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Why Does My Knee Hurt?!?

“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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Should My Child Lift Weights???

“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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Concussions Aren’t Just For Athletes

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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Spondylolysis

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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Tips to increase activity level in children

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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Tips to Avoid Injuries While Exercising

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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Keys to Successful New Year’s Resolutions

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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How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain & Stress

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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I’ve Decided to Lose Weight…Now What?

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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Peak Performance Starts With Hydration

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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