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Recovery

The Latest Research on Stretching Before Exercise

The evidence on stretching continues to evolve, but many athletes, exercisers, and conditioning coaches either can't or don't keep up with the most recent information, are confused by conflicting research, or simply don't want to change their routines, regardless of the evidence. All you have to do to confirm this observation is to watch the pre-game warm-up activities of many high school, college and professional teams.

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Tags: Stretching, Flexibility

Recovery

Sleeves are Equal to Braces after ACL Surgery

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Users of functional knee braces and neoprene sleeves have similar recoveries from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, according to research presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in Alberta, Canada.

"For patients returning to sport after ACL reconstruction, a functional knee brace, which is sturdy, elaborate and expensive, does not provide advantages over a soft neoprene elastic sleeve," says principal investigator Trevor Birmingham, Ph.D., P.T., of the University of Western Ontario and the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic in London, Ontario.

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Tags: Injury, Knee Pain, Rehabilitation, Knee

Play Better

20-Minute Warm-Up Reduces Injury

A special 20-minute warm-up performed two to three times a week during preseason can cut soccer players' groin injuries by nearly one third, according to researchers at the Center for Athletic Hip and Groin Disorders in Santa Monica, Calif. Groin injuries, which range from minor strains to hernias requiring surgery, account for five percent of all sports injuries.

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Tags: Injury Prevention, Soccer, Movement Preparation, Groin, Flexibility

Movement

Q&A: Plyometrics After an Injury

Dave Cruz

Q: I'm a physical therapist and have gotten conflicting information about beginning plyometric exercises following injuries. Do you have any suggestions regarding a safe start-up of plyometrics? — Ken, Dayton, OH

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Tags: Injury, Rehabilitation, Plyometrics, Q&A

Play Better

Q&A: Gain Weight, Stay Quick

Scott Wachter

Q: I am a basketball player, 5'11" and 175 lbs. My goal is reach 190 lbs without losing my quickness. I do interval training. Is that right? What suggestions do you have to build my foundation again for basketball competition?

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Tags: Speed, Sports Performance, Basketball, Elliptical, Acceleration, Q&A, Agility

Recovery

Q&A: Post-Workout Shower

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Q: After a workout, like everyone else in the world, I usually take a shower. Should I take a warm shower or a cold one? 

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Tags: Q&A, Regeneration

Recovery

Q&A: Foam Roll While Injured

Scott Wachter

Q: I have a minor calf muscle pull, and a tender IT band. Will the foam roll help me recover, or should I wait until I heal?

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Tags: Q&A, Regeneration, Foam Roll, Calves, Injury

Recovery

Q&A: Return from an Ankle Sprain

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Q: I recently hurt my ankle playing pickup basketball. What are some exercises that I can do to strengthen it?

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Tags: Ankle, Injury, Basketball, Rehabilitation, Q&A

Live Better

Q&A: More Muscle, Less Fat

Dave Cruz

Q: I'm following your basketball in-season workout plan, and I'm playing full-court ball three times a week. I'm 25 years old, 6'3" and 194 pounds with 16 percent body fat. How can I bulk up without packing on the fat? — Brian, Birmingham, AL

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Tags: Food, Protein, Build Muscle, Weight Loss

Recovery

Q&A: Foam Roll for Soreness

Q: I was wondering how the foam roller ties in with delayed onset muscle soreness.  Is it still beneficial  to use the foam roller where it's sore one to two days after a tough workout?

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Tags: Q&A, Regeneration, Foam Roll, Soreness, Reduce Pain

Blogs

Movement

5 Stretches to Refresh Your Warmup

Try these dynamic stretches to prepare for a better workout.

Live Better

Feeling Uninspired? Take a Walk

When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.

Nutrition

Q&A: Supplements for Vegetarian Bodybuilders

Three things to know if you train hard and don't eat meat.

Well at Work

Survey: American Employees Skipping Vacation Days for Work

A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.