Category Archives: Sports and Fitness

Take Exercising to Heart

Coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, heart surgery, and heart attack are all scary words—so scary that they frighten people away from exercising for fear of further damaging the heart. But research shows that a balanced, individualized, supervised exercise program can actually speed recovery from heart surgery and heart attack, and improve symptoms of heart […]

Cycling Your Way to Heart Health

Most of us are aware that regular exercise is essential for good health. Engaging in regular, moderate activity makes you 20% to 30% less likely to die prematurely and 50% less likely to develop serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. The last of these―also known as heart disease―is a major contributor […]

Preparing for Ski Season Before Hitting the Slopes

After looking forward to ski season all year, the last thing you want is to be sidelined with an injury or sore muscles due to improper fitness. Because skiing is a physically intense activity, you need to be in peak physical condition when you hit the slopes. At least a month before you intend to [...]

Winter Activities Foster Year-round Fitness

The urge to “hibernate” in winter is strong, even for us humans. However, you are better off staying in shape than struggling to catch up come spring. And winter exercise benefits more than just physical fitness; it is also a powerful antidote for the winter blues. Your options for winter workouts vary by interest and [...]

Getting Children in Shape for Every Sport

Whether your children play soccer or football, getting in shape can help to prevent injuries while maximizing their game. Although it may seem that some sports are safer than others, the most important thing is to get your children prepared. Youth football is often weight and age-matched, which can mean lower injury rates. On the […]

Cycling: What More Do You Need?

You love bicycling – outdoors when the weather is good, on a stationary bike indoors when it is not. Can you be confident that cycling, by itself, is enough to keep yourself fit for decades to come? It would be great if the single thing we loved to do most was all we needed to […]

Up and Running After a Total Hip Replacement

While many surgeons say no to resuming a running program after a total hip replacement, others say you can do so depending on the bone quality and the prosthetic materials used to replace the worn hip joint. In surgery, the damaged cartilage and bone are removed and replaced with metal, plastic or ceramic joint surfaces. […]

“Jersey Finger”—You Got a Problem with That?

What is “jersey finger”? Well, it has nothing to do with the state of New Jersey. Jersey finger refers to an injury that occurs most frequently in a football or rugby game. One athlete grasps another’s shirt, or jersey, to make a tackle, and the finger gets caught in the shirt. The flexor tendon, which […]

Stretching and Strength-training for Safer Soccer

While any athletic activity has an inherent risk of injury, soccer has traditionally been considered less dangerous than, say, American football, hockey and lacrosse. Significant tragic events in soccer usually involve the goalposts; either the player hits the post or a faulty goalpost lands on a player. Fortunately, these events are extremely rare. Still, some […]

Using Physical Therapy for a Safer Run

Running may seem like a simple activity, one that results in many health benefits, but it can bring with it the risk of related injuries. This is especially true during the warm summer months, when outdoor running is more pleasurable. Fortunately, proper training can help to reduce this risk. Most running injuries occur from overtraining, […]