Sports Training

Get Ski Ready this Season

Exercises to Get Ready for the Slopes

As Carnival season begins in New Orleans, many locals pack their bags and head north for the slopes!  But before you pack your gear, make sure you are properly conditioned for skiing.  Cardiovascular exercise and leg strengthening are a “must” before your trip.  You’re never to old to ski; you just have to properly prepare for it.  Watch Rich demonstrate some exercises that will get you ready for your next ski trip.

Here are some tips to help make it a great, injury-free trip:

  1. Add plenty of cardio to your routine. The air is thin. It’s hard to get oxygen to your muscles. Running, walking or other aerobic activity will help get your cardiovascular system primed for the trip.
  2. Strength training is crucial, especially for your core and legs. Muscle fatigue will reduce your performance. Lunges, step ups or leg presses are all excellent exercises for ski training.
  3. Brush up on your ski fundamentals. YouTube has some great tutorials to get you ready for the slopes!

Calf injury doesn’t stop tennis player from returning to sport

Tennis player returns to the court after severe calf injury

Mary-Marshall Seaver, an avid tennis player and tremendous athlete, has been active all of her life. She’s been playing tennis competitively for the last five years.  While playing singles, Mary-Marshall stretched out to her left to return a wide serve and felt her left calf “pop”.  After suffering a severe calf injury, she thought she’d never play tennis again. Then she enrolled in BRIO’s Return to Sport program:

My calf injury was so bad I had to be carried off the court piggy-back style. My MRI showed grade two tears of the gastroc and the soleus muscles, a complete rupture of the plantaris tendon, and a hematoma in between the two torn muscles.

At first, I was unable to wiggle my toes. For over a month, I was unable to stand on my left leg, and needed crutches to move around. It was difficult to imagine playing tennis within the foreseeable future. Then I found Baudry Therapy Center | BRIO.

There is absolutely no way I would have been able to return to tennis safely and successfully without Baudry Therapy Center | BRIO! Their challenge was to get me ready to return to the court, both physically and mentally. And they did!

Return to Sport program elevates strength and fitness levels

Through the BRIO Return to Sport assessment tests, the physical therapists identified weaknesses in my movement. These were not weaknesses I was aware of; in fact, they identified issues that were likely the cause of my original injury.

The physical therapists ensured that my injury healed correctly and completely. Their well thought-out plan was continuously fine-tuned throughout my recovery process. The attention to detail and customized care truly elevates the level of care!

Once my injury was healed, I started doing strengthening and agility exercises which increased my strength and fitness level higher than before my injury.

Customized PT to fit clients’ personality

As an avid high school multi-sport athlete and former world-class kayaker, I love to train, set goals and be challenged.  Kevin recognized that in me and created an environment where I felt like I was training for the Olympics again. But it wasn’t just me. While at Baudry, I saw athletes of all levels and ages being inspired to do their best.

“Returning to Sport” the Baudry way means not only is your area of injury better than ever, but your entire body is primed for your specific sport. Given the severity of my calf injury, I did not expect to step back onto the court stronger and more agile than when I was injured!

World Cup Soccer Talk

World Cup Soccer Talk

The soccer flop!

As Physical therapists we see lots of sports injuries. Many, that are career threatening, and take months even years to rehab. We certainly admire and learn a lot from the drive, and determination of world cup soccer players.

But how some of these world cup soccer players recover from apparent injury in less than 30 seconds has been fascinating to watch.

Now many have said that some of these injuries may in fact be slight embellishments of the truth.  The question today is, how can you tell if a world cup soccer athlete is flopping?

Our clinic survey has revealed the following:

Signs that it might be a Flop:

1) They grab the body part and don’t move for 30 seconds.

2) They grab a body part don’t move, and look up at the ref with one eye.

3) They are close to scoring a goal, realize that they probably won’t get the shot off, and throw themselves to the ground.

4) they flail all of their body parts wildly into the air as they fall.

the Wall street journal has a great article on this topic, check it out:  World Cup Soccer Talk

We’d like to hear from some real soccer players. How can you tell it was a soccer flop?

BRIO Plank Challenge



THE RULES!!! Starting January 1st, keep a log of your total plank seconds each day by using a written or smart phone log!  ALL VERSIONS of the plank will count towards your total plank seconds!  As long as you maintain proper form, IT COUNTS!  Present your log to the BRIO staff by February 6th and collect your prize! 

FIT club- 2,000 plank seconds (1 min/day)

BRIO club – 6,000 plank seconds (3 min/day)

The client with the MOST plank seconds will receive a special gift from BRIO!!!

How many plank seconds do you have in you? Take the PLANK CHALLENGE!!!


HOW TO PERFORM THE BRIO PLANK? Lie face down on a mat resting on your elbows.  Push off the floor, raising your body up onto your toes and elbows.  Keep your back flat, tilt your pelvis, and contract your abdominals to prevent sagging of the hips.  Hold for as long as you can maintain proper form.





To make this exercise LESS DIFFICULT, plank from your knees instead of your toes or on a low bench.

plank on incline

Plank on Incline










To make this exercise MORE DIFFICULT, plank with your feet in the TRX.

Plank on TRX

Plank on TRX










Check in with us on the BRIO Facebook page to make your BRIO plank pledge.


Fit across New Orleans

This week brings us back to City Park and the new Fit Core exercise machines, one located by Christian Brothers School, and the other by Tad Gormley Stadium. These are great tools for all fitness levels to enjoy an outdoor workout. Take the family out and try the following:

After a good walk or run around the track hit the machines for a fast metabolic workout:

  • Do the circuit of machines: Go for 30-45 seconds on each machine, moving quickly from one machine to the next. Finish Strong!

For more information on training, working out, or to tell us where you like to workout, like us on Facebook , follow us on Twitter, or contact our office.

Disclaimer: The information provided on Baudry Therapy Center ’s website and blog is presented for information and educational purposes only. This general information is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition nor to replace diagnosis or treatment by your healthcare professional. Before beginning light or moderate intensity physical activities, we encourage you to talk with your healthcare provider about health and exercise as part of your everyday routine. Baudry Therapy Center and it’s respective agents, heirs, assigns, contractors and employee’s will not be held liable for any injury incurred or exacerbated while performing any exercises, stretches, or any other activity related to the content and information available on this website.

Fit Across New Orleans

New Orleans has great places to get fit.  Even in the dead of winter, you can usually find a place for outdoor activity in New Orleans. City Park of New Orleans is our first stop on best places to exercise. Try walking/running the paths around Big Lake. With the new extension around the Festival Grounds, this path offers smooth surfaces, great views, and miles of inspiration! (See # 14 on City Park Map )


Let us know where you like to exercise New Orleans. For more information on training, exercise and sports performance, like us on Facebook , follow us on Twitter, or contact our office.

Baudry Therapy Center’s Running Series

photo credit: Chris Granger Times Picayune

The Crescent City Classic running race is March 30th!!! So in order to stay on track a few of us here at Baudry Therapy Center have decided to have a WEDNESDAY RUN NIGHT!  The running club meets at Baudry Therapy Center in Metairie at 6:00pm.  After a couple of high fives, “how you doings?”, and a quick warm up, we are off to the races at 6:15pm.  We run a 5K (3.1 miles) in the neighborhood around BTC.  The group has surprisingly grown very quickly.  We now have runners that finish between 19 and 35 minutes (and many in between).   We’d love to have you join us and enjoy the fun group atmosphere.   Feel free to bring friends to join in the fun.  It’s always easier to stay motivated when running with a group!

Also, the team at BTC is training for several upcoming races in the area.  Below is a schedule of these races including times and locations:

BTC Spring Running Series

February 9th – Color Run 5K

·        City Park – 8:00AM Start

February 24th – Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon

·        Poydras & Camp to City Park – 7:00 AM Start

March 17th – Shamrockin’ 8K

·        National WWII Museum to Audubon Park – 8:30 AM Start

March 30th – Crescent City Classic 10 K

·        Jackson Square to City Park – 8:00 AM Start

For questions or more information on the running club, run training, and running performance, like us on Facebook , follow us on Twitter, or contact our office.

Performance Training – How to Identify Overtraining Injuries

Too much of a good thing might not be great. Many of you have taken the challenge to get in better shape, compete in a sport or competition, or reach for personal fitness goals. We applaud you for your effort and think it is great! We encourage our clients daily to reach for their goals. Unfortunately, some find injury and setbacks due to overtraining.

Overtraining occurs when we push too much, too fast , and for too long. Each workout puts stress on the body. That stress stimulates the body to to respond by rebuilding the tissue stronger. The body is very good at responding to the stresses we put on it. The problem comes when the breakdown process of the exercise or activity, outpaces the bodies ability to heal and recover. When this occurs, injury, performance lulls and even illness can follow. Often, our minds are ahead of our body’s abilities.

Are you training and having any of the following symptoms?

1) Mood changes.

2) Persistent aching in the joints and muscles.

3) Increased frequency of illness.

4) A drop in performance level.

5) Drop in enthusiasm or passion for the activity.

6) Loss of sleep.

If so, you may be suffering the effects of overtraining. The key to avoiding the performance training injuries is to recognize the warning signs. Although we may be working out with good intentions, it is easy to fall into the trap of overtraining. We adopt the “if a little bit is good, more must be better” philosophy. A little success breeds the drive for more. So we push a harder expecting greater improvement only to find the opposite. Unfortunately, improvement takes time. Our bodies have limits, depending on our current level of conditioning, age, and ability. No matter what the activity, knowing the right amounts to push or train is important. Recognize the signs of overtraining, and train smarter and more effectively.

If you would like more information on performance training and how to train efficiently and effectively, please contact our office, or respond through the comments section.

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Rich Baudry

Photo credit: VinceHuang

Sportsmetrics – Sports Training to Decrease Knee Injuries

The occurance of serious knee injuries is up to five times higher in females than males.

Sportsmetrics programs have proven to decrease knee injuries in female athletes.


To find out more about sports training and preventing knee injuries please call us at 504 841-0150, or see