Construction injury leaves former rugby player in serious pain

Digging holes for a fence injures former rugby player

Brian Maurice, a former LSU rugby player, enjoys playing sports and performing construction work. Since his time on the rugby field, he has been living with minor shoulder pain. However, while lifting heavy bags of cement and digging holes for a fence, his shoulder was reinjured leaving him in unbearable pain.

“The worst part of an injury is being limited, and perhaps never returning to my previous form,” said Brian.

Brian came to Baudry Therapy Center and received manual therapy and functional exercises.

Josh Bryant, DPT said, “I knew Brain would recover quickly from this injury once he knew what direction to go in. He was exercising on a regular basis but needed to clean up his routine. I just made some modifications to what he was already doing and helped him problem solve. He was eager to learn and tried to keep a positive attitude regardless of how his shoulder was feeling.”

“The first thing Josh did was educate me as to why I injured myself. I learned what was going on inside my body. Then, he explained how he was going to fix it, and more importantly, how to prevent it from happening again in the future. I trusted them based on other testimonials, but I did not expect to see so much progress in a short period of time.”

“Josh Bryant went above and beyond for me during the course of my treatment. He took time to educate me on my injury and coached me into consciously thinking about the way I move my body as I get older. My pain is gone and I no longer have any limitations, which for me is such a relief.”

Living with pain is not really living

If you are someone you love is experiencing pain, consult a physical therapist today. You only get one life, so make sure you’re living yours to the fullest!  Invest in your #1 asset – your health.  Call Baudry Therapy today if we help you get back to LIFE!

Tennis Fit Series: Hip Exercises to Reduce Injury and Improve Your Groundstrokes

Tennis Fit Series: Hip Exercises to Reduce Injury and Improve Your Groundstrokes

As you know, the open stance forehand allows for more power and quicker recovery to the next ball; however, the loading and rotation associated with the open stance forehand places the hip at risk of injury.

So what can you do to reduce the risk of hip injury?

  • Improve strength of the hip muscles
  • Improve flexibility of the hip muscles
  • Improve coordination to use both strength and flexibility to generate an efficient tennis stroke

tennis blog 3Tennis players who stay healthy and hit the biggest strokes have the ability, strength, and coordination to stabilize the body in order to deliver a powerful force sequence into the ball.

This week, we will focus on exercises that build strength in the muscles on the outside of the hip – muscles that provide stability for your strokes and also help with lateral movement on the court.  All you need is a piece of elastic band or “mini band” to get started.

Watch the video demonstration below:

Perform 2 sets of 10-15 repetitions for each exercise 2-3 days/week.  If you feel like you are unsteady or losing your balance with the standing exercises, then be sure to use a chair or post for support.

These are easy to do at home, at the gym, or at the courts. Try incorporating these hip exercises into your weekly tennis routine. These exercises not only minimize the risk of injury at the hip, back, and knee, but can improve mechanics and performance so you can play better, healthier tennis in in 2015.

Check out how the pros take care of hip health on the ATP tour!

Be sure to stay tuned for our next week’s blog on tennis technique and injury with your favorite local tennis pros!