February 26, 2020
Prairie du Sac, WI
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
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
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
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.
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 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:
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
December 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.