Anterior Cruciate Ligament (aka ACL) injuries are relatively common in athletes of all ages. The consequences of this serious impairment include short-term pain and disability, and, even with corrective surgery, most will develop knee arthritis at a young age as a result. Therefore, anything that can be done to prevent these injuries can have a [...]
We may not have this problem here in Olympia, but this time of year many athletes in other parts of our country have the challenge of exercising in the summer heat. Besides being more uncomfortable, higher temperatures also increase fatigue during exercise, primarily due to dehydration and increase body temperature. The obvious way to prevent [...]
Athletes may be some of the most superstitious people on the planet. Their beliefs can lead them to wear the same pair of socks for an entire season or take shots of hot sauce before a game. For the most part these superstitions are harmless, but one area where superstition may actually be detrimental to [...]
We have all seen mouth guards used in athletics to protect teeth, especially in contact sports like football. These traditional mouth guards offer protection from heads, shoulders, knees, and yes, even toes. But a new type of mouth guard is becoming popular lately claiming that it can not only protect your mouth, but it might [...]
Injuries of little league baseball players, and especially pitchers, have been a major concern in athletics for a long period of time. The motion of throwing a baseball puts a large demand on the muscles and joints of the shoulder and elbow. These stressful effects are magnified in younger athletes who throw the ball a [...]
Many people know that putting ice on an injury is an important step to help reduce inflammation and help improve the healing process. However many athletes have, for years, subjected themselves to the uncomfortable feeling of sitting in an ice bath after workouts even when no injury took place, with the hope of decreasing soreness [...]
Every athlete is always looking for an extra edge, no matter which sport they play. But what that edge is exactly may can vary from sport to sport. Speed, however, is one strength that will help just about any athlete in every sport. This month the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research published a study [...]
With the explosion in widespread use of portable music devices such as the ipod in gyms everywhere, headphones are now becoming more popular than shoes. But besides being an enjoyable distraction or a motivational tool, could listening to music actually help you perform better in your activity?
Trends in sports come and go, with every athlete always trying to get that extra edge over their opponent. Eventually the trend either dies out and becomes forgotten (Reebok Pumps), or establishes itself as a legitimate performance enhancer (weight lifting). One trend on the upswing in sports is the use of compression garments to improve [...]
The extreme combination of force, velocity, and range of motion during overhand throwing pushes shoulder and elbow joints to their limits. It’s not surprising then that shoulder and elbow injuries are so common in baseball and softball. Fortunately, research is showing us that with proper training, the risk of these injuries can be dramatically decreased.