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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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Goodbye 2014; hello 2015.  It’s time for the annual ritual of New Year’s resolutions. More than 40 percent of Americans make resolutions each year, according to Forbes magazine, with many centering around self-improvement. While their intentions are good, research suggests that only about 8 percent will reach their goals. Here are some tips to make

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The holidays are right around the corner, and with them come the endless barrage of events and treats that lead to unwelcome stress and weight gain.  However, with a little planning ahead of time, you can enjoy the festivities without stretching the waistband or raising your blood pressure! Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to

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In theory, weight loss should be easy.  It is based on a simple mathematical formula: (calories consumed) – (calories burned).  If you consume more than you burn, you gain weight.  If you burn more than you consume, you lose weight.  Unfortunately, as anyone who has tried to lose weight can tell you, it never seems

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It’s two hours before your workout. How much water have you had? It could be the difference between a successful session and one that simply doesn’t measure up. Maintaining proper hydration is imperative for achieving peak athletic performance.   Your body is a finely tuned machine that operates at its best in a specific environment.

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Shake it off. Get back in the game. That’s what we used to tell players when they got knocked around on the field. Since that time, there’s been more education about concussions, a traumatic brain injury that if not treated properly could lead to health problems and even death. With the start of school and

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Exercise can be monotonous. Taking the same classes day-after-day, repeating the same movements over and over, leads to boredom, lack of motivation, and most importantly, lack of improvement. That’s because even the best workout loses its effectiveness over time if you don’t change it up. But it’s summer! Fortunately, we live in a beautiful area

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