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  • Muscle Soreness or Sports Injury? How to Tell the Difference
    Muscle Soreness or Sports Injury? How to Tell the Difference

    Every athlete and every person who engages in exercise experiences muscle soreness. Muscle soreness is a good sign that you have "felt the burn" and that your muscles are growing stronger as a result of the work you have done. Your muscles and the joints you focused on may feel achy, tender, and weaker than usual in the hours, and sometimes days, after a truly intense workout. This is all perfectly normal and healthy, provided you fuel up on water and protein, and remember to stretch.

    But how do you tell the difference between healthy muscles that ache and a real soft-tissue sports injury? Sports injuries occur when the burn you feel pushes your body too far and the soft tissue doesn't just burn; it tears. When you don't notice a moment-of-injury and soreness can leave your muscles tender and weak, how do you know when it's time to ice and rest versus soaking in a bath and getting back on the grind tomorrow?

    Today, we're here to help you find out.

  • How Using Kinesiology Tape Can Provide Relief and Support
    How Using Kinesiology Tape Can Provide Relief and Support

    Kinesiology tape provides relief and support

    If you ever watch sports, you will inevitably see athletes across multiple disciplines using kinesiology tape. You may know exactly why they've wrapped it around their body. But if you are curious why these athletes are wearing strips of tape over various parts of their body, this post is for you. Is it simply a fashion statement, or does it actually serve a medicinal purpose?

    A Brief History of Kinesiology Tape

    This type of tape was developed in the 1970s in order to fill a void in treatment. Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese Chiropractor, was in the midst of treating patients he found to be healing. At the same time, he felt that they needed additional treatment to prolong the benefits of h

  • 5 Common Volleyball Injuries (and How to Recover From Them)
    5 Common Volleyball Injuries (and How to Recover From Them)

    Volleyball Injuries

    Common volleyball injuries tend to revolve around the ends of limbs such as fingers, ankles, and toe injuries. Here’s some information on how to avoid such injuries, including prevention techniques, as well as how to reduce injury time after you already have the issue. The goal is always to get back on the court or sand, as quickly as you can.

    Ankle Injuries

    An injury to your ankle is one of the most common that you can get in volleyball. This is due to the excessive jumping and quick turns. The injury also tends to make it so that you’re on the sidelines for a long time in comparison with other injuries. The important thing when it comes to ankle sprains in specific is that you should make sure the joint is held fas

  • 3 Common Tennis Injuries (and How to Treat Them)
    3 Common Tennis Injuries (and How to Treat Them)

    Tennis Injuries

    Like any sport, tennis athletes get injured. While tennis players can suffer concussions and other injuries that are most associated with contact sports, the most common tennis injuries are either repetitive action injuries or acute injuries, such as sprains. If you are a tennis player, it is important to recognize and properly treat any injuries before they become more serious.

    Tennis Elbow 

    Caused by repetitive motion of the wrist and arm, tennis elbow involves a pain on the outside of the elbow. The pain may spread to the forearm and wrist. Things such as shaking hands,

  • 8 Mistakes to Avoid When Treating Knee Pain at Home
    8 Mistakes to Avoid When Treating Knee Pain at Home

    Knee Pain Mistakes to Avoid

    Treating knee pain at home is something that thousands of people are facing today. Knee pain can come from injury, strain, surgery, and ongoing medical conditions, but treating your knee pain is often similar from one cause to another. This is because the structure of each knee is the same, no matter what the cause of your pain might be, Pain usually comes from torn, severed, or inflamed tissue inside or around the knee and can be made better or worse based on how you treat your knees at home.

    Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to treat their knee right to promote healing and reduce pain. Both athletes and everyday professionals share common mistakes that can make your knee pain worse, elongate the time

  • Injuries Caused by Exercising with Flat Feet
    Injuries Caused by Exercising with Flat Feet

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    Every athlete, professional or otherwise, has to deal with the body's quirks. We each have a few unique details that make us different from the general populace. Most of the time, these are minor variations that occur naturally in the population like weak knees, double-jointedness, or having one leg ever so slightly longer than the other. Other conditions might be the result of past experiences or previous injuries that never fully returned to normal like an ankle that's prone to re-spraining or the lingering risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, even if you've got it mostly under control.

    Athletes with Flat Feet

    One of these small physical variations that makes life more interesting is flat feet, also known as collapsible arches and pes planus, depending on who you're talking to. Flat feet may

  • 5 Ways to Recover From a Sports Injury Like a Pro
    5 Ways to Recover From a Sports Injury Like a Pro

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    You know that anyone who participates in a certain sport on a professional level is exponentially more at risk for suffering from a sports injury. In fact, it wouldn't be unreasonable to suggest that every professional athlete will suffer from an injury at some point, whether that is a relatively minor injury from overexercising or something more serious like a fracture. If you too are an athlete (just not at a professional level) you understand that the risk for potential injury also exists for you. If you are currently suffering from a sports injury, it is worth looking at how the pros deal with their injuries and taking notes. In this post, we will take a look at a few recovery tips from the pros to help you come back strong and fully heal as quickly as possible. 

    1. Don't Underestimate The Power of Cold Therapy:
  • 6 Things You Want to Avoid When Recovering From a Back Injury
    6 Things You Want to Avoid When Recovering From a Back Injury

    What to Avoid when recovering from a back injury

    When you are looking for medical advice related to treating mild back pain, it is pretty easy to come across copious amounts of information on the web offering you advice on what to do to expedite your recovery. However, it is equally as important to focus on things you should not do when you are trying to completely heal an injured back. In this post, we are going to take a look at six things ranging from seemingly minor, subconscious habits to potentially risky activities that you should avoid doing when you are in the process of recovering from a back injury. 

    1. Skip The Gym: Depending on the severity of your back injury and where you are at in the recovery process, getting to the gym and breaking a sweat is probably going to be much better for your back

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  • 10 Times When a Good Sports Brace is Your Best Friend
    10 Times When a Good Sports Brace is Your Best Friend

    When to use a Sports Brace

    There comes a time in almost everyone's life when they need a little more support than their joints can provide. This is a situation that athletes run into all the time, often in response to a particularly strenuous training activity or while recovering from an injury. Of course, normal people find themselves needing joint support as well. There are a variety of medical conditions, situations, and labor-intensive jobs that benefit, even require, the use of a 'sports' brace. If you've ever suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome, turned an ankle, or fallen wrong on a knee, you have at least some experience with braces but most people don't realize just how useful a sports brace can be. Today we're here to talk about ten different very common situations that benefit from a

  • Why Does My Knee Hurt and What Can I Do About It?
    Why Does My Knee Hurt and What Can I Do About It?

    Your active lifestyle keeps you feeling energized, youthful, and ready to conquer life! You enjoy the natural boost you get when you exercise, and even if you're not following a specific exercise routine, your life revolves around movement. Whether it's taking the five flights of stairs at the office, delving into year-round yard work, or playing with your kids at the park, your life is as much physical activity as it is inaction. You love it that way. Then, one day, out of seemingly nowhere, you are hit with something that threatens to knock your activity way level down. No, it's not busyness on the job that distracts you from keeping up with your active lifestyle. No, it's not a new baby demanding all of your attention. It's not even a car accident or sickness. It's pain -- an intense pain in your knee. This pain is threatening to change your lifestyle from