The role of the brain in physical performance…it’s more than you think

Anyone who has participated in an athletic event who was trying to seriously beat the other contestants knows of exercise fatigue, a.k.a. “hitting the wall” or “bonking”. Your legs feel like lead, you can’t breathe fast enough for your oxygen starved body and your heart feels like it’s going to explode. Is it the same […]

Practice makes perfect

I have been a student of the guitar since I was 14. You would think by now I could play like Jimi Hendrix but no surprise I’m not even close (or in the same universe as he).  To my defense I was never able to devote tons of time to practice, not that it would […]

Why aren’t I making more progress in therapy?

When a person has a brain injury or neurologic dysfunction, treatment needs to address the structures producing the motor dysfunction. Movement comes from the interaction of multiple systems including those related to sensation, cognition and motor planning.  Research that began in the 1930’s described two ways motor control can go awry: 1) the release of […]

Football and head trauma….

Football and head trauma…is it really that bad??? I get asked my opinion on this quite often, given my line of work. Many things in life are in the “grey zone”. For example, someone is deciding what college to attend. They consider the pluses and minuses of each college, cost, reputation, academic standing and make […]

My (not so graceful) almost fall off a ladder…

Looking at these pictures makes me dizzy, especially after a near accident while using them to paint my house. More on that later.  A study published in 2014 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report  found that falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury mortality nationwide, and 43 percent of fatal falls in the […]