Category Archives: Youth Sports

Valuable life lesson for young athletes and social media

Another hard, but valuable lesson learned from sports about conduct and consequences   Thanks for watching, Ed Deboo, PT Bellingham, Physical Therapy  

P.T. video: Simple yet effective exercises for ankle sprains

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Often they are mild and recover quickly. I’ve demonstrated a few simple exercises to do to help with the recovery and also what to look for just in-case you fractured it. Let me know if you have any questions, thanks! Ed Deboo, P […]

Foam rolling for the Basketball player

Attention all ballers’, time to foam roll out those sore knees and hips to keep you on the court. Let me know if you have any questions, Thanks, Ed Deboo, PT Bellingham Physical Therapy

Little known fact about Concussions in youth athletes

Recent studies have shown that young female athletes (11-20 years old) take on average 6 days longer to recover from concussion related symptoms and return to their respective sport? Parents, pay close attention to your student athlete (boy or girl) to see if they continue to exhibit symptoms of a concussion, i.e. extreme fatigue, loss […]

Back of your knee pain? Could be your popliteus muscle

(picture courtesy of Essential Anatomy app) Let’s talk knee pain. Pain behind your knee, especially after multidirectional activities, could be irritation of a small, but very important muscle called the popliteus. Remember, the knee is just not a simple “hinge joint” but rather has a small but critical amount of tibial internal and external rotation. […]

Rehabilitation after shoulder separation (AC joint separation)

2 important rehab considerations for AC joint injuries: 40%-50% of all shoulder injuries sustained during sports involve the AC joint, with the most common being a “separated shoulder”. A “separated shoulder” is actually a separation of the AC joint (acromioclavicular joint). The most common mechanism of injury is a downward force that tears/stretches the AC […]

ACL rehab and injury prevention: train the landing and what to look for

Attention all coaches, trainers, and other fitness coaches who work with youth athletes: We must do a better job of training the “landing” or eccentric phase of jumping as a majority of ACL injuries are NON contact. In the US alone, it is estimated that 20,000 to 80,000 high school female athletes experience ACL injuries […]

Parents, are we doing a good job keeping our kids fit?

How fit are our kids when compared kids in other countries? There were no chants of “we’re #1, we’re #1” when a recent study ranked the top 50 countries in the “youth fitness” category. Well, we didn’t fare so well, placing 47/50. Top 5 were Tanzania, Iceland, Estonia, Norway, and Japan in 5th. We did […]

Jammed finger or something worse? Here’s what to look for

If you or your children play sports, especially basketball, jammed fingers are common play. The good thing is that most jammed fingers do well with conservative treatment of ice, buddy taping, and rest.  However, there are a few things to look for just to make sure it’s not a bit more serious.  Take a look […]

Hot/cold contrast bath to help reduce ankle and hand swelling

How to do a Hot/Cold Contrast bath to help reduce swelling: Use only ice for the first 48 hours, then you can use the hot/cold combo. Basketball season means the potential for sports injuries and especially sprained ankles! Saw a young high school basketball player today in the clinic with a pretty swollen ankle. X-ray […]