The thigh/upper leg is comprised of the quadriceps muscles on the front of the leg and the hamstrings on the back of the leg. Some general guidelines for the prevention of thigh/upper leg injuries includes:
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Individuals are most susceptible to head, neck and face injuries during contact and collision sports; however, the potential for these injuries exists in all sports. Using properly fitted equipment can help reduce the incidence of injury:
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The shoulder is a complex structure comprised of four joints (i.e. glenohumeral, scapulothorasic, acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular) and multiple soft tissue and musculotendinous structures. Unlike other joints in the body, the shoulder complex provides a great deal of mobility/range of motion at the sacrafice of structural stability, therefore predisposing it to injury.
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The spine is a complex structure comprised of multiple bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and other soft tissues that work together to keep the body erect and functioning. Some general prevention ideas to maintaining a healthy and pain free spine include:
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The prevention of knee injuries has been an ongoing topic of discussion and debate in athletics for years. General guidelines regarding the prevention of knee injuries include:
Effective strength and conditioning, Correct biomechanics, Skill acquisition, Sport appropriate shoes
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The foot, ankle, and lower leg are key anatomical structures used for a variety of activities that include keeping the body upright, balancing the body in various positions, propelling the body forward, backward, side to side, and/or up in to the air. Due to the purposes and functions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg, these structures are highly susceptible to acute and repetitive stress injuries.
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A moderate intake of alcohol can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Wine, in particular, has antioxidants which can benefit the cardiovascular system. It's easy to think that if a little is good more would be better. But you may have your fitness and weight loss goals sabotaged by binge drinking and eating, especially on the weekends.
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When exercising in a hot environment (30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit), even a little loss of fluid will impair performance and increases the possibility of suffering a heat injury. Proper hydration impacts health on an assortment of levels and is necessary for proper digestion of food and cellular metabolic processes.
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Nowadays, when it comes to any serious athlete's diet and supplement regimen, it is probably easier to ask who has not tried creatine versus who has. Introduced in 1993, it is the most popular supplement on the market. But still many people have a phobia of it. Should we have one? Is it safe? Is it a steroid-like drug or a supplement? What about long term safety? Is it effective for every athlete?
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Workout supplements play a vital role in sports nutrition. Sport drink commercials would like us to believe that we will perform better - or as good as the pros - if we drink their pre workout and intra workout products. Is this true? Are sport drink products better than water alone?
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Nutrition for Baseball & Softball It's the bottom of the ninth and the bases are loaded. How well you perform in these last critical moments may depend on what you ate! Baseball and softball players must be able to maintain their focus, skill and coordination for an extended amount of time. To support your skills, knowing what to eat is imperative especially if you are the pitcher, fielder or hitter.
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Whether or not you have Lean, Fitness or Performance goals, you must eat right. In this article you get guidelines that fit into your lifestyle, so you can eat for health and look great. The nutritional solutions outlined in this article are easy-to-follow and will help you shed the pounds.
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Pre-workout meal nutrition is important to fuel yourself properly for your workout. If you want your workouts to be productive you need energy. Too much food, the wrong food or eating too close to your workout can be as bad as not eating at all. So, what should you eat?
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There is a tremendous amount of evidence for certain supplements to be taken as prevention or treatment for certain conditions, disease or fitness enhancement. However, the choice to take supplements is a personal one. If you need a supplement, then you should take it - but understand what it is and why you are taking it.
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In the past, it was thought that lactic acid was responsible for delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). But now more research suggests it is actually our own immune system, or more specifically, neutrophils, that are responsible for those sore muscles we all experience.
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