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Want Better Performance? Quit Stretching!

You know that pick-up basketball game you play every other month?  Before stepping onto the court to dominate the other 40-somethings with beer bellies, you do your usual 90-second stretching routine.  You sit down, spread your legs and, of course, keep your knees straight!  Gotta stretch those hamstrings, after all.  A few arm circles, 3 jumps in the air, and the proverbial calf stretch, and you are ready to go all Lebron James on your over-worked accountant friends. WRONG! Much of what the sporting world has long believed to be beneficial about proper stretching techniques may actually have the opposite effect.  You should never stretch cold muscles. Especially before an athletic competition!  But what about simple static stretches?  You know – the kind where you hold the stretch before a workout or competition?  Nope.  These actually decrease your strength, power, and performance! I can’t tell you how many times we went straight into stretching before football practice in high school.  Sports science has come a long way since then.  Always warm up first.  Always.  You DO need to stretch, but… Read more
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The Great Lies of Business Ownership

The evil rich.  Those much maligned 1%-ers.  They made their millions off the backs of the working poor, right?  Or, they inherited their parents money and spend their time globetrotting around the world like your typical trust-fund baby.  Maybe most of them are Wall Street types who in are bed with both Democrats and Republicans, embodying everything that is broken with government today.  Who knows, maybe they were just lucky? I mean, somebody has to win the lottery, right?  WRONG. Undoubtedly, there are people who meet the descriptions above.  If all you watch is cable news and social media, you might think virtually ALL rich people meet those descriptions.  The funny thing about the truth, though, is that it exists whether you know it or not.  Facts are facts, and ignorance doesn’t change them.  In their phenomenal #1 bestseller, The Millionaire Next Door, Drs Thomas Stanley and William Danko extensively document the profile of an average millionaire in America.  Among other things, they note the following: Average age = 57 Approximately 66% are self-employed Approximately 75% of self-employed are entrepreneurs… Read more
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Your Patient Said WHAT??

Are you in healthcare? Do you know anyone in healthcare? Chances are, you do. Or are. Or want to be. If you don’t know it yet, you are sitting on a gold mine of side-splitting stories about patients, their families, and other healthcare workers. For example, if you are fortunate enough to know an ER doctor or nurse, they’ve surely regaled you of the time they pulled a phallic shaped “whatever” out of “there.” It’s never the patient’s fault, you see. In the immortal words of Frank Costanza, “It was a million to one shot, doc. Million to one!” If you aren’t familiar with Seinfeld references, they’ll be used a lot here. Not all healthcare stories are quite as graphic, fortunately. Others are quite sad. I remember the one time in my physical therapy career that I called Adult Protective Services. While walking a patient through the home she shared with her sister, I noticed that the walls were coated with a strange coat of brown paint. It was irregular in its application, but liberal in its visibility. And then… Read more
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Medical Disclaimer: Dr Troy Hounshell is not a physician. He is a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy. And crusher of mediocrity. Nothing within this website should be construed as medical advice.