How to Prevent ACL Injuries

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 […]

Should you drink a Slurpee before Running?

On June 20, 2012, in How to improve athletic performance, by Kelly Golob DC

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 […]

The Right Warm-up to Increase Vertical Jump

On June 6, 2012, in How to improve athletic performance, How to prevent injuries, by Kelly Golob DC

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 […]

Are You Stronger Wearing a Mouth Guard?

On April 25, 2012, in How to improve athletic performance, by Kelly Golob DC

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 […]

Do Curveballs Injure Little League Baseball Pitchers?

On March 28, 2012, in How to improve athletic performance, How to prevent injuries, by Kelly Golob DC

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 […]

Do Ice Baths Decrease Muscle Soreness?

On March 14, 2012, in Exercise, How to improve athletic performance, by Kelly Golob DC

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 […]

How to Run Faster

On February 8, 2012, in Exercise, How to improve athletic performance, by Kelly Golob DC

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 […]

Will Bon Jovi make You Run Faster?

On December 21, 2011, in How to Exercise better, How to improve athletic performance, by Kelly Golob DC

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?

Why should You wear Compression Pants?

On December 7, 2011, in How to Exercise better, How to improve athletic performance, by Kelly Golob DC

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 […]

How to Predict Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in Baseball and Softball Players

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.