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Expert Tips for Reducing Running Injuries

Most runners are enthusiastic about their sport and take steps to work out safely. But injuries like stress fractures and muscle strains, among others, are common and can sideline you, sometimes for weeks if not months. Researchers point to hard heel-toe landings as one key injury risk factor. This type of landing increases vertical load rate…

Marathon

Long-Running Advice: Get Checked Before A Marathon

It was the death heard ’round the running world. In July 1984; acclaimed author and running guru Jim Fixx died of a heart attack while trotting along a country road in Vermont. Overnight, a nascent global movement of asphalt athletes got a gut check Just because you run marathons does not mean you are safe…

Athletes

Brain Scans May Reveal Concussion Damage In Living Athletes

Researchers may be closing in on a way to check athletes while they’re alive for signs of a degenerative brain disease that’s been linked to frequent head blows. Experimental scans found higher levels of an abnormal protein tied to the disease in a study of former National Football League players who were having mood and…

Injuries

Study Finds High Intensity Interval Training Increases Injuries

People who engage in high-intensity interval training are at greater risk for injury, especially in the knees and shoulders, a Rutgers study found. These workouts, which combine aerobic exercising; so weight lifting and calisthenics at maximum capacity, follow by periods of recovery, have growing in popularity over the past decade; so driven by the efficiency of…

Brain Function

Novel 5-Minute Workout Improves Blood Pressure, May Boost Brain Function

Could working out five minutes a day, without lifting a single weight or jogging a single step, improve brain function, reduce your heart attack risk, help you think more clearly and boost your sports performance? Preliminary results from a clinical trial of Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training (IMST), presented this week at the Experimental Biology conference…

Exercise

The 7-minute Workout

At the Human Performance Institute, Division of Wellness and Prevention; Inc., in Orlando, FL; our clients are high-performing professionals from a variety of industries. These men and women face incessant demands on their time; along with the pressure to perform at high levels and balance their careers and personal lives. From our work with elite…

Sports

You Could Be Addicted to Exercise!

Physical activity feels good and it’s great for your health. It can reduce your risk of developing chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, strengthen your bones; muscles and joints; and can even help with certain mental health conditions, such as depression. While exercise has clear benefits, it can cause problems if your love of working…

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Liver Injury in Men: Taking Body Building Supplements

Androgenic anabolic steroids, modified androgens or prohormones; that promote muscle growth and used to enhance athletic performance or improve physique. Several anabolic steroids have the approval; as therapy of hypogonadism, cachexia, anaemia and other disorders. However, these products can also cause diverse liver abnormalities; including severe and prolonged cholestatic liver injury, peliosis hepatis, hepatic adenoma;…

Sports

Most Parents Want Age Limits on Football Tackling

With concern over concussion dangers rising, most U.S. parents now say that they would support bans on tackling in youth football, a new survey shows. Researchers found that of more than 1,000 parents in a national sample, 60 percent were in favor of age restrictions on tackling. Another quarter were in the “maybe” camp. The…

Sports

Our Maximum Heart Rate During Exercise?

You have your runners on, your FitBit is charged, but now what? When you exercise, your heart and breathing rates increase, delivering greater quantities of oxygen from the lungs to the blood, then to exercising muscles. Determining an optimal heart rate for exercise depends on your exercise goal, age, and current fitness level. Heart rate and…

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3D-printed Artificial Tissues: Heal People With Sports Injuries

Bioscientists are moving closer to 3D-printed artificial tissues to help heal bone; and cartilage typically damaged in sports-related injuries; to knees, ankles and elbows. So, scientists at Rice University and the University of Maryland reported their first success; at engineering scaffolds that replicate the physical characteristics of osteochondral tissue; basically, hard bone beneath a compressible…

Sports

Does Running Cadence Matter?

Contrary to long-standing popular belief, running at a prescribed; one-size-fits-all “optimal” cadence doesn’t play as big a role in speed and efficiency as once thought. Since the 1980s, when running coach Jack Daniels noted; that the step rate for runners in the 1984 Olympics was about 180 per minute; it’s been widely touted as a…