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Professional Style: Fast Recovery From Muscle Strain

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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Pro athletes are always looking for a recovery edge. They want fast recovery from muscle strains, sprains, and other sports injuries so they can get back in the game and compete.

So, what do the pros do to recover faster than the rest of us?

How To Start A Running Routine

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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If you want to start running, you start by setting a goal.  A mile a day?  A 5k race in a month?  A half-marathon in half a year?  Just set your goal.

It’s that simple.

Well, not exactly.

Get a Spring Training Muscle Warm Up

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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Spring is in the air, which means two things are fast approaching… baseball season and bikini season.

So, even if you’re not a major leaguer, it might be time to shed all that winter weight you put on hibernating on your sofa and watching TV during the cold winter months.

How To Get A Deep Muscle Massage At Home

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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Are you getting your money’s worth when you get a professional massage?  Sure, a spa massage can reduce pain in muscles and joints, but did you know you can replicate the pain-reducing power of a professional spa treatment in your own home? With so many different types of massages, it can be tough to figure out which one is best for you. There are plenty of massage techniques that rely on deep pressure, compression, and heat. Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, and shiatsu are just a few examples of massages that go beyond simply pressing on someone’s back. What do those massages have in common?

Why Proper Warm Ups Help You Jump Higher

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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If you want to “Be Like Mike” and soar above the rim, here’s a tip: it’s not about the shoes, it’s about the warm up.

Watch any football or basketball game, and you’ll notice players on the sideline riding stationary bikes.  No, they’re not trying to sneak in a quick workout between plays.  They’re warming up.

How To Treat Most Running Injuries

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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If you’re a serious runner, you probably hate missing a run for any reason. Like the old faithful U.S. Postal Service, whether rain, shine, sleet, or snow, you’re out there doing your roadwork.

Many experienced runners even run through pain. In fact, many elite runners are in a perpetual state of pain. But, most of us aren’t elite runners and there are times when concerns about pain cause us to skip our beloved run. Why are running and pain such steadfast bedfellows?

5 Ways To Prevent Leg Muscle Pain

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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Nearly everyone has experienced leg muscle pain at some point in their life.

Athletes, office workers, and weekend warriors  have all complained, at one time or another, about sore legs following a hard day at work or play. The pain could have been caused by repetitive stress, extra weight, sleeping funny, or even taking a misstep on your walk home. It seems that any activity may result in some injury or problem. So how can you make sure you stay pain-free?

The trick for leg muscle pain is to prevent it from ever happening and to treat it properly once you are in pain. Here’s how… 

Three Things To Avoid After A Workout

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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You did great work in the gym today – why un-do the minute you walk out the door?

What you do after a workout is just as important as the workout itself. You’ll never have sustained improvements in endurance, strength, or weight reduction if you don’t take proper care of yourself when you get home.

3 Therapy Tips for Rotator Cuff Strain

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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A rotator cuff injury can end a pitcher’s season in professional baseball or knock a weightlifter out of the gym for weeks.  And, it’s not just professionals who are affected. Anyone who uses their arms and shoulders in a repetitive manner can experience rotator cuff pain.

It can even happen when you reach up to a shelf or while gardening or golfing on the weekends.

So here are three tips to deal with a rotator cuff strain.

Why Stretching Is Making You Sore After Exercise

By Dr. Riley Williams with contribution from Evan Schwartz .
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Stretching may be sabotaging your workout. Especially if you do it wrong.

If you are consistently sore after exercise, it may be time to retool your pre-workout routine. Even though stretching is important for injury prevention, it may actually lead to more injuries if not done properly.

That’s why, these days, warming up is the hot thing (literally) in exercise. Here’s how to warm up and stretch the right way, so there’s less chance you’ll be sore after exercise.

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