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Start with a FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN to allow our Fitness Professionals to make programming decisions with precision and purpose to help you maximize your training potential!  
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Dine and Donate with Breakthru on September 27 at Chickie’s & Pete’s!

JOIN Team Breakthru at Chickie‘s and Pete’s Marlton 

For food and FUNdraising!

When: Thursday, September 27th until 9pm

Where: 25 NJ-73, Marlton, NJ 08053

Present this flyer to your server and 10% of your table’s food sale will be donated to THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION

Breakthru will be launching our Jingle Bell 5K Team, Breakthru Believers!  Look for the ORANGE and BLUE Balloons between 6 pm – 9 pm!   We will help get your registered for the 5K!

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity, bringing people from all walks of life together to champion arthritis research and resources. All events have a timed 5K race with a USA Track & Field-certified course, but if you prefer to walk, no problem! There are also 1-mile options and kids runs at many events.

Put on your favorite holiday costume, enjoy fun activities and spread good cheer along with family, friends and co-workers. Jingle All the Way to a Cure for the 1 in 4 Americans with arthritis. 100 percent of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to a great cause!

Click Here to Sign Up NOW —> JOIN TEAM BREAKTHRU Believers!

We hope to see you there!

PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY

Breakthru is proud to announce that Dr. Kevin Schnitzer is now recognized as a
Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist.
This is a huge accomplishment as it is a top tier certification, recognizing advanced knowledge in the field of pediatric physical therapy.  Breakthru has already been provided physical therapy care at the highest level for a wide variety of patient populations.  

Kevin has been serving the pediatric population for years, specializing in sports medicine and orthopedics including pediatric strength training, performance enhancement, concussion management, gross motor control issues, and mild neurologic issues.  

Kevin has diverse experiences including clinical and academic experiences in dealing with pediatric sports injuries and orthopedic management.  We would be happy to be involved in helping you manage your caseload, by providing high quality care and excellent patient satisfaction to your patients.

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The information you are reading matters!

“4 quick tips to shirt busting arms” “5 foods that will boost your metabolism” “10 day instant shred”

We have all seen these headlines that the authors claim to have found the secrets of fitness and performance that we are all looking for.  However, in actuality these headlines are nothing more than click-bait to try and pass someone’s agenda onto the ignorance of the public. Headlines and articles like these lead me into something very important when scouring the Internet for information.  Where you get your information might be more important than what the information says.

So much of the fitness related industry and available information is not backed by scientific literature or proof. You will see through my posts that all of the information is referenced by peer reviewed research or textbooks.  I am going to try and break the trend of this click bait fitness information and provide with you proven information.

Any person who has dieted, worked out, or thought about either can relate to the little narrative I am about to tell, especially in their novice days.  There is one person with a good physique who is doing much more talking than actually lifting. Leaning against the dumbbell rack and shedding knowledge that was passed down from the founding fathers of bro science.  Telling other novice lifters the secrets to gaining muscle similarly to how it was told to them. While there is definitely some truth behind the folklore, some of it is exactly that, just misinterpreted information that has been passed down for generations.  Situations like I listed above occur everyday throughout the country and can be avoided if people payed attention to where they got their information.

The most important factor in sprint speed

How many speed gurus or trainers claim that they can make you faster through the addition of ladder drills or running sprints through the sand?! The answer is sadly a lot of them!

However all of these things are gimmicks.  Are there benefits to performing ladder drills? Absolutely. Will these ladder drills make you sprint faster? Absolutely not! Running in the sand is another gimmick that everyone claims will increase your sprint speed but in actuality will not. 

The most important thing and predictive factor to sprint speed is HORIZONTAL FORCE PRODUCTION.

For a little throwback to high school physics we are going to talk about forces.  Force is a vector, which means that it has both a magnitude and a direction.  The magnitude of force is the quantity or amount that is produced, usually measured in Newtons.  Where as the direction of force is the angle at which it is applied into the ground.

A study by Morin et al in 2011, looked at sprint performance to assess if there was any correlation between forces and sprint speed.  This study included 2 sprinters out of their 12 subjects.  Horizontal, vertical, and total forces were all measured in this study. The amount of net horizontal forces was calculated by subtracting brake forces from propulsive forces.

This study found that there is a direct correlation between the direction of force applied and the net horizontal force with sprint performance. The authors also concluded “the orientation of the total force applied onto the supporting ground during sprint acceleration is more important to performance than its amount”.

What does this mean for athletes who are trying to get faster?  It means that not only do you have to generate a significant amount of force, but you also must produce this force in the proper direction in order to increase sprint speed.

While exercises like squats, box jumps, and dead-lifts are great for increasing muscle strength and power, they will not help you get faster unless you learn how to produce forces in the proper direction.

References:

Morin, J., Edouard, P., & Samozino, P. (2011). Technical Ability of Force Application as a Determinant Factor of Sprint Performance. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise,43(9), 1680-1688. doi:10.1249/mss.0b013e318216ea37

How To Reduce Your Risk Of ACL Injury For Athletes

ACL injuries are one of the most common knee injuries for athletes, especially if you play sports like soccer or football or lacrosse. So what is the ACL? The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, in one of 4 important ligaments that help stabilize your knee. More specifically, the ACL helps stabilize your knee during cutting and pivoting motions.

ACL Injury Facts:

– ACL injury is most prevalent among young adults between the ages of 15-45, with 70% of injury coming from sporting activities.(1)
-Studies show that females are up to 8x greater risk for injury than their male counterparts (1)
So what does research say?
-Neuromuscular training can successfully reduce ACL injury by up to 81% (3)
-ACL prevention programs that are most successful include elements of stretching, strengthening, flexibility, neuromuscular control, and plyometric jumping exercises (4,5,6)
-The components of these programs can not only reduce risk of ACL injury, but may also improve sports performance (6)

What you can do to reduce your risk:

-The Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance Program, or PEP Program, has many components of the exercises that have been shown to reduce ACL injury. The program typically takes 15-20 minutes and is performed 3 times per week!
-Consult your Physical Therapist! Physical Therapists use screening tools to classify persons at most risk of ACL injury. PTs also provide in-depth prevention programs that you can perform to reduce your risk for injury.
As with any medical condition, it is important to understand that these recommendations are generalized. The most successful way to reduce risk for injury is to consult the proper medical professionals to individualize a program fit to your specific needs!

References
1) Griffin LY, Agel J, Albohm MJ, Arendt EA, Dick RW, Garrett WE, Garrick JG, Hewett TE, Huston L, et al. Noncontact Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries: Risk Factors and Prevention strategies. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2001;8:141-150
2) Sanders TL, Maradit KH, Bryan AJ, Larson DR, Dahm DL, Levy BA, Stuart MJ, Krych AJ. Incidence of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears and Reconstruction: A 21-Year Population-Based Study. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2016;44(6):1502-1507. doi: 10.1177/0363546516629944
3) Mandelbaum BR, Silvers HJ, Watanabe DS, et al. Effectiveness of a neuromuscular and proprioceptive training program in preventing anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female athletes: 2-year follow-up. Am J Sports Med 2005;33:1003–10.
4) Hewett TE, Lindenfeld TN, Riccobene JV, Noyes FR The effect of neuromuscular training on the incidence of knee injury in female athletes: a prospective study. Am J Sports Med 1999; 27:699– 706
5) Myklebust, Grethe et al. “Prevention Of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries In Female Team Handball Players: A Prospective Intervention Study Over Three Seasons”. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine 13.2 (2003): 71-78. Web
6) Hewett, T. E. “Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries In Female Athletes: Part 2, A Meta-Analysis Of Neuromuscular Interventions Aimed At Injury Prevention”. American Journal of Sports Medicine 34.3 (2005): 490-498. Web.