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Repetitive motions like lifting weights can set you up for overuse injuries, the most common of which is tendinopathy. Here\'s how to avoid it, and what to do if it strikes.
Your posture says a lot about your personality. It also says a lot about how your joints and muscles are working. Here's everything you need to know about assessing your postural deviations and how to fix them!
Feeling sore after your last workout? Before you reach for an NSAID like ibuprofen, here's what you need to know about how OTC pain relievers can affect muscle growth.
Sitting has recently been called ''the new smoking.'' Is sitting really killing you? Get the truth, and what you can do about it, in this article!
Your wrists take a beating. Whether it's hours on the computer or hours in the gym, those little bones between your hands and forearms are under attack. Here's your first line of defense.
Your muscles can handle multiple assaults each week, as long as you're smart about the plan of attack. Give yourself both the stimulus to grow and space to heal with autoregulatory training!
Never count Nichiren Flowers out. When life told him to quit football, he kept charging ahead. Now he preaches the same message to Bodybuilding.com's customers!
You\'ve tried to leg press, but the movement is near impossible. What now? Use these 5 leg exercises to minimize knee problems and maximize gains. Learn more.
It can happen to the best of us, we train as hard as we can, push our bodies to the limits, and those nagging aches and pains always somehow manage to turn into an injury. What do you do?
A lifter's worst fear is a bad injury. Here's how Jim Vaglica navigated the road back after shoulder surgery with steely determination and minimal muscle loss.
Injuries are unfortunate hurdles, but they shouldn't be permanent setbacks. Learn how to get back on track, accept the past, and move toward future greatness.
You went into that fitness class feeling powerful and motivated. Then you staggered home to the couch in pain. Follow these tips to stay out of harm’s way!
If you’ve ever adjusted your program around painful body parts, you’re definitely in the majority. Officer Jim Vaglica had tried it all, but backup finally arrived in the form of Active Release Technique.
Arm injuries are common in the world of sports, training, and heavy curls. Keep your guns safe by learning common arm injuries and how to rehab if you get hurt.
Recovery should begin the moment after an injury occurs. Learn how to begin treating a hamstring pull or tear, and reduce your time on the sidelines.
Injuries derail goals. Learn to avoid injuries that keep you out of the gym. Stay in the weight room and out of the hospital.
Ligaments connect the bones of the human body. When they go out, you go down. Learn how the ACL functions, and how proper weight training can protect and rehabilitate the knee.
Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about lifting very, very heavy objects off the floor and rack.
Pain is part of life, especially if you are active in the gym. How do you know if it's serious? Learn the differences between pain that requires stretching and pain that requires hospitalization.
You’re destroying your muscles, pounding your joints. But what you do after your workout matters, too.
An injury is the biggest wrench anyone throw into their diet and training machine. Learn how to recover fast and make your machinery run smooth again!
There are, like, a billion exercises out there. So learn my top-five must-have lifts—and the one exercise you should never do again.
Safety in the gym is a benchmark for success. So how do you measure up?
Listen up baby boomers, this one's going to be important for you. On the other hand, if you're young, Ric's got some advice for you to. Pounding your joints into dust with super-heavy lifting will catch up with you some day. For the older crowd still in the gym, it's about training smarter, not necessarily heavier. Focus on diet, avoiding overtraining, and living a long and healthy life.
I love to train legs, and nothing short of hardcore will suffice. My training philosophy has changed though from how much weight can I put up to how can I achieve the same level of stress on the muscle, without having to resort to lifting heavy weight?
Do you suffer from knee pain? Knee injuries are very common. And knee pain can really affect your leg workouts. I will share some tips and techniques that will help prevent and repair knee pain when training legs.
Why do we really have to stretch? Presumably to get ready for exercise and to decrease the chance of injury, but is there any scientific evidence to support this? Learn more.
This is the one you've been waiting for, find out how Layne fared in the big showdown. With injury prevention at the top of his priority list, it's certainly not going to slow him down in his quest for domination.
Here are some recommendations for training when you have specific injuries which should not prevent you from stopping weight training entirely.
Life happens and injuries happen. Some factors contributing to injuries are within your control whereas others are not. In younger individuals reckless behavior or taking risks both contribute to injuries... Learn more.
Consider the possibility that trigger points may be the missing link in your quest for relief. Learn more.
Watch and learn from Idaho's strongest man, ASC Pro Strongman Corey St. Clair! Broadcasting from his training dojo, Corey discusses techniques that he and others in the sport use for injury prevention. Learn how to avoid common strongman injuries in the shoulders, arms, and knees.
Rather than the jarring action of running, or the muscle building affects of lifting - who knew that simply entering and remaining in one pose at a time for approximately 30-60 seconds could do so much for your health? Learn more.
How can injuries in young athletes be prevented? While the increasing popularity of youth sports has been beneficial to many, it has also resulted in higher levels of intensity and competition. This has become a major concern... Learn more.
What are the best pre/post workout methods to prevent injury? If taking a few minutes before and after a workout can help reduce the risk of injury, then it's worth it. Here are several methods and ideas to prevent injury! Learn more.
I was in one of the best PhD programs in the country and I was about to get married to my lovely fiance Isabel in May... life was good. No life was great! But on February 25th, 2008... it changed forever. Read on.
I was in one of the best PhD programs in the country and I was about to get married to my lovely fiance Isabel in May... life was good. No life was great! But on February 25th, 2008... it changed forever. Read on.
The beneficial nature of A.R.T. leads a large population of individuals with diverse and unique injuries to pursue treatment. Here are 5 strategies that can be used to release tension and promote better healing. Learn more.
There are four basic types of bicep tendon injuries. Learn from the following details on what those injuries are, some of the best ways to identify, and how best to deal with them. Read on.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing ASICS employee Chris Naimoli. Chris works in Consumer Relations and part of Specialty Sales. In this interview he shares a little about himself and of course shoes. Learn more right here.
We're about to let you in on a little secret that we've been using with great results for several months now. Learn more about the Spray And Stretch method right here.
How should one recover from a muscle tear? Learn more right here about the consequences of ego and lack of warm up when training. Get some great suggestions on how to prevent and/or recover from muscle tears.
What is the best workout for someone with joint problems? Training can be a complicated issue for some and downright painful for many. Here are some training ideas, exercises and supplementation suggestions to help support a good workout.
How can we increase the safety of sports? As sports get more physically demanding the possibility for injury increases. Learn more right here about the positive impact of safety, importance of education & conditioning and some of the most dangerous...
What strategies do trainers follow to ensure athletes minimize injuries? All athletes will be injured to some degree during their career. Get some great strategies & recovery steps right here that trainers can use.
Poor form on an exercise such as the deadlift could really mess up your back. This article is to teach you the proper technique and form to execute the deadlift.
Learn more about Syndesmosis. Get the details of what it is, who gets it, and learn some ways of detecting it along with some recommendations to keep it from getting worse.
Ringside Physicians have to be aware of throat trauma and the serious complicating effects of missing a quick and accurate diagnosis. Learn right here what the signs are and what you can do to help.
If you ever wanted to know more about why women suffer more knee injuries than men then this article is for you. The studies prove it and also show how to prevent these serious injuries. Learn more now!
No one plans on getting injured when they go to workout. But it eventually will happen, especially if you do not take some safety into consideration. Check out these 7 steps for a safer workout.
While this article does not plan to revolutionize injury prevention in the major leagues, it should provide a decent framework for coaches and players at the teenage level to prevent damaging injuries. Learn more...
A few weeks into testing a new program I made the mistake of not warming up properly. This article is about a series of events that led me to a meeting with Prolo Therapy. Learn more about it...
If you have had tendon pain for a period of time longer than two weeks, you should be very aware that it is not likely tendonitis. That's right. And if you would like to know more about tendonitis and tendonosis, then read on...
Learn how building up your ankle strength can have an immediate and extremely powerful impact on your sports and training performance. You can practically injury-proof your ankles! Learn more right here!
One day on a routine bike ride to work Ryan suffered a major setback in training. See how Ryan battled back from a broken collarbone. Get the whole story right here!
The groin is vulnerable to a lot of different injuries such as Hernias and stress fractures. Find out right here what a what a groin pull is and how you can rehabilitate it.
The importance of lifting correctly and avoiding injury cannot be over emphasized. Avoiding injury by following these 10 tips should give you many years of injury free exercise. Beginners would do well to read this.
Common mistakes made with some common exercises will eventually give you some major aches. To find out some ways of avoiding these injuries continue on here and keep your workout going full speed.
A common injury associated with figure or endurance training is a shin splint. To help improve this sometimes debilitating injury I have put together a list of suggestions and shoe types to ease your pain.
How important is warming up? Find out what other people from the message boards think...
It is an all-to-familiar situation. A long term can be prevented if you take the proper measures. Find out what you need to do to prevent long term injuries here!
It's one thing for someone who sits at a computer all day and never exercises to have back pain, but for a bodybuilder, someone who spends hours and hours each week pouring everything they've got into building muscle, it should be criminal!
We all have habits, learned when we were just starting out. Simple things, like for instance, how we wrap our knees. Learn how to wrap your knees the correct way...
I've spent a large portion of this past Christmas holiday working at my job at a local gym and have noticed some interesting approaches to working out by some people. So I thought I'd compile a list of some of the more common mistakes I've seen...
The Topic: How Can You Maintain Proper Safety Over The Long Term? Find out what people from our popular message boards think...
Without body alignment you, as an athlete, are probably developing an injury. They actually evolve through incorrect body position and lifting.
Trying to convince somebody of something they are unfamiliar with is just about impossible...so instead of me telling you what to do, I want to give you the tools for you to do it yourself.
In association with such high-speed movement, one would expect a fairly high injury rate, and indeed the number of injuries due to inline skating is rapidly increasing injuries from inline skating.
How often do competitive wrestlers get hurt, what are the most common wrestling injuries, and what are the risk factors for injury in wrestlers? We're not talking WWF here - but real wrestling, the kind carried out by school and college athletes.
In this eye-opening and revealing interview, Dr. Lee tells us why chiropractic is critical to athletic success and a long and healthy life.
At the time I started writing this I was 3 weeks out from shoulder surgery and what a road it has been. Find out what happened in my long road to surgery...
Pronation is a term that describes inward rotation of the foot so that more weight is borne on the medial (inside) border. Recognizing the symptoms early and taking preventative precautions will help to keep you off the examining table and on your feet...
So I'm preparing this article to compare and contrast what are known as traditional treatments vs. complementary or alternative treatments for back pain. Remember there is rarely only one reason for your back pain and almost never one silver bullet fix.
This article will primarily discuss how different types of hernias occur and how they can be prevented.
Learn how to build great tendon and ligament strength and enhance power and overall.
Muscle damage will need to be repaired otherwise there will be long term problems with pain and the imbalance will generally get worse. This article will primarily address back injury prevention for fitness enthusiasts. Personal experience has shown me that back pain can literally cripple ones efforts in the gym.
Most athletes actually develop their calves to break their ankles and or force a major knee injury. The culprit is in platform development. Find out what you can do!
Cumulative effects of daily stress contributes to the development and exacerbation of physical problems according to Dr. Cindy Carmack at the University of Texas. For baby boomers, that translates into neck and back pain when stress builds up over time. Learn how to fight stress...
One of the most heavily debated topics in bodybuilding and weightlifting in general is the concept of form. The key? The Vector-force diagram. Learn why...
So what in the world is a Herniated Disc? Well, rather than confuse you more, I am going to give you my simple, easy to understand definition…
If you’re reading this article, it’s a good bet that you have a radiating pain running down the back of your leg that just won’t go away. If what I’m about to tell you sounds familiar, don’t worry, help is on the way...
These exercises are commonly seen yet, if you do them, you stand a good chance of hurting yourself. Find out what they are and why they can injure you.
All too often, weight training and chronic injuries go hand in hand. That doesn't necessarily have to be the case. As a competitive bodybuilder I have suffered from most of these injuries and know how debilitating and frustrating they can be. Learn how to be safe! Written by Dr. Clay Hyght.
Approximately ten percent of all athletes involved in contact sports, such as football, hockey, and soccer suffer a concussion each season (some estimates are as high as 19 percent). Because many mild concussions go undiagnosed and unreported, it is difficult to estimate precisely the rate of concussion in any sport.
Studies show that women are 8 times more likely to sustain a rupture of the ACL than men. With the cost of surgical reconstruction and rehabilitation over $25,000 researchers are trying to find ways to decrease the frequency of these injuries.
Set aside some time weekly to train the non-beach muscles, like the small muscles of the forearm. This will lessen the chances of tennis elbow occurring. It is not a pleasant experience.
Injuries, what causes them, what cures them, and what can be done to avoid them, this is what this article will discuss.
Low back pain is one of the most common ailments people suffer from and approximately 8 out of 10 people will deal with back pain at some point in their life. Lack of movement and use is the number one cause of back pain! Learn how to prevent back pain and treat it!
uilding and maintaining strong healthy bones is a lifelong concern because our bones are living tissue in a constant state of renewal. Most people believe thin, weak bones are inevitable. They aren't!
Your enjoyment of day-to-day and physical activities will also greatly benefit because you will have more stamina, less fatigue and less risk of injury. However, there are several precautions you should take to help maximize exercise safety. Learn what they are!
Warming up, a phrase loosely thrown around by trainees across the world. A proper warm-up can go a long way in increasing the bodies ability to perform. Learn why most people don't warm-up correctly and how to fix it!
One of the most common injuries in sports is a stress fracture. Overcoming an injury like a stress fracture can be difficule, but it can be done. Here are some facts about stress fractures from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
If you want to prevent burn-out over-training and injuries, and if you want to continue to make positive results indefinitely, then your RPE should be one of the key factor in your program assessment.
One question many athletes ask when they get injured, is which is the best to use, ice or heat? To answer that question we must first look at the physiology behind the healing process.
Part I of this two part series will examine shoulder anatomy in sufficient detail to highlight the basis for skeletal variations that can predispose certain individuals to persistent shoulder problems.
I am going to discuss and share the many benefits that Chiropractic care can have on you. I am going to explain how Chiropractic and bodybuilding/fitness correlate to provide maximum results for efforts.
Millions of people workout every single day, but not everyone is doing their exercises correctly with proper form. Check out some of the common exercises and what people are doing wrong on them and how to change it to make sure you have perfect form on your exercises.
The basis of this article will be to go over some safety guidelines for the most common injured areas of the body while training. The knee and the back. I will also discuss cardiovascular safety guidelines as well.
I bet you think you just have to train hard to grow like a weed, right? Wrong, bro. To run with the big dogs, you've got to be 100% healthy and injury-free first.
On Wednesday, October 13, I had my left knee operated on arthroscopically. Find out what I did in the first 10 days to have a speedy recovery!
Not only will these warm up sets prepare the joints and muscles for the workout ahead, but also your mindset, a critical element in your overall success. So, get out to the gym, baby boomers, armed and ready to begin your daily mission towards building a legendary physique in an efficient and injury free method.
If you are experiencing any numbness, tingling, and inability to make a fist or are frequently dropping things, then the time to have it looked at is now. Nerve compression is an extremely unforgiving condition. And CTS ranks up there with the best of them.
No matter what field of athletics you are in or what level you play at injuries are a fact of sports. How can we prevent injuries and if we get hurt how do we get back into the game, whether it be sports or just life in general, quickly?
While some sports injuries are immediately evident, others can creep up slowly and progressively get worse. If you don't pay attention to both types of injuries, chronic problems can develop. Learn how to treat and prevent your injuries!
If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from chronic joint pain when you hit the gym, first make sure you are not making any of the most common mistakes outlined in the beginning of this article.
Injuries suck! Learn what I did after recovering from pneumonia and how I gradually got back into training!
I would like to put some light on a common problem, not only among bodybuilders but everybody. Perhaps even more with the couch potatoes because of their many hours of bad posture in front of the tube.
Over the years I've learned how to get the job done despite lingering injuries. Usually, it's simply a matter of swallowing your pride and doing what your inner voice is telling you to do. Learn the secrets I use to deal with them!
The purpose of this article is to provide insight into what core stability actually is and how it can impact your training. A lot of progress has been made in recent years on the concepts of stability in musculoskeletal linkages and joints.
One of the most frustrating things that can happen to an athlete is an unexpected injury. Especially when you have no idea how you got injured. Learn how to cope with them!
I wrote this article to respond how injuries can be prevented and what to do should an injury or suspected injury occurs.
A pilonidal cyst is a sac under the skin at the base of the spine located in the opening between the buttocks muscles. Learn what it is and how to treat it!
Desire and ambition are nice qualities for a bodybuilder, but you have to exercise good judgment when determining how much is TOO much. Learn what to do when you get injured!
If you have achieved a competitive physique, you are most likely in pain! Shoulders, knees, elbows, lower back, somewhere you have regular pain. This is what sets the true athlete and competitor apart from someone who merely wants to be in shape.
If you are self proclaimed to be a true bodybuilder or powerlifter, then you will have experienced some sort of shoulder problem or injury. Just recently, this condition has resurfaced to plague my training once again. After an informative trip to the doctor's office, I will share with you some of the things that I learned.
Learn why spotting is so important and why it is so hard to find and keep a great spotter!
There are many things that can influence whether you get a knee injury or not, but there are steps you can take to minimize the risk. Here they are!
You have been training hard over the holiday season, but now your hurt. Learn why your body reponds different that it did 20 years ago and find out how to prevent injury!
On July 31st I tore my left pectoral muscle while attempting to bench-press 415 pounds. On November 14th, after 106 days of recovery, I was finally given clearance to train chest, shoulders, and back. Learn what I did to recover.
This might not seem like a very big deal - I mean, hey, just grab the barbell and hammer it out, right? Not so. In fact, the rep is just as important of a variable as any other factor when you're working out.
Research has shown that people who were very active athletically as a kid will be more prone to injuries then others who start out at an older age. Learn how to prevent it!
Time for a little checklist of do's and don'ts to make sure you're on track!
This might be a bit of a shock to many of you, but one of the most common exercises you see in the gym when it comes to chest-training - the dumbbell fly - is pure death to you!
There are a few time-proven tricks to drastically decrease the risk of injury, and with a little dash of common sense into the mix you'll probably be doing fine.
Have you recently had an injury and just can't get past it, read on to find out how to work through your injury...
Have you ever heard someone say to his training partner "get your mind right" before a set? That's what I mean by having a certain mind-set.
I understand what people go through, I have gone through it but I wouldn't call it a plateau, that words definition
To learn the fundamentals of exercise safety, you first must be familiar to muscle anatomy.
Muscle cramps are nothing new, nor are they limited to the world of athletes. You can get cramps simply because you slept wrong the night before. There are many things that can cause cramps, but there are simple ways to prevent this.
What do you and weight training have in common? Well, other than cold iron and yourself; how about constant irritating achy shoulders? Yes, achy shoulders. The shoulder joint is the main fulcrum in all upper body movements. So, if you want to accomplish your goals in the gym you cannot afford to have shoulder problems. Learn injury prevention and 10 unknown shoulder exercises...
If you want to maintain and actually increase your upper body size and strength, get serious and WORK THOSE LEGS!
Yes, but before I explain you guys my new workout, here is some important information about Herniated Disk.
What would a "gym" be without the reverberation of . . . . weights CLANKING, BANGING, SLAMMING, SMASHING and CRASHING into one another?
You're on your third and last set of squats. You take slow, deliberate breaths, feeling the adrenaline surging through your veins. With a growl of rage, you lift the bar off.
Most serious weight lifters have been injured before and are familiar with the drawbacks of injury. On another note, many beginning weight lifters, and even those with experience, fall into the trap of overtraining.
Shoulder injuries can be caused by sports activities that involve excessive overhead motion like swimming, tennis, pitching and weightlifting.
Aching joints. Sore muscles. Stiff back. These are some of the many complaints most bodybuilders complain of. This article will describe some of the symptoms of common injuries and describe how to prevent them from occurring.
There are simple ways to avoid injuries and one of them is fantastically effective at building muscle. What? A safer way to lift that increases muscle building? Yes. Here is the full description and sample workouts for a few exercises.
More muscle is what I'm after, not the approval of the pack. This should also be your attitude if you really want to see what your genetics will allow you to do. Here are two general rules to adhere to while training heavy.
Lower back safety is an important issue. More to us than to others because a healthy lower back keeps us successful in our sport and lifestyle, but also in every day life if, and I'm sure most of us do, we plan to stay active well into old age.
One of the most powerful perspectives that we have been exploring in our courses recently is that there are no problems in this present moment. I know that may be hard to accept, but what if all the supposed problems you have right now are just memories?
Keep up the tenacity, and never give up no matter what life throws your way, and your dreams will become reality! Learn how to bounce back from setbacks!
An estimated 3 to 5 million adults and youth are injured each year in sports and exercise which means even you will get injured sometime to one degree or another. Maybe you already have. If so, you'll find this information will describe the process you went through.
Learn about breathing, time under tension, lifting in a natural arc, compound movements, isolation movements, increasing strength while decreasing risk of injury, strength-size relation, and much more!
If the injury stopped you from training for two weeks, it should take two weeks to get back into your normal format. This is an easy rule to follow. The total time needed for a complete return is affected by the injury that affected you during the break in training. Get complete info here.
First let me start by saying that I try to use the least amount of lifting equipment while working out as possible. Lifting equipment is used in order to help your body in supporting and lifting heavier-than-normal weight. Powerlifters tend to use these aids more than any other type of lifter. The main reason is because the extremely heavy weight being used makes your body more susceptible to injury. By using specific equipment, you can reduce your chances of bodily injury.
This article will be a series of articles explaining the most common muscles that we often neglect. In our strive to be the biggest and best, we often fail to look at the little things that will help us get even bigger and better. This is about the rotator cuff.
If you have been training regularly for a substantial amount of time, then you will know first hand that there are many different obstacles to overcome. Adversity can take many forms such as an injury, family related problems, job related problems, school, etc. However, the biggest problem to the seasoned weight trainer is none other than injury. Here's how to deal with it.
There are several different ways to train with weights, but if you are working toward the mass aspect you must train intensely using heavy weight. If you train using maximum weight you are on a thin line between optimal muscle fiber recruitment and severe muscle damage. Here are EIGHT common causes of injuries.
Find out how to prevent injuries and stay healthy and find out what to do if you do get injured. These tips could save you a lot of pain.
Recently, after training steadily for 18 months, I decided to take a long absence from the gym. It was difficult at first, since the gym atmosphere has been my second home for eight (8) years now. Here's how to get back into it.
A lot of times poor technique leads to injury, causing someone to have to put off their training... therefore setting farther back their goals of becoming a Greek god. Learn how to prevent injuries forever!
Let's face it, a workout wouldn't be complete without proper stretching exercises. We all need a certain amount of flexibility to accomplish our daily activities and duties. But by going beyond that and working at increasing your range of motion through special techniques can bring great benefits.
Currently in any gym in the world, a person can walk in and find a lifter, regardless of gender, weight training with an unrealistic weight; throwing the weights around instead of focusing on form and maximum muscle contraction. The purpose of this article is to hopefully, avoid some of the common pitfalls regarding weight training for muscular development.
Wrong. Protein is only half the key. Here is the best way to treat it so you can get back in the gym!
In this article, I will talk about common therapies that will help you recover from your training, relax your body/muscles and enhance your performances. Read it and relax!
Some injuries are so slight and common that we barely notice them, others are serious and may require a physician. An injury can lead to a serious setback, so it is important to learn how to prevent them, work around them, and treat them.
Ah, the most hated thing in bodybuilding, having a setback right in the middle of great progress. Who would know more about this right now than me, and what a time to have one? At some point in time we will all have them, some minor and some major. Luckily I will only be out of commission for about 3 weeks and not many months so I can't complain too much. But, it does suck nonetheless. Read more!
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