[Video] Quick Chat with Tyler Paturel

Have you met Tyler?

I’m super excited to introduce my new on-going video series: Quick Chat. They are meant to be short and fun videos that provide food for thought, industry specific insight and guidance.

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[Podcast] Meet Kathlyn Hossack

Meet Kathlyn Hossack, a recent graduate from the AT program at the University of Winnipeg. She is a blogger and regular writer for an international online magazine called “Heels Down” and has been featured on the CATA news letter several times. The reason I asked Kathlyn Hossack to sit down with me (at least virtually) is because I am blown away by her ability to combine her passion of equestrianism and Athletic Therapy. In terms of “finding a niche”, a topic that I talk about frequently, Kathlyn has been able to focus most (if not all) of her energy into the equestrian target market: biomechanics, injury prevention and tackling chronic back pain that is prevalent in riders. A great inspiration for students who are unsure about their direction or to any AT who is struggling to discover their place in the industry.

Check out Kathlyn’s:

blog: https://katmahtraining.wordpress.com/
twitter: https://twitter.com/katbee13
(Let her know that you listened to this interview and support her by using #rebuildingtheequestrian and #ATC03)

I apologize about the poor quality of audio — there is some glitching from my poor internet connection.

[Podcast] Kendra’s Clinic: Systems and Tools

In this episode we sit down with Kendra Toothill from ToothillPerformance.com, based in Edmonton, Alberta. We discuss the strategies, tactics and systems she uses to run her business. If you are interested in running your own buisness you should definitely check this podcast out. The episode is approximately 30 minutes long.

Price Anxiety

What is Price Anxiety?

Price anxiety is a term that I use to describe feelings of uncertainty and insecurity that Athletic Therapists (or anyone selling themselves, for that matter) can experience while discussing or deciding how they would like to price themselves.

Here are a few reason why some ATs suffer from price anxiety:

  • Insecurity or doubt about your skills or abilities
  • Unaware of the true value of the service you provide
  • Developed to please everyone… but yourself

If you are an AT who experiences anxiety due to pricing, you can probably identify with at least one of the points above. Don’t fret, you are not alone. [Read more…]

Pricing Strategies for Athletic Therapists

“How much do you charge for your services?”

If you still cringe (at least internally) when you hear those words, then you are not alone. It doesn’t matter if you are newly certified or a 5 year veteran, the topic of price always seems to come up in discussions between all Athletic Therapists — especially those running their own businesses.

But who can blame us? Pricing is arguably the most important component of your business.
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Clinical Pearls: The Squat with Kendra Toothill CAT(C), CSCS, NKT®, FMS

This week’s tip is written by our regular contributor, Kendra Toothill (@toothillperform). Here she discusses her strategy in assessing a patients’ squat and how to determine/deduce where the dysfunction or limitation is coming from. I know i’ll be using this with my patients from now on. Thanks Kendra! -Thomas

During the functional movement section of my assessment, I almost always include a simple squat. This gives me a lot of global clues to where mobility may be lacking and which muscle dysfunctions may be present. At a glance, the squat is assessing mobility of the spine, particularly the thoracic spine, the pelvis, the hips, the knees and the ankles (in the sagittal plane). Lack of mobility could be the cause of several things, for example it could be:

  • muscles tightness causing too much bony proximity
  • poor arthrokinematics,
  • poor alignment of their center of mass
  • lack of motor control
  • injury compensation patterns
  • insufficient stability elsewhere in the chain
  • disease

The list goes on. I have found one simple method to detect whether the lack of mobility is coming from the hip and whether the cause is poor arthrokinematics or muscle tightness within that hip socket. After they perform a normal squat several times, I ask them to lie on their back and bring their legs up as if they were performing a squat with their legs in the air. I note the differences in ROM and movement in this position vs. standing. Next I take both feet into my hand and push on the feet and act as the “ground” and push them into a deeper squat (if range was insufficient in first attempt). I note if a correct squat depth is achieved by me pushing on their feet and note the movement and ROM here.
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Clinical Pearls: The Single Leg Stance with Kendra Toothill CAT(C), CSCS, NKT®, FMS

This week’s tip is written by my old friend Kendra Toothill (@toothillperform). Here she discusses a quick 1 minute assessment strategy she uses on her patients’ by observing their movement during the one leg-stance. Great stuff to add into your daily practice ladies and gents — be sure to leave your comments/questions below. -Thomas

The Single-Leg stance is an important assessment tool I use with every client, primarily to determine potential dysfunctions of the lower body and hips (and even the upper body!). Starting my observation at the foot, I ask the patient to balance on one leg and observe for 20 to 30 seconds. After waiting 5 to 10 seconds, the patient will reach equilibrium which then opens up an opportunity to gauge the foot’s preferential position. [Read more…]

Is Athletic Therapy Awkward?

A friend of mine recently referred to Athletic Therapy as “awkward”.  Now, before you get your fanny pack in a bunch, he didn’t mean it in a negative way. The conversation came up during his chiropractic visit. The chiropractor explained that until we get recognition we will always be struggling and never have a solid position within the healthcare industry. Now, I don’t know what else was said, but my friend did mention that he spoke highly of our skills. I’ll leave the discussion of government regulation for another post, but lets try and understand why anyone would think that the AT profession is awkward.

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