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Runner’s and Athlete’s Achilles Heel

By Matt Fontaine | November 6, 2015

A common injury in running and Triathlon is “Achilles tendonitis”.  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 an acute ankle sprain or…

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…

Hip Function & Low Back Pain in Runners

By Matt Fontaine | October 2, 2015

Hip flexor by Dr. Matt Fontaine When it comes to running injuries, many think of foot, ankle or heel pain, shin splints, runner’s knee or ITB syndrome.  But poor hip mobility and function can lead to LOW BACK PAIN in runners and also cause runners to lose power and efficiency in their runs. Defining the…

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   As a sports physician with over 14 years in clinical practice, I have evaluated and treated my fair share of injuries.  One of the tools we use to screen athletes and patients as part of a thorough examination is the Functional Movement Screen™ .  This is a valuable screening tool that gives us…

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…

Why We Need to Make Mobility a Primary Focus

By Matt Fontaine | August 31, 2014

by Dr. Matt Fontaine How we move directly impacts the quality of our life.  The following article discusses understanding Human Movement The basic tenet is this:  Moving poorly with load causes injury over time. Moving correctly requires physical intelligence.  Simply stated, we need to retrain our bodies to move the way we are naturally engineered…