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Run faster, jump higher, and raise your game in any sport with the tips and strategies in this blog.

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Q&A: Get Rid of Side Cramps When Running

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Q: Whenever I run, my side gets this pain and tightening feeling. My doctor said it was a runner's stitch. How do I get rid of it so I can do more cardio?

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Tags: Reduce Pain, Running, Q&A, Hydration

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Baseball: Strength Training Mistakes to Avoid

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The following is an excerpt from Complete Conditioning for Baseball, a book written by Steve Tamborra, a strength and conditioning coach at Georgia Tech, who has trained more than 60 All-Americans, 16 first round picks (including Mark Teixeira) and 100 players who have been drafted in baseball and other sports. The book was published by Human Kinetics Publishers.

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Tags: Baseball

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Pro Tennis Player Demographics

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Want to be one of the top-ranked tennis players in the world? You might increase your chances if you match up with the top 10 players in world in terms of age, height, weight, and perhaps, where you were born.

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Tags: Tennis

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The Quiet Eye Approach to Free-Throw Shooting

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Joan Vickers, PhD, a researcher and professor at the University of Calgary, is one of the world's foremost authorities on sports vision. Her new book, Perception, Cognition, and Decision Training: The Quiet Eye in Action, explores this issue.

Vickers found that elite athletes in almost all sports, whether they know it or not, use their eyes quite differently than less-skilled athletes. She refers to this ability as the "quiet eye." The quiet eye is a final fixation or tracking gaze that is located on a specific object or area within the field of vision (no more than three degrees off the target) and is held for a minimum of 100 milliseconds. The quiet eye has been shown to be a characteristic of elite athletes in several sports, including golf, basketball, volleyball, rifle shooting, table tennis and ice hockey.

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Tags: Basketball, Pressure, Focus

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Surgery for Tennis Elbow Shows Long-Term Promise

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Arthroscopic treatment of tennis elbow has shown to be successful after a long-term follow-up, according to new research presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Tennis elbow can be successfully managed without surgery in almost 90 percent of cases. When it cannot be controlled by non-surgical measures, the arthroscopic technique used in this study is one of the many different surgical options that have good outcomes.

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Tags: Injury, Tennis, Rehabilitation, Elbow Pain, Elbow

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Little League Shoulders

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Researchers at the University of Kentucky followed 32 male baseball players between the ages of 13 and 21 for six years to study changes in the shoulder's range of motion, strength and growth plates. Their conclusions:

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Tags: Family, Injury, Baseball, Shoulder

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Run Away from Traffic

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A research team writing in the New England Journal of Medicine found that running or jogging while being exposed to diesel exhaust caused a reduction in the amount of blood reaching the heart.

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Tags: Health, Running

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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

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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

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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

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