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Health Articles Category: Sports Medicine

Stre-e-e-tch to Loosen Up Muscles

One of the most important aspects of participating in sports is often one of the most overlooked – stretching both before and after exercising. Stretching helps improve your flexibility, which in turn can prevent injury. Before exercising, you want to engage in a dynamic warm up, such... Read more

Post-Concussion Syndrome Can Last for Months 

The effects of a concussion sometimes can last for months after the original injury. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, decreased concentration and fogginess. “Post-concussion syndrome is not dependent on the severity of the injury,” says Heidi J. Hunter, MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation... Read more

Make Bigger Improvements With Smarter Workouts

Every athlete knows success in competition begins with hard work in the off-season and in practice. What gets lost in the push to outwork the competition is how proper nutrition and adequate recovery can result in even greater gains. Overtraining is one of the biggest risks to... Read more

Proper Form Helps the Body Maximize Movement

"Hold your form!" That sentence is one of the most common commands used by coaches and trainers as they exhort their athletes to push beyond their comfort zones. Aside from the obvious benefit of avoiding wasted motion, using proper form when exercising holds additional advantages. “The most important... Read more

Reduce Lower Back Pain

One of the best ways to reduce lower back pain is to exercise. Studies have shown that exercise is more effective than any other method. Neutral spine core stability exercises are the best exercises to relieve lower back pain. These include: Front plank – Lie on your... Read more

Fit Fore Golf

If you are a golfer, you know how physically draining it can be to play 18 holes and have to go back to work the next day. The Fit Fore Golf Program at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus helps avid golfers build up their core... Read more

Stretching Before Exercise

Stretching before exercise can help you move better and keep you more flexible as you age. While static stretching (stretching a muscle and holding it) can loosen your muscles, dynamic stretching (incorporating movement) can often be even more effective. "Some studies have shown that static stretches can... Read more

When You Might Need ACL Reconstruction

One of the most common injuries to athletes is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The ACL is a ligament located in the center of the knee that is vital to the joint’s stability. “Whenever a young athlete tears his or her ACL, we usually recommend reconstruction... Read more

Protecting Your Head

There is a good reason why coaches pull athletes from games after they suffer a blow to the head: The effects of a concussion sometimes last for decades after the injury. And the sooner an athlete returns to their sport after the concussion, the more likely... Read more

Recognizing a Sports Hernia

If you are an athlete and are experiencing an aching pain in your lower abdominal area or groin, you may have a sports hernia. A sports hernia occurs when tissue tears in your lower abdominal muscles. It most commonly affects athletes who participate in sports that... Read more

Avoid Sports Injuries With Offseason Conditioning

One of the most important aspects of playing a sport is making smart choices about what activities you do during the offseason. Offseason conditioning is key to remaining injury free. Any athlete who participates in a competitive sports activity during a season is basically involved in a "controlled crash."... Read more


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