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Extol Award | Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot – Official Rules

THE EXTOL AWARDS OFFICIAL RULES | Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot



How to Enter: All entrants must be a legal business entity with an established employer tax ID number. The entity must have a legal food and beverage (beer and wine only is acceptable) license.  Any person can enter any business name for nomination.  All nominations (besides advertising partners that automatically get into the finals) are confidential until after nominations process is complete. If a nominated business chooses not to be involved in the finals, they can pull out of public voting and contest would enter the next eligible nomination. Employees ­(and immediate family members of said employees) of Extol Magazine are not eligible to participate.

To nominate a venue for the Extol Award 2017: Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot, go to If you have any trouble finding the form to nominate, please send an email to  A nomination by email will only be accepted if troubleshooting was unsuccessful and a confirmation email is sent confirming your nomination.

Only one nomination entry per IP address.

The Prize: Extol Award for Kentuckiana’s Best Sports Spot will be featured on the cover of Extol Sports which will include a multi-page spread in the October 2017 issue and the opportunity to host the Extol Sports October Game Day party.

Effective Date of Nominations: Online nominations starts August 10, 2017, at 12 p.m. and ends on September 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.; no exceptions.

Selection of Finalists: The top five (5) nominees that receive the most online nominations will move on to the finals along with all qualifying advertising partners eligible to move to the finals as well.

By purchasing an advertising package with Extol Sports, advertising partners bypass the public nomination process and automatically will be entered into the finals. Said purchase does not affect how top three finalists and the Grand Prize Winner are chosen.

Notification of Finalists and Grand Prize Winner: The three (3) finalists that rank highest among all finalists will be contacted by and Extol Magazine representative before 12 p.m. September 4, 2017.

The Grand Prize Winner will be selected, through public voting on via voting form, which will start at 12 p.m. September 4, 2017, and end at 11:59 p.m. on September 11, 2017. The Grand Prize Winner will be contacted by a representative of Extol Sports on September 12, 2017.  The photo shoot must be set up for either September 13, 14 or 15 of 2017.

Other conditions:  All finalists agree to participate, at no additional cost, in any and all public relations, social media, marketing or advertising of the Extol Award. This may include the use of your name, your likeness or current photographs and descriptions of your business. These conditions also apply to the Top Three Finalists and Grand Prize Winner selected.

Names, addresses and email addresses that are gathered through this award process will not be used for solicitation or sold to a third party for solicitation or released to a third party for any purpose other than that of the Extol Award.

Indemnification: Finalist, by accepting their nomination, agrees to release and hold Extol Magazine, its employees, directors, shareholders, representatives, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies harmless for any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Extol Award including without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage and claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy.      Developed 08/9/17


Money Matters | Episode 5: College Prep 101


Are you (parents) prepared to send your child away to college?  Not so much mentally, but are you fully prepared legally and have you prepared your child financially?
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Inspire | July 2017

Take a moment to stop and smell the roses – or strike a pose.”
–Erica Weddle


Photo of Erica Weddle, who is a personal trainer and yoga instructor in Nashville, Ind., was taken on the Big Four Bridge by Nick Tannehill


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Buck The Trend: Let Your Kids Play ALL The Sports

By Howie Lindsey

When you hear the word diversity what comes to mind?

Skin tones? Political opinions? Socio-economic class?

Let’s add another: Athletics.

And no, for this article we aren’t addressing the importance of racial or cultural diversity within athletics teams, but rather the need for athletes to experience diversity in training methods and sports as they mature.

In covering college athletics for more than a decade, there are few words that elicit such a negative response as this one: Specialization.

What is specialization? Specialization, specifically sport specialization, is the increasingly common trend of young athletes picking one particular sport and training for that sport year-round. A nine-year-old seems to be particularly good at throwing a baseball so they work on pitching for 10-20 hours per week for the next eight straight years. With the potential for millions of dollars in professional contracts on the line, it is tempting for parents to become hyper-focused on a particular sport or activity for their child. Personal trainers are hired, camps are hyper-focused and the young athlete’s trajectory as a collegiate star is set in steel much like a freight train on the track heading toward a particular destination.

Anecdotal – and scientific – evidence suggests that specialization may be a mistake. College coaches will tell you the same.

Dozens of coaches at the elite college level – coaches like Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino, soccer coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes, baseball coach Dan McDonnell – not only have a distaste for sport specialization, they seem to prefer athletes who don’t specialize.

Longtime NFL veterans Eric Wood (Buffalo Bills) and Breno Giacomini (Houston Texans) came to Louisville as two-sport high school stars, playing basketball each winter after football season was complete. Former Louisville stars Michael Bush and Brian Brohm played three sports in high school. Bush now has a single-digit handicap in golf and is a ridiculously good bowler.

Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng has been praised for his elite foot quickness for a 7-footer, and Dieng directly credits his youth as a soccer player.

Some of the best skill position players in Louisville’s current football program also ran track to increase speed and body-awareness. In women’s soccer and rowing, the top athletes are almost always multi-sport stars in high school.

And it’s not just Louisville coaches who prefer multi-sport athletes. At the professional level, we frequently hear pro coaches praise an athletes body awareness and balance, typically crediting participation in multiple sports other than their current profession.

How big of an issue is sport specialization? The NBA, led by NBA Vice President Kiki VanDeWeghe and NBA Director of Sports Medicine John DiFiori, published an op-ed in USA Today essentially encouraging kids to play something other than just basketball: “So what can we do about a youth sports culture that increasingly pressures boys and girls to play one sport year-round and causes parents to feel that their child will be left behind if they don’t go along? For starters, young athletes should … be exposed to multiple sports. …Avoid playing a single sport competitively year-round … and focus on skills development rather than structured competition.”

That sentiment distilled in its simplest form? Diversity is best.

Medicine agrees. In a paper published in 2013 in the Sports Health discipline in the National Library of Medicine, a group of five doctors led by Neeru Jayanthi concluded: “For most sports, there is no evidence that intense training and specialization before puberty are necessary to achieve elite status.”

Further, that study found “Risks of early sports specialization include higher rates of injury, increased psychological stress, and quitting sports at a young age.”

There are certainly many examples of child prodigies who become superstar pros – golfers like Tiger Woods and Ricky Fowler, dozens of tennis stars, figure skaters and, of course, gymnastics.

But a 2007 study of 4,000 Olympic athletes found that the average starting age in their chosen sport was 11.5 years old. That’s after some American families have made the decision to forgo all other sports and concentrate on one particular sport.

A study of 708 minor league professional baseball players showed that although their mean starting age was 6 years old, the players’ mean age of specializing in baseball was 15 years. The majority (52 percent) didn’t concentrate on baseball full time until the age of 17.

As a parent, you can take two things from all this:

1. Your fifth-grader can pick up a new sport tomorrow and still be an Olympian.

2. To be a success at the college or professional level, you do not need to play one sport year-round throughout high school.


Are Ticks Worse This Year?

And step-by-step instructions on removing those pesky (and potentially dangerous) bugs

By Joe Hall, Norton Children’s Prevention and Wellness

A colleague of mine was recently traumatized after she found a tick on her head. She discovered it while driving and, in a moment of panic, ripped it off and tried to drown it in her coffee (not the recommended way to kill a tick, by the way). This sparked a conversation in the office: Why do ticks seem to be so bad this year?

Mike Schardein, M.S., environmental biologist, with the Kentucky Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning, told me the tick population isn’t necessarily higher, but the mild winter is bringing them out earlier than normal.

“We really needed a string of days with temperatures in the 20s or below, and we didn’t get it,” Schardein said. “Plus, this warm spring also is drawing people and pets outside, leading to early contact.”

This means parents already need to be extra vigilant, as ticks are known to carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Libby Wilson Mims, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Shepherdsville, explains how to spot ticks and remove them safely.

“Ticks are all different sizes, so giving your child and yourself a good once-over at the end of a day outside is important,” Dr. Mims. “This can be done during bath time for children or when getting cleaned up and ready for bed.”

Most ticks can be seen relatively easily, but they do like to hide on the scalp under hair and warmer areas such as armpits. Dr. Mims advises that parents look for black bumps on the skin and scalp.

If you spot a tick, use the tried-and-true method to remove it.

“Home remedies are not recommended,” Dr. Mims said. “The old wives’ tales of using petroleum jelly, dish soap and other strategies are not as effective and can cause skin irritation.”


1. Get the tweezers as close to the head of the tick as possible.

2. Pull directly up and away from the skin to remove the tick. If you have a tight hold of it, it should come out intact, including the head. Do not pull the body of the tick, because squeezing the body can allow the tick to regurgitate the contents back into the bite, possibly causing infection. It also increases the chance the head will detach and stay imbedded in the skin.

3. If sections of the mouthparts of the tick remain in the skin, they should be left alone. They normally will be expelled naturally.

4. Wash the affected area with warm soap and water once you have removed the tick

5. Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.

In rare cases, swelling and redness may develop at the site of the bite — a sign there could be an infection. If that happens, see your physician for possible treatment, which may include an antibiotic.

“If further symptoms develop, such as fever, body aches, headache or rash — specifically a bull’s eye-shaped rash around the bite — seek immediate medical treatment,” Dr. Mims said. “These may be symptoms of Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.”

Lyme disease is rare in our area, but the risk for Rocky Mountain spotted fever is higher. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rocky Mountain spotted fever diagnoses are highest among males, American Indians and people age 40 and older.

“Most tick bites are usually painless, and about half of the people who develop Rocky Mountain spotted fever do not remember being bitten,” Dr. Mims said. “The disease frequently begins with a sudden onset of fever and headache resulting in a visit to the doctor during the first few days of symptoms. Because early symptoms may be nonspecific, several visits may occur before the diagnosis is made and correct treatment begins.”


The Final Say | The Offseason: Where We Celebrate Sports Hope

By Zach McCrite

To the regular human, there are four seasons.

And here we are, embarking on one of those seasons: summer. The sun shines (usually), the temperature is hot (most of the time) and the kids are out of school (have fun, parents).

That’s to the regular human being.

However, to most of you who would bother to flip to this back page to read the thoughts of this mind-wandering gasbag, there may be only three seasons.

Regular season. Postseason. Offseason.

And for a sea of fans wearing the Cardinal Red or the Wildcat Blue or the Hoosier Crimson who love their football or basketball, we are in the longest of those three seasons: the offseason.

Of course, it’s a bummer for most of you to not have actual games going on during the offseason. I feel the same way. The offseason drags when you don’t have something to look forward to watching.

But, especially with the advances in technology over the last decade and a half, many people have cashed in on your offseason boredom.

Offseason is now the recruiting season.

Many of you out there get so fired up this time of year. You want to know where the top prospects are going to go to school. You marvel at their ability to shake a defender or get fancy with their moves. With every “ooh” and “ahh” they make you belt out, you become more and more like a child who sees bubbles being blown for the first time.

You hope they go to your favorite team. You hope they shun the enemy.

And you create this vision of your team with that recruit on it, even though, except in the rarest of cases (perhaps like local basketball star Romeo Langford), you’ve only seen a 2-minute YouTube clip of any high-profile recruit’s very best moments from his high school career.

Don’t lie. You’ve done this. I’ve done it, too.

The offseason feels good. New players come in. Veteran players get healthy, fans get excited, and at some schools (ahem, Indiana) you get a new coach as a cherry on top. Every year, it feels like a new beginning.

And new beginnings spawn hope. Lots of hope. We hope with the “hopiest” of hopes. And it gives us the warm-and-fuzzies.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like to hope, too. But I’m over this particular kind of hoping.

Too many times I’ve looked at that YouTube clip, I’ve looked at the recruiting rankings scattered all over the internet, I’ve imagined that awesome recruit on my favorite team. You have too.

And when that player shows interest in coming to play for our school, we tell our friends, “This is the guy.”

And like more summer beverages into summer beverage cooler, the recruiting services toss hope into our summer party. Even if our team is truly terrible, we start to believe anyway. Because “what if,” right?

Then, after the hopeful “offseason,” the best players commit to colleges all over the land and some of them may even go to your school.

And now it’s time for regular season. Ya know, actual games! And those recruits start playing in our favorite team’s jersey. And, it’s not nearly what we imagined. We were fantasizing about unicorns and lollipops and national championships. Instead, we got less than that. Almost every time.

Let me let you in on a little secret: the same thing happens with your favorite team as well.

In other words, all that chatter about those recruits coming in – it’s a ruse. It’s us being tricked into thinking that “this might be the year.” We fall for it every time.

And, hey, every once in a blue moon, it IS our year. Sometimes our favorite team got the right mix of new recruits and old savvy vets and the coach works his wizardry and — voila — we are the champions! But, it’s hard to win a national championship.

Only one team does. And come to find out, that mixtape someone threw on the internet about the recruit that ended up at your school? Well, turns out that guy, along with every other college recruit, makes mistakes on the floor (and sometimes off the floor, too). The guy who produced the video failed to get those mistakes into that mixtape, I guess (wink, wink).

And then the regular season ends, the postseason ends, and here we are in the offseason again.

And we rinse and we repeat. Because next year might be the year.

Look, if this is what you want to do, more power to you. I’m not saying you’re wrong for doing it. I’m just saying that, for me, it feels like an exercise in futility.

I’m not trying to be “Debbie Downer.” Far from it. I just have no idea what my team is going to look like even if we got every great recruit in the country to come to my team.

Newsflash: neither do you.

And in all honesty, the recruiting services out there that tell us how good each recruit is at basketball, they’re guessing too, albeit with more information.

Shoot, even the millionaire head coaches have whiffed on highly-touted recruits. Louisville fans remember Carlos Hurt. Kentucky had Daniel Orton. Indiana and Hanner Parea parted.

Yet, here we are, having seen very little of these college-bound kids ever shoot a basketball or catch a football, and we’re convinced that we’ll go far if they sign to play with our school.

Combine all of this with the fact that we’re grown adults following around kids who are barely old enough to drive.

Ah, you smell that? That breezy morning air? That fresh coffee? It’s that time of year.

There may be four seasons for Jane and John Doe and family. But, for the basketball- or football-crazed fanatic, there are only three.

And we’re in the longest season right now. The offseason.

It’s hopeful. And annoying.


Get a Glimpse | Bonnie Walker-Armstrong

Photo by David Harrison

I refer to my age generically as 55 + because I refuse to encourage people to define or limit me based on a number.

I am formally trained as an attorney, but I am currently pursuing my interests and ministry as a consultant, motivational speaker and coach in lifestyle enhancement.

gg2Since 2006, the Louisville Athletic Club (LAC) has provided me with a solid facility for obtaining group fitness classes and self-directed floor exercises. Equally if not more important, it has also given me an extended family to join and support my journey to a healthier life. I have established genuine relationships with young men who are my “second sons” and women who are my sisters from another mother. When I feel 55+ or my motivation is lagging, I can always look to them to cheer me on. Likewise, I encourage them in their exercise efforts and use my years to provide guidance on non-exercise matters to help them achieve the best life possible.

As a two-time cancer survivor who learned that obesity is a great risk factor for cancer, I am blessed to have maintained an 80 to 90 pound weight loss for the past 11 years. I am also pleased that in September 2016 I rode 100 miles in the Bike to Beat Cancer event that raised funds for cancer research and programs in this community. Realizing I have advanced degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis, I believe God enabled me to complete that feat to inspire others to step out of their comfort zones to live life to its fullest.

A current and immediate challenge is that I have had to modify my exercise program because of being in a car accident last December. Often I experience some discomfort, but I have decided that modification instead of termination is the key to this life reality. As long as my therapists agree I am functioning at a level where I am not aggravating my situation, I will continue with a modified workout program.

Additionally, for the rest of my life I will face the challenge of being a “foodaholic.” Just like alcoholism it is a life time condition, but unlike an alcoholic, I have to deal with food daily in order to live. However, learning how to realign my food choices and putting structure into my relationship with food along with maintaining an exercise program are the best opponents for my demon.

God, my immediate family (especially my son)and my extended LAC family are my biggest supporters in this journey. Years ago, my son took a bold move to share that he was angry at me because I was killing myself with my poor food habits and inactivity. That proved to be a major change motivator for me.

My advice to someone who wants to improve his or her chances for a healthier life is to stop looking at the exercise infomercials like movies and salivating at the claims of easy and overnight weight loss for the supplements featured in many magazines. Understand that improving your health does not come immediately, but it is possible if you decide you are important enough to make the sacrifices and put in the time. Instead of continuing to talk about it, just get up and do it. Start out in a place like LAC where you can be in a community of people who are attacking the problems you need to address. It’s not too late until God says your time is up!

My fitness plan includes exercise five to six days a week and a changed way of eating. My meals are low fat with adequate protein from chicken, turkey, cheese or vegetable protein and a lot of vegetables and fruits. I have learned that I can still have a good quantity to my meals without a lot of calories when I eliminate the fatty meats and increase my vegetables and use fruit as a regular part of the meal.

I also incorporate physical activity into vacations and my life generally whenever possible. I love dancing, Zumba and Refit weekend events, riding my bike, walking in the park and I even challenge a friend on the basketball court on occasion. I am trying to stay fit by eating healthy and moving at every chance I can.


Taste the “Real” Rainbow

By Adam & Kristen Kleinert

Summertime is the perfect time to up your fresh food game. Farmers markets are springing up, roadside stands are abundant and the fresh fruits and veggies at the supermarket are beautiful.

A delicious change from the produce we’re forced to purchase in the colder months (we live in the Midwest after all), the fresh fruit this time of year is sweeter and the vegetables are much tastier. Time to take advantage.

A couple of years ago, when the kids were home from school for the summer and accompanying Mom to the grocery, Dad came up with an idea to make the shopping-with-kids experience a bit more fun and interactive. Hence, the birth of “The Color Game.” (It’s a lame name, we know, but our kids were smaller when we came up with it and now, it’s stuck. You can come up with something way more creative at your house!) The game gave the kids a stake in what we purchased in the produce section at the grocery. In addition, it often required us to explore new recipes and methods for enjoying fresh food.

The premise was simple: Before we’d leave the house, Dad assigned each kid a color. When we made it to the fresh produce section of the supermarket, they had to choose an item to take home that was a shade of the color they’d been designated. One stipulation existed: When Mom or Dad decided to serve each person’s chosen item at our family dinner table, they had to try it.

This summer, the FamFitter family is resurrecting The Color Game and we encourage you to try it with your own family. Here’s a quick guide to getting it started and a couple of points you may want to think about before introducing it to your household.

The Basic Idea

Each child is assigned a color. They must pick an item from the fresh produce section of the market in their assigned color.

If you’ve got less than adventurous eaters, it’s good to start off with items they already like or have at least tried before. You can always let them choose something more adventurous a couple of trips in, but you want them to enjoy the experience enough that they want to participate in the process repeatedly.

Now, when you’re ready to shake things up a little, along with assigning a color include a short list of “typical” produce from which they may not choose. This is a great way to introduce new items to the family table and it ups the fun factor by encouraging kids to think out of the box. For instance, if you assign the color red, make strawberries and red peppers off limits. You’ll end up with a more unique item in your grocery cart and your family will have to branch out a little from its comfort zone.

How It Has Worked For Us

Overall, this has proved to be a fun way for our family to “adventure” into new tastes and recipes. Our crew loves to be involved and is definitely more enthusiastic about trying something new if they feel like they were included in the decision itself.

We’ve found that making a list of “off limits” items is helpful in keeping our kiddos from choosing the same old apples and oranges.

We haven’t always loved every piece of produce they’ve chosen, however. Once, when the assignment was “orange,” we came home with a horned melon that was met with less than enthusiastic taste buds. But, the kids enjoyed picking it out due to the crazy shape and texture of its appearance and, while we’ve never purchased one since, it was worth a try.

Unlike the horned melon, some items have been much more of hit and we’ve discovered new recipes along the way that have become family favorites.

With Color Comes Nutrients

Now, we have four children. If we assign each a different color for a trip to the farmers market or grocery store, we’re going to end up with a variety of color in our shopping bag. Depending on the number of kiddos in your family, you may want to plan accordingly by assigning two colors to each or supplementing with options in other hues when filling your basket. It’s important not to stay monochromatic.

A colorful plate of food not only looks beautiful; it’s usually packed with nutrients. (Not if it’s full of cupcakes, of course, but you get the drift.) Implementing a fun plan to put a variety of produce on your family’s plates is an ideal way to eat a rainbow of healthy foods. The colors in fruits and veggies are indicators of nutrition – and each color represents different vitamins and minerals. You can find a wealth of information concerning this topic, but we’ve included a basic list of produce colors and their nutritional value.

RED = Lycopene; decreases the risk of heart disease and certain forms of cancer

ORANGE = Beta-carotene; converts to Vitamin A and contributes to immune health

YELLOW = Carotenoids; like orange foods, boosts immune health

GREEN = Vitamins, Lutein, Zeaxanthin; strengthens bones, muscles, and brains and promotes healthy vision

BLUE/PURPLE = Anthocyanins; improves cardiovascular health and prevents memory loss

We hope your family will take a crack at its own version of The Color Game this growing season. This simple idea is an effective way to enjoy colorful, fresh produce in fun way while involving your kids in the process.


Excuses Are Like…

By Angie Fenton

I recently saw before and after photos of a 40-something-year-old woman who had gained more than 60 pounds while pregnant and, a year later, was fitter than she’d ever been. You go girl, I thought, feeling inspired by her success.

And then I saw she was a mother of five, worked full-time, active in her church, a member of several charity boards and cared for her home in a way that would make Martha Stewart proud.

Suddenly, my inspiration turned to embarrassment. If she could juggle all of that and get into the best shape of her life, what was wrong with me? That’s when the excuses started flowing.

There aren’t enough hours in the day.

I’ve got to do the laundry and vacuum the house.

I’ll work out tomorrow.

I have to work late.

I have to get to work super early.

I have an online video meeting.

I am SO exhausted.

I need to sleep.

I’ll start next week.

I am overwhelmed.

I have to take care of the dogs and cats.

I’ll get back to it just as soon as __________ is over.

If I work out in the morning/night, that’s not fair to my husband. How is he supposed to get ready for work with a toddler and six animals who need us both?

I’ll start my workout and diet regimen again as soon as I get rid of these allergies.

My daughter needs my time.

I just can’t right now. But I will soon. Seriously. I mean it. I will be back at it soon. I committed to getting fit. I started getting fit. I lost weight. I began to get healthier. And then I didn’t, and I started to make excuses and accepted where I was.

I’d done enough. I’d lost weight.

I’m fine where I am, with who I am.

I can’t fit in anything else in my day.

I need a day off.

My family/colleagues/pets need me and THAT is my priority.

But here’s the thing: Excuses are like opinions — everybody has them. The aforementioned ones? They’re all mine. I have made every excuse in the book and then some to stop me from my goal of getting fit so I can live a longer life with my child, husband and those I love.

“I may not be ready to compete in a bodybuilding contest in October like I’d hoped, but I am ready to start anew,” I text my trainer Ryan Schrink. “It’s time to go hard and heavy. My heart and soul and health need this.”

No excuses this time.


Do The Work: Why Physical Therapy Is Important

By Mary Wolf Detwiler | Courtesy Photo

Each year, millions of people utilize physical therapy services. So we sat down with Chad Garvey, clinic director for KORT Louisville Downtown, to ask him why it’s so important.

Extol Magazine: How long have you been studying physical therapy?

Chad Garvey: I’ve been a formal, licensed physical therapist for 17 years, but studying technically close to 20.

Extol: In your estimation, what are the top reasons patients end up in physical therapy?

Garvey: The biggest reason … is due to pain. That pain can come from a variety of reasons or a variety of circumstances, some of which being post-operative, some being sports injuries or some being pain that’s just developed over time for no reason whatsoever. That’s one of the reasons why we have to spend as much time evaluating and educating and training the patient as we do.

Extol: What is the average length of treatment for a sports-related strain or injury?

Garvey: There are a lot of variants in there. Typically, most sessions of treatment of physical therapy will last anywhere from five to 10 sessions.

Extol: What is the No. 1 mistake patients make when it comes to physical therapy?

Garvey: I would say not enough follow up. Our job is to try to make the patient as independent as possible (and) as self-reliant as possible. When you’re dealing with an injury or when you’re sick – sick from an injury or sick from a flu – it’s really difficult to completely recover with one visit or two visits. I would say that’s true even with your doctor in some respects. Doing some sort of follow-up with a physical therapist is where the mistakes are made. Some people will go to their physical therapist two to three times a week, but some people don’t need that. They may only need once every other week. It still goes back to having a follow-up (plan) to ensure the understanding of treatment and the condition, how to progress their condition and build a treatment plan. As we all do, we run into hiccups and roadblocks. Having someone to come back to help clear that situation up is really where the value comes in, having the physical therapist as a consult for you physically.

Extol: Why do you believe physical therapy is a misunderstood but necessary treatment?

Garvey: A good physical therapist provides hands-on treatment. It does so many things to the system to help the brain and the body relearn how better move and how to safely move. A lot of reasons people come in for therapy is because of pain, and one of the things hands-on treatment does is that it helps mitigate pain and provide safety to the patient who is typically in pain to move, and how much to move. When I say ‘hands-on treatment’ (that includes) dry needling, massage or joint mobilization. That all provides safety to the brain and body and allows for a much easier
and/or smooth transition into a
physical activity program, which
is typically what the goal is. It’s to get people more physically active using their own brains (and) their own central nervous systems to see that activity as being safe. Our part is to help create the program that is not only safe for the brain but also safe for the body, not too much too fast.

Extol: A great part of your treatment plan revolves around pain education and learning from where pain originates. How has that education and understanding increased in the last five years?

Garvey: I think it’s changed in that we’re going through a revolution right now in the understanding of how the brain works from a global medicine prospective – not just physical therapy, but in other branches of medicine. We can look at it. We can study it. We’ve had theories for a long time that the brain really dictates how much pain a person is in, and how much pain a person experiences. Only recently have we been able to document that on things like functional MRI. What that does is put the onus more on the therapist and really any medical provider who does this to make sure that the messages that we send physically through physical activity match what the patient perceives and understands what the brain is experiencing, too. When you exercise, you’re also educating your brain on safety and filling it with good endorphins. It ensures that the messages match. That what we say matches what we do. Before, we’d just tell patients to work through the pain. But we know that’s not the case even in very high-level athletes and people who compete at the very highest level. It’s not necessarily their (physical) condition or the status of their tissues. It also has to do with them outside of training –how much sleep their getting, how much stress they’re under, what their social circumstances are like. All those conditions are profoundly impactful and only recently have we made a concerted effort to address those formally in the treatment session.