconception in Sports 

6.  Toilet Training... For Adults!

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1.   KOR Meets CrossFit with Project Unbroken

The KOR is excited to start its unique Project Unbroken series.  Once a month from September to November we will be hosting 2-hour interactive workshops at our KOR Hillsboro facility.

The first workshop in the series is on September 13th and will include discussions lead by our CrossFit experienced staff as well as demonstrations and screening activities to help identify mobility restrictions or stability deficits of the lower extremity (hip, knee, ankle) that may be hindering high intensity athletes from reaching their potential.  

Plus, we're throwing in a brief workout, as well as an after party with food and drinks.  And it's all FREE!  RSVPs are recommended, but not necessary to attend.  Interested?  Contact KOR Hillsboro at 503.395.3000, or by e-mail via nickr@thekorpt.com.  Join us on September 13th and get UNBROKEN!

Brian Bradley, PT, MPT, OCS, ATC, MDT, FMS 1
Physical Therapist
KOR Hillsboro
brian@thekorpt.com
503.395.3000

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2.  FREE Running Injury Clinic on September 13th

Join us September 13th from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  All runners welcome!  To RSVP, call 503.597.0035 or e-mail run@thekorpt.com.  Be sure to mention the Running Clinic.  

Please note that our September running clinic will be for runners only.  Cyclists, stay tuned, because our FREE bike screens will return on October 11th.  

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3.  FREE Bike Screens Return on October 11th

There will be no September bike screen, but hold tight!  FREE screens will return on Saturday, October 11th at KOR Beaverton.  

Don't want to wait that long to get back on the road or trails?  Contact KOR Tigard to set up your personal, professional bike fitting with our cycling expert Jason Whittington.  Reach our front desk by calling 503.937.0090, or you can contact Jason directly at jason@thekorpt.com.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Jason, our cycling expert and pro bike fitter.

 

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4.  KOR Run Club Meet & Greet on September 15th

Interested in joining The KOR Run Club?  Come meet your awesome coaches and hang out with fellow runners at our upcoming Run Club Meet & Greet.  All are welcome on Monday, September 15th at 7 p.m. at McMenamins Cedar Hills.

CLICK HERE for meeting place/restaurant info.

Already know you want to join run club?  E-mail run@thekorpt.com for details, and run with us every Monday at 6 p.m. at KOR Beaverton!

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5.  Fast Pitch Softball: The Biggest Misconception in Sports 

We’ve all heard it before - fast pitch softball is a natural motion, and therefore less stressful on the arm compared to the baseball pitching motion. For this reason, there has been a long-standing belief that softball pitchers are capable of pitching all day, every day.

There is a growing body of evidence that proves this to be one of the biggest misconceptions in sports. A recent study found a significantly higher injury rate for girls involved in softball compared to that of boys participating in baseball. The softball pitching motion is far from being "safe", and numerous injuries occur every year due to repetitive stress, faulty mechanics, and/or muscular imbalances. Research has shown that distractive forces on the shoulder joint are equal or greater than that of the overhead baseball pitch. Muscle forces during the windmill pitch have also been found to be much higher. With more and more girls playing year round softball and pitchers pitching multiple games per day over consecutive days, many injuries are associated with overuse.

Signs and symptoms of overuse injuries are nagging pain, fatigue, decreased performance, change in mechanics, loss of velocity or control and change in a pitcher's attitude.

Recent research has shed light on mechanical “red flags” that may predispose a pitcher to injury. Trunk rotation, position of the throwing arm as the stride foot comes into contact with the ground, stride length, and throwing arm position at the instant of ball release are important. As the stride foot comes in contact with the ground, the position of the throwing arm is critical. The arm should be close to the body and should be near the top of the backswing. If the arm is out of the windmill plane or too far into the downswing, shoulder force will increase. The angle at the knee joint is also important as the stride foot touches down. The knee should be bent about 30 degrees short of full extension. A pitcher with a stride knee bent at more than 35 to 40 degrees will put additional stress on the throwing shoulder. The length of the stride should be about 80 to 100 percent of body height to reduce shoulder distraction. It appears that a longer stride reduces the stress at the shoulder. At ball release, the position of the throwing arm is again important for reducing stress on the throwing arm. The elbow should be bent about 20 degrees short of full extension. The straighter the elbow, the more force on the shoulder joint. Finally, and possibly the most important factor in reducing shoulder distraction force, is that the hips should be closed at about a 45 degree angle at the instant of ball release. Pitchers who tend to keep the hips open at ball release put a tremendous amount of additional stress on the throwing shoulder. 

The highly trained physical therapists and performance coaches at The KOR Physical Therapy and Athletic Performance utilize high-speed video analysis to identify mechanical faults that may predispose a softball player to injury. This information is one piece of a thorough evaluation that includes strength and mobility measurements of the upper extremity, trunk and lower extremities. Based on these findings, the physical therapist designs a treatment program that includes softball specific exercises focused on reducing injury risk and enhancing performance. To learn more about how The KOR can help you reach your potential please contact KOR Hillsboro at 503.395.3000 or by e-mailing receptionhills@thekorpt.com.

Kent Morimatsu, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist & KOR Group Director
KOR Hillsboro
kent@thekorpt.com
503.395.3000

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6.  Toilet Training... For Adults!

Potty training is an essential part of growing up. We all learn to control our bodies to avoid embarrassing “accidents” in public. This control comes from the pelvic floor muscles contracting to stop our bladders and bowels from emptying too soon. We also learn early on that crossing our legs, or using our inner thigh muscles, helps to assist the pelvic floor to gain even more control if we have to wait a little longer than we’d like. But, when we finally get to the bathroom, pull our pants down, and sit down, what are we supposed to do?

What should occur is the relaxation of your muscles, which allows your bladder or bowels to empty. Sometimes, however, you’ve been holding those pelvic floor muscles so long that they don’t want to let go and it feels like you have to strain to start the flow. Although common, straining is not the proper way to empty. Straining means that you are actually contracting the pelvic floor muscles and preventing a free flow. How do you ensure that you are not straining?

Follow the steps below for proper voiding technique:

  • Sit down and relax the muscles that stop the flow of urine (your pelvic floor muscles).
  • Gently bear down and think of making a “big belly.”
  • Breathe out as you gently bear down. Do not hold your breath.
  • Drop your pelvic floor towards the floor. 
  • Give yourself time to relax.

Proper voiding, urination, and defecation (or peeing and pooping), is necessary for good pelvic health. Good pelvic health leads not only to proper voiding, but also proper core stabilization to avoid problems like back pain.

If you have problems or questions with proper voiding, feel free to contact our Pelvic Floor Specialist, Melanie Kum, DPT. She can be reached directly via e-mail at melanie@thekorpt.com.

You can also call our front desk staff to set up a FREE Ask The Therapist (ATT) consultation! Contact KOR Tigard at 503.937.0090 for more information.

Melanie Kum, DPT
Physical Therapist & Assistant Clinic Director
KOR Tigard
melanie@thekorpt.com
503.937.0090

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