As we are about to begin another year of high school athletics, I thought I’d have a little fun. Here is a list of the “ABCs” with regards to athletic training. Enjoy!

Athletic training


Compression Read the rest of this entry »


Welcome to another edition of Going to Rehab. I have struggled this fall to keep updated here and keeping this series going. I do try to write athletic training articles, but sometimes falter. I apologize. I continue to try to do better!

This week I’m going to talk about manual therapy. When I was in college, I thought it was a waste of time. Manual therapy, to me, meant massage and it meant beating up my hands. It also meant rubbing smelly concoctions of chemicals such as Flex-All or BioFreeze on an athlete’s legs or whatever. It was definitely not my cup of tea.

Fast forward to today where I have realized that manual therapy is an excellent way to improve outcomes and help your athletes perform! Read the rest of this entry »

Research: Graston Technique

August 13, 2011

The first research article was the Graston Instrument Soft Tissue Mobilization and Home Stretching for The Management of Plantar Heel
Pain article posted on the GrastonTechnique website. You can find the article here.

The article mainly focused on the treatment of plantar fasciitis. The subjects were treated utilizing the Graston Technique and some home stretching. 7 of the 10 subjects saw “clinically significant” improvements. The treatments were focused on the triceps surae, soleus, plantar fascia, and the medial calcaneal tubercle. This study lasted approximately 8 weeks with some being treated for only 3 weeks 1-2 times per week.

This article did not impress me because I don’t believe it showed much evidence of anything. I would not say that this article led to much with regards to education. I was disappointed.

Hopefully future articles are more interesting. Check back on Monday for the next article!

Last weekend I was afforded the opportunity to attend a training course and learned the Graston Technique. This week, to start off this new series, I will explore the use of this manual therapy. Here is the first research article. Feel free to read the article is you please and let me know what you think! I will post my thoughts later in the week after I have a chance to read the article myself..*%7C86%7C*%7CGISTMPF2011JMPT_Looney.pdf

Graston Technique

July 30, 2011

WOW. 8 hours of Continuing Education today. This guy is exhausted! This was my first extensive CEU course, but it was really good. There were 13 of us at the course today and I think we all learned a lot. Graston Technique is a manual therapy technique involving the use of stainless steel instruments. It is a very effective technique and one that I think I will use for a long time! I am not huge into a lot of manual therapy stuff, but I think using these instruments will help to change my thoughts on this. It’s a crucial part of the rehabilitation process. Today we covered all of the background information and then we started getting into lab work. Our labs today consisted of the knee and thigh, hamstrings, hip and pelvis, foot and lower leg, and the lumbothoracic spine. Tomorrow we will cover the upper extremities and the cervical spine.

I can already feel the soreness starting to kick in.. gonna have to grab an ice pack or two in a few minutes..


As an athletic trainer, we are required to maintain certification and licensure  by pursuing continuing education units. The Board of Certification requires 75 CEUs over a three year period while the State of Illinois requires 20 CEUs over a two year period. Since getting certified and licensed in January of 2011, I have completed 6 CEUs and will add 12 more with the conclusion of this course tomorrow.

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