Best 3 Golf Conditioning Exercises

Contributor: Timothy Ertle, MPT During the warm weather months, serious golfers tend to want to use their free time golfing and put less time into exercise. In cooler climates, both winter and spring are the perfect time for golfers to increase their fitness by improving their strength and flexibility specific to the game. It is … Read More

So You Want to Be a Runner

Contributor: Laura Goldberg, MD Running is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation with more than 40 million people taking to the open road. Unfortunately, 60 to 65 percent of runners will be injured in a given year. Risk factors for injury include fewer than three years’ experience and running more than 40 … Read More

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Serious About Your Workouts? Get a Heart Rate Monitor

Developing the best cardiovascular exercise routine not only includes the amount of time you exercise, but also the intensity of the workout. Monitoring your intensity will allow you to get the optimal caloric expenditure and burning of fats and carbohydrates. A good heart rate monitor can help you monitor the intensity of your workouts.

How Calcium, Vitamin D Help Keep Your Child’s Bones Healthy

Contributor: Katherine Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics The catchy commercials and billboards from the past sponsored by The National Dairy Council touting “Milk does a body good” still hold true today. According to the most recent Dietary Guidelines from the FDA, consuming milk and milk products is associated with improved … Read More

Improving Sports Performance Through Hypnosis

Contributor: Tom Gigliotti, MA, LISW-S, ACHT Many of us have heard the term “being in the zone.” In sports, this is a natural state of trance in which everything on the field or court seems to slow down and the game comes easily to the player. How do athletes get there? Mental focus, concentration and … Read More

Returning to Sports After Back Surgery

Contributor: Robert McLain, MD Contrary to what people fear, back surgery does not have to mean the end to a promising sports career. In fact, studies show that Olympic and professional level athletes have returned to their same level of competition following many common types of back surgery. The athlete’s level of competition, overall fitness, … Read More

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Avoiding Heat-Related Illness During Summer

The summer months are fast approaching, and with that can come the increased risk of heat-related illness (HRI) ranging from heat cramps and exhaustion to heat stroke — especially for athletes. Signs and symptoms include headache, nausea, decreased urination, and in extreme situations can lead to delirium, coma and even death. It’s important for coaches, … Read More

Don’t Let Back Pain Beat You On the Golf Course

The most common site of injury and complaint in recreational, amateur and professional golfers is the low back, representing 23 to 35 percent of all injuries. During the golf swing, the back undergoes significant movement in a very short period of time, generating forces similar to that of a football lineman hitting a sled. This … Read More