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5 Strength-Training Mistakes to Avoid

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TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 – Developing lean muscle mass is important for everyone – it can keep you active and independent throughout your life. But to maximize the benefits of strength training, make sure you're not making these common mistakes. Mistake number 1: Letting momentum drive your workout. If you power through repetitions at a rapid clip, chances are that you're using momentum rather ...

High School Pitchers Who Also Catch Prone to Injury

Posted 10 Jun 2018 by

SATURDAY, June 9, 2018 – High school baseball players who both pitch and catch suffer more injuries than pitchers who play other positions, a new study finds. High rates of shoulder and elbow injuries are common among young pitchers. In fact, pitchers incur 73 percent of injuries among high school baseball players, and about 10 percent of them require surgery, the researchers noted. "Clinicians, ...

Many High School Pitchers Suffer Pain as Pitch Counts Mount

Posted 4 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – The new baseball season could bring pain to lots of America's younger players. New research shows that more than half of all high school pitchers are likely to suffer discomfort in their throwing arm during the season. "We found that the number of injuries peaked early – only about four weeks in – and then slowly declined until the end of the season," said James Onate. ...

Dealing With an Exercise-Related Injury

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – If you love exercise, one of the hardest parts of suffering an injury is being sidelined. But if you take the time to heal a sprain or strain correctly, you'll get back in the game faster. First, understand your injury to treat it appropriately. A sprain affects ligaments, the bands of tissue that connect bones at a joint. A strain is damage to muscle and the fibers that ...

Major League Pitchers Plagued by Two Types of Injuries

Posted 11 Mar 2018 by

SATURDAY, March 10, 2018 – Doctors can expect to see a host of core and hip/groin injuries among Major League Baseball pitchers. Moreover, these common injuries carry a high risk of re-injury, according to a new study. "Not only are these injuries becoming more prevalent among professional baseball pitchers, but we are also seeing a relatively high rate of re-injury as well," said senior study ...

Trying a New Sport? Remember, You're Not (Yet) an Olympian

Posted 5 Mar 2018 by

SUNDAY, March 4, 2018 – If watching the Winter Olympics made you want to try some new sports, go slow and ease into them, sports medicine experts caution. "The biggest issue we see are people who push too hard when trying something for the first time, and it gets out of control," said Dr. Jayson Loeffert, a sports medicine doctor with Penn State Health. Whatever new sport you try, "you want to ...

Health Tip: Signs You Need Rotator Cuff Surgery

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by

-- The rotator cuff is a collection of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder. It's common for athletes – for example, baseball pitchers – to injure this area. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions symptoms that indicate surgery is needed: Pain does not improve when treated with ice, heat or pain-relieving medication. Symptoms have lasted at least six months. You have ...

Physical Therapist Challenges 'No Pain, No Gain' Theory

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 – Many people think if they're not sore after a workout, they didn't push themselves hard enough. But some experts challenge this view. "There's no evidence that shows individuals with muscle soreness get stronger versus those that don't," said physical therapist Heather Henry, from University Hospitals Avon Health Center in Avon, Ohio. Soreness after a workout is caused ...

7 Signs You'd Benefit From a Fitness Assessment

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – You might be excited to begin an exercise program for better health, but for some people, getting a fitness assessment first is the right way to get started. As part of this exam you'll learn about appropriate exercises and safety guidelines, such as workout duration and the intensity level best for you. During the assessment, key components of your fitness will be ...

Is a Common Shoulder Surgery Useless?

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – New research casts doubt on the true effectiveness of a common type of surgery used to ease shoulder pain. A British research team tracked outcomes for patients who underwent "decompression surgery" to treat shoulder impingement – a condition where a shoulder tendon rubs and catches in the joint. In decompression surgery, a small area of bone and soft tissue in the ...

Divers May Be Plunging Into A Whole Lot Of Injury Trouble

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – A well-executed dive may look graceful and effortless, but competitive diving can take a toll on the body, a doctor warns. "Even when a dive is perfectly executed, injuries can occur, whether traumatic or from overuse," said Dr. Nathaniel Jones, a sports medicine physician at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. Jones noted that a springboard diver strikes the ...

What Exercise Regimen Is Best for Healthy Weight Loss in Seniors?

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Seniors who want to lose weight should hit the weight room while they cut calories, a new study suggests. Older folks who performed resistance training while dieting were able to lose fat but still preserve most of their lean muscle mass, compared with those who walked for exercise, researchers report. "The thought is if you lose too much lean mass, that this will ...

Health Tip: Tendonitis 101

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by

-- Tendonitis occurs when the thick cords of tissue that connect muscles to bone become inflamed and painful. Tendonitis can be triggered by an injury, muscle overuse, improper stretching or incorrect form during exercise, the American Podiatric Medical Association says. The condition usually resolves on its own with rest, ice and elevation. But it may be time to visit the doctor if symptoms ...

Your Robot Masseuse Will See You Now

Posted 12 Oct 2017 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 – The backaches of the future may have a new remedy – developers say a robot masseuse is now treating patients in Singapore. Known as Emma (for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation), the robot mimics the human palm and thumb and specializes in back and knee massages, according to its developers. It is used alongside a doctor and massage therapist and, the developers ...

Early Rotator Cuff Surgery Helps Return to Activity

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – Early surgery to fix tears in a shoulder rotator cuff muscle is a good idea because it improves strength, function and other outcomes in the long term, a new study from France finds. Researchers also believe this kind of repair can prevent the rotator cuff muscle from deteriorating. This kind of repair "maintained considerable improvement in clinical and radiographic ...

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