• How Elbow Sleeves and Braces Can Help with Your Workout and Beyond
    How Elbow Sleeves and Braces Can Help with Your Workout and Beyond

    Most of us tend to take our elbows for granted unless we injure them, but the elbow represents an essential and somewhat complicated part of the human anatomy.

    Technically a joint, the elbows composition consists of three bones supported by ligaments. The bones of the elbow include the following:

    • The humerus bone extends in length from the shoulder.

    • The radius stretches from the forearm to the thumb.

    • The Ulna makes up the part of the elbow from the pinkie finger to the inside of the wrist.

     

    Causes of elbow pain and injuries:

    We use our elbows many times throughout the day, often without a second thought. Some of the

  • The World of Kinesiology Tape & Running Related Injuries
    The World of Kinesiology Tape & Running Related Injuries

    Summer is in the air and people are lacing up their sneakers and hitting the park paths and city streets for one of their favorite activities, running.

    Whether you're a newbie recreational runner, a weekend warrior, or an Olympian, staying pain-free and preventing injury is of utmost importance.

    In our latest blog, we'll explore the causes and offer solutions to knee pain and other common runner's injuries. Throughout, you'll learn effective strategies for preventing injuries, and how to apply kinesiology tape to lessen the stress and pain associated with runner's injuries.

    Common Causes of Knee Pain for Runners

    According to sports doctor Jordan Metzl, the four most common 

  • After Running Stretches and Recovery
    After Running Stretches and Recovery

     

    Being a Health and Human Performance (Kinesiology) Major at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, I have learned that it is important to help your

  • 10 Ways Physical Therapists Can Help a Recently Injured Client
    10 Ways Physical Therapists Can Help a Recently Injured Client

    Being a physical therapist means being there for clients through thick and thin. You help clients conquer their physical limitations and reach fitness goals they couldn't reach alone. You are there providing guidance when clients are at their peak and you're also there to provide support when clients experience setbacks. Injuries are among the greatest setbacks of all.

    Often acquired when pushing hard and focusing on performance, injuries can happen to anyone. During session or solo training or sometimes just during everyday activities. This might happen with a client you're working with or you might even receive a new client who needs professional help recovering from an injury. Your expertise in Kinesiology and health put you in a unique position to help those who need to completely recover from an injury without weakness or limited motion.

    The following

  • Getting Back Into Running After an Injury
    Getting Back Into Running After an Injury

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    Running is one of life's simple joys. Just by moving your feet and balancing your body, you can experience head-to-toe exhilaration. Some people do it for fun or for health. Some go running because they formed the habit early in life. Some discover running later and never look back. Some run off-and-on based on life changes and mood. But one thing all runners share is frustration with an injury.

    An injury of the foot, ankle, knee, or hip can completely throw off your running plans. An injury can make it impossible or painful to run. Even walking daily can be a challenge. It can be necessary to take days and weeks off from your daily run to allow the injury to recover. And when you do recover, you'll need to give that injury time and training to get back up to your usual standards of activity.

    Getting back into

  • Megan's Favorite Mueller Products
    Megan's Favorite Mueller Products

     

    My Favorite Mueller Products

     

    I wanted to share a few Mueller Sports Medicine Products that I have used over the years and just

  • 7 Life Hacks for Dealing With a Wrist Injury
    7 Life Hacks for Dealing With a Wrist Injury

    A wrist injury is a common experience that we all eventually encounter, but in that moment we discover a universal truth, it's tough to be one-handed. When you have to keep your wrist (hand and entire arm) out of activities, it can really throw a wrench in your daily routine.

    Living with a healing wrist injury, a broken arm, or an ongoing wrist condition can be uniquely challenging. The things you learn to do with your elbows alone could fill a book, and many of you readers already know what we're talking about. Whether this is your first wrist injury or you're just looking for tips to do this one right, we're here to share a few of the cleverer life-hacks for living with just one wrist for a few weeks. 

     

    1. Everything is Opposite With Your Non-Dominant Hand

    The first and most formidable challenge is reserved

  • 7 Resolutions for Athletic Injury Prevention
    7 Resolutions for Athletic Injury Prevention

    The resolutions you make now are your plans to do better for the foreseeable future, and no one's resolutions are exactly the same. Each of us may have one main resolution, but there are also smaller resolutions as well; ways that we hope to improve over the next year or two. Here are seven resolutions that will help you prevent injuries as you up your game in athletics and in the gym.

     

    1. I Will Always Warm Up Before a Workout

    Many enthusiastic athletes want to dive right into the daily workout. Maybe you have physically intense tasks at work or perhaps you just love to take off on your morning run. However, working hard without warming up is just asking for an injury. Cold muscles don't stretch or strain with the same durability as muscles that have been warmed and stretched out before the work.

    Whether you're working

  • How to Accelerate Muscle Recovery After a Tough Workout or Game
    How to Accelerate Muscle Recovery After a Tough Workout or Game

    After a tough workout or an incredible game in which you've given it your all, you may definitely find yourself feeling the effects of all the effort you've put in. Whether you're a weekend warrior or an athlete, that doesn't mean you have the luxury of waiting around for your energy levels to come up and that soreness to dissipate. Not only do you not want to spend the next day hobbling around, you've got training to get back to! Hoping to improve your recovery? Try some of these key strategies. 

    1. Start hydrating as soon after your workout as possible.

    Hydration is critical to both your athletic performance and your recovery. Don't put off that important element of your recovery! Drink plenty of water, both immediately after your workout or game and in the hours and days that follow.

  • How to Ask for a Spotter When Recovering from an Injury
    How to Ask for a Spotter When Recovering from an Injury

    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

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