Tales of a New Grad PT

Hey Fit Nerd fans! Sorry for my hiatus from the blog, but life is busy as a new grad PT! I began working my first PT job back in June of this year and so far it has been a whirlwind trying to get accustomed to full-time clinical life. All you new grads out there…

The Idiot’s Guide to Therapeutic Alliance

*This article is geared toward clinicians and students – however, I think it’s also beneficial for everyone to read. If you’ve ever been, or are ever going to be, a client/patient of a physical therapist, this might tell you what to look for when you’re choosing a provider!  When I showed up on the first…

Your Mental Health Matters

We’re inundated with happiness here in the developed world.  Every other tweet in my feed is an inspirational quote, every magazine cover advertises tips for “your happiest self”, the self-help section at Barnes and Noble gets bigger every year, and everywhere, EVERYWHERE we’re reminded to “look at the positives” and “happiness is something you create”…

The Best and Worst of Fall Running

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – at least, fall has always been my favorite season! Crisp air, cooler temps, gorgeous colors, and pumpkin spice everything (yeah, I’m that girl…).  Fall has also always been my favorite season for running, for many reasons, but there are also some things you need to watch…

Beyond Bulk: The Many Ways to Strength Train!

I’m a firm believer that EVERYONE needs to engage in some form of strength training. Whether you’re under age 10 or over age 70, male or female, fit or not, and regardless of what sport or recreational activity you engage in, and regardless of whether you have an illness or an injury – you need…

Overcoming Perfectionism as a New Grad PT

Today’s post comes from physical therapist Michelle Morrow, DPT, OCS. Michelle has been practicing in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy for 4 years and currently works for Bellin Health in Escanaba, MI. She is also residency-trained in orthopedic manual physical therapy through Evidence in Motion. I contacted Michelle for some words of advice with some things that…

What to Eat for Post-Run Recovery

There’s no arguing that proper nutrition is key to running performance and recovery from workouts.  But what does “proper nutrition” actually look like?  Where do sports drinks fit in?  Did you earn that donut because you ran an extra mile? The truth is, good post-run nutrition is going to look a little different for every…

Running Gait Analysis: What to Expect

As a runner, you’ve likely thought a lot about your “form”.  You’ve likely read in Runner’s World or Running Times about how certain adjustments to form might improve your efficiency or delay fatigue…ultimately improving your performance and/or reducing your risk of injury. I like to think of performance and injury as one big continuum.  Improving…

Take it With a Grain of Salt: Hyponatremia Risk in Endurance Athletes

Most of us endurance athletes are health-conscious people.  We sweat every day.  Boatloads of sweat.  We drink tons of water.  We eat our veggies.  All good things right?  Maybe, maybe not.  Sometimes, our health conscious habits get us into trouble and can actually be a detriment to our training.  Especially this obsession we have with…

Train Less, Rest More: An Alternative Approach to Fitness

The past month or so I’ve had an enlightening experience in regards to training that I’d like to share. I’ve started working with Jim Laird, an excellent strength and conditioning coach in Lexington, KY who has really opened my eyes to a different perspective on training. I’d like to preface this by saying that I’m not…