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Winter is on its way, but that doesn’t mean your outdoor exercise routine has to end! Many of us question how to adjust our workout once the temperature drops, but we’ve got answers to keep you happy, healthy and warm while you break a sweat during the winter months. These Cold Weather Wellness Tips will

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“It felt like I got kicked in the back of the leg” is one of the scariest phrases for athletes. When that feeling occurs in the heel it usually means the Achilles tendon has ruptured. Oftentimes that means surgery, though there is literature that says surgical repair may not be necessary; but either way, the athlete

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“Use it or lose it” is the ultimate cliché for the muscles of your body. Anyone who has had a significant injury requiring rest from exercise has experienced it. You can see it in the discrepancy between calf muscles in someone who has had a short leg cast or fracture boot for 4-6 weeks. The

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We hear the term core muscles tossed around all of the time. When most people hear it, they think of endless sit-ups and 6-pack abs. We are bombarded with different “core” workouts daily in magazines, newspapers and online. We hear how important a strong core is to athletes from golfers to baseball players to swimmers.

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“It hurts when I squat.” “It hurts when I sit for a long time, like long car rides.” “It hurts when I walk downstairs.” If these statements sound familiar, you’re not alone. They are the most common symptoms for a widespread knee problem, patellafemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). PFPS is a generic term that encompasses many

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“Lifting weights will stunt your growth!” That is the most common myth about weight lifting in adolescents that I heard growing up, and still hear today. There are a number of other significant concerns parents have regarding injuries and long term effects of children and teenagers lifting weights. Ultimately, strength training is similar to all

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Say concussion to the average person and you’ll evoke images of football players colliding in head-to-head impact. After all, there’s been a huge focus on concussions in football, and a large amount of research done on the effects and treatments of this type of injury in athletes.   The problem is that concussions don’t just

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Stress fractures of the lumbar spine, aka spondylolysis, are one of the most common causes of low back pain in children and young adults, particularly athletes.  The athlete will typically complain of progressively worsening low back pain without any specific injury to trigger it.  The pain typically spreads across the low back, and is initially

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There is an obesity epidemic throughout this country.  Unfortunately, it is not limited to adults.  In the last 30 years, the percentage of children ages 6-11 that are obese has jumped from 7% to 18%.  Numbers are even worse for adolescents ages 12-19 years old. During that same time period, they increased from 5% to

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New Year’s has come and gone, and resolutions have kicked into high gear.  For many of you, that means either starting or increasing your exercise.  Changes in an exercise regimen can leave you vulnerable to various types of musculoskeletal injuries, such as muscle pulls and tendinitis.  Here are some tips to keep you safe and

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