Physical Therapy before surgery?

A very commonly asked question asked by patients planning on having surgery is, “Why would I do Physical Therapy before surgery?”

According to Chau “Joe” Phan (Director of Physical Therapy at MVP Sports Center & Physical Therapy), the stronger and more mobile you are before surgery, the shorter the rehabilitation time.  Simply being sedentary and waiting for your surgery can potentially hurt you in the long run. Chau points out that there are several variables that play into a person’s overall recovery time.  One ...

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Training and Dealing with the Stresses of Life

I love to coach athletes at all levels. The variety of fitness levels and motivations are so interesting. I have single athletes that have an undiluted focus on their career and sport. I also have single parents raising their families and still love to love to train. And the most amazing, I have athletes that have a career, 4 kids, a marriage, and still manage to train. How you ask? Well, that latter describes me. I have 4 kids under ...

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3 Speed Ladder Drills to Improve Sprinting Technique

A countless number of sports performance training tools are available today. One of the most versatile is the speed ladder. A speed ladder can be used to improve balance, coordination, quickness and neuromuscular efficiency. It can also be used to improve sprinting technique and mechanics.

Sprinting technique and mechanics play a big part in speed. If you lack sound technique, you will not be efficient and you will waste energy when sprinting, preventing you from reaching your potential top speed.

Below are ...

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3 Key Hamstring Stretches for Athletes

The typical sports career is fleeting, weighted heavily on an athlete’s youth. Injuries mean spending valuable time in the training room rehabbing instead of on the field making plays.

In many sports today, injured hamstrings are all too common. Hamstring muscles are vital to many athletic movements, like sprinting and changing direction; but these movements are most often involved in hamstring injuries.

With a proper flexibility program of hamstring stretches, athletes can make performance gains and greatly reduce their chance of injury. Here ...

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2012 National MS Society – Bay to Bay Ride for the Cure

On October 20th & 21st, 2012 the MVP Sports Center & Physical Therapy cycling team rode in the 100 and 150 mile Bay to Bay Bike Tour that started in Irvine and finished in Mission Bay, San Diego.  During the process, our team set out to raise money to benefit the National MS Society.  Through the generous contributions of many people, we were able to raise almost $5000!  We would like to thank each and every person who supported us ...

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MVP Parent Guide to Performance Training

I believe that when a parent and their athlete are starting out, there are a couple topics that need to be covered to maximize your experience here at MVP.

Time Commitment

MVP parents need to take into account the time commitment that it takes for a successful training program. Each piece of the MVP training puzzle (Force, Velocity, Power, Private and Youth), needs its own about of time during the week. It breaks down as follows:

• MVP’s Force Program (lifting only)

  •  2 hours ...
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When to Start Youth Performance Training

Things to think about when starting your youth sports performance program

I have sat before hundreds of youth athletes and their parents. I believe that when someone comes into this setting, there are many misconceptions about what type of training we do and how we do it. So in this piece, I hope to clear up some issues that parents may have by presenting some scenarios and possible resolutions.

Tired Timmy

Tired Timmy is the kid I see that comes into his evaluation ...

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Feet Hurt?

Why Do the Bottom of my Feet Hurt??

A foot problem that becomes more prominent during the summer months is plantar fascitis. Plantar fascitis occurs when the band of tissues that run from the heel along the arch of the foot becomes inflamed, causing tissue degeneration or formation of bone spurs. Symptoms include pain in your heel or arch when you walk. It is typically worse early in the morning, with your first few steps out of bed, and then again ...

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Youth Training – Know the Facts!

At MVP, we enhance the fundamental and foundational tools needed to increase a young athlete’s game. While setting the stage for more advanced levels of development down the road, we specifically address age, gender, ability, sport and position when implementing the program design.

Our youth group program is specifically designed to help young athletes increase their athleticism. Focus is placed on proper mechanics, body control and balance while addressing speed, strength, agility, power production and fitness.

Youth training must be designed specifically ...

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Help, Wii Fit told me I was overweight!

 I have been training clients since 2002 at MVP Sports Center & Physical Therapy. Through these years I have had one issue that transcends every type of client. That issue is the concept of being overweight.  The official definition from the Center for Disease Control is as follows: “Overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have ...

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