For years, physicians have been divided on the benefits of knee and ankle braces in preventing injuries to athletes. In recent years, however, more research has been released in support of wearing braces for injury prevention.
If you are active in sports and exercise for leisure or competition, chances are you will experience at least a minor injury at some point. Though many injuries can be prevented, minor injuries are common among athletes.
Stretching improves muscle flexibility and helps to maintain range of motion in your joints. It also lowers your risk of injuries, such as joint and muscle strain. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), healthy adults should do flexibility exercises, such as stretching, yoga or tai chi, for all major muscle groups at least two to three times a week.
One in three women over 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, as will one in five men. Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually—that’s one osteoporotic fracture every three seconds.
Knee injuries—such as fractures, dislocations, sprains and ligament tears—are some of the most common injuries among athletes and non-athletes alike. The knee joint is the largest and most complex joint in the body, and it bears more weight than most other joints—all factors which make it more prone to injury.
Water is essential to human life. It keeps our organs and systems functioning, flushes out toxins, provides nutrients to cells and so much more. When your body doesn’t get enough water, these essential functions begin to decline.
Injuring your groin isn’t necessarily something that’s easy to “walk off.” A groin strain or pull—a tear or rupture in one of the muscles of the inner thigh—can be debilitating.
Compression gear is becoming more and more common among athletes, from NBA players to amateur runners. What are compression sleeves, socks, shirts and tights, and is there any evidence they do what manufacturers claim?
The pain of shin splints is familiar to most runners—it is one of the most common injuries runners face. The term “shin splints” describes a shooting pain in the front of the leg, a medical condition known as medial tibial stress.
As the saying goes, “no pain, no gain.” But while some aches and pain from exercising can be attributed to muscles soreness—“good” pain, some might say—certain pains should not be ignored.