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Which Bones, Joints and Muscles Do You Want to Keep?

Chances are you’ve come across the old dental health adage: “Floss the teeth you want to keep.” The first time you spotted this sign in a dental office or heard the phrase uttered word-for-word by the dentist probably elicited a giggle or a snarky remark. But once the humor of it washed away, you more than likely had an a-ha moment. It just makes so much sense, doesn’t it?

Let’s try to apply this principle to other parts of the human body: What if you only stretched the muscles you wanted to keep? What if you performed weight-bearing exercises to maintain the strength of just a few of your more than 200 muscles? This is an extreme example, of course, but without the guidance of a physical therapist, it’s possible that some parts of your musculoskeletal system may be inadvertently neglected.

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Ankle Sprains, Part 1

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in American high school athletes, occurring over 300,000 times per year. Ankle injuries rates are highest in sports that combine jumping near others and rapid direction changes while running. The winter sports of basketball and wrestling certainly place strong and dynamic stress on the ankles, making this a good time to consider how to handle ankle sprains if they occur to you or someone on your team. 

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