Kinesio Tape: What Does the Science Say?

By |2020-05-18T08:53:06-05:00May 18th, 2020|Athletic treatments, Fitness, Health, Injury|

Kinesio tape was invented by Dr. Kenso Kase. It is an elastic therapeutic tape commonly used for athletic injuries, orthopedic, neuromuscular, and medical conditions (9). Kinesio tape gained wide popularity after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where athletes were seen wearing the tape during the games (12). The tape itself can stretch 120-140% of its original length (3) and contract back to its original size (7, 8). Kinesio tape is widely used in athletics as a tool to improve performance (9, 15). It has also been utilized to improve physical activity capacity in healthy adults (15). Research has suggested benefits of [...]

Breathing Problems in Swimmers: The Effect of Training & Your Psyche

By |2020-04-14T18:00:31-05:00April 14th, 2020|Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Overuse, Swimming|

I hope this blog finds you well and healthy! Though COVID-19 continues to impact the world, it is encouraging to see society come together in order to overcome this trial as quickly as possible. With COVID-19 having a great impact on the lungs, people may be wondering about the health and vulnerability of their own lungs - especially athletes. Elite endurance athletes experience a high prevalence of exercise induced asthma (EIA) and bronchial hyper responsiveness (BHR) (7, 8, 10, 11, 15). Exercise induced asthma is caused by airflow obstruction or narrowing of the airway which can be caused by increased [...]

Baseball & Nordic exercises: Preventing Injury

By |2020-02-27T10:41:10-05:00February 27th, 2020|Baseball, Fitness, Injury|

A healthy team is a happy team - and financially stable. That is to say, athletes don't want to be missing days on the field or put on the disabled list because of an injury. An injured player not only costs the team money, but also the player. The second leading cause for being placed on the disabled list for field position players is hamstring injuries (6, 9). They are also the fourth leading cause for all players (6, 9). A 2004 study stated during the late-swing phase of the gait cycle, the hamstring muscle group is maximally loaded and [...]

Youth Athletes: Is Their Fatigue Risking an ACL Injury?

By |2020-02-25T13:15:47-05:00February 25th, 2020|Fatigue, Fitness, Injury, Sports|

Whether our youth athletes compete for fun or intend on becoming professionals, we enjoy having them participate in sport activities. Their enjoyment, as well as their safety, are our highest priorities. That being said, there are thousands of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries every year and most of them are for high school athletes (5). How can this be? A 2005 study (6) found an increased risk for ACL injuries correlated with increased knee valgus. Dynamic knee valgus is when the knee "caves in" due to hip adduction and hip internal rotation. Studies have also related increased risk of dynamic [...]

Overuse in Baseball. How to Catch it Ahead of Time.

By |2020-02-18T11:56:41-05:00February 18th, 2020|Baseball, Fitness, Injury, Overuse, Sports|

An athlete performs their best when their body is at its best. Therefore, protecting the athlete from overuse injury is (or should be) a primary concern in sports. For baseball players, monitoring the arm is a big deal. Baseball players, especially pitchers, can put their arms through the ringer with repetitive and forceful throwing motions. The stress of repeated throwing can cause microtrauma in soft-tissue structures. This puts players at risk for chronic injury (1-4) and excessive stretching of the soft-tissue. Chronic stretching of the anterior capsule and tightening of the posterior capsule can lead to trauma creating instability and [...]

Can exercise help women age gracefully?

By |2020-01-24T08:48:53-05:00January 24th, 2020|Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Wellness|

To age gracefully, a desire many women have. But what exactly is aging? If we go to the science, one key process involved in aging is the shortening of telomeres (1). Telomeres function to protect the ends of our chromosomes. Data has suggested physically inactive people are at risk for accelerated shortening of telomere length (8). Similarly, information from pulse wave velocity (PWV) data suggest a relationship with aerobic activity and age-related health parameters, such as arterial stiffening (2). PWV is the rate at which pressure waves move through vessels. Arterial stiffening is the thickening (or stiffening) of the arterial [...]

Ladies, is CrossFit too much on the body?

By |2020-01-30T14:51:27-05:00January 13th, 2020|Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Wellness|

CrossFit has become increasingly popular, not only among men but women as well. CrossFit is a high-intensity workout program. In addition to improving body composition, it has been shown to improve cardiovascular function in adults (2). However, the effect CrossFit has on a woman’s pelvic floor is uncertain. Pelvic floor muscles help to control your bladder and bowel. Therefore, it is important to keep your pelvic muscles strong and exercise appropriately. High-intensity exercise, such as CrossFit, can increase your intraabdominal pressure. Intraabdominal pressure (IAP) is the pressure within the abdominal cavity. Experts suggest long-term, elevated IAP can predispose women to [...]

Grab and Go Energy: Is RedBull really the key?

By |2019-12-12T12:03:38-05:00December 8th, 2019|Fatigue, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Sports, Wellness|

As an athlete, it is important to be focused and perform your best. Many athletes, as well as exercising individuals, have begun integrating a quick pick me up before their event to enhance performance. In fact, according to some research (3) sugar-free energy drinks have become staples to athletes and health buffs who are looking to get an extra boost to edge out their competition. But do these drinks really work? Can an energy drink really make a difference in performance or is it all in our heads? And more importantly, is it safe? Let’s take a quick look at [...]