WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Allowing an injury the time it needs to heal is something physical therapist Matt Penney stresses with all his patients, no matter what their sport. Penney is co-owner of Advanced Sports Therapy on Walnut Street in Wellesley and provides physical therapy services at Wellesley College. He is also a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor and works closely with the Wellesley Country Club Fitness Center to provide rehabilitation services for its members. Many of the injuries he treats are due to repetitive stress caused by a particular sport, such as elbows and rotator cuffs for tennis players and golfers or feet, ankles, and knees for runners and dancers. "Correct treatment of an acute injury will minimize recovery time," Penney says. The key to preventing re-injury is to learn how to sustain good posture and muscle bal- ance to both the injured area as well as the body in its entirety. In physical therapy, patients are taught specific exercises and stretching regimes, Penney said, but it is important to work with the entire body. Penney explains that it can be hard for serious athletes in any sport to modify or even alter their training routines after a seri- ous injury. But one of the surest ways to heal fully is to remain physically active during the recovery period by either modifying one's chosen sport or switching to something com- pletely different. For those used to running, cycling, or weight lifting, dancing can be an excellent alternative. Do You Think You Can Dance? 138 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5

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