Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

How to Prevent Outdoor Fitness Injuries

The Bad News:  Injuries can happen. Aches, muscle fatigue and soreness are part of life for active people and those involved in athletic endeavors.
 
The Good News:  Most injuries are preventable, and are often a result of overtraining and repetitive stress.
 
Overtraining
Overtraining symptoms bear much resemblance to chronic fatigue syndrome; body aches, tiredness and feeling flat or uninterested in training. The expression often used to sum up overtraining injuries is "too much, too soon.” Another one is "too far, too fast."

Overpronation - How to Keep Your Feet Healthy

We expect a lot from our feet.  We use our feet every time we walk, run, shuffle, and jump. We sometimes walk barefoot in the sand or strut around town in a new pair of stilettos. Our feet support the weight of our entire body, yet sometimes we forget to take care of them. Approximately 80% of Americans overpronate, but what does that mean? Overpronation occurs when the foot rolls too far inward causing the arch to collapse. If left untreated it will lead to other problems (i.e. foot pain, bunions, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, knee pain, etc).

Flexibility - What's Best?

Flexibility training should be a part of each workout. Your warm up and cool down are prime times to concentrate on flexibility.   Becoming more flexible aids performance, prevents injury, increases circulation, lengthens tight muscles and removes waste from your system. It’s important to warm up before you stretch, so that you slowly raise your heart rate, by which you’ll increase circulation and oxygenation of muscles, speed up nerve impulses, warm and lubricate muscles, ligaments and joints.

Posture Check - How to Eliminate Pain

Have you experienced tension in your shoulders, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, or lower back pain?  These are all common symptoms associated with poor postural habits. Chances are you are one of the many Americans who spend too much of the day sitting down.
 

How to Avoid Poisonous Plants

It's summer!!  To celebrate I went on hike with a friend thru Muir Woods.  If you are not familiar with this national monument, it is famous for its giant redwoods and as John Muir famously said himself, "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world." Hiking to and thru the park is so overwhelmingly beautiful, however, there are precautions that must be make.  The hillsides are laced with poison oak.  If you're not aware a wonderous day could be followed by 10-14 days of misery.
 

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