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Recovery

Q&A: How to Maintain Muscle While Injured

Scott Wachter

Q: I broke my clavicle. I need help maintaining my weight and muscle mass while I'm out of commission for eight weeks. Any advice?

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Tags: Build Muscle, Injury, Rehabilitation, Q&A

Play Better

How to Tell If Your Daughter Can Be an Olympic Gymnast

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Here are some answers and comments on identifying and developing talented young gymnasts from three very successful coaches: Geoff Eaton, owner and head coach of Desert Devils Gymnastics in Mesa, Ariz.; John Spini, women's gymnastics coach at Arizona State University; and Bela Karolyi, perhaps the most successful gymnastics coach ever.

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Tags: Focus, Attitude, Sports Performance

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

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

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

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

Blogs

Movement

Mark Verstegen’s Hip-Strengthening Workout for Women

Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.

Live Better

America: A Nation of Couch Potatoes

A new study from the University of Alabama found that the average person is getting less than two minutes of rigorous exercise a day.

Nutrition

7 Fresh Juices to Start Your Day

Juice these fruit and veggie blends to start your day.

Well at Work

Health News: Exercise Can Alleviate Work-Life Balance Stress

Researchers found that working out can help ease stress and increase confidence in dealing with work-life balance issues.

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.