• 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

  • 10 Great Foods To Eat While Recovering From An Injury
    10 Great Foods To Eat While Recovering From An Injury

    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

  • How To Recover From an ACL Injury like a Pro
    How To Recover From an ACL Injury like a Pro

    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

  • How to Strengthen Your Back After an Injury
    How to Strengthen Your Back After an Injury

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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

  • 7 Ways Kinesiology Tape Assists with Healing and Athletic Performance

    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

  • When to Use Heat to Treat an Injury

    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

  • How to Keep Working Out While Recovering from a Wrist Injury
    How to Keep Working Out While Recovering from a Wrist Injury

    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

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  • Muscle Soreness or Sports Injury? How to Tell the Difference
    Muscle Soreness or Sports Injury? How to Tell the Difference

    Every athlete and every person who engages in exercise experiences muscle soreness. Muscle soreness is a good sign that you have "felt the burn" and that your muscles are growing stronger as a result of the work you have done. Your muscles and the joints you focused on may feel achy, tender, and weaker than usual in the hours, and sometimes days, after a truly intense workout. This is all perfectly normal and healthy, provided you fuel up on water and protein, and remember to stretch.

    But how do you tell the difference between healthy muscles that ache and a real soft-tissue sports injury? Sports injuries occur when the burn you feel pushes your body too far and the soft tissue doesn't just burn; it tears. When you don't notice a moment-of-injury and soreness can leave your muscles tender and weak, how do you know when it's time to ice and rest versus soaking in a bath and getting back on the grind tomorrow?

    Today, we're here to help you find out.

  • 3 Common Tennis Injuries (and How to Treat Them)
    3 Common Tennis Injuries (and How to Treat Them)

    Tennis Injuries

    Like any sport, tennis athletes get injured. While tennis players can suffer concussions and other injuries that are most associated with contact sports, the most common tennis injuries are either repetitive action injuries or acute injuries, such as sprains. If you are a tennis player, it is important to recognize and properly treat any injuries before they become more serious.

    Tennis Elbow 

    Caused by repetitive motion of the wrist and arm, tennis elbow involves a pain on the outside of the elbow. The pain may spread to the forearm and wrist. Things such as shaking hands,

  • 5 Ways to Recover From a Sports Injury Like a Pro
    5 Ways to Recover From a Sports Injury Like a Pro

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    You know that anyone who participates in a certain sport on a professional level is exponentially more at risk for suffering from a sports injury. In fact, it wouldn't be unreasonable to suggest that every professional athlete will suffer from an injury at some point, whether that is a relatively minor injury from overexercising or something more serious like a fracture. If you too are an athlete (just not at a professional level) you understand that the risk for potential injury also exists for you. If you are currently suffering from a sports injury, it is worth looking at how the pros deal with their injuries and taking notes. In this post, we will take a look at a few recovery tips from the pros to help you come back strong and fully heal as quickly as possible. 

    1. Don't Underestimate The Power of Cold Therapy:
  • What to do During and After Your Back Injury (And 3 Things You Shouldn't Do)
    What to do During and After Your Back Injury (And 3 Things You Shouldn't Do)

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    A back injury is never an enjoyable experience for anyone, regardless of age or level of athleticism. Whether you injured your back by picking something up that was too heavy or from a devastating blow during a sporting event such as football, there are certain things you should try in order to recover properly. In this post, you will learn about what to do during and after your back injury as well as a few things you should not do. 

    1. Switch up Your Diet: Trying to expedite the healing process for your lower back pain? Changing your diet will help with that a great deal. In order to help your body focus directly on the acute injury (in this instance, your lower back pain) and not spend as much ti

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  • 5 Common Rugby Injuries and How to Prevent and Treat Them
    5 Common Rugby Injuries and How to Prevent and Treat Them

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    Over the last decade, rugby has grown to become one of the most watched sports in the world.

    As the game progresses, so are the demands placed on the players in terms of fitness, power, pace, and strength. Today, rugby players are some of the best-conditioned athletes. This, however, does not mean they're indestructible.

    Rugby is a contact sport and has injury rates three times higher than that of soccer. Whether a player is tackling or being tackled, the injury risks are ever present. As a player, getting injured is never fun, apart from the pain, there are the long periods spent on the sidelines prevented from doing what you l

  • Tips to Help Back Injury and Back Pain
    Tips to Help Back Injury and Back Pain

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    It may strike suddenly or creep up slowly, but when it arrives it will threaten your mobility, your active lifestyle, your enjoyment of simple exercises, and even your time at work. No, it probably won't kill you. Although, some people may feel like they're close to dying. It is the misery of back pain. However, with the right guidance, education, and proper back support, you need not wither away in agony. You can reclaim your life and heal faster. It just takes understanding what's going on with your back, why it's happening, how you can best support it during this time, and hope that "this too shall pass." But first a few facts about this troublesome problem.

     

    Young or old, back pain is a common issue that affects millions

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  • The Comprehensive Guide to Wrist Injuries
    The Comprehensive Guide to Wrist Injuries

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    Any type of injury can put a cramp in your lifestyle. Whether you are active in sports, around town, or at the gym, it's difficult when you have an injury that prevents you from doing the things you love. Wrist injuries are some of the more painful injuries that you may encounter. You use your hand and wrist for just about everything you do; so when your wrist is hurting, then it can really hinder how you manage life.

    Just as it is with many types of injuries, sometimes you have to wait it out until you are healed, and waiting can be challenging. However, while you're waiting, you can learn some best practices to facilitate a smooth healing process, and you may even help push the process along a little faster. First, it's important to understand a bit more about wrist injuries.

     

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  • Recovering From Tennis Elbow in Two Stages - Inflammation and Recovery
    Recovering From Tennis Elbow in Two Stages - Inflammation and Recovery

    Recovering From Tennis Elbow in Two Stages - Inflammation and Recovery

    Tennis elbow can happen to almost anyone, not just tennis players. Studies show that about 3% of the American adult population suffers from this condition every year whether it was triggered by some repeated gripping activity at work or from rigorous sports activities that involve tightly gripping and swinging equipment. The problem with tennis elbow is that it while it may be caused by doing the same combination of moves and stressful activities over and over again, the pain and damage sneaks up on you.  It starts a very dull ache that's easy to ignore. Especially if the motion is caused by work or an exercise style you really enjoy, it's all too tempting to simply work through the pain and any people don't notice the pain getting worse until it starts showing up outside the workout

  • 10 Useful Techniques to Heal Your Sports Injury Faster

     10 Useful Techniques to Heal Your Sports Injury Faster

    Nothing is more frustrating than being a very active person with a brand new injury. Of course, getting injured isn't really the problem. Most athletes and professionals can grit through the initial pain of injury easily. Laughing off the pain, getting the injury inspected and treated, these things are easy. The hard part is waiting weeks or even months to get back on your game. When you can't walk on an ankle, twist your back, or use an arm, both practice and play become off-limits. And where does that leave you? 

    You find yourself at home or sitting on the sidelines trying to wish your injury

  • Common Repetitive Strain Wrist Injuries and What You can do About Them

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    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.


  • Common Running Injuries: Plantar Fasciitis
    Common Running Injuries: Plantar Fasciitis

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

    Running is one of the most common forms of exercise.  People of all ages and athletic abilities regularly lace up their shoes and go for a run. However, certain pains and aches keep them for enjoying a good run. Let's take a look at one common injuries for runners — plantar fas

  • Elbow Hyperextension and How to Treat It

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    Sometimes, a joint gets pushed too far. Your bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments can only take so much pressure, activity, or extension before something goes wrong. When it comes to soft-tissue damage, normally the first thing to give is the connective tissue, the tendons and ligaments that hold your body taut like puppet strings. These connective strands are what truly defines how far a joint can bend deep or stretch outward until the bones themselves can't hold. This is why you can improve your flexibility by slowly stretching and strengthening your connective tissue and the muscles nearby. However, there's a difference between flexibility exercises and accidentally over-extending yourself.


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  • How to Find the Right Knee Brace to Relieve Your Knee Pain

    How to Find the Right Knee Brace to Relieve Your Knee Pain

    Knees are one of the most hard-working joints in the body. Not only are they an essential part of movement and exercising, they also support nearly all of your body weight every time you stand and walk. Knees do a lot more work than most of us realize, which is why it's so hard to leave them alone when recovering from an injury, a surgery, or to rest your knees from an ongoing strain. You can put your wrist in a brace, prop your arm in a sling, but you need your knees to get around just to do basic things like getting dressed, making

  • 8 Restorative Yoga Poses For Knee Pain

    8 Restorative Yoga Poses For Knee Pain

    If you're experiencing knee pain, you're not alone. Millions of people suffer from chronic or acute knee pain—or have at some point in their past. Along with being uncomfortable, knee pain restricts movement, reduces strength, and compromises muscle control. In other words, it impacts more than just the knee joint itself. Knee pain can create a domino-effect of structural and soft-tissue problems that may compromise your ability to complete daily chores, and participate fully in the activities that you love.


  • Common Golf Injuries and How to Manage Them

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    Golf is ranked as one of the top ten participation sports in the world. If you love to play golf, then you're in good company. Approximately 60 million people enjoy this relaxing yet challenging sport that has its roots in ancient times.

    Golf Health Benefits

    Since golf became such a popular pastime in the U.S., people have delighted in the game. Harvard Medical School claims that golfing is a healthy and safe exercise for the heart, and people of all ages may enjoy the sport with minimal risk to the heart. Even though golfing may not seem as rigorous as some sports such as football or baseball, it still provides plenty of health

  • 6 Ways to Manage Back Pain and Back Injuires

    Woman rubbing her back because of pain

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

  • Common Injuries for Major League Baseball Pitchers

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

    Some baseball positions are more prone to injuries

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

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

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

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

  • Tips to Reduce Knee Injuries When Skiing

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

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

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

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

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