Use RICE for First-Aid, ‘Active Recovery’ for Long-Term Healing

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For decades, the standard and recommended response to an injured muscle, tendon or ligament was to “apply RICE,” an acronym that stands for a protocol of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Yet these days, the application of RICE as a treatment for these sports-type soft-tissue injuries isn’t 100 percent supported by science. Multiple studies have come out over the years …

To Stretch or Not to Stretch? Tips for Optimizing Flexibility

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Many have grown up with the understanding that, whenever you’re about to work out, compete or otherwise push your body, it’s important to stretch immediately before the activity in order to prevent injury and perform your best. Yet, despite these long-held beliefs – and perhaps surprisingly – there’s little evidence to support this theory.  Today’s evidence suggests that there’s no …

6 Common Back Pain Myths, Debunked

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Despite being one of the top causes of disability in the U.S., affecting around eight in 10 people in their lifetimes, back pain is an ailment often misunderstood by those affected. Such misconceptions can cause those suffering from back pain to seek solutions, potential treatment paths, and even lifestyle alterations that aren’t necessarily in their best interests. Back pain can …

7 Fitness Tips for Summer Vacation Travel

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It’s vacation season, and for many, that means visiting far away friends, exploring new places and possibly even crossing some things off the old’ bucket list. Unfortunately, traveling often also means lots of sitting, interrupted sleep patterns due to time zone changes, unhealthy eating, and workout routines that are sporadic, if not nonexistent. But, travel doesn’t have to be synonymous …

Tips for Reducing, Managing PlantarFascitis Pain

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Studies show about three-quarters of all Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives. Of them, more than 2 million people who seek treatment each year will learn they suffer from an overuse condition called plantar fasciitis. Fortunately, most cases of plantar fasciitis are both manageable and treatable. Plantar fasciitis will typically present itself as sharp pain …

How to Talk Positively to Your Kids About Exercise

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All kids need exercise. Stacks of scientific research through the years support the myriad ways exercise. This helps young bodies and minds as they develop and grow. Message for Parents & Grandparents It’s important, then, for parents and grandparents to encourage their children or grandchildren to be active and develop healthy habits. During such conversations, setting a positive tone is …

Jump into March Madness Be Mindful of Jumper’s Knee

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As a large portion of the nation’s attention turns to the “March Madness” NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in the coming days, now is an ideal time to educate fans, young competitors and even blue-collar workers about an injury prevalent in jump-heavy activities: jumper’s knee. Among the most common injuries in sports, jumper’s knee is an overuse injury that can develop …

5 Exercise Myths for People 55 and Older

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While it’s expected that most older people tend to slow down with age, the notion that seniors and soon-to-be seniors should trade in exercise and their active lifestyles for bingo and rocking chairs is definitely antiquated, say athletic trainers. And yet, when it comes to exercise for the 55-and-older population, plenty of myths continue to drive people’s actions — or …