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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?
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.
4 Legitimate Excuses to Skip Your Workout
It's not hard to come up with reasons to skip a workout, but here are four real reasons to hang up your shoes and take it easy for a few days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Your Starting Point for a Six Pack
Learn how to perform the plank - an abdominal exercise that builds core strength and stability.
Boost Your Speed and Endurance with this...
Interval training workouts are a great ways for athletes to improve both speed and endurance.
Complete Guide to Ab Health
The hip flexors include the psoas major, illiacus, rectus femoris, pectineus and sartorius. Page 6.
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.
What Causes Pain in the Groin?
Groin pain can be caused by a muscle pull, strain, tear or a hernia.
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.
Old School Fitness Training Tips
Exercise trends are constantly changing, but these tried and true methods help you get, and stay, fit year after year.
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.
This Is the Warm Up Your Workout Needs
Warm Up Routine - Sample Warm Up Routine Before Exercise
What Does Muscular Endurance Mean, Anyway?
What Is Muscular Endurance? Sports Medicine.
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.
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.
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 Is the Principle of Specificity?
Principle of Specificity - Definition
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.
6 Exercises to Get Your Butt In Shape
Research Picks the Best Butt Exercises. Here are the results for the best butt exercises.
How to Get the Benefits of a Sports Massage at...
Learn how to soothe tight muscles by using a foam roller to release tight fascia.
Does Stretching Matter?
Learn what the research says about stretching before and after exercise.
Injure Your Tailbone? What You Should Know...
Treatment tips for tailbone pain and injury
Soothe Skin Abrasions with These Treatment Tips
Best treatments for skin abrasions, cuts and scrapes and road rash.
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.
Increase Your Agility with 10 Effective Workouts
Agility drills can help athletes improve coordination, speed, power and specific sports skills.
How Overloading Can Improve Your Fitness
The Principle of Overload - Definition
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.
Work the Whole Core with 17 Effective Ab...
The best ab exercises for athletes should work the entire core, not just the abdominal muscles.
Check Out This Advanced Core Exercise
Credited to Bruce Lee, the Dragon Flag is an advanced core exercise
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?
Top 10 Questions About Abdominal Exercises
Get answers to your questions about abdominal exercise. Page 2.
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 Exercises Cause Eccentric Muscle Contraction
An eccentric muscle contraction is a type of muscle activation that increases tension on a muscle as it lengthens.
How to Strengthen Your Abs and Butt at the Same...
The bridge exercise helps strengthen the glutes, hamstrings and core.
Relieve a Painful Hamstring Injury with the...
Hamstring Pull, Tear, or Strain - the most common injury among runners.
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.
Are You Exercising Too Much?
Overtraining syndrome occurs in athletes who train beyond the body's ability to recover and results in decreased performance.
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.
Side Stitch: Why It Occurs and How to Prevent It
What causes a side stitch or side ache while running
What Is a Meniscus Tear?
Meniscus Tears often require arthroscopic surgery. Learn about the cause and treatment of a meniscus cartilage.
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.
Are Exercise Ball Crunches Better Than Regular...
The ab crunch on an exercise ball is one of the top abdominal exercises you can do.
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.
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.
Learn to Work Your Abs with the V-Sit Exercise
How to do the V-Sit abdominal exercise for core strength.
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.
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'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?
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 Most Common Methods for Measuring Body...
What's the difference between body composition and percent body fat?
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.
What to Expect if You Undergo Arthroscopic...
Arthroscopic surgery is the standard outpatient treatment to repair a torn meniscus. s.
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.
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.
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.
Why It's Important to Warm Up Before you Exercise
A proper warm before exercise has many important physiological and psychological benefits for athletes.
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.
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 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.
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.
Do You Know All These Effects of Lactic Acid?
Lactic acid does more than cause fatigue
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.
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.
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.
Experiencing Shoulder Pain? It Could Be for One...
These conditions are closely related and may occur alone or in combination.
Build Core Strength with This Tough Crunch
How to do the vertical leg crunch for abdominal strength
Ideal Post-Workout Foods to Replenish Your Body
What you eat after your workout is critical to exercise recovery.
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.
Do You Have Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is a common cause of elbow pain. Learn about the cause, symptoms, and treatment of tennis elbow.
The Best Stretching Exercises for Soccer
Soccer players need good flexibility. These stretches can help
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.
What You Should Know About the Principle of...
The Principle of Progression - Definition
What Is Piriformis Syndrome?
Piriformis Syndrome - what it is and how to treat it.
The Right Way to Use a Rowing Machine
Rowing is a great cardiovascular and strength-building exercise. With proper technique, rowing will work all the major muscle groups of the core, arms and legs in a balanced manner.
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.
Take This Test to Measure Your Flexibility
The sit and reach test is the most common measurement of lower back and hamstring flexibility.
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.
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.
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.
The Definition of Isokinetic
What is the definition of an isokinetic muscle contraction.
The Best Cushioned Neutral Running Shoes
Here are some of the most popular cushioned, neutral running shoes on the market.
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.
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.
Try This Easy and Effective Oblique Exercise
How to do the Russian Twist with a medicine ball
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.
What is a Jammed Finger?
The term jammed finger generally refers to joint swelling in the finger from an end-on injury.
What Is Muscle Hypertrophy?
Muscle Hypertrophy - Definition. Sports Medicine.
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.
Does the Order You Do Exercises in Really Matter?
What should I do first weight lifting or aerobic exercise? Learn what the experts say about the benefit of doing cardio exercise before weights or weights before cardio.
The Easiest Exercise for Immense Quad Strength
The wall sit exercise is a quad burner.
What Is Concentric Muscle Contraction?
A concentric muscle contraction is a type of muscle activation that increases tension on a muscle as it shortens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 5 Workout Mistakes
Rest and recovery is a crucial part of effective sports training. Athletes who never take a rest day are prime candidates for injury, burnout, over training syndrome and poor performance.
Prevent Achilles Tendon Injuries with These...
Learn how to safely perform a standing Achilles tendon and heel stretch
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.
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.
How Much Water You Actually Need
Athletes need to hydrate, but how much water should you drink?
How Are Ankle Sprains Caused, Treated, and...
Ankle Sprain - treatment and prevention of a sprained ankle and ankle pain
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.
This Exercise Works 6 Muscles at Once!
The lunge with twist exercise targets the quads, glutes and improves balance and core strength.
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.
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.
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.
What's the Best Pain Reliever for Sports...
What pain medication should you take for sports injuries?
Don't Become a Crazy Sports Parent
Don't become a crazy parent who yells and screams at their kids, the coaches and the umpires from the sidelines. Encouraging your child to play sports is one of the best ways to help him or her develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime, but some parents take it too far by emphasizing winning rather than skill development and having fun.
Learn to Safely Stretch Your Iliotibial Band
Learn how to safely perform a simple IT band standing stretch.
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.
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.
How to Design Your Own Workout Routine
Interval training workout routines can build fitness fast. Learn how to design a safe and effective interval training workout.
Vary Your Ab Routine With This Hip Lift Exercise
How to perform the Hip Lift for abdominal strength.
Should Mitral Valve Prolapse Concern Athletes?
Athletes with mitral valve prolapse - Is there a cause for concern?
How to Safely Perform Plyometric Rebounding...
Plyometric rebounding exercises can build power and speed if done properly
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).
6 Essential Back Pain Stretches
Chicago Bears cornerback Devin Hester demonstrates a simple stretching exercise that opens the hips and stretches the muscles of the hips, groin and lower back. Page 4.
Got a Black Eye? Learn the Correct Ways to...
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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.
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.
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?
The Correct Way to Safely Perform a Full Squat...
Incorrectly performed full squats may lead to injury. Here are guidelines for the correct set-up and execution of the full squat exercise.
What are Tendonitis and Tendinopathy?
Tendonitis is a common sports injury that often occurs from overuse.
Hamstring Injury - Stretching Exercises for a...
How to use a foam roller to release tight muscles and trigger points in the glutes and hamstrings. Page 5.
What's the Best Running Shoe for Your Foot Type?
Find the best running shoe for your foot type.
Reverse Plank Exercise
The Reverse Plank exercise helps strengthen the glutes, hamstrings and core.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
Think You Sprained Your Wrist? Here's What to Do
A Sprained Wrist is a common injury that often occurs from a fall on and outstretched hand. Information about wrist injuries such as sprains and strains including diagnosis and treatment.
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 Crunch Variation for Strong Abs
How to do the Reverse Crunch. Sports Medicine.
Best Exercise Equipment for a Home Gym
Here are some of the best equipment picks for home gym.
Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension)
In most people low blood pressure isn't cause for concern unless it results in symptoms such as lightheadedness or fainting.
The Right Way to Use a Spin Bike
Good bicycle positioning, even on a stationary or spin bicycle, is critical to cycling comfort and efficiency. Here are tips for adjusting your bicycle to avoid pain or injury.
Your Guide to Strength Training When Over 50
Strength Training Over Age 50. Sports Medicine.
Lateral Band Walking Exercise
The lateral mini-band walking exercise strengthens the hip abductors, particularly the glute medius, and improves hip and knee stability.
Basic Strength Training Principles You Should...
There are many different ways to build muscle strength, but they all boil down to some very basic principles. These four principles are the foundation upon which to build an efficient and productive strength training routine.

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