• 4 Common Back Injuries and How to Treat Each One

    Back pain is an extremely common ailment that can affect everyone from the middle-aged corporate employee to the teenager soccer player to the senior citizen. The problem with back pain is that it could be caused by countless different conditions. If you are suffering from back pain and trying to figure out what might be causing it, take a look at four of the most common back injuries and how you can treat each one.

    1. Sciatica: Many people mistake sciatica as a condition when it is actually the symptom of a condition. This condition is known as nerve compression or a pinched nerve. When there is pressure on your sciatic nerve (the longest nerve in your body), it leads to the painful, annoying problem that is sciatica. Some signs of sciatica include pain that increases any time you sit down, a numbness or tingling sensation in your

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  • When to Use Heat to Treat an Injury
    When to Use Heat to Treat an Injury

    Healing from a sports or activity related injury is always a little frustrating because most people want to jump back up and return to what they were doing when the injury occurred. Whether you were out on your nightly run, lifting a box at work, or practicing at the gym most people would rather return to their regular physical routine instead of taking weeks of light work and healing. Most people eventually start thinking about how to heal faster and a few quick internet searches reveal that heat is, in general, a great treatment option for fast comfortable healing. However, there are also a lot of very specific circumstances where you shouldn't use heat so it's important to know the difference between the injuries that can be treated with heat and those that can't.

    Heat is a Powerful Healing Aid

    The human body is very affected

  • 10 Tips to Help Avoid Sprained Ankles and Running Injuries
    10 Tips to Help Avoid Sprained Ankles and Running Injuries

    If you have ever sprained your ankle, and most of us have at least once, then you know how much of a pain in the rear recovery can be. Weeks of 'taking it easy' is enough to drive any athlete up the wall even if you're not officially an athlete. Everyone from recreational runners to people who are simply always up and active at work rely on their ability to move around, respond quickly to situations, and enjoy the sensation of moving like a fast and well-oiled machine. 

    Unfortunately, when your ankle turns or gives way, that step could be the last smooth movement you experience for a while. After the ankle turns, you can't un-sprain it and are stuck hobbling carefully around for weeks if not months afterward before you're fully up to your old physical capabilities again. 

    However, while you might not be able to undo a sprain once it's occurred, you can absolutely go through a number or preparation steps to significantly lower the chances of your ankle spraining in the f

  • How to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals in 2020
    How to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals in 2020

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    Looking for tips to create a New YOU in the New Year? Need help on how to set inspiring goals in 2020 —and follow through with your game plan? 

    Whether you're new at starting a fitness/exercise program, or you are a seasoned athlete ready for an upgrade, we've got your covered here. We're sharing insightful tips and proven strategies to take your health and fitness program to the next level.

    Dreams With Deadlines: Goal-Setting Basics

    Let's start with some goal-setting basics. Before it's anything else, a goal is just a thought, a desire, an idea in your mind. It's like a dream: intangible and ephemeral. As vivid as it may seem, it has no existence in the external world.

    In order for the goal to have the power and momentum to actually manifest an

  • Knee Sleeves: What Are They and When to Wear Them
    Knee Sleeves: What Are They and When to Wear Them

    Knee injuries are a major problem in athletics around the world. Not only can blown ACLs, MCLs, PCLs, and torn cartilage take athletes out of the game for long periods of time, if poorly handled and not allowed enough recovery time athletes may never be able to play again. When it comes to braces and supports for the knee, athletes may only think to slip on their hard brace in order to prevent injury. However, these hard braces not only limit knee mobility, but will prevent the joint from becoming stronger overtime. For athletes looking to prevent knee injury without compromising their knees, then knee sleeves are the way to go.

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    What are Knee Sleeves?

    Knee sleeves are not the same as knee braces.

  • How to Navigate The Office with a Sprained Ankle
    How to Navigate The Office with a Sprained Ankle

    Every year, thousands of people sprain their ankles. It can happen stepping the wrong way in the kitchen, landing on uneven ground while out running, or coming down off a ladder at work. Ankle sprains can happen to anyone from secretaries to professional athletes doing almost any level of physical activity. Sprains are usually the result of a single misstep and most people have experienced at least one. Getting the ankle sprain is never the hard part. The true challenge comes afterward when you want to get back to your daily activities but you need to give the ankle time to heal. 

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    Can You Work with an Ankle Sprain?

    A lot of people struggle with the idea of taking time off work for a simple ankle injury and unless your job has a high p

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  • 11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before My First Half Marathon
    11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before My First Half Marathon

    Are you gearing up for your first half marathon? Moving from running casual distances to running that full 13.1 miles is an incredible high. You'll push your body to do things that you never thought you could do, and you'll make incredible memories along the way--not to mention gaining bragging rights that will stick with you for the rest of your life! 

    Before I ran my first half marathon, I was convinced that I wasn't "that kind" of runner. Not so many years ago, I would have said that if you saw me running, you should probably look behind me for a bear! Before I knew it, however, I'd caught the running bug. Suddenly, I was out there, running my heart out--and I made it (and have the shiny finishers medal to prove it). If I had it to do over again, however, there are some things I would do very differently--and some things that I wish I had known earlier in the game so that I could

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  • The Surprising Connection between Knee and Back Pain
    The Surprising Connection between Knee and Back Pain

    Nearly one-third of all Americans suffer from knee pain at one point. In addition, as many as 84% will experience back pain during their lifetime. If you suffer from knee pain, there's a good chance that back problems may be causing it. We'll take a look at the surprising connection between knee pain and back pain below.

    Helpful tips for knee and back pain

    Signs your Back Problem is Causing Knee Pain

    If your knee pain stems from a back problem, it may be obvious because you might experience discomfort in both areas at the same time. That's not true in all cases though, as some people will notice pain in the knees but not in the back. You may also have back and knee pain intermittently, and never be bothered by both at the same time.

    When back pain is the cause of knee problems,

  • How to Crush Your Goals in 2020
    How to Crush Your Goals in 2020

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    The beginning of 2020 is the perfect opportunity to start fresh and set new goals. Whether you fell off the wagon over the holidays or you're hoping to improve your diet and exercise routine for the first time, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time for a brand new start. For many people--new fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike--those "fresh starts" will disappear in a matter of weeks. As many as 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by February. Do you really want to do something different this year to revitalize your fitness strategy and experience increased levels of success? Try some of these tips to crush your training for the New Year. 

  • How to Treat Runner's Knee Pain and Get Back to Training
    How to Treat Runner's Knee Pain and Get Back to Training

    Avoiding knee joint pain from runner's knee is all about maintaining form. When you run on a regular basis for sport or training, form is the most important thing to maintain. Yes, you need to stay hydrated, wear the right clothes, and eat a light breakfast before your run. But form is what will ensure that every step is doing the best possible benefit for your body, and avoiding any potential to do harm.

    Of course, no one's form is perfect all the time. Fatigue, uneven terrain, breaking in new shoes, or even just running while distracted can cause your form to slip. For many runners, form is more challenging because of physical conditions that make it difficult to achieve a perfect alignment from the spine to the hips, knees, ankles, to the bottoms of the feet. Conditions that make perfect form impossible will make a runner more susceptible to running injuries like sprains and runner's knee.

  • How to Improve the Stick of Your Kinesiology Tape

    Whether you're an athlete or just someone who leads an active life, a knee injury can be a real setback. It never becomes more evident how much we use our knees as when you're supposed to be staying off the knee to allow it time for recovery. Nor do we discover our own creativity in getting around until it becomes necessary to avoid putting weight on an essential joint. We hop, we develop grabbers, we figure out how to work out without stressing out the knee.

    But the biggest challenge of all is when the knee continues to hurt through recovery even when you're doing everything right. Knee pain can be intense, even for seemingly minor injuries. If you have wrenched or damaged your knee, it may throb, ache, or send you sharp pain signals for days or weeks after the incident while healing. So today, we're here to help you not just with recovery tips, but a helpful guide on how to reduce knee pain while you recover.

  • How to Handle Skin Care and Prevent Itching When Wearing a Brace
    How to Handle Skin Care and Prevent Itching When Wearing a Brace

    Millions of people today wear a brace for one reason or another, all the time or for specific activities. Athletes wear sports braces for support or while recovering from a recent injury. Many professionals wear a brace to prevent injury while they're doing physical labor at work. Many more wear braces while recovering from surgery or to support a joint that will always be misaligned or not strong enough for daily life.

    All this brace-wearing may involve a wide variety of brace types. There are sleeve braces and wrap braces, soft braces, rigid braces, hinged braces, and immobilizing braces. There are braces for the wrist, back, knee, or ankle. But there is one thing that everyone who wears a brace shares as a common concern: Skincare.

    No matter what kind of brace you wear, skin has a universal response to being warmed and confined over a long period of time. Eventually, you will find yourself fighting the urge to scratch. Itching underneath a brace can happen for many

  • Comprehensive Guide to Knee injuries
    Comprehensive Guide to Knee injuries

    An active lifestyle is being healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally. Many stay active by doing multiple tasks, participate in sports, or exercising regularly. When you exercise your brain gets a boost of endorphins, which makes you feel happier and more energetic. We all could use more natural "feel good" chemicals in our lives.

    However, anytime we participate in sports, activities, and exercise, there is a risk of injury. Some injuries are more problematic than others because they take a toll on our ability to get around, especially injuries to the legs, feet, or knees. Your lower body is necessary to keep up an active lifestyle. When knee injuries strike, a stabilizer can help to provide support to expedite healing.

  • 6 Tips to Avoid Reinjury While Your Ankle is Healing
    6 Tips to Avoid Reinjury While Your Ankle is Healing

    Ankle injuries are among the most likely to reinjure after an initial injury. Some ankles never fully heal and are at a greater risk of reinjury for many years after an initial injury. But this is also a problem simply because we use our ankles so much. It's actually easier to protect a knee than an ankle because we step down with the foot and then remember that the leg is supposed to be out of commission. Worse, your ankle is at the end of your leg and is therefore unfortunately easy to jostle. 

    Anyone who's ever recovered from an ankle injury knows that there's an unusually high risk of having your ankle kicked or knocking your ankle against things. In addition to the constant temptation to take a step as if your ankle weren't injured. Ankle reinjury is common and when your ankle is still recovering from a recent injury, you are at incredibly high risk of reinjury.

    Today, we're here to help you prevent injuring your ankle any further when you're already recovering

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  • 11 Ways to Heal Your Ankle Injury Quicker at Home
    11 Ways to Heal Your Ankle Injury Quicker at Home

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    Types of Ankle Injury

    Healing your ankle injury at home will be influenced by the type of injury you're dealing with. Fractures and dislocations should both be responded to with greater immobilization while sprains, bruises, and tendonitis may be better treated with compression. Each injury has it's own estimated healing time, but you can accelerate the process by tending your injury carefully, eating the right foods, and doing recovery experts.

    • Sprained Ankle
    • Ankle Bruise
    • Ankle Fractures
    • Ankle Dislocation
    • Tendonitis in the Ankle

     

    Always Follow Your Doctor's Orders

    Some ankle injuries are mild, and you can heal them at home without special treatment. Others need direct medical treatment before you can start at-home r

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  • 6 Around-the-House Hacks for Recovering from Ankle Injuries
    6 Around-the-House Hacks for Recovering from Ankle Injuries

    Sprained ankles, broken ankles, torn ligaments... In sports and everyday life, ankles take a beating. Our ankles are the final weight-bearing joint, holding up every part of us from the tops of our heads to the bottoms of our shins. The ankles are responsible for supporting us as we run, jump, climb, and twist. As we lunge and swim and kick. And any number of these activities can lead to a mild-to-serious ankle injury.

    The problem with recovering from an ankle injury isn't going through the correct steps. Most people know how to Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate an injury. But we rely on our ankles. It's just so hard to remember not to step down on one of your two faithful feet when it's time to get up, climb or descend steps, or simply walk forward.

    So today, we're here to share a few clever around-the-house hacks on how to get around and recover efficiently when one of your trusty ankles is out of commission.

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  • Why Does My Wrist Hurt When I Exercise?
    Why Does My Wrist Hurt When I Exercise?

    Why Does My Wrist Hurt During Exercise?

    No one will warn you about this ahead of time, but wrist pain and intensive exercise tend to go hand-in-hand. You may feel wrist pain when you lift weights, when you do pushups or other floor exercises, or after a bout of yoga or pilates. You might even start to feel wrist pain when you clench your hands while running or doing exercises that don't directly relate to the wrist. You may start to feel wrist pain during normal activities after working out.

    To put it bluntly, the wrists are one of the most delicate and complex parts of the body. You don't actually have any muscles in your hand, for example, so the wrist contains all the tendons, ligaments, nerves, and everything else that makes hands both strong and sensitive. This means that any amount of straining, spraining, or pinching that goes on

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  • How to Keep Working Out While Recovering from a Wrist Injury
    How to Keep Working Out While Recovering from a Wrist Injury

    Being an athlete, whether you're a professional or just dedicated on your own time, is all about the training. For some people, it's fun to train every day. Perhaps you pace yourself when you have long conversations, see the grocery store as an obstacle race, or parking lots as a chance to fit fast-paced walking. You may even be able to do low key and isometric exercise while apparently holding still. Once you're hooked, there's nothing like the enjoyable burn of muscles getting stronger all the time.

    However, on the other side of that joy in exercising is the frustration of injury and recovery.  It's a simple fact of statistics that no athlete 'gets away' completely unscathed. Even if you never break a bone or experience an injuring accident. Your ankle will twist, you will over-extend a cold muscle, or give yourself a temporary repetitive motion injury from practicing too much for too long. This is the natural consequence of pushing yourself a little too hard, something athletes

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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

  • What to do During and After Your Back Injury (And 3 Things You Shouldn't Do)
    What to do During and After Your Back Injury (And 3 Things You Shouldn't Do)

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    A back injury is never an enjoyable experience for anyone, regardless of age or level of athleticism. Whether you injured your back by picking something up that was too heavy or from a devastating blow during a sporting event such as football, there are certain things you should try in order to recover properly. In this post, you will learn about what to do during and after your back injury as well as a few things you should not do. 

    1. Switch up Your Diet: Trying to expedite the healing process for your lower back pain? Changing your diet will help with that a great deal. In order to help your body focus directly on the acute injury (in this instance, your lower back pain) and not spend as much ti

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  • 5 Common Rugby Injuries and How to Prevent and Treat Them
    5 Common Rugby Injuries and How to Prevent and Treat Them

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    Over the last decade, rugby has grown to become one of the most watched sports in the world.

    As the game progresses, so are the demands placed on the players in terms of fitness, power, pace, and strength. Today, rugby players are some of the best-conditioned athletes. This, however, does not mean they're indestructible.

    Rugby is a contact sport and has injury rates three times higher than that of soccer. Whether a player is tackling or being tackled, the injury risks are ever present. As a player, getting injured is never fun, apart from the pain, there are the long periods spent on the sidelines prevented from doing what you l

  • Tips to Help Back Injury and Back Pain
    Tips to Help Back Injury and Back Pain

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    It may strike suddenly or creep up slowly, but when it arrives it will threaten your mobility, your active lifestyle, your enjoyment of simple exercises, and even your time at work. No, it probably won't kill you. Although, some people may feel like they're close to dying. It is the misery of back pain. However, with the right guidance, education, and proper back support, you need not wither away in agony. You can reclaim your life and heal faster. It just takes understanding what's going on with your back, why it's happening, how you can best support it during this time, and hope that "this too shall pass." But first a few facts about this troublesome problem.

     

    Young or old, back pain is a common issue that affects millions

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  • Don't Just 'Walk Off' a Sprained Ankle
    Don't Just 'Walk Off' a Sprained Ankle

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    Athletes come in all different shapes and sizes. An athlete can be any age, gender, and level of current physical fitness. It doesn't matter how wealthy you are, if you do sports professionally or casually, if you run for your health or because you love the feeling of the wind on your face. Athletes come from all walks of life and work out for all sorts of personal or professional reasons. However, the one thing that binds almost all athletes together is a spirit of determination. We believe in the adage "When the going gets tough, the tough get going". You keep working through the burn, you get in the zone, push your limits, and get stronger and faster every day. For most athletes, it's not the exercise that's hard, it's stopping before you're ready.

    Unfortunately, that's exactly what an injury does, and they

  • How to Protect Your Joints and Muscles with Kinesiology Tape in Active Sports
    How to Protect Your Joints and Muscles with Kinesiology Tape in Active Sports

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    Sports medicine is always improving. Not only are medical techniques for catastrophic injuries getting people back on their feet faster, but pain treatments and equipment that reduces the risk of injury in the first place are getting better. Kinesiology tape is certainly one of them. If you're highly active and you've dealt with inflammation, joint pain, or even muscle weakness after a surgery, keep reading to see if kinesiology tape can provide the additional layer of support and wellness to make your active sports more fun.

    What Active Sports Injuries Should You Look Out For?

    Sports and highly active pastimes that put a lot of pressure on your joints aren't necessarily unhealthy.

  • The Comprehensive Guide to Wrist Injuries
    The Comprehensive Guide to Wrist Injuries

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    Any type of injury can put a cramp in your lifestyle. Whether you are active in sports, around town, or at the gym, it's difficult when you have an injury that prevents you from doing the things you love. Wrist injuries are some of the more painful injuries that you may encounter. You use your hand and wrist for just about everything you do; so when your wrist is hurting, then it can really hinder how you manage life.

    Just as it is with many types of injuries, sometimes you have to wait it out until you are healed, and waiting can be challenging. However, while you're waiting, you can learn some best practices to facilitate a smooth healing process, and you may even help push the process along a little faster. First, it's important to understand a bit more about wrist injuries.

     

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  • 10 Most Common Knee Injuries and How to Treat Them
    10 Most Common Knee Injuries and How to Treat Them

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    Whether you're a dedicated athlete or an active professional, knee injuries are a fact of life. Young and old, active and inactive; knee injuries are common for all ages and walks of life. Some of us experienced our first serious knee injuries falling off bikes or on the soccer field as children. Knee injuries can happen as a result of sports or simple physical activity. They can happen at work, or just walking up the steps to your front door.

    No matter how your knee injury occurred, it's important to know how to treat it both with your doctor and self-treating at home. Each knee injury requires special attention to ensure that you heal quickly and completely. Today, we're here to talk about the ten most common types of knee injury and how to treat them.

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  • Common Golf Injuries and How to Manage Them
    Common Golf Injuries and How to Manage Them

    Common Golf Injuries

    Golf is ranked as one of the top ten participation sports in the world. If you love to play golf, then you are in good company. Approximately 60 million people enjoy this relaxing yet challenging sport that has its roots in ancient times.

    Golf History

    Golf, in its earliest form, traces back to 100 BC. During this time, participants used a "bent stick and stuffed leather ball." (Source: International Golf Federation)

     

    Later, during the 15th century in Scotland, the more modern version of golf emerged. People loved it so much that the Scottish Parliament ended up banning it because they said it was interfering with archery practice. Archery practice was essential for the nation's defense. However, the ban didn't last long, and King James IV became interested in playing the game along with other dignitaries.

  • Recovering From Tennis Elbow in Two Stages - Inflammation and Recovery
    Recovering From Tennis Elbow in Two Stages - Inflammation and Recovery

    Recovering From Tennis Elbow in Two Stages - Inflammation and Recovery

    Tennis elbow can happen to almost anyone, not just tennis players. Studies show that about 3% of the American adult population suffers from this condition every year whether it was triggered by some repeated gripping activity at work or from rigorous sports activities that involve tightly gripping and swinging equipment. The problem with tennis elbow is that it while it may be caused by doing the same combination of moves and stressful activities over and over again, the pain and damage sneaks up on you.  It starts a very dull ache that's easy to ignore. Especially if the motion is caused by work or an exercise style you really enjoy, it's all too tempting to simply work through the pain and any people don't notice the pain getting worse until it starts showing up outside the workout

  • Simple Yoga Poses To Strengthen Your Ankles
    Simple Yoga Poses To Strengthen Your Ankles

    Simple Yoga Poses To Strengthen Your Ankles

    Common Ankle Injuries

    Ankle injuries are quite common, and can result in acute or chronic pain, stiffness, swelling and/or misalignments within the joint.

    Rolling your ankle—say when playing basketball, or stepping off of a slippery curb, or hiking through rugged terrain—can stretch and/or tear one or more of the ankle's ligaments, resulting in an ankle sprain.

    More severe than a sprain is a fracture of one of the bones of the ankle: e.g. the tibia, fibula, or talus. A broken ankle—whether it's a simple or a compound fracture—can be the result of an auto or household accident, or a high-impact collision in a sporting event.

    But the muscles, tendons and bones in the ankle can also become inflamed or injured simply as the result of overuse—the repetitive movements and impac

  • How to Increase the Speed of Your Wrist Injury Recovery
    How to Increase the Speed of Your Wrist Injury Recovery

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    Everyone approaches their exercise routine in a different way. You may love the exhilaration of getting your heart rate up or hate the first ten minutes of any routine. You may dedicate an hour every day after work or cajole yourself into hitting the gym each week. But no matter how you approach your regular workouts, no one likes getting an injury. 

    And no matter how professional or careful you are, everyone gets injured eventually. It's more of a statistic than any personal failure. Train running for a year and your feet will hit the pavement millions of times. There's a reasonable chance that one in a million footfalls will land on a rock, turn an ankle, or twist your knee out of place. Or you might tumble safely only to land on your arm and sprain a wrist. Wrist injuries happen and any experienced athlete knows t

  • 10 Useful Techniques to Heal Your Sports Injury Faster

     10 Useful Techniques to Heal Your Sports Injury Faster

    Nothing is more frustrating than being a very active person with a brand new injury. Of course, getting injured isn't really the problem. Most athletes and professionals can grit through the initial pain of injury easily. Laughing off the pain, getting the injury inspected and treated, these things are easy. The hard part is waiting weeks or even months to get back on your game. When you can't walk on an ankle, twist your back, or use an arm, both practice and play become off-limits. And where does that leave you? 

    You find yourself at home or sitting on the sidelines trying to wish your injury

  • Common Repetitive Strain Wrist Injuries and What You can do About Them

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    You use your hands almost constantly. So it's no surprise that your wrists are highly susceptible to Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI). RSIs are nothing new, as they have actually been documented as far back as the 18th Century. However, the use of modern technological devices such as computers and gaming equipment have made them all the more common. Below are some of the most common Repetitive Stress Injuries affecting the wrist, along with the recommended treatments for them.


  • 8 Reasons Why Your Back Could be Hurting and How to Treat Them

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    Back pain is something we all tangle with eventually, but not all back pain was created equal. The reason back pain is such a common experience is because your lower back is the nexus of so many important systems in the body. Back pain could come down from your neck and shoulders, up from your hips, out from your organs, or actually originate from the back muscles or spine itself. Each type of back pain feels slightly different, varies in intensity, and may or may not be chronic. The good news is that almost all kinds of back pain can be treated to lessen the pain and many can be

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  • Common Running Injuries: Plantar Fasciitis
    Common Running Injuries: Plantar Fasciitis

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    Running is one of the most common forms of exercise.  People of all ages and athletic abilities regularly lace up their shoes and go for a run. However, certain pains and aches keep them for enjoying a good run. Let's take a look at one common injuries for runners — plantar fas

  • Elbow Hyperextension and How to Treat It

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    Sometimes, a joint gets pushed too far. Your bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments can only take so much pressure, activity, or extension before something goes wrong. When it comes to soft-tissue damage, normally the first thing to give is the connective tissue, the tendons and ligaments that hold your body taut like puppet strings. These connective strands are what truly defines how far a joint can bend deep or stretch outward until the bones themselves can't hold. This is why you can improve your flexibility by slowly stretching and strengthening your connective tissue and the muscles nearby. However, there's a difference between flexibility exercises and accidentally over-extending yourself.


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  • 4 Things You Need to Know If You've Never Had a Knee Brace Before

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    Every sport and active lifestyle takes a toll on people's knees. If your joints are sore after your morning run or after a long day of walking around, you're not alone. Knees can develop arthritis, have worn ligaments, or even get dislocated. Knee braces can do everything from reducing the risk of injury to support your knees and stop joint pain. They can also help you recover from surgery or serious injuries. Keep reading to learn more about different types of knee braces and how to keep your joints safe.


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  • The Best Knee Strengthening Exercises to Relieve Pain

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    Being weak in the knees might be a common cliche for those moments that take our breath away, but having weak knees is not a recommendation for anyone looking to live a healthy lifestyle. Knee pain can be debilitating and having weak muscles around the knees can exacerbate that pain. That pain can be managed with a series of exercises.


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  • Marathon Training : How to Increase Your Speed and Avoid Trouble

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    Thousands of people every year come together to run in local marathons. Some walk, some run. Some do it for a cause, some for fitness, and some for the pure love of marathons. We participate in marathons for different reasons. We each have our own motivations and our methods to prepare for the serious effort. But when it comes to running over 20 miles in a single day, we all share the same common problems.


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  • How to Find the Right Knee Brace to Relieve Your Knee Pain

    How to Find the Right Knee Brace to Relieve Your Knee Pain

    Knees are one of the most hard-working joints in the body. Not only are they an essential part of movement and exercising, they also support nearly all of your body weight every time you stand and walk. Knees do a lot more work than most of us realize, which is why it's so hard to leave them alone when recovering from an injury, a surgery, or to rest your knees from an ongoing strain. You can put your wrist in a brace, prop your arm in a sling, but you need your knees to get around just to do basic things like getting dressed, making

  • 8 Restorative Yoga Poses For Knee Pain

    8 Restorative Yoga Poses For Knee Pain

    If you're experiencing knee pain, you're not alone. Millions of people suffer from chronic or acute knee pain—or have at some point in their past. Along with being uncomfortable, knee pain restricts movement, reduces strength, and compromises muscle control. In other words, it impacts more than just the knee joint itself. Knee pain can create a domino-effect of structural and soft-tissue problems that may compromise your ability to complete daily chores, and participate fully in the activities that you love.


  • Common Golf Injuries and How to Manage Them

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    Golf is ranked as one of the top ten participation sports in the world. If you love to play golf, then you're in good company. Approximately 60 million people enjoy this relaxing yet challenging sport that has its roots in ancient times.

    Golf Health Benefits

    Since golf became such a popular pastime in the U.S., people have delighted in the game. Harvard Medical School claims that golfing is a healthy and safe exercise for the heart, and people of all ages may enjoy the sport with minimal risk to the heart. Even though golfing may not seem as rigorous as some sports such as football or baseball, it still provides plenty of health

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