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4 Common Back Injuries and How to Treat Each One

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

April 17, 2018 at 8:25 AM

 

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Topics: back injuries

Living With Plantar Fasciitis Doesn't Have to be Painful

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

April 10, 2018 at 10:03 AM

 

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis

How to Treat Ankles Injuries Right After They Happen

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

April 3, 2018 at 12:19 PM

 

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Shin Splints: identify, treat & prevent

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

March 29, 2018 at 11:25 AM

When you hear about sports and activity related injuries, most people assume that these have to be caused by an accident or mistake. However, sometimes your body just isn't ready for the level of activity you're asking for. Sometimes just going for a long walk after a period of inactivity can lead to a surprising amount of pain and loss of function in one or both legs. In fact, this can happen to anyone upping the stress they put on their legs whether it's going from inactivity to walking, walking to running, or even just running on grass to running on asphalt at your normal pace and intensity.

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Topics: shin splints

7 Ways a Wrist Brace Can Reduce Pain

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

March 27, 2018 at 12:37 PM

Wrist braces are one of the most commonly used pieces of medical equipment in the modern world. Why? Because they are so incredibly useful. In truth, 'wrist brace' is an incredibly general term meaning any specially designed wearable used to support, protect, or restrict the movement of a wrist. They can be made to fit the right or left hand and some braces are universal, meaning they can be used on either wrist based on how you configure them. Wrist braces can be used to keep your wrist safe after an injury or prevent an injury you know is a risk. They are often used to relieve long-term wrist pain conditions and are frequently recommended or even prescribed by doctors for specific recovery plans.

If you're not sure whether you should be wearing a wrist brace for recovery or relief, here's a quick run-down of the most common reasons (but by no means all the reasons) to wear a wrist brace.

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Topics: elbow braces

What To Do After An Elbow Injury

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

March 22, 2018 at 8:43 AM

 

Getting injured is never a fun experience and it's always necessary to seek medical attention afterward but some injuries are more dangerous than others. Elbow injuries are particularly touchy because of the number of things that could potentially go wrong. Elbows can be damaged over time by stressful repetitive motion or all at once through an impact and/or fall. When this happens, it's vital that you know how to respond and seek treatment immediately in order to both assess the level of damage and get you on the path toward healing and recovery as quickly as possible.

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Topics: Elbow Injury

10 Things to Do While Recovering From Sports Injuries

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

March 20, 2018 at 8:33 AM

For professional or casual athletes who enjoy active physical exertion every day, time spent in recovery is often incredibly difficult. The first few days and possibly even weeks of 'downtime' after an injury mean leaving behind your normal workout routine, staying off the field or track and out of the gym. When the doctor has sent you home to recuperate, it's important to actually rest the injury or you'll only take longer to heal. But how do you fully relax when all you can think about is how much you want to get back in the game? We have ten useful tips to help you make the most of your recovery time without getting 'out of shape' in the meantime.

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Topics: sports injuries

Which Athletic Training Kit is Right for You?

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

March 16, 2018 at 9:01 AM

Just like with machines, any time you do something that involves moving parts, there's a certain risk of damage. The amount you move and how much effort you put into each motion also contributes to this potential risk. Taking a sedate walk around the neighborhood may have minimal consequences but when you're running your hardest trying to beat your best time or get to the finish line before your competitors, a single mismanaged movement could result in a serious injury.

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Topics: Athletic Training Kits

How to Avoid Common Sports Injuries

Posted by Carol Trehearn

March 15, 2018 at 8:23 AM

You will undoubtedly want to avoid a sports injury whenever possible. It is common for a player to hurt themselves when regularly participating in a sport; however, an accident can be avoidable if you know the common mistakes players and athletes can make.

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Topics: Guest Post

Understanding Tennis Elbow and How to Treat It

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

March 13, 2018 at 8:51 AM

Thousands of athletes and other working professionals every year experience something commonly known as "Tennis Elbow". This distinctly named condition is, in fact, a kind of injury that can be contracted during any repetitive and stressful movements of the forearm, as is very common in the game of tennis. Of course, you don't have to be a tennis player to get tennis elbow. Anyone who uses their arms regularly at work, from playing golf to moving boxes, even stirring large batches of food in a cafeteria kitchen, can cause this kind of elbow strain, and it is often caused by doing the same forceful motion too many times with imperfect form that puts strain on the tendons of your elbow and forearm.

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Topics: Tennis Elbow

9 Home Remedies for Wrist Injuries

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

March 8, 2018 at 10:49 AM

When you're at home healing a wrist injury rather than out doing your favorite physical activities, the waiting is often the most frustrating part. Sure, you know you're supposed to ice, compress, and rest it for several days but you want to do things that involve using both hands and it's tough to sit around watching movies instead. Even if you're completely familiar with the usual R.I.C.E. procedures of rest, ice, compression, and elevation, these don't actually take up much of your day. After all, resting is what's causing the problem, icing only takes twenty minutes out of every two hours, and compression takes maybe fifteen total minutes out of the day getting it in and out of the elastic bandage or wrist brace. The rest of the day that you're not at work on light duty, it's just waiting.

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Topics: wrist injuries

Living With Chronic Knee Joint Pain

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

March 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM

If you have ever suffered from aching knees, then you know the misery that comes with this condition. People may experience two conditions that result in knee pain — Acute or Chronic.

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Topics: Knee Pain, knee joint pain, Martial Arts Injuries

Common Injuries in Martial arts

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

March 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Martial arts competitions are an increasingly popular sport for all ages. And it’s something that people perform, often with injuries. There’s no doubt it’s an injury-prone sport, however, if it’s a sport that you enjoy, there are things you can do to ensure you minimize injuries beforehand and treat them well after they occur in order to maximize recovery times.

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Topics: Martial Arts Injuries

5 Reasons to Wear a Knee Brace

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

March 2, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Almost every athlete suffers some sort of knee injury at least once in their career. Your knees are important in everything from running to lifting heavy equipment. The more active you are, the more likely they're going to experience knee pain. When this happens, more often than not you'll find yourself wearing at least one type of knee brace during and after the recovery process. Of course, you don't have to have a sports injury to need and wear a knee brace. Many people do it just for prevention or to alleviate pain from a non-injury-related cause. Knee braces allow you to get back on your feet quickly even if you won't be heading back onto the field for a few days or weeks. Here are five great reasons why you might find yourself wearing a knee brace.

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Topics: Knee Braces, knee injuries

10 Tips for Treating Knee Pain

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

March 1, 2018 at 12:19 PM

When you live an active lifestyle of professional or casual sports, it's not uncommon to deal with the occasional minor knee injury. Sometimes it will be based on an event that occurred during training or on the field while other times knee pain can be a result of stress, tension, or imperfect form over time.

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Topics: knee pain treatment

Use Kinesiology Tape to Help Shoulder Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 28, 2018 at 11:39 AM


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Topics: Shoulder

How to Recover from Glute Injuries

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

February 26, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Glute injuries are something that you should pay attention to because they can really affect your quality of life in addition to your prospects for returning to your sport as quickly as possible. Here are a few things that you can and should do after a glute injury in order to minimize the potential of further injury, the amount of pain you feel, and the amount of time it’s going to take to get you back in the saddle of your chosen sport.

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Recover Quickly from a Groin Injury

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

February 22, 2018 at 7:10 AM

A groin muscle injury is often serious in nature because of what a central role it plays in your body’s musculature system. Here are some options for what you should do after a groin injury in order to maximize health and work through the issue so you can get back to your sport.

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Topics: Dehydration

3 Signs You're Dehydrated, Ladies

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

February 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Beyond being thirsty!

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Topics: Dehydration

3 Yoga Poses For Better Sleep

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

February 19, 2018 at 1:15 PM

Getting a restful night's sleep revives your body and mind. But it seems almost impossible these days. You're constantly on the go with work, kids, and everything else. By the time you climb into bed, you're already thinking about tomorrow. Wondering what to wear, packing lunches, that appointment, on and on. 

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Topics: yoga, Sleep

5 Soothing Pilates Exercises to Relieve Lower Back Pain

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

February 15, 2018 at 8:39 AM

Lower back pain is one of the annoying inevitables in life for almost everybody. In many cases, lower back pain plagues the corporate professional sitting at a desk or athletes from repeatative movements. The good news is that majority of cases are relatively mild and can be managed at home. Pilates is an example of a beneficial exercise that'll help alleviate some, if not all, of your pain. 

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Topics: lower back pain, Pilates

Relief from Back Pain and Back Injuries...Without Opioids!

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

February 14, 2018 at 9:28 AM

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Topics: lower back pain

5 Ways to Recover From a Sports Injury Like a Pro

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

February 13, 2018 at 8:10 AM

You know that anyone who participates in a certain sport on a professional level is exponentially more at risk for suffering from a sports injury. In fact, it wouldn't be unreasonable to suggest that every professional athlete will suffer from an injury at some point, whether that is a relatively minor injury from overexercising or something more serious like a fracture. If you too are an athlete (just not at a professional level) you understand that the risk of potential injury also exists for you. If you are currently suffering from a sports injury, it is worth looking at how the pros deal with their injuries and taking notes. In this post, we will take a look at a few recovery tips from the pros to help you come back strong and fully heal as quickly as possible.

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Topics: sports injuries

Effective Tennis Elbow Treatment Options

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

February 6, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Although tennis players to the south enjoy their passion outdoors throughout much of the year, those in the northern tier of states are confined to indoor courts until the warm summer breezes finally arrive. To maximize the competitive pleasures of those precious fair weather months, it's important for players to minimize the impact of common injuries like tennis elbow.  

What is Tennis Elbow?

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Topics: Tennis Elbow

You smell with your body, not just your nose

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

February 2, 2018 at 11:52 AM

You smell with your body, not just your nose.

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Topics: human body

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

January 30, 2018 at 10:10 AM

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Calling All Athletic Trainers

Posted by Chad Schomber

January 26, 2018 at 10:03 AM

As an athletic trainer, sports fans only notice you when their favorite player gets hurt. Then all their eyes are on you. In that moment, when fans are holding their collective breath, the field is your stage and it's your turn to shine. We want to hear those stories.

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Topics: Athletic Trainers

How to Recuperate From an Ankle Injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 18, 2018 at 9:59 AM

Experiencing an injury to any part of the body is a challenge. Actually, it can put quite a hamper to your lifestyle. Not only are you dealing with the potential for ongoing pain, but you will likely have limited movement as well. For active individuals, injuries may happen more frequently and they can be more detrimental to your lifestyle because it puts you out of commission temporarily. Sprains, strains, and broken bones occur regularly with those who engage in sports and active lifestyles. An ankle injury is one injury that sports enthusiasts and active individuals commonly see. When an ankle injury occurs, it can be frustrating waiting for it to heal so you can get back to doing what you love most. However, there are techniques to aid in the healing process and strengthen your ankle so you can get on with life. First, let's take a look at more details about ankle sprains.

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Topics: Ankle injuries, Knee Braces, Knee Injuries

Heel Turn: 5 Times When Your Heel Might Hurt

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 16, 2018 at 10:03 AM

   The heel is prone to many types of injuries. The Mayo Clinic, for instance, lists several. This is a shame, because, despite frequently being overlooked, they are essential for performing most sports. When they hurt, your practice routine is overthrown. Getting back to that routine means finding the source of the heel pain and how to treat it. 

    Here are 5 types of injuries a heel can sustain and some ways to treat those injuries.

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs, heel pain

4 Yoga Poses for Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

You don't have to be a yogi to reap the benefits of regular yoga. Long-term studies have revealed the vast number of ways yoga has been able to help people improve their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. But today, we are going to focus solely on the physical benefits of yoga; more specifically, how certain yoga poses can help reduce the pain and irritation caused by plantar fasciitis. If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis at this time and are looking for one extra way to lessen some of your pain, check out these four yoga poses.

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, yoga

Everything You Wanted to Know About Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 9, 2018 at 9:12 AM

 

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis

Prepare to Be a First Responder with the Right Medical Bag for the Job

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 4, 2018 at 8:09 AM

When it comes to athletic training, the focus is always on striving for one step closer to perfection. Athletes are driven by the desire to shave half a second off their last running time, achieve five extra reps per set, and becoming more accurate with each throw. With this constant forward momentum, it's no surprise that almost no one on the field or in the gym is considering the possibilities of serious injury. Sure, everyone tries to maintain good form to avoid a strain, but a life changing accident is the last thing anyone wants to think about. However, every team and facility has at least one concerned individual who is ready for anything, and we call them first responders. These brave men and women are always ready to lend a hand and are usually excellently equipped with a medical bag prepared for almost anything.

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Topics: Athletic Trainers, Athletic Training Kits, first responder

New Year, New You: Choosing Athletic Training Kits

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 2, 2018 at 9:03 AM

 

Attention Athletic Trainers! It's time to consider your athletic training kit options.



With all that training, however, you need an athletic training kit that's going to handle all your needs when you're at the gym, working out with your teammates, or simply hitting the trails to run. From injury prevention to dealing with sprains, strains, and other issues that could prevent you from meeting your goals, you want an athletic training kit that will provide you with everything you need to handle whatever your workout throws at you. This year, be prepared for anything with an athletic training kit that's already been put together for you. Choosing the one that's best for you is simple: it starts with knowing what your individual needs are and what injuries you're likely to face in your sport of choice.

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Topics: Athletic Trainers, Athletic Training Kits

Practical Tips for Dealing with Knee Joint Pain from Runner's Knee

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM

If you are suffering from knee joint pain, one reason could be a condition called chondromalacia patellae, or better known as runner's knee. Sometimes referred to as runner's knee or patellofemoral syndrome, it can make even the slightest movements very painful. What is chondromalacia patellae and how is it treated? Here is some information you need to know.

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Topics: Runner's Knee, knee injuries

The Best And Worst Yoga Poses to Get Rid of Knee Pain And Build Stronger Joints

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 26, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Treatment for knee pain takes many different forms. For some people, they'll simply need to rest their knee, make some lifestyle adjustments, or try new exercises that don't put too much stress on their joints. In more severe cases of chronic knee pain or in the case of a bad sports injury, surgery may be required. However, for anyone experiencing relatively mild yet incredibly annoying knee pain, there are a few things you can try. One thing that many people find very beneficial for their knee pain is yoga. If you are looking for something that will not only relieve some of your knee pain, but make your knee joints stronger over the long run, take a look at a few useful yoga poses that will help. At the end, we will also discuss a couple of yoga poses that are not good for your knees and that should be avoided.

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Topics: Knee Pain, yoga, knee joint pain

Top Holiday Gifts for Sports Fans

Posted by Carol Trehearn

December 21, 2017 at 10:32 AM

There’s one in each and every household, that family member who can’t miss a game, spends their weekends in their favorite team sweater and even cried when their favorite player was taken off the court – a sports fan! It can be difficult buying a gift that truly means something for the sport’s fan in your life, especially if they already have an impressive merchandise collection. However, this year, why not give them a holiday gift with a difference. So, if you are stuck and stressed for ideas, then keep these ideas in mind when shopping for the much-loved sports fanatic in your life.

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Topics: Guest Post

Knee Pain Treatments of All Varieties to Try out

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 21, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Knee pain is absolutely something that you should take seriously, and this means examining all possible ways of treating the injury. This includes both “all natural” and more traditional types of treatment within the medical field. Herbs, dietary supplements, exercises and just about everything else that you can think of have been prescribed before. Anything that could potentially help you relieve pain is worth checking out.

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Topics: Knee Pain, knee injuries, knee pain treatment

The Best And Worst Exercises For Knee Joint Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 19, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Knee joint pain is an extremely common ailment that can affect everyone, young and old alike. While it is important that you get expert medical advice regarding the best treatment for a knee injury, once you have recovered, you can begin to explore the different exercises that are hugely beneficial for regaining and maintaining strength in and around your knee. In this post, we will uncover five of the best exercises you can use to help alleviate your knee pain and three of the worst exercises that you should avoid after a recent knee injury.

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Topics: Knee Pain, knee joint pain

Making College Affordable with the Help of Athletic Scholarships

Posted by Carol Trehearn

December 18, 2017 at 8:48 AM

Not every parent has the money to send their children to a top 10 college. Taking out loans might help you to afford tuition, but there are also going to be living and textbook expenses that your child will need to pay to get through school. If you are the parent of an athletically inclined child, now is the time to visit athletes-usa.com. There are sports scholarships available for just about every sport, from competitive high diving and track and field to fencing and basketball. Know which colleges have which types of sports programs and you and your child can make a plan that will enable you to send your children to an institute of higher learning for less.

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Topics: Guest Post

How to Prevent Injury During Sport

Posted by Carol Trehearn

December 18, 2017 at 8:43 AM

It’s something people say over and over again – exercise is one of the only surefire ways of keeping fit and healthy. No miracle pill or quick trick is going to do the same amount of good as a workout that suits your specific needs and body type. However, what some people can forget is that exercise in any form also poses a degree of risk to your physical wellbeing. Anything from occasional yoga to extreme weight-lifting requires preparation and understanding before throwing your body into something it might not be able to cope with straight away. Here are some ways you can prevent injuring yourself while exercising.

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Topics: Guest Post

What to do during and after your knee injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 14, 2017 at 9:02 AM

The steps that you should take during and after surgery on your knee will obviously depend on the type of surgery you’re getting specifically. Here’s some information about preparing for knee surgery both generally and specific information related to specific surgeries.

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Topics: knee injury, Knee Braces, Knee Injuries

A Look at Two Potential Causes of Athletic Knee Joint Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 12, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Whether your knee joint pain has progressively gotten worse or the pain started suddenly, if you are experiencing serious pain around your knee, you might be wondering what is wrong and what you can do to treat your pain. While there are many causes of knee pain, a meniscus tear and an ACL tear are among the most common types of knee pain for athletes.  

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Topics: Knee Pain, knee joint pain, Knee Braces, Knee Injuries

Fantasy Football Injuries: Week 14

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

December 11, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Week 14 Fantasy Football Injuries presented by Mueller Sports Medicine.

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Topics: Fantasy Football

Strengthen your hips and butt to reduce lower back pain

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

December 8, 2017 at 12:02 PM

 
Like millions of people, you're experiencing  chronic lower back pain and you're not sure why. It's your hips. Well, maybe there's some other underlying problem but let's see if it's your hip and butt muscles.
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Topics: lower back pain

Get Back on Your Feet Faster with Effective Treatments for Knee Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 7, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Popular culture has long relied on the stereotype of the person who predicts bad weather when his knee is "acting up". This stereotype is far from entertaining to people who suffer knee injuries when they pursue more active lifestyles, and to an aging population that may be in the beginning stages of knee osteoarthritis. Rather than relegating knee pain to a method of predicting the weather, people who experience knee injuries are looking for effective treatments for knee injuries that not only reduce and eliminate knee pain, but that also help them regain mobility and get back to their chosen activities as quickly as is possible.

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Topics: Knee Pain, Knee Braces, Knee Injuries

Cheerleading Knee Pain: Why Your Daughter's Knee Is Locking Up

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 5, 2017 at 9:09 AM

Cheerleading is a fun and athletic sport, one that your daughter loves. Unfortunately, she has been suffering from a “locked” knee or one that suddenly refused to bend for a period of time.

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Topics: Knee Pain, cheerleading, locked knee

Fantasy Football Injuries: Week 13

Posted by Ryan Greenwood

December 4, 2017 at 2:38 PM

 

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Topics: Fantasy Football

6 Things You Don't Want to do When You have back pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 30, 2017 at 10:26 AM

When you are looking for advice related to treating mild back pain, it is pretty easy to come across copious amounts of information on the web offering you advice on what to do to expedite your recovery. However, it is equally as important to focus on things you should not do when you are trying to completely heal an injured back. In this post, we are going to take a look at six things ranging from seemingly minor, subconscious habits to potentially risky activities that you should avoid doing when you are in the process of recovering from a back injury. 

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Topics: back pain, back injuries

Major University Studies Support Use of Sports Medicine Ankle Braces

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 28, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Ankle sprains are a fact of life for many basketball and football players. In fact, almost anyone involved in a team sport is vulnerable to sprains that either limit performance or temporarily prevent participation.

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Topics: Ankle Sprain, ankle brace

How You Can Treat Your Back Injuries and Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 28, 2017 at 9:28 AM

In America, back pain and sciatica are among the most common complaints of pain. Millions of people each year, up to almost 80% of people, experience back pain in some form. Whether it is acute or chronic, most people at some point in their lives will struggle with back pain.

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Topics: back pain, back injuries

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