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Recovery

This blog will help you sleep better, ease pain, and feel refreshed and recharged.

Recovery

Q&A: Prevent Shin Splints

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Q: I'm training for a half-marathon and keep getting shin splints. Is there anything I can do to help prevent them?

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Tags: Injury Prevention, Tightness, Soreness, Injury, Reduce Pain, Barefoot, Shin Pain, Running, Q&A, Foot

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

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

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

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

Recovery

Pinched Nerve

Here is a magic formula for avoiding what most athletes call a pinched nerve: Select the right parents, don't wear out your body too early, and lead a life sheltered from turning, twisting, and lifting.

"In other words," says Angela Smith, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon, "there is not much you can do to protect yourself from this degenerative condition. It's simply going to happen to some people."

The term "pinched nerve" is commonly used by the public, but doctors are more likely to talk about spondylosis, ankylosis and radiculitis. More important than the correct terminology is the process that causes pain to start in the neck or back and to radiate through the shoulders, arms and legs.

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Tags: Neck Pain, Health, Reduce Pain, Back Pain, Back, Neck

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.