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  • 4 Common Back Injuries and How to Treat Each One

    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.

    1. 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

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  • When to Use Heat to Treat an Injury
    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

  • 10 Tips to Help Avoid Sprained Ankles and Running Injuries
    10 Tips to Help Avoid Sprained Ankles and Running Injuries

    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 occurred, you can absolutely go through a number or preparation steps to significantly lower the chances of your ankle spraining in the f

  • How to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals in 2020
    How to Achieve Your Health and Fitness Goals in 2020

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    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

  • Knee Sleeves: What Are They and When to Wear Them
    Knee Sleeves: What Are They and When to Wear Them

    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.

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    What are Knee Sleeves?

    Knee sleeves are not the same as knee braces.

  • How to Navigate The Office with a Sprained Ankle
    How to Navigate The Office with a Sprained Ankle

    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. 

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    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

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  • 11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before My First Half Marathon
    11 Things I Wish I Had Known Before My First Half Marathon

    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, however, there are some things I would do very differently--and some things that I wish I had known earlier in the game so that I could

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  • The Surprising Connection between Knee and Back Pain
    The Surprising Connection between Knee and Back Pain

    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.

    Helpful tips for knee and back pain

    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,

  • How to Crush Your Goals in 2020
    How to Crush Your Goals in 2020

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    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. 

  • How to Treat Runner's Knee Pain and Get Back to Training
    How to Treat Runner's Knee Pain and Get Back to Training

    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.