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Research from Neck Pain Task Force

By Matt Fontaine | May 5, 2016

The Risk of Vetebrobasilar Stroke and Manipulation …In a Cochrane review for mechanical neck disorders, manipulation made it into the highest level of evidence. No medical interventions achieved this level of evidence. CMT: safe and effective. Use of prescription drugs: much less safe and proven to be ineffective for managing spinal pain.6 A study by…

Recovery and Regeneration

By Matt Fontaine | November 6, 2015

by Dr. Matt Fontaine Get to Know Your Body The biggest single key to full Ironman and half IM distance racing is being able to get to the start line healthy enough to compete. That is to say, that mileage that you can save on the training side can often pay big dividends on race…

Runner’s and Athlete’s Achilles Heel

By Matt Fontaine | November 6, 2015

A common injury for endurance athletes is “Achilles tendonitis”.  Runner’s and Triathletes are frequently affected.  To be fair, for most of these athletes this is an umbrella term that does not accurately describe the actual structures involved.  In most cases, it really isn’t a tendonitis as “itis” implies acute inflammation such as that occurring after…

Does your head hurt after exercise?

By Matt Fontaine | October 15, 2015

By Dr. Matt Fontaine   Does your head ache after workouts? Sports related headache Headache following exertion has been documented to have been described by Hippocrates1. Mainstream medicine often classifies headaches as either migraine or tension type headache. But the evidence based research does bot necessarily support this simplistic categorization. Simply said, many of the headaches…

Why Proper Warm Up Matters

By Matt Fontaine | August 16, 2015

Why Proper Warm Up Matters By Dr. Matt Fontaine Clinic Director for Potomac Physical Medicine Most of us lead hectic schedules day to day.  We often rush into workouts in the interest of saving time.  Triathletes are often quick to push off warm ups, especially on their runs.  They can ease in and warm up…

The Overhead Squat: The Exercise I Used to Hate

By Matt Fontaine | November 17, 2014

By Dr. Matt Fontaine   “If your overhead squat is full and looks really athletic, odds are that you have several things going for you, meaning good mobility of the ankles, hips and upper back and an exceptionally strong and stable core.” – Dr. Matt Fontaine Why the Overhead Squat? As a sports physician in my…

10 Ways Stress is Sabotaging Your Workout

By Matt Fontaine | November 8, 2014

            The following is taken from an article on Mercola.com http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2014/11/07/10-ways-stress-affects-workouts.aspx?e_cid=20141107Z1_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20141107Z1&et_cid=DM59456&et_rid=720474903   1.  Stress impairs your memory.  It slows down your processing.  This stress can slow you down mentally and physically, causing fatigue. 2.  Stress affects concentration.   High stress can negatively impact cognition, perception, and focus. 3.  Stress impairs motor…

What Can We Learn from Treating Elite Athletes?

By Matt Fontaine | November 5, 2014

  The Modern Laboratory of Human Movement by Dr. Matt Fontaine    “All Athletes and Weekend Warriors Have One Thing In Common… Soft Tissue Injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves”.   Sports and training have the potential to wear us down over time and lead to soft tissue injuries that result in muscle and joint…

The Top 3 Things Every Runner Should Do After Every Run

By Matt Fontaine | October 22, 2014

Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMI, also known as RSI, CTD, CTS) have become a pandemic in sports, especially for endurance athletes like runners and triathletes.  This class of injuries and illnesses are the result from weeks, months or years of overuse of joints. Connective tissues in the body become sore and sometimes unusable from repeated exposure…

The Keys to Dealing with Swimmer’s Shoulder

By Matt Fontaine | October 22, 2014

by Dr Matt Fontaine, DC With the rigorous training volume of competitive swimming, the body often suffers from accumulation of load that can result in a repetitive strain injury.  The repetitive motion is the cause of chronic irritation to soft tissue.   This irritation creates a friction and pressure, which eventually leads to small tears within…