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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 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

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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

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

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

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

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

Everything You Need to Know About Healing Your Neck Injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 23, 2017 at 10:02 AM

Whether you are suffering from a sore neck, prolonged stiffness, or a case of whiplash, living through the discomfort of your neck injury doesn't have to be your reality. There are plenty of ways that you can safely soothe and heal your neck (with the approval of your general physician or pain specialist, of course). In this post, we will uncover the top eight things that you can do to help make your neck injury less painful and get you on the road to recovery.

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Topics: neck injuries

10 UNCONVENTIONAL THINGS TO TRY For Back Injuries And Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 21, 2017 at 9:58 AM

From overlooked remedies to uncommon therapeutic activities, there are many types of treatment for back injuries and back pain that most people have yet to try. If you have gone down your list of treatment options and thus far nothing has worked for you, it may be time to try something a little less conventional in order to experience lasting results. In this post, you will discover ten unique treatments for back injuries and back pain.

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Topics: back pain, back injuries

6 Luxurious Ways to Soothe Your Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 16, 2017 at 9:10 AM

Anyone who has ever had to deal with back pain knows that it's no fun. Whether it is minor, acute pain or a chronic problem, back injuries never fail to get in the way of a person's day and well-being. Whatever the reason for your back pain, it is, of course, very important that you take the proper precautions to prevent further injury and get treated by a specialized medical professional. If you are finding yourself in great discomfort in between doctor's appointments and medical treatment for your back pain or injury, there are some things you can do at home on your own. And they're not just effective ways to alleviate some of the pain and discomfort, they are incredibly luxurious too. In this post, we will uncover six ultra luxurious ways to sooth your back pain.

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Topics: back pain, back injuries, lower back pain

Spinal Stenosis: Options

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 14, 2017 at 9:41 AM

Many individuals with spinal stenosis have a similar story. At some point they began to have pain, numbness or tingling--usually in their legs and feet, but occasionally in their shoulders and arms. If they laid down or stretched their back, the symptoms would go away. They attributed it to aging or stress or bad genetics. But then the pain and numbness and tingling got worse. It hindered them from sleeping at night. It was difficult for them to sit for long periods. The feeling in their legs would disappear and they would collapse. At this point, they decided a visit to the doctor might be a good idea. 

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Topics: back pain, back injuries, spinal stenosis

6 Yoga Poses to Try For Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 9, 2017 at 10:07 AM

Suffering from an aching, annoying case of back pain? You're not alone. Back pain, particularly lower back pain, is one of the most common injuries out there that plagues everyone from young, agile athletes who have strained themselves working out a little too hard to elderly adults who have been living with chronic, lower back pain for years. The good news is that you don't have to suffer as there are plenty of ways to treat the problem and alleviate some, if not all, of the pain without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on physical rehabilitation, medicine, or surgery. In this post, we will take a look at six easy yoga poses that will do wonders for your back pain.

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Topics: back pain, lower back pain, yoga

Finding a Treatment for your Spinal Stenosis

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 7, 2017 at 9:10 AM

Back pain can be debilitating, which is why finding a treatment for your back injuries and pain is crucial. Especially when you live with the daily aches and pain of spinal stenosis, it's important to try to find ways to help.

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Topics: back injuries, spinal stenosis

Treatments For Wrist Injuries: 10 Exercises and Stretches That Can Help Strengthen Your Wrist

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 2, 2017 at 10:03 AM

Pain, stiffness, or weakness in your wrists can make everyday activities difficult and agonizing to do. Unfortunately, most individuals believe the nagging discomfort they feel is incurable, and choose to bear through the pain instead of looking for ways to alleviate their suffering. However, this isn't true, and relief is possible by strengthening your wrists with some simple exercises. Before performing any of the stretches listed below, be sure to consult a doctor about the proper treatment for your wrist injury. An accurate diagnoses is your first true step towards recovery. While these exercises are useful after an injury, you can also perform them to prevent wrist strain from ever occurring.

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Topics: Treating Wrist Injuries, wrist injuries

How to Reduce and Recover from Your Sports Toe Injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 31, 2017 at 11:35 AM

Toe injuries may not be life threatening in most cases, but they can definitely slow down any athletic endeavor. Here are some tips to make sure that you’re doing everything you can in order to expedite healing while the injury is happening, as well as both directly after and in the long term.

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Topics: sports injuries

The 8 Most Common Sports Injuries And The Best Treatments For Them

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 26, 2017 at 10:30 AM

You don't have to be a division one athlete to potentially get hurt on the field or in the gym. Whether you are newly working out on a regular basis or are a highly trained professional athlete, anyone who takes part in any kind of physical activity can suffer from a sports injury. Should the time ever come when you are injured during workouts or a game, it is important to be prepared and know what to do in order to fully recover and prevent further damage to the injured part of your body. In this post, we will uncover eight of the most common sports injuries and the best treatments for those common injuries.

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Topics: Runner's Knee, Plantar Fasciitis, sports injuries

Common Football Injuries Including Overheating

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 19, 2017 at 1:37 PM

The most common type of football injury is going to depend mightily on what your position is. It is true, however, that some injuries are going to be common to just about everyone. Here are some examples of some specific position injuries as well as some injuries coming from more general football situations, including how you can work through them on your own when possible.

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Topics: football injuries, football, high school football injuries

Volleyball Injuries: Bump, Set, Ouch!

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 5, 2017 at 1:42 PM

Common volleyball injuries tend to hit areas like fingers, ankles, and knees. Let's cover a few of these injuries so you can quickly identify them if they happen to you or your teammates. 

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Topics: Volleyball, Volleyball Injuries

What To Do For Back Pain Relief

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 19, 2017 at 10:08 AM

A back pain is never an enjoyable experience for anyone, regardless of age or level of athleticism. Whether you injured your back by picking something up that was too heavy or from a devastating blow during a sporting event such as football, there are certain things you should try in order to recover properly. Let's cover some ways to get back pain relief and a few things you shouldn't do.

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Topics: back injuries, back injury, lower back pain

Recognizing Plantar Fasciitis: Symptoms, Treatment, and More

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM

There are plenty of causes of foot pain — many of which can make it difficult for you to stay on your feet no matter how hard you try to work past it. If you're an athlete, you may find yourself wondering what's causing your foot pain. Most critically, is it plantar fasciitis? And if it is, how are you supposed to treat it? 

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Pain

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 5, 2017 at 10:45 AM

When you wake up in the morning, do you hesitate to step out of bed? Are your first few steps especially painful, punctuated by more pain when you stand up from a chair or stand in one place then start walking again?

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Pain

The Most Effective Stretches to Relieve Pain After an Injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 31, 2017 at 1:07 PM

Coming back from a sports injury or a chronic pain condition isn't always easy. There is plenty of recovery that goes into it. But if you keep up with preventative measures to protect your body, you'll be able to live with less pain and dramatically decrease the chances of enduring another similar injury. Whether you suffer from neck, back, knee, or any other kind of pain, take a look at a few of these effective stretches that will help alleviate much of your pain.

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Topics: stretching, stretches, pain relief

What to do During And After Your Ankle Injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 29, 2017 at 1:17 PM

While ankle injuries of varying levels of severity are incredibly common, there is no lack of questions that people have about what they can do to heal correctly and swiftly and be able to better tolerate the arduous process. Whether you are suffering from a sprain, fracture, or an even more serious ankle injury, there are several practical things you can and should do as well as things to do for your overall well-being. In this post, you will discover what to do during and after your ankle injury.

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Topics: ankle injury, Ankle injuries

Common Rock Climbing Injuries: How to prevent & Treat Them

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 26, 2017 at 5:33 AM

Even if you have spent the winter at an indoor climbing wall, if you are a serious rock climber, you are likely antsy to get out and start rock climbing. Whether the weather in your area allows for great rock climbing now or you still have a few weeks until it is warm enough to start climbing, now is a great time to begin preparing. One of the top ways you can prepare is to focus on injury prevention.

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Topics: Rock Climbing Injuries

Preventing Common High School Football Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 24, 2017 at 2:49 PM

In November 2015, Luke Schemm of Wallace County, Kansas became the eighth high school player to die in that football season. According to his father, he died of a traumatic brain injury. At least three other high school players' deaths earlier in the year were due to heat stroke or cardiac arrest.

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Topics: high school football injuries

Plantar Fasciitis: An All Too Common Foot Injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 22, 2017 at 9:20 AM

From professional athlete to stay at home mom, anyone can suffer from plantar fasciitis. This condition can be very painful, and make even the most simplest of tasks difficult.

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Pain

Causes, Symptoms and Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 10, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Plantar Fasciitis is a common but painful foot condition that affects many people. It involves the inflammation of the tissues on the bottom of your foot and heel. If you're an athlete, runner, hiker, or any type of person who's very active, you have a greater than average chance of developing this problem. The most obvious symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain as the condition targets the arch of the foot. Since this is a repetitive motion type of injury, it often gets worse when you continue to stress the affected area. Unfortunately, it's hard to stay off your feet so many people end up living with chronic pain. There are ways to treat and prevent plantar fasciitis.

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Pain

Setting the Record Straight: 4 Myths About Using Kinesiology Tape

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The use of kinesiology tape to treat injuries is often a hotly disputed and vastly misunderstood topic of conversation in the sports medicine world.  You've probably heard conflicting arguments and might be wondering what the truth is about kinesiology tape.  Let's set the record straight and tackle 4 common myths about kinesiology tape.

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Topics: Kinesiology Tape

11 Effective Knee Pain Treatments to Try For Your Knee Injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Whether you are looking for at-home natural remedies or specialized medical attention, there are plenty of ways to effectively and safely treat a knee that was recently injured or is just experiencing some mysterious pain. The easiest and quickest way to treat knee pain is by properly diagnosing the cause of the pain and sometimes this will require professional medical attention. Whatever the cause of your knee pain is, it is wise to review the different treatments available to you and consult with a medical professional about the best option for your unique case. In this post, discover 11 of the most effective knee pain treatments, some of which you can try on your own and others that require some medical assistance.

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Topics: knee injury, knee injuries

Swimmer's shoulder and Other Common Swimming Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 1, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Swimming is one of the more popular sports in the world, and there are certainly plenty of injuries associated with it, although many of them are different than other sports. Swimming injuries tend to be of a different caliber since the water’s buoyancy often helps to prevent injuries common with other sports that lead to joint damage from feet hitting the ground. Here are some common injuries in swimming, including what you can do to prevent or mitigate them.

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Topics: swimming injuries, Swimmer's Ear

Foot Pain: Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Spurs

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 20, 2017 at 1:30 PM

The foot is one of the most complicated parts on the body. It is frequently used and subjected to a lifetime of wear and tear. When foot pain occurs, the cause can be any number of different injuries, but when it comes to pain underneath the foot, there are two common ailments that are responsible - plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. Although occasionally used interchangeably to describe under foot or heel pain, plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are two very different conditions.

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Pain, heel spurs

Common Baseball Injuries: Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 11, 2017 at 2:34 PM

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Topics: baseball injuries

Studies Offer Unique Insights Into Treating Injuries With Cold Therapy

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 11, 2017 at 2:09 PM

The common wisdom regarding the immediate icing of acute injuries may be true, although research suggests that it is only appropriate to a degree, with important modifications. Cold therapy is one of the four components of R.I.C.E. - rest, ice, compression and elevation.

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Topics: Cold Therapy, treating injuries

Common Tennis Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

July 7, 2017 at 11:09 AM

Tennis is one of the more popular sports on Earth, but it can definitely put stress on particular parts of your body. Here are some ways of working through your common tennis injuries so that you can get back to your “A” game as soon as possible.

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Topics: Tennis Elbow, tennis injuries

Avoiding Common Summer Injuries for Athletes

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 27, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Summer is the perfect time of year for engaging in sports that you don't get to enjoy the rest of the year. You can spend every weekend out on the lake, swimming and boating; you can hike through the mountains; you can even take a vacation dedicated to camping, rock climbing, biking, and more. There's just one problem: with all of those activities that your body isn't used to, you can significantly increase your chances of injury. While you don't want to curtail your fun, you'll find that following a few simple tips can help decrease your odds of many common summer injuries and make your vacation happier, less stressful, and more fun.

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Topics: common athletic injuries, common summer injuries

Common Baseball Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 22, 2017 at 2:06 PM

If you’re big on getting through injuries on your own and you incur some while playing baseball, there’s actually often some effective ways to get through it. You really can do it on your own in most cases, depending on the situation. Here are a few ways to treat common baseball injuries without spending more time taking it easy then you have to absolutely.

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Topics: baseball, baseball injuries

Treating Ankle Injuries: Five Common Misconceptions

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 12, 2017 at 6:10 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

Rotator Cuff Injuries In The Big Leagues

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 7, 2017 at 2:13 PM

Whether you are 15 or 50, injuring your rotator cuff can prevent you from partaking in your favorite activities, not to mention just basic daily chores, for anywhere from six months to a year. It's a pain. And it happens to the best of us--literally. The best athletes in the world face the threat of this injury every time they hit the court, field or arena. And quite a few of them have succumbed. Here are their stories, both their downfalls and their recoveries:

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Topics: rotator cuff injuries

How to Deal With Knee Joint Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 4, 2017 at 2:29 PM

Your knees take a lot of wear and tear. Whether you play sports, live an active lifestyle, or spend long periods of time on your feet, that stress tends to get transferred down your legs and into your knees. That's why it's so important to take the proper steps when you are dealing with knee joint pain.

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Topics: knee joint pain

Be Ready for Anything with a Medical Bag or Athletic Training Kit

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 27, 2017 at 3:23 PM

Almost no one prepares for an injury, but immediate care is essential for getting you back in the game quickly. Whether you're putting time in at the gym or hiking in remote back country, every athlete needs a medical bag or athletic training kit. Part of a league? Your friends will thank you for coming prepared to help an injured player. Be the hero for your kid's sports team when you bring this along to the game. Maybe you're just stopping to help someone who rolled an ankle on the bike trail. Whatever your activity is, a medical bag is an important part of caring for yourself and others. 

If you're considering a medical bag or athletic training kit, use these tips to select one that's right for you. Don't risk a long recovery. Prepare for the worst so you can play at your best.

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Topics: Athletic Training Kits, Medical Bags

What to Do During and After Your Neck Whiplash Injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 9, 2017 at 9:24 AM

Injuring your neck is not a problem you should take lightly. It’s important to take the proper actions to properly recover from the injury if you can.

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Topics: whiplash, neck injuries

Knee Pain Treatments for "Runner's Knee" Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 18, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Most runners and other athletes have a love/hate relationship with their knees. They have a deep sense of appreciation for the mechanical wonder that is a knee joint, with its ability to propel a body forward with balance, speed, and power. Yet they despair over the joint's fragility and its ability to interfere with even the simplest forward motion when it is sore or injured. The good news is that a casual runner does not need access to a professional athlete's medical staff for knee pain treatments. The better news is that a few regular stretching and strengthening exercises can prevent knee pain and injuries and speed the recovery when runner's knee injuries do happen.

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Topics: Knee Pain, Runner's Knee, knee injuries

New Year's Resolutions and Common Sport Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Skyrocketing gym enrollments are common after the new year as people try to adhere to their resolutions to lose weight or to get in shape. Many new enrollees quickly give up on their resolutions, citing common sports injuries, such as sore hips and knees or backaches, as an excuse for not continuing with an exercise program. If you are committed to keeping your new year's resolution, you can take a few simple steps to ensure that you are not sidelined by a sports injuries.

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Topics: sports injuries

Knee Joint Pain: Common Causes and Potential Treatments

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 5, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Knee joint pain can have a major impact on your life, particularly if you're an athlete or work a job that comes with physical demands. Unfortunately, knee joint injuries are not the type that will typically just "go away" on their own. In fact, knee injuries can be among the worst in terms of healing time, with recovery times ranging anywhere from three to nine months (depending on the specific cause and extent of your injury). Furthermore, without the proper diagnosis and care, even slight knee joint pain can become exponentially worse in a very short period of time.

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Topics: Knee Pain, knee injuries, knee joint pain

10 of The Most Effective Treatments For Back Injuries And Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 7, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Suffering from mysterious, chronic back pain that just won't go away? Or have you recently been in an accident that is creating agonizing pain and affecting the quality of your life? When you get the right treatment for back-related issues, you can put an end to the seemingly endless discomfort and pain without hurting the injured area even more. The best treatments for back injuries and back pain will depend significantly on the severity of the injury and the pain. If you broke your back in an automotive or sports injury, clearly the most appropriate treatment is immediate medical attention. If you are suffering from a sore back simply because you were standing on your feet all day, you will probably require less intensive forms of treatment such as rest and pain reliever. Whether you are suffering from a sore back caused by working out a little too hard or recovering from a serious back injury, this post will introduce 10 of the most effective treatments for back injuries and back pain. 

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Topics: back pain, back injuries

9 Most Common Sports Injuries And What to do if You Have One

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 4, 2016 at 2:15 PM

When you lead an athletic lifestyle, you do it knowing you risk the potential for injury. While this shouldn't deter you from continuing with sports and other physical activity, it is beneficial to be aware of the common sports injuries, understand a little bit about them, and know what to do if you ever have one. Keeping yourself educated on these injuries will help prevent you from getting them in some cases and provide you with everything you need in the event that you do experience a sports injury. In this post, we will uncover nine of the most common sports injuries and what you can do if you have one. 

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Topics: sports injuries

12 Tips for Reducing Knee Joint Pain in Your Daily Life

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 27, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Knee pain can be debilitating. For those that suffer, it often seems like there is no end to the daily soreness and pain that comes from knee joint pain. Although most never find a complete reprieve from the pain, there are some simple steps that anyone can take to improve their comfort and reduce daily knee joint pain

If you would like to walk more comfortably each day, consider these tips:

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Topics: Knee Pain, knee joint pain

15 Tips on Treating Ankle Injuries That Offer Immediate And Long-Term Relief

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 15, 2016 at 3:10 PM

An ankle injury is one of the most common injuries that affects everyone from young children to adults to the elderly. Whether the injury is a roll, twist, or sprain or something more serious such as a bone break, ligament tear, or fracture, it is vital that you get the right treatment to ensure that the injury is taken care of immediately and won't lead to lifelong pain problems. If you injured your ankle in a sports activity, at the gym, or simply by falling, treating ankle injuries can be done swiftly and effectively. In this post, learn about these 15 simple tips on treating your ankle injury in order to achieve both immediate and long-term relief.

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Topics: Ankle injuries

Common Injuries in Hockey Including Concussions

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 13, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Hockey is a game where most players stay active on a constant basis while you’re in the game. There’s not really a lot of “downtime” like there might be in other games like baseball. As a result, there’s the chance for a lot of injuries. Here’s some information on both how to avoid common hockey injuries, as well as how to handle injuries as you incur them.

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Topics: hockey, hockey injuries

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

What to Do During and After Your Shoulder Injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 15, 2016 at 1:08 PM

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Topics: shoulder injuries, shoulder injury

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

As many boxers, mixed martial artists, and weight lifters know, it only takes a heartbeat to cause a wrist injury. One minute, you're sparring normally. The next minute, you've blocked a kick wrong, angled your hand the wrong way as you threw a punch, or simply put too much pressure on your wrist. Now, you're dealing with wrist pain. Over time, especially with repeated injuries, many athletes find themselves dealing with chronic wrist pain. Sometimes, training straight through it is the best option. Other times, managing the pain involves treating it properly. 

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Topics: wrist pain

Advice For Preventing Common High School Football Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 11, 2016 at 3:08 PM

As students head back to school after the summer, it's time for the football team to dig in, start training, and get ready for those all-important games. Unfortunately, along with the start of the football season comes the potential for injury--and football players have a higher risk for injury than participants in any other sport. Whether you're out on the field for a game or in the middle of an intense practice, however, the last thing you want is to end up with an injury. Not only are injuries painful, they could potentially take you out of the game when you need to be there the most, making it impossible for you to be seen by college scouts and decreasing your chances of that all-important athletic scholarship. Here's the good news: some of the most common high school football injuries can be avoided with proper care and effort. 

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Topics: football injuries, football

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

Items You May Not Have Considered Including in Your Athletic Training Kit

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 11, 2016 at 1:09 PM

While many athletes have gauze, ointment, medical tape, and other traditional medical supplies handy when playing sports, there are other valuable items that are often missing from athletic training kits. Here is a look at six items you likely want in your athletic training kit, most of which will only take up a small space in your bag.

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Topics: Athletic Training Kits

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 we experience is knee pain. 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

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 commone 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

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

Understanding and Treating Back Injuries and Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 21, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Back pain has become one of the most common chronic injuries in America. Whether your back hurts because you are aging or you've sustained an injury, it's important to understand how to treat your back injuries and back pain. For some individuals, back pain is a result of a congenital defect; for others, it's caused by a recent event. Regardless of how you got your back injury, you shouldn't have to suffer; effective treatment is an absolute must.

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Topics: back pain, back injuries

From the Shins Up: Preventing and Treating 3 Common Soccer Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 20, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Soccer is becoming more or more popular in the United States. With the sport’s increased popularity comes an increase in injuries. While injuries will happen, here are some tips for preventing and treating three common soccer injuries:

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Topics: soccer injuries

Tennis Elbow: An Injury for More than Just Tennis Players

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 17, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Tennis elbow, medically known as lateral epicondylitis, is often the cause of discomfort and pain that radiates from the elbow down to the forearm and the wrist. While tennis elbow is one of the most common injuries of its namesake sport, it can affect a number of athletes in different sports as well as non-athletes who engage in repetitive elbow activities.

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Topics: Tennis Elbow

When to Consider Heat Therapy

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 16, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Heat therapy, or thermotherapy as doctors and physical therapists refer to it, is the application of either wet or dry heat to injured areas. While it can also be used to treat painful conditions like arthritis, athletes typically utilize it as a way to relieve injury pain as well as to help injuries heal quicker. As the body uses its own heat to help injuries heal, the added heat of heat therapy helps to remove joint stiffness, muscle pain and spasms, and chronic pain. The question is, when is it best to use heat therapy and not ice?

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Topics: heat therapy

Common Mixed Martial Arts Injuries: Avoiding, Treating & Training

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 14, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Many MMA fans and athletes are familiar with the high risk of injury that goes along with a sport that's high-impact, high-intensity, and filled with opportunities to get hurt. Even during training, when you're working with your opponent instead of trying to injure them, there's always a chance that something is going to happen. All too many mixed martial artists are familiar with the decision that arises following even a minor injury: do you keep working through it, pushing past the pain, or do you take time off? How do you treat the most common injuries without having to pay a visit to a doctor physical therapist? Most important, for many martial artists, is one simple question: when can you get back in the game?

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Topics: mixed martial arts

Avoiding Foot and Ankle Stress as an Athlete

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 13, 2016 at 1:30 PM

It can be something as simple as running or even striking the ground with their foot, but the physical activity that many athletes enjoy every day also puts them at risk for injury. As the foot has to endure physical contact in every sport from golf to rugby, this part of the body is at risk every time an athlete steps onto the field. Treating foot and ankle injuries not only takes you out of the game, but they can cripple your non-sports related life as well. However, while some injuries are unavoidable, athletes can take precautions in order to decrease the risk of injury. 

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Topics: Ankle injuries

What You Need To Know About Achilles Tendon Ruptures

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 10, 2016 at 10:15 AM

If you're an athlete, you've undoubtedly heard of torn achilles tendon or ruptured achilles. You know that it is a serious injury, but aren't quite sure what it entails. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge could help contribute to your own injury. Here's what you need to know about this common sports injury.

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Topics: Achilles Tendinitis, achilles tendon

Ankles and Feet: Preventing and Treating 3 Common Soccer Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM

 

Soccer injuries happen at all levels of play, from new players to professionals. Here are some tips for preventing and treating three common soccer injuries:

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Topics: soccer injuries

Treating Tennis Elbow With Heat

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 7, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Tennis elbow is a disease that strikes anyone who has overused a specific repetitive motion in their elbow. While common in tennis players, it can strike people who have been kayaking, hammering, or any other intense physical activity. Treating it requires a careful application of mostly heat therapy. While it won't cure the condition entirely, it can speed the healing process. This blog will help you understand why you should treat tennis elbow injuries instead of with alternating treatments of cold and heat.

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Topics: Tennis Elbow

How To Find Out Which Treatment Your Ankle Injury Needs

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 3, 2016 at 2:30 PM

When you injure your ankle, it can be a very scary and painful event. Whether you get hurt while playing a sport, on the job, or simply by accident, it's important to understand what kind of ankle injury you have sustained and what treatment your ankle injury needs.

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Topics: ankle injury

Sports Taping vs. Bracing - Which is Right for Your Injury?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

June 2, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Both taping and bracing are just a part of life for every athlete. No matter what the injury is, even after ample time off to rest and heal, it needs a little support to allow athletes to return to their previous level of competition. While both taping and bracing can greatly reduce risk of re-injury, the question is which one is best. Although an athlete may need both and eventually they can use one or the other depending on the injury, certain wounds will flourish from either a brace or tape depending on the situation.

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Topics: Tape, braces and supports

Using Kinesiology Tape for Tennis Elbow

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 31, 2016 at 1:11 PM

As you are probably well aware, tennis elbow affects many people who have never even picked up a racket. While it is a common condition that tennis players get, it is simply the overuse of the hand muscles, forearm, and arm. This condition causes a painful elbow and is also known as the medical term, lateral epicondyle.

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Topics: Tennis Elbow

The Most Common Yoga Injuries And How To Prevent Them

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 27, 2016 at 1:18 PM

When you think of taking a yoga class, getting injured is probably not something you consider likely to happen. Yoga is supposed to be healing, right? Like any activity, it has its risks, especially when you attempt more difficult postures like arm balances or inversions, try one of the styles of yoga hybrid classes like aerial or acro yoga, or just don't listen to the cues your body is sending.  

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Topics: yoga

Jammed Finger: When to See a Doctor

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 26, 2016 at 12:30 PM

A jammed finger is often not considered a serious injury, but it is one of the most common sports injuries out there. It can happen in any sport, and while athletes can often play through the pain, like any injury, it should be addressed.

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Topics: jammed finger

How to Properly Fit a Knee Brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

For many athletes, a knee injury is a constant threat. Whether it is a torn ligament or an injury that required knee surgery, athletes with injured knees may find themselves requiring a knee brace for six weeks or more. Not only is the immobilization that takes them out of the game enough to drive an athlete nuts, but if their knee brace doesn't properly fit, it can make a knee injury absolutely maddening.

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Topics: Knee Braces, knee brace

Is Jumper's Knee the Cause of Your Knee Pain?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM

As its name might suggest, patellar tendinopathy, or jumper's knee, is one of the more common sports injuries that can affect those that play sports like volleyball or basketball. Jumper's knee results from trauma to the patellar tendon which connects the knee cap (or patella) to the front of the shin. When the tendon is continuously jarred from frequent jumping or even hard running that involves numerous direction changes, it begins to fray.

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Topics: Knee Pain

Is it Shin Splints or a Stress Fracture?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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Topics: shin splints, stress fractures

Young Athletes: Common Injuries And Injury Prevention

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Each year more and more young people are enjoying various sports. Taking part in physical activities offers many benefits, like developing confidence and discipline, reducing stress, and reducing the risk of chronic illness and cardiovascular diseases. Unfortunately, sport injuries are part of the territory, too. It is estimated that over five million athletes under the age of 18 will receive medical treatment for injuries related to their sport.

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Topics: sports injuries

Knee Sleeves: What Are They and When to Wear Them

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 19, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Knee injuries are a major problem in athletics around the world. Not only can blown ACLs, MCLs, PCLs, and torn cartilage take athletes out of the game for long periods of time, if poorly handled and not allowed enough recovery time athletes may never be able to play again. When it comes to braces and supports for the knee, athletes may only think to slip on their hard brace in order to prevent injury. However, these hard braces not only limit knee mobility, but will prevent the joint from becoming stronger overtime. For athletes looking to prevent knee injury without compromising their knees, then knee sleeves are the way to go.

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Topics: knee injuries

Strains, Sprains, and Breaks - Knowing the Difference

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 18, 2016 at 2:30 PM

In the athletic world, the most common injuries fall into three categories - strains, sprains, and breaks. In each of these categories, there are hundreds of different names to describe each, fitting with what type of body part that was injured. However, while a break in the bone or ligament is obviously more serious than a strained muscle, without proper treatment for each of these injuries, it can take you out of the game in the long-term. Knowing the difference between these three common injury categories and how to best treat them can make all the difference in terms of proper healing and healing time.

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Topics: injuries

Treating Back Injuries And Your Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 17, 2016 at 2:30 PM

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Topics: back pain

Warm Weather’s Arrival May Cause the Need for Wrist Supports to Increase

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 16, 2016 at 2:30 PM

With a bevy of warm weather sports activities on the horizon, it’s time to prepare for one of the most common problems that athletes face to occur, wrist injuries. Wrist injuries run the gamut from dislocations and fractures to sprains. Sprains tend to be the more common of the three. Thankfully, there are treatments like wrist supports available.

Most physicians and physiotherapists divide wrist sprains up into three different categories, also known as grades. The first grade includes minor injuries that can typically be addressed at home with the aid of kinesiology tape, over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs. Second and third grade injuries are obviously more severe and may require instantaneous, specialized medical attention.

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Topics: wrist injury

How Compression Socks Help Cyclists Get More out of Their Ride

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 13, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Ask a cyclist the benefits of their sport and they will keep your ear full all day long about how much they save on transportation and how amazing their legs are at the same time. These days, cyclists of all skill levels are getting even more out of their sport after discovering graduated compression socks. Alongside a cyclist’s typical sports medicine braces and supports to help their sore knees and ankles, graduated compression can not only help to prevent injury, but help you ride longer and faster.

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Topics: Compression Apparel

Five Effective Ways of Treating Knee Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 12, 2016 at 2:30 PM

The personality type of the typical amateur athlete someone that doesn't want to sit on the sideline any longer than they absolutely have to. Whether you're a runner, a racquetball player, soccer enthusiast, or whatever it is that gets your juices flowing, treating knee injuries can be tricky business. The biggest reason being that it can be a very fine line between persevering or "playing through the pain" and pushing the limits too far. Sometimes when you don't respect a knee injury enough and attempt to keep pushing the limits, you end up hurting it even worse, and something that could have been completely better in four to five days becomes something that keeps you sidelined for four to five weeks.

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Topics: knee injuries

Don't Fret. You Can Treat That Ankle Injury and Keep it Moving!

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 11, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Getting hurt can really throw a monkey wrench into life. For a sports player, it can seem like the end of your life. But don't fret, sports injuries are quite treatable, including those annoying ankle injuries. If you play a sport where you're on your feet all the time, your ankles will feel the pressure from the repetitive use and eventually you might succumb to an injury. It helps to really understand the anatomy of the ankle, and how it can get hurt.

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Topics: ankle injury

Don't let that painful wrist keep you down!

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 10, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Your wrist doesn't care how it was injured - it just knows that it was injured. Maybe you fell and caught yourself with your outstretched arm. Maybe you've been playing too much Candy Crush or Mah Jong. Maybe arthritis is creeping into that wrist. It doesn't really matter how it happened. You just know that now it hurts to pick up a cup of coffee or grab the steering wheel. It hurts to work out at the gym or to pick up that newborn grandbaby. It hurts to type at work, and forget about Mah Jong!

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Topics: wrist injuries

Stay In the Game Despite Lower Back Injuries and Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 6, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Sports injuries are a hassle and a pain, but they can be prevented and treated successfully. Back pain and injuries are, unfortunately, common among sports players. This can include the spine itself, soft tissue and/or fascia. An estimated 5-10 percent of all athletic injuries are related to the lumbar (lower) spine. Therefore, it's important that players understand the strain put on their lower back from their specific sport(s). This will help you take the proper precautions during games and while training. And if a back injury does occur, athletes can often keep playing as long as they have the proper information about treating back injuries and back pain.

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Here's What You Can Do To Prevent The Most Common Sport Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 5, 2016 at 2:30 PM

If you’re an athlete, then you probably know firsthand that a sport injury can interfere with your life in more ways than just keeping you off the field. Sports injuries can get in the way of your every day life, making simple tasks much more difficult. Fortunately, although playing sports comes with a risk – and many injuries are unforeseen – it’s possible to reduce your risk for some of the most common sports injuries.

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Tips to Help Prevent Lower Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 28, 2016 at 3:30 PM

No matter whether it is lifting a heavy object, twisting around, or even suddenly lunging forward, these motions can all result in lower back injury and pain. For athletes, the muscles and ligaments in the back are particularly prone to tears. However, lower back pain doesn't have to be forever, and by trying out these seven tips, it might not even have to be at all.

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Topics: lower back pain

Are Patellar Straps Effective on Knee Pain?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 27, 2016 at 2:30 PM

The knee joint, more so than almost any other area of the body, is subject to a variety of forces and actions during competitive sports play. It has to endure an abundance of wear and tear, which should make it no surprise that many athletes have to endure knee injuries throughout their active lives. Even with proper strength training, safe and correct performance of sports-related drills, and lessening the stress on the knees, the reality is that injury will happen no matter how much we prepare and try to prevent it. However, coaches, trainers, and sport medicine professionals have all found a variety of ways to treat knee injuries, the most fascinating of which is that patellar strap.

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Topics: patellar straps, knee straps

Treating Injuries With Heat Therapy Or Cold Therapy: What You Should Know

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM

When you get injured, it's important to take action right away in helping to heal. When treating injuries with heat therapy or cold therapy, you need to know why and how to use controlled temperature in order the maximize your results and get better as soon as possible. And although you can go by the general concept of ice for injury and heat for chronic pain, muscles, and stress, that rule is not always true.

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Topics: treating injuries

Don't Get Put on the Sidelines: Avoiding Calf Strains

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 25, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Athletes tend to not think too much on their calves, aside from how awesome the muscle group looks when finely toned. However, it may be easily ignored, but it is one of the most important muscles in the leg, and when you injure it, the calf won't let you forget it. Formed from the combination of the soleus and the gastrocnemius muscles, straining these muscles is one of the most common sports injuries for athletes, and athletes are at risk each time they push off. When stretched beyond capacity, the muscle fibers tear away from the tendon, creating a nagging paint hat will keep you down. With three grades of severity, calf strain can range from mild tears and symptoms to a complete rupture that may require surgery.

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Topics: calf strains

6 Things That Increase the Risk of Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 23, 2016 at 1:11 PM

As every great athlete knows, avoiding injury is just as important to athletic success as the hours of long training. However, while some athletes are extra careful with the ACL or rotator cuff, few give much thought to the most important part of the body  - their feet. Plantar fasciitis, the medical term used to describe painful tears to the plantar fascia ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, is one of the most common causes of foot pain that can easily put an athlete off their training regimen.

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis

7 Weird Items That Aren't in Athletic Training Kits, but Should Be

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 20, 2016 at 3:00 PM

 You don't need to have a professional sports doctor waiting on the sidelines of your pick-up game, but you should most definitely have an athletic training kit. Even with all the safety equipment available today, injuries are just part of the sport. Most injuries need not stop your game if you have the appropriate medical supplies packed, but still the unexpected happens. While packing an athletic training kit full of bandages, gauze, and disinfectant is a must, there are a few more curious items that you may want to consider stashing inside.

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Topics: Athletic Training Kits

Kinesiology Taping for Treating Lower Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 18, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Lower back pain is a common ailmentthat almost everyone suffers from at one point or another throughout life. Whether it was brought on after a sports injury or caused by just getting older. However, unlike other areas of the body, the back can be particularly difficult to treat, yet pain can become so bad it can be debilitating. For common back strain and stiff muscles, the key to treating frequent back pain or minor injuries might be kinesiology tape.

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Topics: back pain, Kinesiology Tape, lower back pain

Get a Grip and Stick It To 'Em: Stickum, Rosin, and Grip Enhancers

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM

It's spring, the time when the days begin to warm and the sun begins to shine, when people come out of hibernation and emerge to see the melting snow and budding trees.  It's the time to hear the birds chirping, to fire up the grill, and to hear those glorious words, "Play ball!"

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Topics: baseball

Treating a Lisfranc Foot Injury with Kinesiology Tape

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 11, 2016 at 3:30 PM

A Lisfranc injury, often just simply called a midfoot injury, is where one or more of the metatarsal bones become displaced from the tarsus. These injuries are often caused by unintended impact damage. The foot is flexible and changes with the surface that it stands on, but it must also remain supportive, meaning that instead of splaying, the metatarsal foot bones will dislocate in order to prevent from completely breaking if they can. For example, athletes who know the pain of jumping hard on pavement while bare foot will be familiar with the midfoot pain of the foot bones attempting not to completely break from the impact. Lisfranc injuries are often under diagnosed, but this type of injury can include painful fractures and ligament sprains that are not serious enough for a foot cast, but no less painful. Yet, with a simple kinesiology taping technique called the Herringbone pattern, they can be easy to treat at home.

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Topics: Kinesiology Tape, foot injury

Living with Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 8, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Feet are our friends. They help us achieve many daily functions and some extraordinary athletic feats. Some of us live with regular foot complaints, such as recurring athlete's foot or dry heels that crack and burn no matter how many times we apply lotion. For those of us with such experiences, we are grateful for days when our feet will just act normal. Having less-than-perfect feet isn't something that we should have to accept. For many foot problems, there are proven remedies. 

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Pain

A Plantar Fascia Stretch That Relieves Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 6, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that makes it difficult for many people to enjoy their day-to-day lives. It attacks the heel, compromises foot strength, support, and balance. Treatments for this condition can be expensive, but are often necessary for a full recovery.

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis

How To Handle Living With Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 4, 2016 at 2:30 PM

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, Foot Pain

Forefinger and Thumb Hurt When Texting? We Can Help

Posted by Andrea Hamel

April 1, 2016 at 12:30 AM


The mobile phone has dramatically and irreversibly altered how we function in society. Apps and texting have made our lives richer and more fulfilling. Family and friends, work or play are literally at your finger tips 24/7.

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Common Basketball Injuries: Part 3

Posted by Andrea Hamel

March 11, 2016 at 3:33 PM

[Completion of the post on common basketball injuries]

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Topics: basketball injuries

Cold and Hot Therapy: When to Use Ice, When to Use Heat

Posted by Andrea Hamel

March 10, 2016 at 2:11 PM

It has been a long-held fact that applying ice and heat can help provide pain relief and facilitate the healing of injuries. However, ice and heat should not be used interchangeably; each therapy has its own unique benefits but when used one after the other, users fail to utilize the unique benefits of either. In general, cold therapy is reserved for new injuries while heat therapy will help sooth away reoccurring aches and pains. So when is it time to use heat and when is it time to use ice in hot and cold therapies?

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Topics: Hot Therapy, Cold Therapy

Common Basketball Injuries: Part 2

Posted by Andrea Hamel

March 9, 2016 at 3:32 PM

[Continuing the post on Common Basketball Injuries: part 1]

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Topics: basketball injuries

Common Basketball Injuries: Part 1

Posted by Andrea Hamel

March 7, 2016 at 3:32 PM

With NBA and college hoop season ready to tip off, basketball injuries are the subject of this post. Whether you're an avid fan, a concerned parent, a competitive athlete, or a weekend warrior, having a baseline knowledge of basketball's most common injuries can promote prevention and proper treatment and give you insight into the inevitable injury reports you will read this season.

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Topics: basketball injuries

It won't always hurt this bad.

Posted by Andrea Hamel

March 3, 2016 at 1:11 PM

You have already grudgingly accepted that you are not invulnerable, but this new back pain is driving you crazy! It just hurts when you try to do the things you are used to doing. How could your back betray you like this?!?!

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Topics: back pain

Simple Wrist Exercises Can Prevent Wrist Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Suffering from a wrist injury is problematic because it will make it more difficult to perform a variety of simple activities. Thankfully, it's possible to increase your wrist strength before and after an injury with wrist exercises. This will help decrease the likelihood of injury, as well as injury severity.

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Topics: wrist injury

Contact us for High Quality Sports Medicine Braces and Supports

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 15, 2016 at 1:14 PM

You do what you want to do. You bike or lift or run or climb when you want to. You can't imagine not grabbing life by the saddle horn and riding hard until you can't ride any more.

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It happened so fast, and now it hurts so bad!

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 12, 2016 at 1:15 PM

You were just walking on the golf course! Just walking! You didn't see that big acorn on the ground. All you know is that you stepped on it, your foot rolled in and you went down, hard. Now your ankle hurts - a lot. You can see it swelling up in front of your eyes and you wonder if you should have left your shoe on.

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Topics: ankle injury

6 Questions to Ask When Choosing Athletic Training Kits

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 11, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Are you in the market for medical bags or athletic training kits?  Did you know that choosing the right bag is almost as important as choosing the supplies that go in the bag?  The right bag can make your job as an atheltic trainer or medical professional much easier, allowing you to do your job efficiently and effectively with all the necessary supplies readily available to you.  Here are 6 questions athletic trainers should ask themselves before choosing a medical bag or athletic training kit:

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Topics: Athletic Training Kits

Should I Use Hot Therapy or Cold Therapy?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 10, 2016 at 1:14 PM

We have all heard of treating orthopedic injuries with heat therapy or cold therapy. We are going to spend a few minutes discussing what each of these treatment modes do physiologically and the types of injuries which require these treatments. We will also discuss when you should seek medical attention for orthopedic injuries.

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Topics: Hot Therapy, Cold Therapy

Treating Lower Back Pain: Symptoms, Causes, and Solutions

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Many people have a hard time treating back injuries and back pain, mainly because so many treatments stop too short of successfully solving the problem. At the core of that is a lack of understanding of how pain afflicts people who've suffered back injuries. Those in sports careers, particularly, have to live in pain for years (sometimes in silence), simply because they think there isn't any way for them to feel better.

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Topics: back pain

How to Benefit From Using Kinesiology Tape

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

If you're not using kinesiology tape, you're probably either lucky enough to work out without pain, or you're a skeptic. That bright, colorful tape that runners, cyclists, gymnasts, climbers and athletes in virtually every sport on their knees, ankles, shoulders - you name it - looks like a fad that's here to stay. 

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Topics: Kinesiology Tape

Most Common NHL Injuries Players Suffer

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 7, 2016 at 1:11 PM

It is difficult to get a precise count of the most common NHL injuries because they are publicly reported inexactly. In the public reports, injuries are usually reported according to the part of the body injured, rather than a recognizable diagnostic category but you can get an idea of the kinds of injuries and their severity.

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Topics: NHL, facial injuries

Those faithful knees...

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM

We beat on them. We twist, spindle and mutilate them. We pray on them, propose on them and crawl around on the floor with the kids and grandkids.

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Topics: Knee Pain, knee support, knee brace

Using Crutches with Sports Medicine Braces and Supports

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 5, 2016 at 9:55 AM

The use of Sports Medicine Braces and Supports may require using crutches to keep weight off an injury while moving around. Athletes requiring crutches for support while healing an injury often receive little to no instruction on properly moving around on them. Even worse, improperly fit crutches and incorrect movement can further injury from a slip and fall, or the stresses of uneven movement.

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Topics: braces and supports, crutches

Natural Remedies to Assist Knee Injury Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

After maintaining a strict adherence to your sport's rules of engagement, including stretching and warming up, maintaining a strength training program and wearing the proper athletic shoes, a sudden knee injury leading to a sprain, fracture or ligament tear can be life changing. When treating basic knee injuries such as a knee sprain, using the RICE method including resting the joint, applying ice packs, compression and keeping the leg elevated can bring relief and allow the joint to heal naturally.

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Topics: Knee Pain, knee injury, natural remedies

Treating Knee Injuries: How Do You Know When You May Have Suffered A Serious Injury?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 2, 2016 at 1:13 PM

If you are an athlete, one of your best friends is probably your physical therapist who helps you recover after all of those injuries. Many athletes have injuries that can use a lifetime of pain and discomfort. The injuries can also make it extremely difficult to take part in any sports-related activities. When you can receive treatment on a consistent basis, you will give yourself a better chance of recovering from other injuries. 

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Topics: knee injury

Treat your athletic injury with R.I.C.E. to get back in the action sooner

Posted by Andrea Hamel

February 1, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Ever wonder why NASCAR is such an expensive sport? The drivers push their equipment to the very edge of its performance envelope, giving 100% to reach the finish line first, and the equipment is rebuilt from the ground up after every race. Sadly, we can't rebuilt our bodies the same way.

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Topics: RICE

High School Concussion Class-Action Case Dismissed

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 30, 2016 at 1:12 PM

According to a national news source in October 2015, an Illinois judge dismissed the first class-action lawsuit challenging high school concussion policies.   A former high school footballer filed the case against the Illinois High School Association, which oversees 50,00 football players all over the state.  The teen, who was a defensive lineman, brought the suit on behalf of himself and other Illinois high school students, after he suffered a concussion during the 2012 preseason and then was not removed immediately from practice.  The delay in receiving care caused his head injury to worsen and today he still suffers from symptoms, including memory loss. In his order, the judge concluded that only the legislature, and not the judiciary, could provide plaintiffs with the changes to concussion policies that they were seeking in their lawsuit. (See Illinois NPR report here.)

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Topics: head injuries, concussions

Two creative methods for treating ankle injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 29, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Are you treating ankle injury, maybe an ankle sprain? We're here to help. But, applying heat is not enough for people who've been around the block with their ankle injuries. Sometimes, you have to get a little more creative. That's why we've come up with two creative ways to do just that.

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Topics: ankle injury

Don't Let These 3 Common Winter Sports Injuries Freeze Your Fun This Season

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 28, 2016 at 1:17 PM

When the winter snow begins to fall, millions of people don't let it put a damper on their game. Instead they dust off those skies, sharpen those skates, and break out the hockey gear to embrace the cold. However, while the snow can cushion a number of bad falls, winter sports injuries are still common. The most common winter sports injuries, if left untreated and simply walked off, can even take you out of the game long into the warmer months. For those looking to head out their next winter adventure, be sure to be prepared for these three common winter injuries.

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Topics: winter injuries

3 Running Injuries Treated Using Kinesiology Tape

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Running feels great until it doesn't. Running injuries usually happen when you push yourself too hard, wear the wrong shoes, or run with incorrect posture. Unfortunately, as runners, we all manage to overdo it from time to time. Sometimes we think we can walk it off, or take a few days of R & R. Ice will work for many injuries, along with stretches or new muscle-building exercises.

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Topics: Knee Pain

Thigh and Hip Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 27, 2016 at 4:50 PM

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Topics: leg pain, hip and thigh, leg injury

Treating back injuries and back pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 27, 2016 at 1:13 PM

Back Pain: causes and treatment

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Topics: back pain, back injury

Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 26, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Low back pain is the fifth most common reason for seeking medical care in the United States. It has been reported that a quarter of all adults in the US report having low back pain of at least one day in the past three months.

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Topics: back pain

Hand and Wrist Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Wrist injuries accounting for 3–9% of the all sports injuries. However, wrist pain from repetitive motion in the workplace are much more common.

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Topics: wrist injury, wrist pain, wrist injuries

Nothing Funny About Hurting Your Funny Bone (Elbow)

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Topics: Elbow Injury

Treating knee injuries and Getting Back In the Game

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Treating knee injuries is often an inevitable downside to athletics. Knees perform many functions in our competitive sports and at the same time are vulnerable to injury.

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Topics: knee injury

Sports Medicine Braces and Supports: the Knee Brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 22, 2016 at 10:49 AM

The knee is one of the most commonly injured joints in the human body.  An injured knee can affect every activity from walking to high level sports.  One common type of device used to protect the knee after injury is a knee brace.  The purpose of a knee brace is to provide support and decrease discomfort while allowing for normal motion of the knee. And hopfully help prevent the need for knee surgery.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - So that's why my hand is tingling!

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 15, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Your wrist is an amazing, elegant joint that is actually many joints. The eight bones of the wrist are called carpals. These bones articulate with your radius and ulna, the two bones of the forearm, and with the metacarpals, the bones in your hand.

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Topics: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, treating wrist inuries

Treat and Prevent Common Basketball Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Basketball athletes of all levels and ages benefit from the innovative Mueller products developed to protect athletes from basketball injuries. Mueller's products also help enhance the ability of athletes while on the court. The Mueller family has continued to run the business with the same mission statement of: to help athletes stay in the game and help them perform at their peak.

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You used to being a runner...

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 8, 2016 at 9:55 AM

You've worked through pain before, but never anything like this. A few days ago, during your running routine, you hit something on the ground and twisted your ankle. You didn't fall down at the time, but now it's swollen and uncomfortable.

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Topics: Ankle Sprain, ankle brace, running injuries

How To Ensure The Best Fit For Your Knee Brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 8, 2016 at 9:01 AM

Іf уоu hаvе knее раіn duе tо іnјurу оr surgеrу, уоu mау bеnеfіt frоm рhуsісаl thеrару tо hеlр dесrеаsе уоur раіn аnd іmрrоvе уоur rаngе оf mоtіоn аnd strеngth. Ѕоmеtіmеs, уоur рhуsісаl thеrаріst оr dосtоr mау rесоmmеnd уоu wеаr а knее support tо hеlр stаbіlіzе уоur knее whіlе іt hеаls frоm уоur іnјurу.

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Topics: Knee Braces

Treating Wrist Injuries: What Is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Hand and wrist injuries are fairly common among athletes, accounting for between 3 and 9 percent of all sports injuries, according to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University. Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are some of the most prevalent in the athletic community, due to the repetitive actions performed during many sports activities.

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Topics: wrist injury, Treating Wrist Injuries

Using a Knee Strap to Treat Running Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 3, 2016 at 1:11 PM

If you've ever seen a runner sporting a thin, tourniquet-like knee strap, you may have wondered about the purpose and effectiveness of the device.  What is it?  How does it work?  What is it supposed to do?  Does it actually help?

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Topics: Knee Pain, knee injuries, knee strap

Treating Wrist Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 2, 2016 at 10:37 AM

All athletes know the feelings: the push, the drive, the elation when achieving a goal.  Most athletes know this feeling: the dread when you hear something in your body pop that's not supposed to.  They know the anguish of having to take a step back from the level of intensity that they are used to.  And, even though wrist injuries are not one of the most common sports-related injuries, they are still devastating when this common body part cannot be used to its full potential.

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Topics: wrist injury

Avoid runner's knee and other knee Injuries with the right shoe

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Whether you're a "newbie" to running or an experienced marathoner, you probably know that along with the exhilaration and cardio benefits comes the risk of injury. The constant pounding of your foot and ankle can cause a variety of ailments around the knee. One problem in particular is called "Runner's Knee" or Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). 

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Topics: running injuries

A defibrillator in your medical bag can prevent on-the-field deaths

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 30, 2015 at 1:13 PM

The American Heart Association estimates that nearly 295,000 deaths occur from sudden cardiac arrest every year and it affects everyone. As many as 2,000 of these deaths occur in those younger than 25 years old. It's no secret that defibrillators saves lives, but every minute that treatment is delayed the chances of survival dwindle. Including a defibrillator in your medical bag is essential to preventing on field deaths. 

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Topics: defibrillator

Let us help you get back to life after back pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 30, 2015 at 9:54 AM

You've never let anything hold you back. You are the one who always did the extra training run... in the cold... in the rain, because you wanted to make sure you were ready for the upcoming race. You are the one who has always persevered, and it has always paid off.

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Topics: back pain

Using Kinesiology Tape to Reduce Injury and Improve Recovery

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 29, 2015 at 3:35 PM

From NBA players to Olympic volleyball stars, high-profile athletes are using kinesiology tape as a way to heal from injuries and prevent them from occurring in the first place.

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Topics: Kinesiology Taping Techniques, Kinesiology Tape

Common Running Injuries: Stress Fractures

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 28, 2015 at 12:01 PM

We're wrapping up our series of posts about common running injuries today.  If you missed the previous posts about runner's knee, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and IT band syndrome, be sure to check them out, too!  For our final post in this grouping, we'll provide an overview of stress fractures, one of the most dreaded running injuries.

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Topics: Running/Jogging, running injuries

Common Running Injuries: IT Band Syndrome

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 27, 2015 at 10:52 AM

Today we're continuing our series of posts about common running injuries.  So far, we've covered runner's knee, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints.  On the docket for today,IT band syndrome.

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Topics: Running/Jogging, running injuries

Common Running Injuries: Shin Splints

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 26, 2015 at 9:48 AM

Shin splints, a condition that accounts for about 15% of all running injuries. But you shouldn't just ignore them. Here's why :

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Topics: Running/Jogging

Even Minor Ankle Sprains Require an Ankle Brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 24, 2015 at 1:11 PM

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, approximately 25,000 people sprain their ankle each day. With pain that subsides in just a few moments and swelling that can go away in just a day with proper icing, most sprains go untreated which leads to permanent damage. The common consequence of neglecting even minor sprains results in lasting weakness and unstable joints which results in repeated sprains of compounding severity.

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Topics: Ankle Sprain

What are knee braces for?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 23, 2015 at 4:47 PM

What are knee braces for? According to the American Family Physician, knee braces are used to support an injured or a painful knee. Some athletes use a type of knee brace to prevent injury to the knee. Knee braces come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are made of different materials, including metal, foam, plastic, and elastic straps.

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Topics: Knee Braces

5 Unconventional Methods for Treating Back Injuries and Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 22, 2015 at 1:13 PM

What do most people and physicians reach for when dealing with an acute or chronic low back injury? Usually, the first line of treatment is medication whether it is in the form of an anti-depressant, opioids, or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. But this doesn't have to be the case. In fact, it has been shown that unconventional methods for treating back injuries and back pain are just as successful or even more so than medication or surgery with few or no side effects as compared to their counterparts.

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Topics: back pain, back injuries

Treating Ankle Injuries For Maximum Recovery

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 21, 2015 at 2:30 PM

No one prepares for injuries, but everyone, at some point, sustains one. Whether one incurs sprains or breaks, the manner in which you adhere to a program of care depends on the recovery time and may reduce the chances that another injury in the same spot occurs.

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Topics: Ankle injuries

Using Kinesiology Tape

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 19, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Kinesiology tape is lightweight and very comfortable to wear. You can use it for several types of injuries including knee fractures, shin splints and lower back pain. KT tape not only looks good, but it provides around the clock relief per application. It is made of a latex-free hypoallergenic cotton fiber with an acrylic heat-activated backing that stretches only along its longitudinal axis. You can wear it in water and it stays in place through humidity, strain and sweat.

 

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Topics: Kinesiology Taping Techniques, Kinesio Tape

Wrist Fractures: Treating Wrist Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 18, 2015 at 1:12 PM

The wrist is made up of the two bones of the forearm, the radius and ulna, and the eight carpal bones. There are many ligaments and muscles that attach to the bones. A wrist fracture is a break or crack in one or more of these bones. The most common cause of a fracture is a fall on an outstretched hand. Signs and symptoms of a wrist injury include:

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Topics: wrist injury

Treating Knee Injuries at Home

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 18, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Knee sprains and strains can leave an athlete laid up for days or weeks. If the injury isn't cared for promptly and properly, those weeks can turn into months. Here are a number of tips for treating knee injuries at home to get you back on your feet sooner.

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Topics: knee injury

How Kinesiology Tape Helps You #STAYINTHEGAME

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 17, 2015 at 12:59 PM

For many people experiencing minor injuries, not doing their workout or foregoing training is simply not an option. Yet continuing to use the injured area can have devastating results, including further training setbacks or even more serious injuries. Using kinesiology tape on the affected area, however, can provide support and allow you to train or exercise safely. The key to doing so is to learn how to properly apply the tape by asking a physical therapist, an athletic trainer or similar individual trained to use it. Here are some reasons why kinesiology tape works.

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Topics: Kinesiology Taping Techniques

Symptoms and Treatment of Runner's Knee

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 16, 2015 at 9:44 AM

Runner's knee is a general term used to describe pain around the knee cap. Though the condition might be more common in runners, you don't need to be a runner to be suffering from runner's knee pain. According to WebMd, causes of runner's knee pain may include:

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Topics: Runner's Knee

Preventing Common Sport Injuries- Caring For You Knees

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Common sport injuries can escalate into painful conditions. Knee injuries are unpleasant especially when accustomed to regular athletic activity.

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Topics: Knee Pain

What To Include in Your Medical Bags (Athletic Training Kits)

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

You are on the sidelines of your child's sporting event when an injury occurs. Where is your medical bag (athletic training kit)? Now is not the time to find that it's not stocked and ready to use. Do you know what should be included? Here is a list of important items to gather and have ready.

 

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Topics: Athletic Training Kits

Treating knee injuries: ACL tear

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

 

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Topics: knee injury

3 Tips For Treating Injuries with Heat Therapy or Cold Therapy

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 11, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Regardless of their specific types, injuries are generally painful - and you want to treat them in the best way possible to speed your healing and fully recover. So you may ask yourself: should I treat my injury with heat therapy or cold therapy? How can I best relieve my pain? Here are 3 tips to help you pick the best option for your injury.

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Topics: Hot Therapy, Cold Therapy

Preventing and Treating Common Ankle Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 10, 2015 at 1:12 PM

An ankle injury can happen to anyone at any time. Most often it occurs as a sporting injury, but it can be the result of walking on an uneven surface or in high heels. The most common ankle injuries include sprains, strains, and fractures. A sprain is an injury where the ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range of motion whereas a strain is damage caused to a muscle or tendon that is stretched too far. A fracture refers to a break or crack in one or more of the bones. For each of these, the pain can be sudden and severe, and you should get medical attention immediately, since sprains can be mistaken for fractures and have similar symptoms.

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Topics: Ankle injuries

The Best Knee Brace Provides The Best Results

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 9, 2015 at 8:26 AM

When a person has experienced an accident or surgery and more, they may need to use a knee brace. It is important they use the best knee brace for their situation. There are a number of knee brace options available. Each provides a different level of support and can be put on the knee in a different way. In some cases, the type of material is also a consideration.
 

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

Tips on Treating Injuries With Heat Therapy or Cold Therapy

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 8, 2015 at 12:00 PM

For centuries, healers have been successfully treating injuries with heat therapy or cold therapy.  Both heat and cold have the ability to substantially reduce pain and relieve discomfort when properly used.

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Topics: Hot Therapy, Cold Therapy

You Shouldn't Overlook The Importance of a Medical Bag

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 7, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Professional teams have team doctors, sports therapists and athletic trainers on the sidelines, there to tend to any player who needs medical assistance during practice or a game. That’s because, even with all of the safety equipment in use today, injuries are still a part of playing sports. And this isn’t only true of professional athletes. Accidents and injuries can occur in any sport, and to athletes of all ages.

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Topics: Athletic Training Kits

Treat Your Common Sport Injuries With An Updated First Aid Kit

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM

If you are a person who enjoys sports and you are always at the gym or a park, you probably have placed a first aid kit somewhere in your home or car that you use to treat common [sport] injuries. There are probably times when it really comes in handy, and you're glad that you have it. You will never know when you will need the first aid kit, but when you have one, it will always be there when you need it.

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Treating Back Injuries and Back Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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Topics: back pain, back injury

Carpal Tunnel Treatment Options

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 4, 2015 at 2:27 PM

Carpal tunnel is an uncomfortable hand and arm condition that involves inflammation and tendon thickening. It also entails soft hand tissues that compress the median nerve. In most cases, people who have this problem can find relief from symptoms without requiring surgery. Here’s what you need to know about this condition and carpal tunnel treatment options

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Topics: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Common Sports Injuries: Tennis Elbow

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 3, 2015 at 1:12 PM

When you're good at your game, you never want to stop playing. You work hard to get in great shape and maintain your strength. Despite your best efforts, injuries will happen. But they don't have to keep you down. Tennis elbow is one of the seven most common sports injuries. It's unplanned but it happens and it hurts, so here's what you need to know:

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Which Wrist Brace Should You Use?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 2, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Maybe you were playing ball with the kids, or you have been doing a repetitive motion too much and your wrist hurts. Your doctor might tell you to wear a brace for awhile.

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Topics: wrist brace, wrist injury

What is tendonitis knee?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

December 1, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Tendonitis knee or, as the Mayo Clinic calls it, patellar tendinitis is an injury that affects the muscle tendon that connects the knee cap to the shin bone. This tendon plays a crucial role in how you uses your leg muscles. It allows to extend your knee when kicking a ball or jumping. Tendonitis knee is a common injury among athletes, especially in sports that involve a lot jumping like basketball and volleyball.

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Can A Knee Support Help You?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 30, 2015 at 2:37 PM

One of the most asked questions people with knee pain probably ask is, "Will I need a knee support?" If your knee was hurt in an accident or you have some type of knee condition, you should make serious considerations of getting some kind of support for your knee. Every knee support is made differently, and you will need to learn about the different support and braces available. 

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

The Most Common Knee Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM

 

 Knee injuries are the most common reason for one to make a doctor's appointment.Millions of people walk into their doctor's office with complaints of knee pain, swelling, or the feeling that your knee is giving out. Here are the most common knee injuries that get you into your doctor.

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Topics: Knee Pain

Gout Can Exacerbate An Injury-Related Swollen Knee

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 28, 2015 at 10:35 AM

swollen knee can be the result of a sports-related injury, arthritic changes, cartilage deterioration, or even gout. Gout is a type of arthritis that can cause the deposit of irritating uric acid crystals to form on the joints of your knees, ankles, fingers, and on the joints of your big toes. While gout typically affects the feet, it can affect your knees as well. The combination of gout and an existing knee injury can cause extreme pain, inflammation, redness, and decreased range-of-motion.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

How Can You Improve Your Swollen Knee?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 24, 2015 at 10:14 AM

Knee swelling can be a big concern for athletes of any age. When you gain a better understanding of your swollen knee, you can lower the pain and retrieve the ability to get up and move again, all while staying healthy. When people have knee pain and knee swelling, they want to know if the knee pain caused the swelling or if the swelling is causing the pain in the knee. It's similar to the causality dilemma of "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" 

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Topics: swollen knee, knee injury

Carpal Tunnel Treatment: From Home Treatment to Surgery

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 23, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes pain and pressure in your wrist making it difficult to perform everyday tasks, let alone compete in a sport. There are many forms of carpal tunnel treatment, some can even be done at home, but if your symptoms are serious you may need to talk to doctor.

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Topics: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, carpal tunnel brace, wrist brace

Foot and Ankle

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 22, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Active people spend lots of time on their feet: it has always been that way. Ever since humans evolved to walk upright the foot has taken on added importance. It is our foot and ankle that must provide both stability and mobility to support the body and handle the forces associated with jumping, landing, walking, and running. Ankle and foot injuries are found in a variety of sport activities. Injuries to the foot represent about 7.1% of all sports injuries. The ankle sprain is one of the single most common injuries in all of sport and physical activity. Most ankle injuries occur in sports that require jumping, landing, and sudden starts and stops (e.g. basketball and soccer). Consider that in the United States alone, 4.8 million grade school and 1.7 million high school athletes participate in supervised soccer and basketball programs and, on average, 15% (1 million) of these athletes sustain ankle sprains each year. Making matters worse is the fact that people who suffer from ankle sprains are more likely to reinjure the same ankle in the future. Preventing new injuries as well as preventing reinjury is the key to avoiding chronic pain, instability, and long term ankle disability not to mention health care costs associated with rehab and recovery. Given these costs and potential long term physical consequence using a Mueller ankle brace to help prevent and ankle injury or lessen the impact of an existing injury is a wise decision. The use of ankle braces is associated with decreases in injury rates as well as reducing the re-injuring of previously sprained ankles.

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Topics: Ankle Sprain

3 Reasons you May Need an Elbow Brace or Support

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM


 

You may be wondering why you need an Elbow Brace or Elbow Support. Just off the top of our head, we can come up with three reasons why.

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Topics: Tennis Elbow, elbow braces, elbow supports

Selecting a back brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 19, 2015 at 11:49 AM

Back braces are extremely useful for two groups of people: those who, due to injury or disease, cannot maintain proper posture for sufficiently long periods of time to allow the safe performance of certain activities; and those who are hoping to avoid injury or re-injury during certain activities. 

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Topics: back pain, lumbar back brace, back brace, lumbar support

Pain and Numbness from Carpal Tunnel Got You Down? Here's How to Keep Moving.

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 16, 2015 at 6:00 PM

In this age of technology there are so many devices that we use on a daily basis that strain our wrists and hands. Not just typing, but even just the repetitive thumb swiping of browsing can add micro strain to the delicate and complex joint of the wrist and hand causing and aggravating the common condition of carpal tunnel. For athletic types there is also the added complication of wrist strain from weight training, boxing, push ups, and numerous other exercises that involve articulation of the wrist.  

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Topics: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, carpal tunnel brace, wrist brace

Rotator Cuff Muscles Are a Unique Challenge for Sports Medicine

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 16, 2015 at 1:57 PM

The rotator cuff is four little muscles (the infraspinatus, supraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor muscles) strategically placed around the shoulder joint. They attach to the upper arm bone (the humerus) and the other bones that make up the shoulder socket (collar bone, and spine of the shoulder blade).

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Topics: shoulder brace, shoulder injuries, rotator cuff, Shoulder

Tennis Elbow Braces: Relieve the Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an overuse injury of the attachment of the muscles and tendons to the outside bony point of the elbow. Tennis isn't the only cause of tennis elbow- it affects 1 to 3% of the population. It does, however, cause problems for at least 50% of tennis players at some point during their careers. Golfers, baseball players, weight lifters, bowlers, carpenters, gardeners and mechanics can all suffer from debilitating tennis elbow. 

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Choosing the Right Ankle Support

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 14, 2015 at 12:07 PM

The most common sports injury in the US is the ankle injury. In almost every sport across the board, from basketball to tennis, about 30% of injuries involve the ankle. Typically, the injury involves some forced lateral movement, most often when landing from a jump or when strafing. Proper ankle supports are useful in both preventing injuries like these and in allowing athletes to perform while recovering from an ankle injury.

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Topics: ankle supports

Common Running Injuries: Runner's Knee

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM

With minimal gear requirements and no need for a special court or field to compete, running is truly one of the most accessible forms of sport.  In fact, nearly 19 million people competed in a running event in the United States in 2014!  That's an impressive number, and it doesn't even account for the numerous runners who don't compete in organized events and simply run for their own exercise and pleasure.  

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Topics: Runner's Knee

What to Look for in an Ankle Brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 10, 2015 at 12:26 PM

 One of the most common orthopedic injuries is an ankle sprain. Most ankle injuries are inversion injuries in which the foot rolls inward. It typically happens during running, jumping and pivoting.

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Topics: ankle brace

Do knee braces prevent knee injuries?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 8, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Knee braces are a common sight. An estimated one-third of the population age 45 and older suffers from knee pain. The knee is a very complicated joint and is subject to strains, sprains, ligament tears, cartilage damage and of course arthritis. Once the knee has been injured or is just showing signs of wear and tear a brace is often the best thing for the knee. 

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

Treating Ankle Injuries: Back on Your Feet, Fast

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 5, 2015 at 11:31 AM

There are few injuries that are as maddening as ankle injuries. While it's "just" an ankle, it affects every step you take. And unfortunately, it can throw your whole training program off schedule for a lot longer than you probably want to admit. 

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Topics: ankle brace, ankle injury, ankle supports

Mueller Sports Medicine Ankle Support Options

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 30, 2015 at 12:32 PM

There are few things on this planet that can torture you on a daily basis more than an ankle injury. With all of your weight coming down on that joint with every step you take during your daily activities. Having dealt with ankle injuries for years myself, I can attest to how much they can ruin your daily life. When you suffer an ankle injury your first move is to figure out exactly what type of injury it is, once you know the source of your trouble you can begin to look into your support options. Depending on if you've got a break, sprain, strain, stretched or torn ligament, you'll need to get the proper ankle support for your particular injury.

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Topics: Ankle Sprain, ankle brace, ankle, ankle injury, ankle support

Choosing a brace to fight carpal tunnel [carpal tunnel treatment]

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 27, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Anyone who spends a lot of time on a keyboard or laptop can feel the pain of carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a nerve in your wrist becomes irritated, usually through repetitive motion. That nerve passes through a space in your wrist with other tendons. That space is called the carpal tunnel. Once that nerve is irritated it can lead to pain in your hands and fingers and loss of strength in your hand. 

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Topics: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, carpal tunnel brace, wrist brace

Caring For Your Carpal Tunnel

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM

It’s 3 a.m. and you wake up suddenly from a sharp pain pulsing through your wrist and firing into your hand.  Wanting to be roused only by the smell of a freshly brewed pot of coffee, you try to fall back asleep, but you cannot shake the feeling that something might be wrong.  You ask yourself, “Does this have anything to do with the tingling that I have been feeling in my hand?”  “What about the persistent, nagging numbness in my fingers?”  Putting these thoughts out of your mind, but pondering one possible explanation – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - you resolve, after that pot of coffee is finished, to make an appointment with your doctor.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition whose name is descriptive of the location that it affects.  The medial nerve leads from the arm into the hand and resides within what is called the carpal tunnel.  When that area is swollen and irritated, the medial nerve is compressed, causing pain, weakness, tingling, and/or numbness in the hand and fingers.

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Topics: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, carpal tunnel brace

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & the Treatment Options That Are Available

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 24, 2015 at 3:05 PM

Frequently referred to as the bane of the existence of many typists and computer users alike, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a troublesome and nagging condition that requires careful attention and proper treatment for any of those who experience it. 

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Topics: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What to do when your child has braces and needs a mouthguard?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM

The mouthguard is a soft plastic device worn to prevent injuries to the teeth and mouth. Mouthguards are mandatory in full-contact sports such as football. However, participants in other sports should consider their use; an estimated 40% of oral injuries occur in baseball and basketball. Oral injuries range in severity from chipped teeth to broken jaws. 

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Topics: Mouth Guards

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 20, 2015 at 9:02 AM

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common problem affecting individuals who perform strenuous and repetitive hand and wrist motions. Symptoms of CTS include numbness, tingling, burning and weakness in the hand, and a dull ache in the wrist and forearm. Symptoms are often worse at night, sometimes causing individuals to awaken from intense pain in their hands.
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Topics: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Sports Medicine Helping the Older Athlete Fight off Father Time

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 16, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Father Time can be a cranky and cantankerous ol' coot when he wants to be. The toll he takes on the body of a once energetic and athletic young man through the years can be somewhat heartbreaking on many levels. Usually some time around the mid 30s, that once young man capable of leaping tall buildings in a single bound becomes the guy playing the pick up game of basketball with the bad back, the awkward gait, and the jump shot that falls consistently two or three inches short of the rim. However, this doesn't have to be the case because modern day sports medicine is here to change all that.

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Topics: athletes, run, sport injuries, running injuries, athlete, running

3 Tips On How To Avoid Common Sport Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 12, 2015 at 12:00 PM

There's nothing worse than getting injured playing a sport you love. Common sport injuries can be easily avoided, but have the potential to cause a person a great deal of pain and could negatively affect their life off the field. Sport injuries are debilitating, but can be prevented. Here are 3 tips on how to avoid common sport injuries:

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Topics: shoulder injuries, sports injuries, ankle injury, wrist injury, knee injury

Alleviating the Common Runners Knee Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

October 9, 2015 at 9:51 AM

 

Many runners often complain of knee pain. Often, the result is something called runners knee. Runners knee is not something to be overally concerned about, but it is something that you want to alleviate and try to prevent in the future.

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Topics: Runner's Knee

3 Ways to Prevent Knee Injuries in Child Athletes

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 28, 2015 at 4:52 PM

Everyone hates seeing an athlete get injured. That feeling is heightened when the athlete is a child. In order to combat injuries in young athletes, parents and coaches need education on how to help prevent injuries.

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Topics: Knee Pain, child athletes, knee injury

Choosing and Using a Knee Brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 24, 2015 at 1:38 PM

If you are nursing an injury, getting the right knee brace is certainly a must to ensure that it won’t get worse. However, with all of the different types of braces available, this can often be confusing. So here are some tips when buying and using a brace.

What types of braces are available to you?

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Topics: Knee Braces

Get back in the game with pre cut kinesiology tape

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 17, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Kinesiology tape is not new by any means. It was invented 30 years ago by a Japanese chiropractor named Kenzo Kase. However, until the invention of pre-cut kinesiology tape, a specially trained practitioner was needed to apply the tape. Since the tape needs to be re-applied every few days, athletes without ready access to a practitioner to tape them up really couldn't take full advantage of the benefits of kinesiology tape. But now, with pre cut kinesiology tape widely available, anyone can apply the tape as and when needed. 

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Topics: Kinesiology Tape

Four Effective Tips to Treat Knee Pain at Home

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 14, 2015 at 11:01 AM

#1: Foods & Supplements – Recommended by the Arthritis Foundation, onions and garlic contain allium, a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory will help relieve knee pain. Ginger powder is another option that relieves and prevents inflammation and reduces the acidity of the fluid in the joints. Ginger powder tastes great in Asian dishes and herbal teas. For natural over-the-counter supplements, try Guggulu, which is an ancient Indian/Ayurvedic detoxifying herb that helps joints and muscles and is endorsed by the Chopra Center. Another option is Glucosamine, which is found naturally in the joints but declines with age. WebMD states: “there's some evidence that glucosamine sulfate supplements help counteract this effect.”

#2: Massage – Home massage can also soothe knee pain and increase blood flow to the sore or injured areas. Basic massage oils like coconut, castor, or sesame oil will work fine, but if you want serious relief, Mahanarayan Oil is an ancient Indian/Ayurvedic remedy that has been used for thousands of years to heal joints and muscles. It is composed of numerous herbal extracts and oils. Use circular motions with the oil to massage the knees, then back-and-forth motions to massage the surrounding calf and thigh muscles.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain

How To Use Kinesiology Tape To Help Achilles Tendinitis

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM

 

Achilles Tendinitis creates discomfort in the Achilles Tendon, the largest tendon in the human body. The Achilles Tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel and is key for any type of walking, running or jumping movements. Achilles Tendinitis is typically the result of repetitive stress, not a specific injury.  

  
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Topics: Kinesiology Taping Techniques, Achilles Tendinitis, Tape

What is a Hinged Knee Brace and How Can it Help Me?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 9, 2015 at 9:11 AM

From the outside, the human knee looks rather simple. But on the inside, it's a multifaceted compilation of bones, ligaments and tendons. In fact, it's so complicated that just recently, knee surgeons across the globe learned that there’s one more area in the knee that needs to be supported, the anterolateral ligament. So there’s another reason to love high quality, hinged-knee braces. 

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Topics: Knee Braces, hinged knee braces

The Convenience of Pre-Cut Kinesiology Tape

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM

When applying kinesiology tape, the tape is laid down in patterns to mimic the structure of the underlying muscles. Unlike traditional taping, which is intended to immobilize injured body parts, kinesiology taping is intended to support injured body parts without hindering motion. With that, kinesiology tape is also meant to lift, and pull the skin away from the underlying muscle during motion, to enhance circulation through the underlying tissues. 

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Topics: Kinesiology Taping Techniques

Runner's Knee and Running Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 4, 2015 at 9:25 AM

Most running injuries, like Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee), happen due to overuse and repetitive stress on the joint and surrounding soft tissues. Symptoms of runner’s knee include tenderness behind or around the patella, usually toward its center. You may feel pain toward the back of the knee, or that the knee’s giving out. Steps, hills, and uneven terrain can aggravate runner’s knee.

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Topics: Runner's Knee

HOW TO GET BACK ON THE TRAIL WHEN SUFFERING FROM RUNNER'S KNEE

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 1, 2015 at 3:40 PM

If you are a runner and have ever suffered an injury to your knees, ankles, shins, or other areas that have stopped you from running, you understand how frustrating it can be to not be able to hit the trail.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain, Runner's Knee, knee injury

What Exactly is Runner's Knee and What Can I Do About it?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 29, 2015 at 9:23 AM

You are a runner and you have a painful knee. You will most likely be diagnosed with runner's knee, but there is a bit more involved than just this lump term. Calling it runner's knee is something like saying you have sciatica. Neither is a diagnosis per se, but more like overall symptoms of an underlying problem.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain, Runner's Knee

The Best Kinesiology Taping Technique for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 28, 2015 at 9:09 AM

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Topics: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Kinesiology Taping Techniques

Support Healing with Pre-Cut Kinesiology Tape

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 27, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Pre cut kinesiology tape shapes are much easier to work with than continuous rolls. The tapes are preferably applied by a second person, but  that isn't always possible. The pre-cut end-user can gather and prepare the various widths and lengths with more confidence.  The finite pre-cut tape is easier to work with to optimize the placement and thus the treatment. The tapes help to increase blood flow and support targeted movement.

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Topics: Kinesiology Taping Techniques

Mouthguard Buying Options

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 26, 2015 at 12:37 PM

If you’re an athlete, you’re 60 times more susceptible to injuring your teeth when you don’t wear a mouthguard for protection. When choosing a mouthguard, it helps to know what’s available, as well as the pros an cons of the main types.

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Kinesiology Taping Techniques

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 24, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Over the past two decades, therapists and athletic trainers have been using kinesiology tape more and more to aid their patients.  Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor, licensed acupuncturist, and moxibustion therapist invented kinesiology tape as a way to extend the benefits of manual therapy between sessions.  

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Topics: Kinesiology Taping Techniques, Kinesio Tape

Kinesiology Tape: 5 Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 22, 2015 at 1:30 PM

2012's Summer's Olympics thrust kinesiology tape out of the trainer's room, and into the home.  That move prompted many questions from you as the weekend warrior. Dreams of standing on the podium to receive the crown of victory just as the Olympian does. Knowing that ultimate victory requires sacrifice, and that sacrifice can occasionally lead to injury, you wanted to know how to heal like a pro.  Here are some of your most frequently asked questions:

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Topics: Kinesiology Taping Techniques

Kinesiology Tape: How to Make it Stick

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Kinesiology tape is a great product that can help you with just about any kind of pain. From a pulled hamstring muscle to a sore shoulder, you can put this tape on any area of your body and instantly feel its benefits. If you want your tape to help give you relief for an extended amount of time, it is important to make sure it sticks properly. Here are some helpful tips.

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Topics: Kinesiology Taping Techniques

Clinical Studies and Proven Health Benefits of Using Kinesiology Tape

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 20, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Kinesiology tape and its methods of use have been around for decades. It didn't make headlines until the media notices athletes in the 2008 Olympic games sporting the tape for its unique health benefits. It has been found that kinesiology tape used in conjunction with different wrapping techniques can promote healing, aid in alleviating pain, and support certain muscle groups during sports activities.

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Topics: Kinesiology Taping Techniques, Kinesiology Tape

Athletic trainer kits: just as ready as you are

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 19, 2015 at 9:11 AM

The professional athletic trainer is out there on the front lines, ready to swing into action. Any injury an athlete might possibly suffer needs immediate first aid, and the trainer has to be there, ready to assist the athlete. Since the range of possible injuries is wide, the trainer has to have on hand a lot of first-aid supplies and be able to quickly transport them to the site of the injury. 

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Topics: Athletic Training Kits, Medical Bags

The Importance of Mouthguards in Hockey and Football

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 17, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Mouthguards are a misunderstood piece of protective equipment that players, their parents, and coaches alike, don’t always take seriously. However, mouthguards are essential for high impact sports, like football and hockey, and they are recommended by virtually every dental professional. But just what makes them necessary?

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Topics: Mouth Guards

Common Running Injuries: Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 16, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Running is one of the most common forms of exercise in America.  People of all ages and athletic abilities regularly lace up their shoes and go for a run.  We've dedicated a series of blog posts to common running injuries and in our first post, we discussed runner's knee. Today, we'll take a look at another common running injury: plantar fasciitis.

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Topics: Plantar Fasciitis, running injuries, running

The Five Most Common Sports Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 14, 2015 at 4:13 PM

Mild to moderate sports injuries occur with some frequency, not just to the professional athlete, but to the “weekend warrior” as well. It’s important to balance rest and support with limited exercise to maintain flexibility and strength in the injured area. Physical therapy may be necessary to rebuild muscle strength after a sports-related injury.

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Topics: common injuries, common athletic injuries

Bone Bruises

Posted by Andrea Hamel

May 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM

A bone bruise is a traumatic injury from a forceful impact during sports. It’s characterized by severe pain that can last for weeks or months.

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Topics: Knee Braces, Knee Pain, Bone Bruises

How to Protect Your Body from Heat Stroke

Posted by Andrea Hamel

March 25, 2015 at 3:30 AM

When the weather gets hot, heat stroke is a possibility. Lucky, it is not only predictable, but preventable, too. During the hot months, take the following steps to help prevent heat stroke.

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Topics: Heat Stroke

Common Causes of Wrist Pain: Treating Wrist Injuries

Posted by Andrea Hamel

March 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM

There are a variety of causes of wrist pain ranging from sports and repetitive injuries to medical conditions such as gout or pseudogout. The treatment for wrist injuries depends on the degree and cause of the discomfort and includes interventions such as home-applied first aid to emergency room visits.

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Topics: wrist injuries

A Tennis Elbow Treatment That Allows You To Persevere

Posted by Andrea Hamel

March 6, 2015 at 1:08 PM

When you have injured yourself with tennis elbow, it can be more than a little frustrating. Not only are you in pain, you are limited in your mobility. This can make it difficult to do all of the things that you love the most – and you may start to fall behind on your personal goals.

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Topics: Tennis Elbow, Elbow Injury

What to do During And After Your Shoulder Injury

Posted by Andrea Hamel

November 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

A shoulder injury of any kind can seem like a daunting experience for anyone who has never had such an injury before. And for athletic individuals who thrive off of an active lifestyle, it can put a serious damper on their workout regimen and involvement in sports for a period of time. That is why the proper recovery is imperative for complete healing. Without it, you are opening yourself up to even more damage to your shoulder and more annoying and serious shoulder problems. In this post, you will learn about what to do during and after your shoulder injury, whether is it a dislocation, separation, or rotator cuff tear.

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Topics: shoulder injuries

Knee Pain Got You Sidelined? 3 Ways To Alleviate The Pain

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM

If you enjoy an active lifestyle, it's just a matter of time before you injure your knee. Unfortunately, knee pain can prevent you from enjoying most activities. Luckily, there are a few things you can do at home to help alleviate knee pain.

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Topics: Knee Pain

Mouth Guards: The Options Available to You

Posted by Andrea Hamel

September 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Your teeth are a vital part of who you are. They help you to be able to eat, drink, talk, and show off your beautiful smile. Thusly, it is important that you do everything in your power to protect your teeth and ensure their health. If you are actively involved in any number of sports, it is suggested (and may even be required) that you wear a mouth guard.

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Topics: Mouth Guards

A Summary Of Heat Stroke Symptoms, Risk Factors And Prevention

Posted by Andrea Hamel

August 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

When your body temperature reaches 104 F or 40 C, you are considered to have heatstroke, and prolonged exposures to high temperatures or working out in hot weather are leading causes.  If you do not cool down, heatstroke can progress with symptoms such as heavy sweating, nausea or feeling faint.  If your body temperature continues to rise emergency treatment is needed.  Untreated heatstroke can cause damage to your heart, kidneys, muscles and brain. 

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Topics: Heatstroke

To Ice, to Tape, To Shoulder Brace

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM

The shoulder, with its ball-and-socket joint, has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body.  Since this is so, it is also the joint which is most easily prone to injury.  Injuries can occur while performing routine daily activities when the arm is extended above the head such as while washing windows or putting dishes into an overhead cabinet.  In addition, overuse and impact injuries can come while playing sports, particularly baseball and football.  Depending on the severity of the injury, there are different options to help promote healing.

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Topics: Kinesiology Taping Techniques, shoulder brace, shoulder injuries, Shoulder, shoulder support

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