Categories: NutritionMarch 19, 2020
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For athletes and physically active professionals, breakfast is even more important than usual. Breakfast provides you the energy and nutrients needed to prepare your body for the day. A healthy breakfast before or after exercise tells your body to build muscle instead of fat, to burn calories instead of digesting slowly, and to keep you energized for the challenges ahead. If you eat a heavy breakfast, that can set you up to feel slow and sleepy for the rest of the day. So where do you draw the line?
It can be tough to sort the traditions of breakfast food with the needs of your body and active daily routine. Are eggs good or bad? Should you load up on carbs or keep it light? Honestly, part of the reason it seems hard to get a straight answer is because the right breakfast
March 16, 2020
You don't have to go to the gym to get a great workout, as there are great at-home workouts that can reap some serious benefits. Many people find themselves in situations where they can't get to a gym or don't have a home gym to allow them to work out with equipment. The good news is, there are a number of ways to workout at home with minimal or no equipment at all. Working out at home still provides a ton of health benefits while also saving a lot of money. The following are some great tips for how you can have an amazing at-home workout experience.
One of the best at-home exercise options to consider is stair-stepping. You don't have to live in a multi-level home to make this happen and can do this while watching television, or listening to music to help the time go by a little faster. This is a very simple
Categories: Strength & ConditioningMarch 12, 2020
"Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard." ~ Kevin Durant
Sports requires more than talent, it requires focused hard work and the kind of motivation that continually sets the bar of self-improvement higher.
Athletes and aspiring athletes learn early to value their time during the off-season and use it effectively to build strength and flexibility as well as to restore mental and physical balance.
Athletes whose job it is to remain in top form mentally and physically can teach the rest of us a great deal not just about maintaining but improving fitness in our lives. This includes knowing what to do in the off-season, whether that's for a competitive sport or during a time of year that makes it hard to enjoy our favorite recreational activities.
What is off-season training?
March 09, 2020
For most athletes and busy professionals, injury recovery doesn't get to slow you down. Sure, you spend a few weeks staying off the knee or ankle, but you don't actually stop exercising or working. As you heal, you expand what can be done safely, especially with the help of a spotter.
In athletics, a spotter is someone who provides oversight and support while an athlete pushes themselves to the limit. Consider, for example, lifting a barbell on a bench. The lifter loads up as much weight as they can possibly manage and pushes themselves until their arms collapse. Right before they collapse, the spotter catches the bar and helps dock it on the bench, which prevents the lifter from being crushed when they push past their breaking point.
In less dramatic terms, the spotter often provides advice and guidance to help the athlete
March 04, 2020
Nutrition is everything, whether you are on a new diet, trying to gain muscle, or in this case, recovering from an injury, it should be at the top of the list of things you should be performing at a high level. When talking about recovering from an injury, few things are more tedious than waiting to heal and get back to 100 percent. Whether you are a dedicated athlete or physically active professional, injury recovery can be a challenge. Not only are you kept from your usual physical activity, but you also need to carefully optimize your lifestyle to heal quickly. A huge part of optimizing the opportunity to come back faster, stronger, and healthy is ulitmatly choosing what you eat and your overall nutrition.
When you're stuck on the couch, it can be tempting to snack. In fact, you may need the extra calories to rebuild the damaged tissue, but what you eat matters
March 02, 2020
With the current professional and amatuer basketball seasons wrapping up and heading into their respective postseason tournaments, it is considered to be one of the more exciting times in sports, and is grabbing the attention of basketball fans everywhere. What's also being paid attention to are the serious injuries that some high-level athletes are sustaining, and will need to recover from in the coming months in order to return to an elite level of play.
One such player is Golden State Warrior's All-Star guard Klay Thompson, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the playoffs last year. While the Warriors ultimately lost the championship series to the Toronto Raptors, their larger loss was this injury to Thompson, which kept him out of action for a large portion of this NBA season and more than likely the whole season. The good news
February 26, 2020
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Back injuries can happen from something as minuscule as lifting improperly to something severe like a traumatic accident. Regardless of how you hurt your back, the pain is debilitating or distracting. An injury to the back can take you out anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, pulling you away from work, the gym, or that game of pickup basketball you were waiting to play. You might be able to get through your day, but you'll have trouble focusing when the pain level in your back unbearable. As everyone knows, being in pain most of the day is no fun, which is why adressing the issue is important.
Why Strengthening Your Back is Important
After any type of back injury, you should start a back exercise and stretching routine to help strengthen the back. Because
Categories: EventsFebruary 24, 2020
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As America’s highest anticipated sporting event brought in viewers from all over the nation, the Kansas City Chiefs grinded out a 31-21 victory against the San Francisco 49ers. Leading up to the big game, stations and sports outlets from all over the country prepared for Radio Row at the Miami Convention Center.
Mueller Sports Medicine partnered with reputable former NFL athletes to introduce a new product that will help keep athletes on the field.
Professional athletics is the ultimate stress test for physical endurance. There are lots of products designed to assist athletes with the stress and strain they put on their body; however, many come with side effects and interfere with mobility. Staying on top of any game requires products that support joints and muscles and allow free and easy movement.
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Mueller Sports Medicine Proud Sponsor of the Wounded Warriors Amputee Football Game Against NFL AlumniFebruary 20, 2020
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Mueller Sports Medicine was the proud sponsor of the highly anticipated Wounded Warrior Amputee Alumni football game played during the week of Super Bowl LIV at Nova High School in Davie, Florida last Wednesday. Although the game brings in far less attention than the Super Bowl, it is memorable for all participants and supporters involved.
The Wounded Warrior football team took on a team of Miami Dolphins and NFL Alumni to highlight the importance of America's heroes. The Wounded Warriors swept the game away with a 38-28 win. The football game, held as an annual charity event during Super Bowl week, has become an avid success generating thousands in the audience. Mueller Sports Medicine graciously donated $50,000 towards this powerful cause.
Categories: RunningFebruary 14, 2020
You love to push your body, to feel your muscles and stamina reaching their limits. There is something undeniably uplifting about how your feet can carry you for miles, the wind blowing in your face. Which is one of the many reasons you've decided to train for an upcoming half-marathon race. Whether you're doing it for a good cause or just for the opportunity to run with a few hundred other people, half-marathons can be a great deal of fun.
Training, on the other hand, has its ups and downs. Half marathon training involves months - ideally three or four months - of measured runs, long and short, to build up your stamina and increase your speed. While you may love running, over months of intensive training there will be moments where it's hard to get yourself
February 12, 2020
The use of kinesiology tape to treat injuries is often a hotly disputed and vastly misunderstood topic of conversation in the sports medicine world. You've probably heard conflicting arguments and might be wondering what the truth is about kinesiology tape. Let's set the record straight and tackle 4 common myths about kinesiology tape:
Myth #1 - There is no evidence to support the use of kinesiology tape
Kinesiology tape has been the subject of numerous recent medical studies and plenty of studies have found it to be beneficial. In this study, researchers found that kinesiology tape combined with exercise is as effective as a steroid injection combined with
February 10, 2020
Most athletes, coaches, and trainers are aware of the RICE method for injury recovery, along with treating the regular sprains and strains. But new technology in injury recovery is constantly being developed. Kinesiology tape is one such method. Rather than focusing on the injury directly, kinesiology tape takes work and tension away from the injury and redirects it to stronger surrounding tissue.
By using this special type of long-adhesion flexible tape, you can redistribute tension in muscles and ligaments. What's incredible is how many different uses for kinesiology tape there are. By layering and directing the tape over various target areas, you can relieve pain, enhance your form, or improve healing.
What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology tape is a special kind of tape made with a blend of cotton
February 04, 2020
While many athletes have gauze, ointment, medical tape, and other traditional medical supplies handy when playing sports, there are other valuable items that are often missing from athletic training kits. Here is a look at six items you likely want in your athletic training kit, most of which will only take up a small space in your bag.
While super glue is great for emergency equipment repairs, such as fixing falling apart cleats or the quick repair of a bicycle tire, super glue can also benefit you medically. A Very Well article from earlier this year discussed how super glue can actually be used on minor cuts. It dries fast and will stay in place well, which
Categories: Back PainJanuary 24, 2020
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.
- 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
January 22, 2020
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
January 17, 2020
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 o
Categories: FitnessJanuary 15, 2020
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
January 13, 2020
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.
What are Knee Sleeves?
Knee sleeves are not the same as knee braces.
January 08, 2020
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.
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
Categories: RunningJanuary 06, 2020
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,
January 03, 2020
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.
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,
Categories: FitnessJanuary 02, 2020
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.
January 01, 2020
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.
December 29, 2019
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.
Categories: BracesDecember 26, 2019
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
December 24, 2019
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.
December 21, 2019
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
December 17, 2019
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
December 09, 2019
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.
Categories: WristDecember 02, 2019
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
November 20, 2019
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
November 18, 2019
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.
November 13, 2019
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
October 28, 2019
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.
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
October 25, 2019
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.
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,
October 21, 2019
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
October 11, 2019
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
October 07, 2019
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.
- Don't Underestimate The Power of Cold Therapy:
Categories: Back PainOctober 02, 2019
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.
- 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
Categories: BracesSeptember 30, 2019
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
September 27, 2019
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
September 24, 2019
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.
- 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
September 19, 2019
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
September 18, 2019
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
September 16, 2019
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
September 13, 2019
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.
September 09, 2019
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.
September 04, 2019
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.
Cuts and Scrapes
Categories: GolfAugust 21, 2019
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, 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.
July 17, 2019
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