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Elizabeth Quinn

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10 Tips for Completing a 5K Run

Thursday May 29, 2014

The 5K fun run is the perfect way to kick-start to your summer fitness routine. It's not terribly hard to find a 5K run; it's one of the most popular athletic events in the country. By following a few basic tips, nearly anyone can complete a 5k (3.1 miles) and have fun while doing it. Even if you don't consider yourself a runner, if you start training now, ramp up slowly, and follow these ten tips, you will most likely reach the finish line with a smile on your face.

For seasoned athletes, the 5K run can get you in the mood for competition, test your post-winter fitness, boost your motivation, add variety to a stale workout.

Preparing for a 5K may be intimidating for a beginning exerciser, but if you maintain the right attitude, you may find yourself looking forward to your next event, or even a 10k.

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10 Tips for Completing a 5K Run

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Sports Psychology Tip - How To Come From Behind

Sunday May 25, 2014

Odds are, you won't always be in front during events or races, and you'll probably be passed more than once during competitions. The ability to come from behind in these situations is essential if you want to perform your best in all circumstances.

A striking example of  "how to come from behind" is Heather Dorniden's 600m Race win. For those of us watching the video, we may assume that after her fall Heather is clearly out of contention. But without hesitation, Heather gets up and goes on to win. Clearly, anything is possible.

Learning how to come from behind takes practice, but a few sports psychology techniques can make this process much easier.


Read More: How to Come From Behind

Share you tips from coming from behind in the comments

Acceleration Drills

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Athletes who have both speed (how fast you are at max sprint) and acceleration (how quickly you can reach that max speed), have obvious advantages on the field. Being able accelerate quickly  is a great skill to develop if you play a sport the requires quick starts, repeated starts and stops, or pivots. Most court and field sport athletes can benefit from practicing targeted drill to focus on   sprintingspeed drills and power training during training.

These drills alone can only provide modest gains in  acceleration. One training technique the pros use to improve acceleration is sprinting with a weight sled. This drill helps build functional acceleration for sports.  To get the most from a sled drill, the athletes need to maintain excellent sprint mechanics while pulling the sled.  Learn To Do It Right: Weighted Sled Sprint Drills


Why Music Helps Us Exercise

Thursday May 15, 2014

Listening to music while working out can have a dramatic impact on your effort, your energy, and your attitude. At least that is what we tend to believe. When asked why they listen to music during warm ups and training, one group of elite Swedish athletes said that listening to music helps them get 'psyched.' That's my interpretation, of course. The researchers actually reported that the athletes most common motives for listening to music were to increase pre-event activation, positive affect, motivation, performance levels and to experience flow. The athletes also reported positive emotions associated with listening to music while working out, and purposeful use their music selections to facilitate their training and performance.

Over and over again, motivational music has been shown to augment exercise performance. But, if you are like most exercisers with an iPod, you don't need a study to tell you that. If you've ever forgotten your iPod at the gym, you know what I mean. The wrong music, or no music, can ruin a workout. The right music can help us exercise longer, harder and with less perceived discomfort.

But the key may be that you select music that is motivational to you.

It's often a matter of finding the right song for a specific workout. When I'm exercising, nothing will get me to do one last interval or spin just a little bit faster than listening to the perfect workout song. How about you? What gets you motivated to move?

Read More and Share Your Favorite Workout Songs

Tips For Coping With Injuries

Saturday May 10, 2014

If you've been sidelined because of an injury you've probably felt everything from denial to anger and even depression.  And although your feelings are real, it's important to find positive strategies to cope with this setback.

Share your best  Tips for Dealing With a Sports Injury

Some of the proven ways to deal with injuries include getting support and staying positive. Athletes who accept an injury and seek ways to stay involved with their sport, their coaches and their teammates while recovering from an injury often become  more focused, flexible, and resilient athletes.  Here are a few additional suggestions for using sports psychology to cope with an injury.

What strategies have worked for you? Share a Tip

Rotator Cuff Tentinitis

Tuesday May 6, 2014

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body. Any swelling, inflammation, tearing, or bony changes around the four tendons of the shoulder can cause pain when you move the arm above the head, behind the back, or straight out in front.

The most common cause of shoulder pain is due to rotator cuff tendinitis. This occurs when rotator cuff tendons and the bursa that surrounds them becomes inflamed and compressed between between the top of the humerus and the acromion (tip of the shoulder blade). When there is an injury to these tissues or the joint spaces the tendons no longer slide effortlessly within this narrow space, which is often referred to as impingement.

Rotator Cuff

Conservative treatment is the first course of action for shoulder impingement syndrome and most patients can relive their should pain within a short time.

There are other common causes of shoulder pain that also respond to home treatment, but if your shoulder pain doesn't resolve with basic soft tissue first aid treatment, a visit to the doctor for a thorough evaluation is the next step.

What Happens During Your Warm Up?

Friday May 2, 2014

Getting back into outdoor running this Spring has been a great reminder the amazing physiological changes the occur in the body when we start exercising.

What Happens in the Warm Up?

What happens when you exercise After a winter of gym workouts and treadmill running, the increased effort of running on pavement (see: Treadmill vs. Outside Running) has sometimes left me feeling out of breath in the first five minutes. And then suddenly, and often surprisingly, after about ten minutes, I find my rhythm and I feel pretty darn good.  It's not magic, but it is a physiological marvel.

If you get discouraged by the heavy legs, and labored breathing in the first few minutes of your workout, learning what's happening in your body during this transition to exercise may help you become a bit more patient, and a bit more motivated to keep going.



8 Reasons Your Workout Doesn't Work

Saturday April 26, 2014

Are you making some common workout mistakes that are undermining your results? To get the benefit of the time you spend training, it helps to know not only what to do, but what not to do. Some of the most common mistakes  can quickly lead to frustration  and an end to a unsuccessful exercise routine.

Before you give up on exercise altogether, check out these common mistakes and avoid becoming another exercise drop out.

8 Reasons Your Workouts Don't Work


Dealing With the Stress of an Injury

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Getting injured can cause more than physical pain. Emotional stress is a real part of any injury, and can be extremely difficult for an athlete. Understanding the ways you can manage stress and help your body heal can provide a constructive way to cope with your injury.

The most important part of mental recovery is to stay actively  involved in your rehab program, listen to your body and find alternate ways to keep active. Dealing with an injury takes time, patience and creativity. It's not easy to stay positive when your routine is disrupted, but it's essential to avoid negative self-talk. It is a perfect time to practice positive self-talk, and visualization.

When recovering from injuries, try to incorporate the following strategies:


Stretching Routines for Athletes

Saturday April 19, 2014

Stretching and flexibility go hand in hand with sports for a variety of reasons. Stretching not only feels good, but it helps an athlete maintain an appropriate and balanced range of motion in specific joints. This is important if you play a certain sport over and over, or when you are recovering from an injury.

Stretching Exercises By Sport

Here are some basic stretching routines for athletes who play a specific sport.

Injury-Specific Stretching Routines

Here are some sample stretching routines for athletes who have specific injuries.


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