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
Categories: Kinesiology TapeSeptember 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
July 10, 2019
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
July 03, 2019
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
May 20, 2019
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
May 16, 2019
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.
May 08, 2019
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
April 22, 2019
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
April 15, 2019
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.
April 08, 2019
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
March 29, 2019
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.
March 22, 2019
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.
March 15, 2019
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
March 04, 2019
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.
February 26, 2019
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
February 18, 2019
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
February 12, 2019
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
February 01, 2019
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,
January 24, 2019
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
Categories: Kinesiology TapeJanuary 22, 2019
Kinesiology tape is a fascinating product that offers a number of benefits
January 10, 2019
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.
Categories: Injury RecoveryDecember 17, 2018
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.
December 11, 2018
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.
December 07, 2018
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.
November 26, 2018
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
November 24, 2018
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.
Categories: ShinNovember 13, 2018
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.
Categories: BasketballNovember 13, 2018
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
Categories: Plantar FasciitisNovember 06, 2018
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
October 31, 2018
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
Categories: Racket SportsOctober 27, 2018
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.
Categories: Strength & ConditioningOctober 15, 2018
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.
October 13, 2018
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
Categories: Back PainOctober 09, 2018
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.
Categories: RunningSeptember 28, 2018
Crossing the finish line of your first half marathon is one of the most exhilarating and rewarding moments a runner will ever experience. However, the thought of training for weeks to run 13.1 miles can be intimidating, even for casual runners who always welcome a challenge. Fortunately, there are some simple measures you can take to make the training process safe and enjoyable. Below are eleven tips to help you finish your first half marathon safely and effectively.
Categories: NeckSeptember 25, 2018
Whiplash is an injury that millions of people suffer from every year. While it is nothing that will ruin your life, it can add unnecessary pain and suffering to it. Thankfully, you can treat this pain effectively with kinesiology tape. If you're suffering from whiplash, understand the benefits of kinesiology taping could provide you with the relief you need.
Categories: HamstringSeptember 20, 2018
You'd be hard-pressed to find any sports activity that doesn't involve the legs. Running, jumping, climbing, turning quickly, and sliding. They’re all major parts of sports. However, the primary muscle groups we use for all this activity are important. And every now and then something goes wrong.
Categories: BracesSeptember 16, 2018
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 high-quality brace.
September 10, 2018
Runner's knee can happen to almost anyone — athlete or not. Most training and exercise routines involves running, either for warming up or conditioning. Running is beneficial for your legs, heart, metabolism, and digestion. Unfortunately, every physical activity comes with associated risks. If your knees aren't entirely lined up correctly, if your running form is off, or if you go running on a preexisting minor knee injury, you are putting yourself at higher risk of developing what is commonly known as Runner's Knee.
September 07, 2018
Being a tennis player is a rewarding experience for those with skill and patience. Unfortunately, it can also be problematic for joints in the body like your knee. The average tennis player suffers common knee pain from overuse. And many of them develop more serious issues like patellar tendonitis (Jumper's Knee).
September 06, 2018
When it comes to athletics, you'll be hard-pressed to find a single sport or activity that doesn't somehow involve the legs. Running, jumping, climbing, and turning quickly. Each movement requires support from your bones, the force from your muscles, and near-snapping tension in your ligaments. Sudden or awkward movements can lead to an injury. Especially, in your knees.
August 30, 2018
One of the most annoying sports injuries is a blister. Even compared to the common ankle sprain, blisters are the most frequently treated sports-related injury out there. So let’s talk about how to prevent them and the best ways to treat blisters.
August 27, 2018
Knee pain can happen to anyone. Whether it's the result of a recent injury, hard physical work, or just creeping joint deterioration, knees are complicated joints that we use every day. Over-working them or just 50 plus years of continual walking can wear them down and cause one or more aspects of your knee to send pain signals. Your knee pain might be something you're recovering from now or knee pain might just be a sign that it's time to sit for a few hours but living with constant achy or sharply painful joints is no fun for anyone.
April 09, 2018
For some people, living with knee pain is simply a part of daily life. However, the simple reality of knee pain doesn't mean that you have to struggle with it all the time. Instead, educate yourself on what knee pain treatments are available for you in order to understand how you can get some much-needed relief.
April 08, 2018
The human body was made to walk miles every day, but for many, the knees become a weak point in this equation. Knee pain is an incredibly common symptom with over a dozen possible causes. One thing is for sure- when your knees hurt, it really puts a damper on your physical activity. Pain is the body's way of telling us that something is wrong. Reactive pain, like a pinch or bump, tells us to be careful with our environment but internal pain means it's time to take better care of yourself. Knee pain in particular often means you have been asking too much of your knees, putting extra strain on them, or are struggling with arthritis and it's important that you tend to your knees before resuming your regular physical activity. Fortunately, knee pain is something you can treat at home with a few standard techniques and over the counter medications.