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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.
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.
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.
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?
Soothe Skin Abrasions with These Treatment Tips
Best treatments for skin abrasions, cuts and scrapes and road rash.
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.
5 Ways to Get Your Butt in Shape
Glute Activation Exercises: 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.
Complete Guide to Ab Health
In order to develop strong, flat abs, you need to understand what the abdominal muscles do, where the abs are and how to get the most from your ab-exercise routine.
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.
8 Quick and Essential Ways to Work Out Your Core
Quick Core Workout Exercise 1: The Plank
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.
What Causes Pain in the Groin?
Groin pain can be caused by a muscle pull, strain, tear or a hernia.
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.
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.
6 Exercises to Get Your Butt In Shape
Research Picks the Best Butt Exercises. Here are the results for the best butt exercises.
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.
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.
Heat Exhaustion Symptoms and Prevention
If you exercise in hot weather, you may be at risk for developing heat exhaustion, a serious condition that can quickly become heat stroke if not treated promptly.
Relieve a Painful Hamstring Injury with the...
Hamstring Pull, Tear, or Strain - the most common injury among runners.
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.
Increase Your Agility with 10 Effective Workouts
Agility drills can help athletes improve coordination, speed, power and specific sports skills.
The Plank Exercise
Learn how to perform the plank - an abdominal exercise that builds core strength and stability.
Bicycle Crunches: One of the Best Ab Exercises...
The Bicycle Crunch exercise tops the list of best ab exercises for activating the rectus abdominus.
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?
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.
Are You Exercising Too Much?
Overtraining syndrome occurs in athletes who train beyond the body's ability to recover and results in decreased performance.
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.
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.
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.
Boost Your Speed and Endurance with this...
Interval training workouts are a great ways for athletes to improve both speed and endurance.
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 Does Muscular Endurance Mean, Anyway?
What Is Muscular Endurance? Sports Medicine.
Achilles Tendonitis: Easy Treatments Help...
Achilles Tendonitis is a chronic injury that causes heel pain and occurs primarily from overuse.
Does Stretching Matter?
Learn what the research says about stretching before and after exercise.
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.
Side Stitch: Why It Occurs and How to Prevent It
What causes a side stitch or side ache while running
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.
What Is a Meniscus Tear?
Meniscus Tears often require arthroscopic surgery. Learn about the cause and treatment of a meniscus cartilage.
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.
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.
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.
Injure Your Tailbone? What You Should Know...
Treatment tips for tailbone pain and injury
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.
Top 10 Questions About Abdominal Exercises
Get answers to your questions about abdominal exercise.
How to Strengthen Your Abs and Butt at the Same...
The bridge exercise helps strengthen the glutes, hamstrings and core.
Hamstring Injury - Stretching Exercises for a...
This stretching program can help reduce hamstring pain and prevent hamstring pulls.
Can You Complete a Navy SEAL's 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?
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.
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.
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.
Take This Test to Measure Your Flexibility
The sit and reach test is the most common measurement of lower back and hamstring flexibility.
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.
What Is the Principle of Specificity?
Principle of Specificity - Definition
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.
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.
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.
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.
What to Expect if You Undergo Arthroscopic...
Arthroscopic surgery is the standard outpatient treatment to repair a torn meniscus. s.
Check Out This Advanced Core Exercise
Credited to Bruce Lee, the Dragon Flag is an advanced core exercise
The Best Abdominal Exercise Equipment Choices
Can exercise equipment help you get better abs? Here are a few items that just might.
How Overloading Can Improve Your Fitness
The Principle of Overload - Definition
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.
Work the Whole Core with 17 Effective Ab...
The best ab exercises for athletes should work the entire core, not just the abdominal muscles.
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.
What is a Jammed Finger?
The term jammed finger generally refers to joint swelling in the finger from an end-on injury.
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.
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.
The Best Stretching Exercises for Soccer
Soccer players need good flexibility. These stretches can help
Do You Have Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is a common cause of elbow pain. Learn about the cause, symptoms, and treatment of tennis elbow.
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.
6 Essential Back Pain Stretches
Back pain can be caused by many reasons including tight, weak back, abdominal and core muscles or muscle pulls or strains. This back pain stretching exercise program can help reduce back pain and prevent some back injuries.
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?
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 Is Piriformis Syndrome?
Piriformis Syndrome - what it is and how to treat it.
What a Fitness Test Can Tell You
Fitness testing includes a series of measurements that help determine the health status and physical fitness of an individual.
What Is Dehydration?
Dehydration Signs and Symptoms. An overview of dehydration symptoms, causes, treatment of significant loss of body fluids
Ideal Post-Workout Foods to Replenish Your Body
What you eat after your workout is critical to exercise recovery.
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.
Build Sports Endurance with Shuttle Runs
The shuttle run is often used to measure the kind of endurance you need for stop-and-go sports such as soccer, hockey, basketball, and tennis.
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.
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.
Overhead Lunge Exercise Works Nearly Every...
This is a variation of the basic lunge exercise that works the entire body and has tremendous benefits for most athletes. By holding weight overhead while performing a lunge, you build upper- and- lower-body strength, increase the power and speed in the legs and improve core strength during movement.
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.
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.
Experiencing Shoulder Pain? It Could Be for One...
These conditions are closely related and may occur alone or in combination.
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 Running Shoe for Your Foot Type?
Find the best running shoe for your foot type.
V-Sit Ab Exercise
How to do the V-Sit abdominal exercise for core strength.
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.
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.
Top 5 Fitness Tips for Women Over 50
The top 5 tips for women over age 50 to get, and stay, fit.
The Easiest Exercise for Immense Quad Strength
The wall sit exercise is a quad burner.
What's the Best Pain Reliever for Sports...
What pain medication should you take for sports injuries?
Got a Black Eye? Learn the Correct Ways to...
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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.
The Top Three Barbell Exercises For Building...
Strength training doesn't need to be complicated or time-consuming. You can see tremendous strength gains in a short time by focusing on just three basic, yet powerful, barbell exercises.
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.
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 You Should Know About Foot Anatomy and...
A brief overview of foot anatomy and physiology.
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.
How Are Ankle Sprains Caused, Treated, and...
Ankle Sprain - treatment and prevention of a sprained ankle and ankle pain
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.
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.
Prevent Achilles Tendon Injuries with These...
Learn how to safely perform a standing Achilles tendon and heel stretch
How Much Water You Actually Need
Athletes need to hydrate, but how much water should you drink?
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.
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.
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.
Learn to Safely Stretch Your Iliotibial Band
Learn how to safely perform a simple IT band standing stretch.
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.
Why Do I Get Dizzy When I Stand Up?
If you exercise often and are in good shape you might occasionally experience dizziness and lightheadedness when you stand up quickly. This is generally nothing serious, and occurs due to a slow heart rate.
What are Tendonitis and Tendinopathy?
Tendonitis is a common sports injury that often occurs from overuse.
Are Exercise Ball Crunches Better Than Regular...
The ab crunch on an exercise ball is one of the top abdominal exercises you can do.
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 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.
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.
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.
Lateral Band Walking Exercise
The lateral mini-band walking exercise strengthens the hip abductors, particularly the glute medius, and improves hip and knee stability.
Plantar Fasciitis Stretch
Learn how to safely perform a standing Plantar Fasciitis Stretch
What is a Hematoma?
A hematoma, or bruise, refers to a black and blue area on the skin that often occurs after a trauma to the soft tissue.
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.
What You Should Know About the Principle of...
The Principle of Progression - Definition
Seated Oblique Twists With Medicine Ball
How to do the Russian Twist with a medicine ball
10 Tips to Your First 5K Run or Walk
Training for and completing a 5K race is a great way for beginning exercisers to start a fitness routine and build healthy habits.
Is a Ruptured Achilles Tendon as Bad as It...
A Ruptured Achilles Tendon causes sudden pain in the back of the lower leg.
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).
The Important Link Between Exercise and Healthy...
Building and maintaining bone density requires a combination of good nutrition and weight bearing exercise.
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 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.
This Is the Warm Up Your Workout Needs
Warm Up Routine - Sample Warm Up Routine Before Exercise
Your Guide to Strength Training When Over 50
Strength Training Over Age 50. Sports Medicine.
How to Prevent Foot Stress Fractures
A stress fracture of the foot is usually the result of repeated trauma or overuse that occurs when muscles become fatigued or overloaded and can not absorb the stress and shock and repeated impact.
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.
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.'
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.
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 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.
Should Mitral Valve Prolapse Concern Athletes?
Athletes with mitral valve prolapse - Is there a cause for concern?
Bruise (Contusion) Causes and Treatment
A bruise, or hematoma, refers to a black and blue area on the skin that often occurs after a trauma to the soft tissue. A bruise develops when small blood vessels beneath the skin rupture and blood leaks into the soft tissue beneath the skin.
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.
The Best Cushioned Neutral Running Shoes
Here are some of the most popular cushioned, neutral running shoes on the market.
Decline Push Ups
Decline push ups increase the intensity and difficulty of a standard push ups and help you build shoulder strength fast.
Build Speed with This Perfect Workout
A sample workout for improving sprint performance that can be applied to any sport.
This Exercise Works 6 Muscles at Once!
The lunge with twist exercise targets the quads, glutes and improves balance and core strength.
IT Band Pain - Stretching Exercises for IT Band...
IT band pain can be caused by many reasons, including a tight or overused IT band, tight, weak muscles or an acute injury. This stretching program can help reduce IT band pain.
The Best Foods to Eat After Exercise
What and when you eat and drink after exercise is essential for recovery. Learn when and what to eat after your workouts for optimal recovery.
Tips to Get the Most From Your Elliptical...
The elliptical trainer combines the movements of a stair stepper, a bicycle and cross-country ski machine.
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