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How Using Kinesiology Tape Can Provide Relief and Support

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 15, 2016 at 1:10 PM

If you ever watch sports, you will inevitably see athletes across disciplines using kinesiology tape. You may know exactly why they've wrapped it around their body. But if you are curious why these athletes are wearing strips of tape over various parts of their body, this post is for you. Is it simply a fashion statement, or does it actually serve a medicinal purpose?

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Topics: Kinesiology Tape

Packing Your Back to School Athletic Training Kit

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM

With the end of summer, many high school and college athletes and coaches are heading back to a regular training schedule for the first time. Whether it's your first season or your last, you may find yourself wondering whether or not you've managed to pack that athletic training kit with everything you could possibly need. You've examined all of your gear carefully. You've checked everything to make sure that it's in good shape. Now, what about those important extras that will take your training from ordinary to exceptional, preparing you for potential sprains, strains, and other injuries and ensuring that you're ready for whatever happens on the field?

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Topics: Athletic Training Kits

Managing Chronic Wrist Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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Topics: wrist pain

Finding Ways to Live with Foot Pain & Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Your body is a complicated machine, and when one part of it doesn't work, it will adversely affect the rest of you. This is especially evident when you are living with foot pain and plantar fasciitis. Activities of daily life, formerly thought to be routine, can suddenly become a struggle. By trying to find a solution, you can help to improve your life and reduce or even eliminate your pain. Understanding what is causing the pain can help you to treat it, and "get back up on your feet."

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Pain, foot injury

Common Gymnastic Wrist Injuries: A Dorsal Wrist Impingement [Infographic]

Posted by Jeremy Gesicki

August 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Gymnastics is a wonderful sport that really challenges your body and your reflexes. Unfortunately, it also challenges your joints, especially your knee and wrist joints. As a result, gymnasts often suffer from a dorsal wrist impingement. Learning how to diagnose and treat this wrist injury can help you or your gymnast children from falling victim to this injury.

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Topics: infographic, wrist injuries

The Dreaded Runner's Knee - How to Treat it

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Runner's knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome is an unfortunate, yet common ailment that affects runners. Runner's knee is mainly caused by an irritation localized where the kneecap sets upon the thighbone. In fact, at approximately 20 percent of all running related injuries, PFPS is the most common running injury.

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Topics: Knee Pain, Runner's Knee

Can You Keep Training With Common Athletic Injuries?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM

There's nothing worse than the moment of blind panic when you realize that you've been injured. It's not the pain itself that's so terrifying, though that's bad enough. It's the idea that you're going to be stuck on the bench for the next several weeks, the enforced idleness a punishment for not paying close enough attention to what was going on with your body. Here's the good news: you don't have to give up your training regime entirely just because you've managed to be injured. By taking a few simple principles into consideration, you can keep the rest of your body in peak condition while still allowing the injury to heal.

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Topics: injuries

What to do during and after your knee injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Knee injuries are a common and often frightening injury to everyone from sports participants to average every day people. We slip and fall and usually the first thing that feels pain is our knees. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (Website) the knee is one of the most commonly injured body parts. This is not a surprise since it carries a vast portion of our body weight.

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Topics: knee injuries

What Happens During Physical Therapy Session for Knee Pain?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 15, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Тhе humаn knее іs а hіngе јоіnt thаt іs соmрrіsеd оf thе tіbіа (shіn) аnd thе fеmur (thіgh). Тhе раtеllа, оr knеесар, іs lосаtеd іn thе frоnt оf thе knее. Тhе knее іs suрроrtеd bу fоur lіgаmеnts. Тwо shосk аbsоrbеrs, еасh саllеd а mеnіsсus, аrе fоund wіthіn thе knее.

Knee injuries саn bе саusеd bу rереtіtіvе trаumа аnd strаіn оr bу іnјurу. Оссаsіоnаllу іt оссurs fоr nо арраrеnt rеаsоn. Whеn knее раіn оссurs, уоu mау ехреrіеnсе funсtіоnаl lіmіtаtіоns thаt іnсludе dіffісultу wаlkіng, rіsіng frоm sіttіng, оr аsсеndіng аnd dеsсеndіng stаіrs.

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Topics: knee injuries

Living with Serious Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 14, 2016 at 1:10 PM

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Pain

Treating Back Injuries and Back Pain...Without Medication

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 12, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Dealing with a back injuries or chronic back pain can make life difficult. It can really get in the way of doing the things that you want to do, such as participate in sports and other physical activities. It can even cause you to be in constant pain when you aren't doing anything at all.

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Topics: back injuries

Tennis Elbow Brace Can Help You Get a Grip

Posted by Jeremy Gesicki

July 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Tennis elbow is a painful nuisance that can make everyday tasks quite tricky. Contrary to its name, tennis elbow can occur in anyone, not just tennis players. How is it caused? What can you do to treat it? Do you need to rest it, or use a tennis elbow brace? When do you need to see a doctor? 

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Topics: Tennis Elbow

4 Common Running Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 9, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Whether you have been running for years or you are new to the world of running, if you have not already, you will likely at some point suffer a running-related injury. While some running injuries can sideline you for a while, others are less serious and may only require you to go a little easier for a time. If you are serious about running, knowing about common running injuries, injury prevention, and treatment is essential.

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Topics: Runner's Knee, running injuries

Keep Time on the Bench Down with Prevention and Treatment of the Most Common Soccer Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 5, 2016 at 1:13 PM

The popularity of soccer has exploded over the past few decades, but with it come injuries associated with playing a competitive sport. According to the US Youth Soccer Association, the membership rate of youths playing the sport has almost doubled in the past 25 years, and many of those players grow up and continue to play in some capacity. Whether playing in high school, college, or in a professional or community league, common soccer injuries can be treated and prevented with the right knowledge and supplies. 

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Topics: soccer injuries

Three Common Tennis Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 1, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Like any sport, tennis athletes get injured. While tennis players can suffer concussions and other injuries that are most associated with contact sports, the most common tennis injuries are either repetitive action injuries or acute injuries, such as sprains. If you are a tennis player, it is important to recognize and properly treat any injuries before they become more serious.

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Topics: tennis injuries

How to Strengthen Your Back After an Injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 30, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Back injuries can happen from something as minuscule as lifting improperly to something severe like a traumatic accident. Regardless of how you hurt your back, the pain is debilitating or distracting. An injury from lifting can take you out for a few weeks. You might be able to get through your day but you'll have trouble focusing when your back hurts. Being in pain most of the day is no fun either!

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Topics: back injuries

Treating Ankle Injuries: Five Common Misconceptions

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 28, 2016 at 1:10 PM

If you have suffered an ankle injury, you have likely heard an assortment of things you should and should not do. While some of the advice might be perfectly harmless or even beneficial, other advice could actually be harmful. Overall, the key to treating ankle injuries is making sure you are able separate ankle injury treatment facts from fiction. Here are five things you may have heard about ankle injuries and their treatment.

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Topics: Ankle injuries

5 Common CrossFit Injuries to Watch out for in Your Regimen

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that has taken off in popularity in recent years. No longer is it reserved for hardened military types, but everyone from lanky teens with MMA dreams to spritely seniors are taking advantage of the full-body workouts. As CrossFit combines a wide range of movements, it can mean an even wider range of injuries. Don't believe the newbie trainers that spout the ridiculous mantra that "if you don't want to get hurt, CrossFit isn't for you," it is not true. With a knowledgeable trainer, injury should not be an issue if the program is done properly. However, accidents happen, muscles get tweaked the wrong way, and ligaments get pushed a little too far. For those taking on the challenge of CrossFit, be ready to address these common injuries.

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Topics: crossfit

Returning to Practice After Common Athletic Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 24, 2016 at 1:11 PM

There's nothing worse than time spent out of training because of an injury. Once you're healed up and your doctor has, if necessary, cleared you to return to training, you're ready to dive back in as quickly as possible! Unfortunately, diving in too fast can lead to further injury, putting you right back on the bench before you even have a chance to enjoy your freedom to train as you like. By following a few simple precautions, however, you can get back to your normal training schedule sooner and avoid further injuries in the future.

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Topics: injuries

The 5 Most Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 23, 2016 at 1:30 PM

For many, the pain comes on slowly. You hobble around on a sore foot cursing yourself from collecting another bruised heel. However, unlike a bruised heel, the pain doesn't go away. In fact, it gets worse. You try to play on it, you try to run through the pain, but eventually you just stop trying. That is the world of athletes that suffer from plantar fasciitis pain.

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis

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