• 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

    Hands typing on a laptop

    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

    Group of women running on a trail. They have plantar fasciitis.

    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.


    1. Do braces help

  • 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

  • 6 Ways to Manage Back Pain and Back Injuires

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    There are many reasons to maintain fitness at any age. One of the most important is to prevent back injuries and back pain. Lower back pain is the second most common cause of disability among U.S. adults. Eight out of every ten Americans will experience back pain during their life. For 20% of us, this pain becomes chronic, taking a terrible toll on the course of our lives. While there are congenital conditions or consequences of injuries you will not be able to "fix" completely, you can always improve how you function and move, reducing the impact of these co

  • Common Injuries for Major League Baseball Pitchers

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    Baseball is one of America's most favorite sports. If you're one of the many Americans involved in this sport, you're probably looking forward to the season openers. And you'll likely be hitting the fields for pre-season workouts prior to that. Some people take the entire winter off from sports and activities. However, they find it challenging when they jump back into baseball after being stagnant for so long. In fact, there is a strong chance you'll endure an injury or two by diving right into the baseball season after taking the winter months off. So, getting in exercise off-season is always a great idea.

    Some baseball positions are more prone to injuries

  • Far Infrared Technology: Therapeutic Benefits and Applications
    Far Infrared Technology: Therapeutic Benefits and Applications

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    Among healthcare technologies, some of the most intriguing are those that utilize far infrared light. According to the experts at Life Extension Magazine, research confirms the diverse healing effects of far infrared light:

    "A growing body of clinical evidence supports the use of far infrared as a non-invasive health-promoting therapy."

    Some of the physical maladies that have been shown to improve with the application of far infrared therapies include: chronic pain, arthritis, joint stiffness and inflammation, and insomnia. Far infrared enhances blood circulation in the skin,

  • Tips to Reduce Knee Injuries When Skiing

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    Keeping fit is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Whether it's through aerobic exercise, strength training, or participating in sports, activity is essential for the body and reinvigorating for the mind.

    Skiing is a popular pastime for active adults who enjoy sports. The United States has 472 ski resorts operating and participation in skiing in 2017 was just about 15 million.

    However, with any strenuous sport or activity, injuries are bound to happen. In fact, John Hopkins said nearly

  • What is Kinesiology Tape and How Does it Benefit You?
    What is Kinesiology Tape and How Does it Benefit You?

    Kinesiology tape is a fascinating product that offers a number of benefits

  • How to Crush Your Training in 2019
    How to Crush Your Training in 2019

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    The beginning of 2019 is the perfect opportunity to set new goals and start fresh. 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. 

  • Injury Recovery Myths: Rest is Not Your Enemy
    Injury Recovery Myths: Rest is Not Your Enemy

    Dedicated athletes aren't afraid of pushing themselves. They feel the burn with pride, have incredible pain tolerance, and aren't afraid of getting injured trying to top their own best stats. Athletes are notorious for taking a tumble and bouncing right back up with a cheerful declaration of "I'm fine!" to anyone worried nearby.  It's not the fall or even the injury that athletes fear, but the time spent in recovery. Almost all athletes who work hard to maintain their peak condition and continue to improve their abilities are most afraid of being told to rest by a doctor. Even a single day on the couch feels wasted and dangerous. You think you can feel your muscles starting to deteriorate and that first week, you may become convinced that without some hard exercise, you'll "go to pot" almost immediately.

  • Health Benefits of Pickleball for Aging Adults
    Health Benefits of Pickleball for Aging Adults

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    Keeping fit is an important part of a daily routine. Whether you do your exercise all at one time or try to fit in ten or twenty minutes here and there, it adds up. You probably feel awesome knowing you are maintaining that grueling exercise regimen. Although self-esteem and confidence are skyrocketing through the roof because you are sticking with your exercise goals, you may not realize just how great this is for your body and mind. Everyone knows exercise is good for you, but what exactly does it do for you? Let's dive into this more plus look at ways you can make exercise a regular part of life as you age.

     

  • Knee Pain Relief Without Medication
    Knee Pain Relief Without Medication

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    Knee pain is something that happens to almost everyone over time. Athletes and people who do a great deal of physical labor at work are prone to knee injuries while others experience knee pain as a result of conditions like arthritis or simple wear-and-tear with age. Whether you're dealing with a recent injury or a long-term ache in one or both knees, the pain can be incredibly distracting if not physically limiting. You may or may not be comfortable treating the symptoms with medication or have a bigger picture medical plan with your doctor, but it can help to know a few ways to ease lasting knee pain at home and at work that aren't over-the-counter meds so that you can regain some of your ability to both focus and relax.

  • Off-Season Training for Marathon Runners
    Off-Season Training for Marathon Runners

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    Competitive runners are by nature mentally and physically tough. In other words, external conditions, distractions, internal emotions, and weather conditions rarely inhibit their performance. The traits that make runners more apt to be mighty individuals, include:

    • Focus - which enables them to tune in to the job at hand. 
    • Preparation - which gives them the strength and knowledge to stay mentally ready.
    • Flexibility - is the state of bouncing back in spite of poor performance, pain, or adversity.
    • Teachability - means the athlete listens to all possibilities, takes feedback, and learns from
  • All You Need to Know About Foot Pain
    All You Need to Know About Foot Pain

    They say you don't know how valuable something is to you until you lose it or it does not function properly anymore. If you are living with foot pain, then you know how true that saying is. It's difficult accomplishing the basic necessities of life when dealing with foot pain. We put all of our weight on our feet when we get out of bed in the morning and move from one room to the next. So, when foot pain strikes it can cause quite a disruption to our day. Actually, it can seem like our whole life is put on hold when one or both of our feet are experiencing pain. What can be done to resolve this problem quickly? Why does foot pain even occur? Is foot pain all caused by the same condition? Let's take a look at these and other questions you likely have on your mind.

  • What to do During and After Shin Splint Injuries
    What to do During and After Shin Splint Injuries

    If you participate in sports or regular exercise, then you know the advantages feeling healthy and fit. You have more energy to live life to the fullest, you feel great about your exercise accomplishments, as well you should, and you probably are in fantastic shape. Exercise is a invigorating experience that refreshes the body, mind, and spirit. And, of course, doctors everywhere are encouraging people to participate in more exercise. However, whenever you get involved with sports or exercising, you are bound to have a setback or two along the way. You may trip and fall, overwork your muscles, strain a muscle, or even endure a sprain. Whatever the case may be, it doesn't have to be the end of exercising or even a completely "down" time for you. With the proper support, you can be up and running again. That doesn't mean you won't feel some pain and be discouraged, but you can heal faster. By educating yourself about your condition and taking proactive steps to care for your injury, you can alleviate pain more quickly.

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  • Five Common Basketball Injuries
    Five Common Basketball Injuries

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    The Origins Of Basketball: Two Peach Baskets

    The game of basketball was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a YMCA teacher who was asked to create an indoor activity for the cold months of the year. His first version of the game used two wooden peach baskets and a soccer ball. Scoring was fairly rare, but when it did happen the players had to climb a ladder or use a long pole to get the ball out of the basket -- so that play could continue.

    It's from this simple beginning -- a make-shift game for kids to play when it was raining or snowing outside -- that today's high-scoring, high-speed, a

  • Plantar Fasciitis: How to Deal With the Constant Foot Pain
    Plantar Fasciitis: How to Deal With the Constant Foot Pain

    Woman stretching her legs, grabing her feet

    If you've found this article, you or someone you care about is probably dealing with daily foot pain. While there is the normal variety of reasons why a foot might heart, in the online world, you will find that the terms "foot pain" and "plantar fasciitis" are treated as direct synonyms. Articles about foot pain almost always include this condition and those who suffer from it find themselves doing a lot of internet searching. The reason for this is because plantar fasciitis is the most

  • 11 Yoga Poses For Runners
    11 Yoga Poses For Runners

    It's likely that you've heard about yoga, and perhaps also know about some of its benefits. But if you're a runner, you may have wondered if it's really the best thing for you. Is a yoga practice likely to improve my running performance? Does a yoga practice help prevent running injuries? 

    As it turns out, there are good reasons (lots of them!) for runners to include yoga as a cross-training activity. We'll outline these reasons below, and provide you with a sequence of yoga poses especially beneficial for runners. But first, let's have a look at some of the overall benefits of yoga. 


    Physical, Mental & Emotional Benefits Of Yoga 

    Whether you're a runner, a cyclist, a swimmer, a climber, a gymnast, a basketball player--or simply someone trying to take good care of your body--an intelligent yoga practice is almost guaranteed to help. As you'll discover (if you haven't already), there are many different styles of yoga. What they al

  • What is Pickleball and Why is it so Popular?
    What is Pickleball and Why is it so Popular?

    It's a sweet game with a funny name — Pickleball is definitely on the rise in popularity across the United States. And it's not just for a specific demographic. It's a game loved by people of all ages, stages in life, and physical abilities. You may even find people playing this game in jail, according to USA Today! Pickleball is easy to learn with not too many rules and it's simple to play, not requiring too much exertion. This may be why people even in their 80's are finding this a favorite pastime sport.

    Tom Everitt of the Sarasota Pickleball Club, says that people

    "come out, they play, improve their game and they get addicted to it."

    So, just what is pickleball all about and why is it so popular? Let's take a closer look at this favorite game.

  • Why is Strengthening Your Core Muscles Important?
    Why is Strengthening Your Core Muscles Important?

    No matter what type of exercise you prefer to do on a regular basis, you need your core muscles to help support you. Unfortunately, all too many people fall into the trap of letting their core muscles slide. They're content with their daily workout plan: running, lifting a few weights here and there, or perhaps participating competitively in a sport. If you're thinking about improving your overall fitness, however, it's important to increase strength throughout your core muscles, too. 

  • 10 Kinesiology Taping Techniques You Can Do Yourself
    10 Kinesiology Taping Techniques You Can Do Yourself

    Kinesiology tape is popular with athletes at every level, in nearly every sport. Top athletes are looking to get the most out of their bodies — every little bit helps. And Kinesiology tape is one fast and easy way to get an edge on the competition.

    While kinesiology tape might seem like glorified athletic tape, the two tapes are very different.  Athletic tape is used for support and to limit motion. Kinesiology tape facilitates motion, moves when you, and helps improve circulation.

    Mueller® Kinesiology Tape helps reduce pain while supporting your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. That means whether you’re training for a half-marathon, playing sports, or working hard, you’ll feel comfortable wearing Mueller® Kinesiology Tape.


    10 Kinesiology Taping Techniques You Can Do Yourself

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