Athlete Injury

Take steps to avoid ankle sprains

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Athlete Injury, Exercise, Injury Prevention, Pain Relief | 0 comments

Take steps to avoid ankle sprains

With basketball season in full swing and winter weather affecting large areas of the country, it’s peak season for ankle sprains, one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries in the U.S. And yet Madras physical therapist Brock Monger says incidents of ankle sprains can be minimized through simple strength, balance and flexibility exercises. “Ankle sprains happens when your foot turns or twists beyond its normal range of motion due to a slip, trip or roll on an uneven surface, injuring the ligaments in in your ankle,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “A sprained ankle is...

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Parents: Be aware of the signs of sports injuries

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Athlete Injury, Concussion, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Parents: Be aware of the signs of sports injuries

As student-athletes head back to the practice fields late this summer, injuries are going to happen. Despite concerted efforts to reduce and prevent sports injuries, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT pointed out that it’s impossible to eliminate them from sports. So in order to ensure injuries are diagnosed and treated quickly, before they worsen, Monger said it’s paramount parents and guardians are able to quickly identify the signs of possible injury – ailments that aren’t always obvious during practice or competition, but which may manifest later on at home. “Whether it’s...

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’Tis the season for weekend fun runs

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Active & Aging, Athlete Injury, Exercise, Healthy Living, Physical Therapy, Seasonal | 0 comments

’Tis the season for weekend fun runs, charity 5Ks and multi-stage team relays like Bend’s Pole Pedal Paddle. But as recreation and competitive runners hit the roads and trails to prepare for upcoming events, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT, reminds us that avoiding common early season training mistakes can keep runners healthy and competitive throughout the season. “Plantar fasciitis, Achilles problems, knee pain and IT band friction syndrome are all common running injuries we see at the clinic, especially early in the season when people are training for races and getting their...

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Brains before Brawn: Be Aware of Concussion Symptoms this Sports Season

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Athlete Injury, Concussion, Injury Prevention, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

Buckle your chin straps. America’s favorite sports pastime is underway, and at its highest level more than 205 million fans are expected to tune in to watch the world’s hardest-hitting athletes square off week in and week out. And once again, despite who overachieves or under-delivers, you can be assured that player concussions will dominate headlines at key points throughout the 2014 season. After all, in the NFL during the 2013 season, teams reported a total 152 concussions on their injury reports. While that number may seem staggering, it’s a drop in the bucket when compared with the 1.6...

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When Training for the Slopes, Don’t Ignore Balance and Flexibility

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Athlete Injury, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

If Brock Monger, our co-founder and lead physical therapist here at Apex Physical Therapy in Madras, were to equate the way a typical winter sports enthusiast prepares for the season with how one prepares for a career, it would go something like this: College is like strength and cardio training. Just as everyone knows earning a degree is likely to better prepare you for life as a working professional, better strength and cardiovascular endurance is just as essential in improving performance, safety and enjoyment on the slopes. These conventions are nearly universally accepted. But in either...

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Apex Physical Therapy an Area Leader in Concussion Awareness

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Athlete Injury, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

During a high school football game last year between Madras and Redmond, Apex Physical Therapy co-owner and licensed athletic trainer Brock Monger, DPT, ATC, noticed the familiar signs of a potential concussion. The crack of helmets, a delay in getting up, a slight stumble, disorientation … to a trained eye, the symptoms of a concussion are difficult to miss, even from the sidelines. “I have about a three-second threshold,” Brock said. “If a player takes three seconds or more to get to his feet, I don’t hesitate – I’m on the field to check on his condition.” On this particular night, Brock...

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