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The Super Simple 7-Minute Workout
Use this super simple seven-minute workout for a quick pick-me-up or do a few rounds for a more substantial workout.
The Best Exercises for Core Strength (and Why...
Core exercises should focus on the entire torso, from head to feet, in order to develop strong, solid core strength.
How Muscle Fiber Types Affect Sports Ability
Does muscle fiber type determine an athlete's strength, power, speed and endurance or athletes respond to training?
Pulled a Muscle in Your Calf? Do This!
A pulled or torn calf muscle, also called a calf strain, causes sudden pain in the back of the lower leg.
The Best and Worst Exercises for Your Abs
Looking for the best ab exercises? Research shows which ab exercises are the best and worst for a stronger core.
Why Do I Get Leg Cramps?
A muscle spasm or cramp is a painful involuntary contraction that can stop athletes in their tracks. Here's how to deal with cramping muscles.
How To Recover Faster After Exercise
What you do after exercise can help or hinder your recovery. Learn what to do to speed your physical recovery from a hard workout.
Why You're Sore After Workouts
Muscle pain, soreness and stiffness that shows up a day or two after a workout is common if you changed or increased your workout intensity.
Soothe Skin Abrasions with These Treatment Tips
Best treatments for skin abrasions, cuts and scrapes and road rash.
Boost Your Speed and Endurance with this...
Interval training workouts are a great ways for athletes to improve both speed and endurance.
The Plank Exercise
Learn how to perform the plank - an abdominal exercise that builds core strength and stability.
What Causes Pain in the Groin?
Groin pain can be caused by a muscle pull, strain, tear or a hernia.
Bicycle Crunches: One of the Best Ab Exercises...
The Bicycle Crunch exercise tops the list of best ab exercises for activating the rectus abdominus.
8 Quick and Essential Ways to Work Out Your Core
The Side Plank is another great core exercise
The Top 5 Tips for Proper Treatment of Groin Pain
These five tips can help you treat groin injuries such as a groin strain or pull.
5 Ways to Get Your Butt in Shape
If you sit much of the day you may have weak glutes, tight hamstrings and tight hip flexors. Use this glute activation program to get your backside firing properly during before and during exercise.
Here's What You Should Eat Before Exercise
Eating before exercise. Whether you are eating before an athletic competition, or a basic training workout, what you eat can make a difference in both your performance and recovery.
Complete Guide to Ab Health
The hip flexors include the psoas major, illiacus, rectus femoris, pectineus and sartorius. Page 6.
Does Ice Water Really Boost Workout Recovery?
Many elite athletes use an ice water bath as a standard way to recover from intense workouts. What does a dip in an ice water bath do and can it improve exercise recovery and performance?
The 7 Most Effective Exercises for Your Butt
Build a better butt. Get you glutes firing with these exercises to activate and strengthen the glutes.
What Is VO2 Max and Why Do Athletes Care?
VO2 max or maximal oxygen uptake is one factor that can determine an athlete’s capacity to perform sustained aerobic efforts. It refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an athlete can use during maximal or exhaustive exercise.
What's Causing Pain My Outer Knee Pain?
Iliotibial band syndrome, also called IT band syndrome often causes pain on the outside of the knee.
Why Rest and Recovery Is Crucial After Exercise
Most athletes know that adequate rest after exercise is essential to high level performance. The body repairs and strengthens itself in the time between workouts, and continuous training can actually weaken the strongest athletes. Follow these tips to get the most from your rest and recovery days.
How 30 Second Sprints Get You Fitter Than Jogging
Want more endurance? Do some sprints! Just six workouts of 30-second sprints may be more effective in improving cardiovascular fitness than an hour of daily moderate activity.
What Is Normal Range of Motion In a Joint?
Although there is variability among individuals, the following are generally accepted values for normal range of motion in each joint.
Great Ab Exercises: The Vertical Knee Raise
The Captain's Chair or vertical knee raise, exercise came in second on the list of best exercises for the rectus abdominus.
How Do Carbs, Fat, and Protein Provide Fuel for...
There are three main pathways to convert nutrients to energy (ATP) for exercise and it is the intensity and duration of the exercise that determines which method gets used.
Increase Your Agility with 10 Effective Workouts
Agility drills can help athletes improve coordination, speed, power and specific sports skills.
What Is the Principle of Specificity?
Principle of Specificity - Definition
A Full-Body Workout With Just 6 Exercises
A full body circuit routine that builds both strength and cardiovascular health in one quick workout.
Side Stitch: Why It Occurs and How to Prevent It
What causes a side stitch or side ache while running
Top 10 Questions About Abdominal Exercises
Get answers to your questions about abdominal exercise. Page 2.
Check Out This Advanced Core Exercise
Credited to Bruce Lee, the Dragon Flag is an advanced core exercise
Relieve a Painful Hamstring Injury with the...
Hamstring Pull, Tear, or Strain - the most common injury among runners.
How Vegetarian Athletes Can Stay Fit
Vegetarians must take extra care to avoid deficiencies of iron, zinc, and B12, which can hurt exercise and strength training performance.
How to Get the Benefits of a Sports Massage at...
How to use a foam roller to release tight muscles and trigger points in the glutes and hamstrings.
How Overloading Can Improve Your Fitness
The Principle of Overload - Definition
6 Exercises to Get Your Butt In Shape
Research Picks the Best Butt Exercises. Here are the results for the best butt exercises.
Are You Exercising Too Much?
Overtraining syndrome occurs in athletes who train beyond the body's ability to recover and results in decreased performance.
Sports Injury? Try the RICE Treatment Method
RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation and is recommended for the immediate treatment of most soft tissue sports injuries such as sprains and strains.
Achilles Tendonitis: Easy Treatments Help...
Achilles Tendonitis is a chronic injury that causes heel pain and occurs primarily from overuse.
What Are Some Common Causes of Hip Pain in...
Here are some of the most common causes of hip pain or injury in athletes. Learn how to prevent and treat hip pain during sports.
Injure Your Tailbone? What You Should Know...
Treatment tips for tailbone pain and injury
V-Sit Ab Exercise
How to do the V-Sit abdominal exercise for core strength.
How to Strengthen Your Abs and Butt at the Same...
The bridge exercise helps strengthen the glutes, hamstrings and core.
Common Sources of Knee Pain
Knee pain can have many causes, so before you treat your pain, it's critical to diagnose the specific cause of your pain.
What Does Muscular Endurance Mean, Anyway?
What Is Muscular Endurance? Sports Medicine.
Work the Whole Core with 17 Effective Ab...
The best ab exercises for athletes should work the entire core, not just the abdominal muscles.
Does Stretching Matter?
Learn what the research says about stretching before and after exercise.
When Is the Best Time of Day to Exercise?
What is the best time to exercise? There are pros and cons of morning, afternoon and evening exercise and athletic performance, but research may uncover the best time for exercise.
What Is a Meniscus Tear?
Meniscus Tears often require arthroscopic surgery. Learn about the cause and treatment of a meniscus cartilage.
Should You Take the PAR-Q Before Starting a...
The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire is a self-screening tool that can be used by anyone who is planning to start an exercise program.
Your Guide to Staying Fit While Injured
If you have a sports injury, chances are you will need to take some time off to recover, but for those who don't want to stop exercising entirely, there are ways to maintain some fitness while recovering from most sports injuries.
4 Stretches that Open the Hips
Tight piriformis muscles can lead to knee pain and lower back pain. Use this simple piriformis stretch to open your hips and keep the piriformis limber.
How Isometric Exercises Can Benefit You
An isometric muscle contraction, or static exercise, is one in which the muscle fires but there is no movement at a joint.
Why Do People Get Shin Splints?
Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) is a common running injury that results in pain over the shin bone.
The Best Abdominal Exercise Equipment Choices
Can exercise equipment help you get better abs? Here are a few items that just might.
What Happens During a Treadmill Stress Test?
The Bruce Treadmill Test Protocol is a common fitness assessment used by athletes and coaches to measure VO2 max, and aerobic endurance.
The Most Common Methods for Measuring Body...
What's the difference between body composition and percent body fat?
Standard Exercises for the Rehab of a Broken...
A clavicle fracture (broken collarbone) is a common sports injury that requires a comprehensive rehab exercise program to return to sports quickly. Here is a general rehab exercise program for a fractured clavicle.
What Pelvic Pain Means
A sports hernia is something men often develop and treat quickly. But for women, a hernia can go undiagnosed for months, or even years, and cause unbearable abdominal pain.
Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain
Plantar fasciitis, describes heel pain that occurs from irritation or injury to the plantar fascia along the bottom of the foot.
An Easier Way to Calculate Body Fat Percentage
The skinfold measurement test is one common method of determining a person's percentage of body fat or body composition.
Simple Stretches to Ease Groin Pain
Groin pain can be caused by many reasons including tight, weak groin muscles or groin pulls or strains. This stretching program can help reduce groin pain and prevent groin pulls.
Why Carbs Are Important for Exercise
Carbohydrate is arguably the most important source of energy for athletes. No matter what sport you play, carbs provide the energy that fuels muscle contractions.
Ideal Post-Workout Foods to Replenish Your Body
What you eat after your workout is critical to exercise recovery.
What to Expect if You Undergo Arthroscopic...
Arthroscopic surgery is the standard outpatient treatment to repair a torn meniscus. s.
Top 10 Recommended Sport Sunglasses
Sport Sunglass for men and women athletes come in a variety of styles and shapes designed specifically for sports. Here are some of the top selling sport sunglasses.
What's Causing That Popping and Cracking in...
What causes Crepitus? Joint noise such as popping and cracking, and is there anything I can do about it?
Compound or Isolation Exercises: Which Is Better?
For most people compound exercises provide better results than isolation exercises and should be the core of any weight training routine.
The Best Stretching Exercises for Soccer
Soccer players need good flexibility. These stretches can help
Seated Oblique Twists With Medicine Ball
How to do the Russian Twist with a medicine ball
What Causes the "Bonk" and Hitting the Wall...
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Should You Ice or Heat a Sports Injury?
Confused about when to use ice and when to use heat on your injuries, aches and pains? Here are the guidelines for deciding on ice or heat for injuries.
The Best Cushioned Neutral Running Shoes
Here are some of the most popular cushioned, neutral running shoes on the market.
What Exercises Cause Eccentric Muscle Contraction
An eccentric muscle contraction is a type of muscle activation that increases tension on a muscle as it lengthens.
The Easiest Exercise for Immense Quad Strength
The wall sit exercise is a quad burner.
How to Jump Rope Your Way to Fitness
For an inexpensive and efficient workout, the jump rope is a must-have piece of exercise equipment. Jumping rope improves cardiovascular fitness, balance and agility, while building strength and burning calories. Jump ropes are especially good for those interested in working out during travel. Learn why the jump rope may be just the piece of exercise equipment you've been needing.
Take This Test to Measure Your Flexibility
The sit and reach test is the most common measurement of lower back and hamstring flexibility.
Your Quick Guide to Steroids in Sports
The use of anabolic steroids is banned in professional and organized sports. Steroids are a class of drugs that are legally available only by prescription.
What's the Difference Between Sprains and...
Sprains and strains can be painful and cause severe swelling. Learn how to treat these common injuries can speed your recovery.
Got Muscle Pain? Here Are Some Anti-Inflammator...
Most soft-tissue sports injuries are painful because of swelling and inflammation. This inflammation can often be treated with the use of over the counter anti-inflammatory medications.
Why It's Important to Warm Up Before you Exercise
A proper warm before exercise has many important physiological and psychological benefits for athletes.
Prevent Achilles Tendon Injuries with These...
Learn how to safely perform a standing Achilles tendon and heel stretch
How You Can Assess Your Core Strength
The Core Muscle Strength and Stability Test is one way to assess your current core strength and gauge your progress over time.
Treadmill vs Outside Running - Is it the Same...
Is Running on a Treadmill As Good As Running Outside? Is outdoor running better than the treadmill? Well, there are pros and cons to each.
What Is Piriformis Syndrome?
Piriformis Syndrome - what it is and how to treat it.
Try This 12 Minute Run to Test Your Fitness
The 12 minute run test is a basic test used by coaches, trainers and athletes to assess their current fitness and to monitor their progress during fitness training.
Test Your Strength with These Navy SEAL Workout...
The Navy SEALs Workout routine progresses you quickly to get results fast. Are you up to the challenge?
The Proper Form to Prevent Knee Pain During a...
Strengthening the hips may help reduce many common lower-leg pain and knee injuries, especially in runners.
Are Exercise Ball Crunches Better Than Regular...
The ab crunch on an exercise ball is one of the top abdominal exercises you can do.
How Fat Provides Energy for Exercise
Fat provides an athlete's main fuel source during long duration, low to moderate intensity exercise and endurance sports like marathons and ultra-events. But even during high intensity exercise, where carbohydrate is the athlete's main fuel, fat is needed to help access the stored carbohydrate (glycogen).
How Much Water You Actually Need
Athletes need to hydrate, but how much water should you drink?
What's the Best Running Shoe for Your Foot Type?
Find the best running shoe for your foot type.
15 Exercises for Stronger Knees and Hips
Strengthening the muscles that surround and support the knees and hip joints can help reduce pain and injuries.
What is a Jammed Finger?
The term jammed finger generally refers to joint swelling in the finger from an end-on injury.
Resting Heart Rate
Resting heart rate (rhr) is a numeric measurement of the number of times your heart beats each minute when at complete rest. Normal heart rate values vary for both athletes and healthy people.
What is a Superset?
A superset is a form of strength training in which you move from one exercise to the next without a rest break.
The Definition of Isokinetic
What is the definition of an isokinetic muscle contraction.
How to Measure Body Fat with Hydrostatic...
Hydrostatic Underwater Weighing is a method of determining body composition and body fat by weighing an athlete in a 'dunk tank.'
Should You Worry About a Sports Hernia?
A sports hernia is an injury seen in athletes in a variety of sports. The sports hernia occurs when there is a weakening of the muscles of the abdominal wall. Treatment of a sports hernia may require surgery if the symptoms do not resolve with conservative treatments.
Do You Know All These Effects of Lactic Acid?
Lactic acid does more than cause fatigue
Experiencing Shoulder Pain? It Could Be for One...
These conditions are closely related and may occur alone or in combination.
7 Shoe Inserts to Banish Foot Pain
Not every athlete needs an insert, but if you are prone to overuse injuries, or have foot, knee or back pain or instability, you may benefit from one.
What You Should Know About the Principle of...
The Principle of Progression - Definition
Do Push Ups the Right Way with These Tips
The push-up exercise is a great upper body and core strength exercise that when done properly uses muscles in the chest, shoulders, triceps, back, abs and even the legs.
Knee Pain: Sign of a Serious Condition?
Most athletes will experience some knee pain from time to time, but there are some clues that indicate more serious knee pain that may need to be seen by a doctor for a complete evaluation and treatment plan.
How to Get a Flat Belly: Tips and Tricks to...
You can build Six Pack Abs with a combination of the right exercise routine and the right diet.
How to Do the Alternating Superman Core Exercise
Raise your right arm and left leg about 5-6 inches off the ground (or as far as you comfortably can). Hold for 3 seconds and relax.
How Are Ankle Sprains Caused, Treated, and...
Ankle Sprain - treatment and prevention of a sprained ankle and ankle pain
Top Tips for Overcoming Performance Anxiety in...
Overcoming Performance Anxiety with Sports Psychology. How to psyche yourself up, calm yourself down and overcome performance anxiety.
What's the Best Pain Reliever for Sports...
What pain medication should you take for sports injuries?
How Fast You Lose Fitness When You Don't Exercise
Both endurance and muscle mass can quickly disappear if your don't exercise, but haow much and how fast this happens depends on a few key factors.
What Is Muscle Hypertrophy?
Muscle Hypertrophy - Definition. Sports Medicine.
How Much Protein Do Athletes Really Need?
Athletes need protein primarily to repair and rebuild muscle that is broken down during exercise and to help optimizes carbohydrate storage in the form of glycogen.
The Important Link Between Exercise and Healthy...
Building and maintaining bone density requires a combination of good nutrition and weight bearing exercise.
What Happens in a Turf Toe Injury?
Turf toe is a sports an injury that causes pain at the base of the big toe. Usually the result of athletic activities on a hard surface, turf toe is especially common in athletes who compete on artificial turf. Treatment of turf toe is usually helpful, but the condition can return.
This Exercise Works 6 Muscles at Once!
The lunge with twist exercise targets the quads, glutes and improves balance and core strength.
8 Exercise Mistakes: The Real Reasons Your...
Are you making any of these common mistakes? If so, you can modify your routine and finally start getting some real fitness results.
Plank on a Balance Ball
A how-to for an exercise (a more challenging modification of the basic plank) that strengthens abs, and engages muscles from shoulders to toes.
9 Simple Ways to Do More Situps
These tips will help you learn how to do more situps, build your abdominal and core strength and endurance, and ace your next fitness test.
What is VO2 Max?
VO2 Max - Definition: VO2 max is the maximal oxygen uptake or the maximum volume of oxygen that can be utilized in one minute during maximal or exhaustive exercise.
What You Should Know About Foot Anatomy and...
A brief overview of foot anatomy and physiology.
Learn to Safely Stretch Your Iliotibial Band
Learn how to safely perform a simple IT band standing stretch.
What are the Exercise Principles of Conditioning?
Experts who study exercise science have developed some fundamental principles that tend to apply across the board to the way the human body responds and adapts to physical activity. These rules are often referred to as the principles of conditioning.
Blood Doping and Athletes: What You Need to Know
The use of erythropoietin (EPO) is one recent way athletes have tried to artificially boost their red blood cell count and athletic performance, particularly in the professional cycling world.
Your Guide to Dealing with ACL and PCL Injuries
Information about Ligament Injuries of the knee: ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL Anterior and Posterior Cruciate Ligament and Medial and Lateral Collateral ligament injuries.
Try This Test to Measure Upper Body Strength
The push up fitness test is a basic test used by coaches, trainers and athletes to assess their current fitness and to monitor their progress during fitness training.
Hamstring Injury - Stretching Exercises for a...
This stretching program can help reduce hamstring pain and prevent hamstring pulls.
Got a Black Eye? Learn the Correct Ways to...
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What are Tendonitis and Tendinopathy?
Tendonitis is a common sports injury that often occurs from overuse.
Do You Have One of These Common Soccer Injuries?
Learn to treat or prevent the most common soccer pain and injuries.
How Much Water Should You Drink During Exercise?
Adequate fluid intake is essential for athletes before, during, and after exercise. Whether to use sports drinks or just water depends upon your duration and intensity of exercise.
Your Guide to Strength Training When Over 50
Strength Training Over Age 50. Sports Medicine.
Looking to Improve Your Endurance? This Can Help
Do you know your LT? Learn how athletes can increase high intensity endurance performance with lactate threshold training.
What Is Concentric Muscle Contraction?
A concentric muscle contraction is a type of muscle activation that increases tension on a muscle as it shortens.
Vary Your Ab Routine With This Hip Lift Exercise
How to perform the Hip Lift for abdominal strength.
How to Prevent and Treat Hip Pointer Pain
A Hip Pointer is an extremely painful injury to the iliac crest of the hip. Learn how to prevent and treat a hip pointer.
Should Mitral Valve Prolapse Concern Athletes?
Athletes with mitral valve prolapse - Is there a cause for concern?
The Surprising Link Between Genetics and Sports
How do genetics influence athletic ability? Do our genes predict our sports success or does it all depend on training?
Can You Really Drink Too Much Water?
Can athletes drink too much water? Hyponatremia has become more prevalent as more people are participating in endurance sports.
The Ideal Amount of Time to Ice an Injury
A recent cautions against keeping bags of frozen vegetables on bare skin for too long because this household remedy to treat swelling could backfire.
Do You Have Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is a common cause of elbow pain. Learn about the cause, symptoms, and treatment of tennis elbow.
Try Weighted Step Ups for Stronger Quads and...
The weighted step up exercise is a simple way for both beginning and advanced athletes to build leg strength and power quickly and with a low risk of injury.
Top 5 Fitness Tips for Women Over 50
The top 5 tips for women over age 50 to get, and stay, fit.
Is a Ruptured Achilles Tendon as Bad as It...
A Ruptured Achilles Tendon causes sudden pain in the back of the lower leg.
Can You Use Super Glue for Minor Cuts and...
Super Glue belongs in the hardware drawer not the medicine cabinet right? Well, it depends. Some doctors are recommending a little of the glue for minor cuts.
Reverse Plank Exercise
The Reverse Plank exercise helps strengthen the glutes, hamstrings and core.
What to Do About a Torn Rotator Cuff
Symptoms include pain in the shoulder when the arm is raised or extended out from the side of the body.
Plantar Fasciitis Stretch
Learn how to safely perform a standing Plantar Fasciitis Stretch

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