For this semester, our clinical question developed out of our advanced strength and condition project from last semester. Dr. Grossman reached out to us a few weeks in regards to creating a training template for him to follow as he gets himself ready for a marathon in April. As we discussed last semester, Dr. Grossman is an ultra runner who suffers from proximal hamstring tendinopathy. We realized what a great opportunity his reaching out was as we knew we could continue to collect data and research the topic. Seeing as we hope to expand this into a greater research topic and a possible case study, we decided it would be a great topic for our clinical question. Chandler and I make up the team as we were the two who worked on the project last semester. We chose Dr. Barret Blevins PT, DPT, ATC, Matt Harris PT, ATC, and Dr. Eric Grossman as our committee members. Matt is acting as our faculty advisor as he carries dual credential, Barret as our AT advisor as he carries dual credential, and Dr. Grossman as our content expert as he is a long time ultra runner. Since we are working on this from a rehab standpoint, we wanted to use our off site physical therapy preceptors as we figured they would be a great source of information. They have already given us many useful ideas and research articles as references. We are very interested in studying this as proximal hamstring tendinopathy has only recently began to be studied and recognized as a separate diagnosis from overall hamstring issues. There is not one widely accepted rehab protocol for the injury, nor is there a specific cause, but a correlation has began to emerge in ultra runners and other long distance athletes. One of the interesting ideas that Barrett and Matt opened to us was the possibility of hip flexor tightness leading to less activation of the glutes and thus more activation of the proximal hamstring as a hip extensor. This is the first stand we have decided to explore. We began immediately trying to address flexibility in the training program last semester, but did not put a large emphasis on the anterior aspect of the hip. Given the new research we have discovered, we have been integrating more anterior chain work in flexibility. We are extremely excited to see where this goes! This week I was able to receive two attempts.
Each week, the students in our Athletic Training Program are required to post a journal entry. These can be typed our video recordings. Each week we focus on a different topic relating to clinicals, research, EBP, classes, or life in general. We are also graded through our websites, so if you notice any weird notes or things that do not make sense it is probably part of an assignment. Take a minute to check them out!