Sports Injury Prevention, Cause & Treatment

These posts overview causes and treatments of sports injuries and can aid in sports injury prevention. Athletes typically develop injuries over time due to training at an intensity or duration beyond what their body can handle in a given period. Improper equipment such as poor footwear and orthotics can cause an injury too. Injuries occur from muscle imbalances which result from the body's inability to handle these types of stress. Conventional therapies and treatment such as ice, heat, stretching, bracing, NSAIDs, and other drugs rarely benefit an athlete. Often these "go-to" therapies can actually hinder healing and result in increased injury rates.

This Is Why You’re Still Injured

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Injuries suck, that’s all there is to it. Oh, but there’s more. Injuries are a big reason as to why an athlete can’t get past a certain performance ceiling. If you’re training improperly as you try to take your fitness to the next level you’re probably going to get injured sooner or later. That injury […]

Calf Flexibility Sans Stretching: No More Calf Wall Stretches

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Video Transcript Oh, you caught me stretching my calves. This wall stretch that a lot of people do, a lot of runners like to do to warm up, is actually a pretty silly stretch. There’s lots of better ways that you can actually create normal flexibility and stability in your lower leg without having to […]

A Case For Orthotics?

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It’s been well over a year since I’ve discussed orthotics. Orthotics, just like stretching, is an emotional and somewhat controversial topic because so many believe in their effectiveness for injury treatment and prevention. Others, such as myself, feel as though they either create, provoke, or hide a true problem. In my article, “Are Orthotics Ever […]

The Least of Your Concerns: Height, Weight, and Length

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If you’ve ever been injured you may have been advised by your physician or therapist that your condition was in some part due to some physical imbalance or attribute. How important are some of these physical characteristics in regards to the actual injury? Most are completely irrelevant though so many want to make some correlation […]

Educate Yourself to Recover From and Prevent Any Injury

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Nobody wants to be injured and if you’re injured you obviously want the injury gone as soon as possible. Properly treating an injury involves more than just looking at the symptom, which is usually where the pain is felt. You have to understand why you’re injured to properly assess, treat, and prevent that injury and […]

Heart Damage: Five Ways to Prevent a Heart Injury and Reduce Your Chances of Dropping Dead

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Damage to your heart is one injury you definitely don’t want; you might not live through it. As a conclusion to the several articles I have written discussing heart damage and exercise, including the article I wrote two weeks ago,“Enough of the Aerobic and Endurance Bashing Fostered by ‘New Research’ and Personal Agendas”, I want […]

Ankle Sprains, Pains, Instability and Other Ligament Damage: Check Your Hormones

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Whether you’re an avid runner or not you’ve most likely experienced an ankle problem at one point or another. Perhaps you twisted your ankle during a workout or simply stepped off a curb and “landed wrong.” Ankle sprains are very common injuries especially if you venture off-road on some treacherous trails for a hike or […]

First Aid For Injuries Part IV – NSAIDS: Friend or Foe?

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If you’re injured do you take an anti-inflammatory medication commonly known as NSAIDs? After all, as you learned in Part III of the Sock Doc First Aid for Injuries, some inflammation is necessary and normal when you’re injured. Inflammation is all about balance – if it’s out of control then you have several aggravating factors I […]

First Aid For Injuries Part III – Inflammation: Embrace It and Control It

Therapy?

So you’re (still) injured but now you hopefully understand why you’re injured. As discussed in Part I of the Sock Doc First Aid For Injuries, if you didn’t have some sort of traumatic accident then your injury was slowly developing over time due to muscle imbalances which resulted from too much stress in your life. […]

First Aid For Injuries Part II – Ice, Heat, or RICE?

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Okay, you’re injured. Now what? Do you apply ice, heat, or “RICE” for injury treatment? In Part I of the Sock Doc First Aid For Injuries you learned WHY injuries occur. Injuries don’t just come of of nowhere; they’re there for a reason and typically they are from too much lifestyle stress. Now here in […]