The female athlete triad is a devastating health problem facing females in athletics and sports today. The triad is a syndrome involving nutritional deficits, lack of a menstrual cycle, and issues with bone health.   The triad is defined by the Amer ...
Do you know where your plantar fascia is? Chances are you don’t unless you have injured it and developed plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the plantar fascia). According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons approximately two million pe ...
  If you're looking for an affordable barbell for women or beginners the Bella Bar by Rogue Fitness will make a nice addition to your gym.  We have used this bar for the last six months and have found it to be a great starter ...
You may have noticed a lot of people drinking coconut water these days. There are a number of brands that can be found in any of the large grocery stores and drug stores and they all make a number of health claims. So what is the deal with coconut water? ...
Stress fractures are the most common injuries in athletics today. Athletes with stress fractures usually seek medical treatment for these bothersome injuries after dealing with ongoing pain. Stress fractures can occur in many different bones in the body, ...
Acupuncture is one of the most frequently used therapies in complementary and alternative medicine today.  Originating in China thousands of years ago, acupuncture is rapidly becoming a viable alternative therapy for a myriad of conditions.  Acu ...
Strength and conditioning programming for older athletes is a growing interest area in research and practice.  A recent study in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research examined age related deterioration of muscle mass in older males and ...
Research recently examined back squatting using two different chain techniques.  Researchers tested one experienced male weight lifter for this case study.  Researchers compared linear and double looped supplemental heavy resistance chains to th ...
Substantial research is now being conducted to examine the health and medical benefits of practicing yoga, deep breathing, and meditation.  A new study published in the Indian Journal of Science and Technology  assessed the effects of a yog ...
Snowboarding has become an exceedingly popular sport in the last 20 years. For many snowboarders, training in the off season and working out in a gym isn't a common practice.   With the popularity of elite snowboarding and the Winter Olympics, to ...
A study examined the impact of perceptions of support from coaches and an athlete's positive or negative self talk. Self-talk is described by the Sport Medicine Dictionary as, “what an individual says mentally to himself or herself, often t ...
Supplements for improving athletic performance and recovery for are a hot topics for research today.  Branch Chain Amino Acid (BCAA) supplements are widely touted by fitness enthusiasts to improve training, performance, decreasing muscle soreness, an ...
Recent research compared agility, body composition, power, and strength of NCAA Division-I (D-I) and Division-III (D-III) female athletes. The female subjects assessed included field hockey, softball, and volleyball athletes. Researchers tested and evalua ...
Diaphragmatic breathing is a breathing technique used to reduce stress and relax the mind in yoga and meditation practices. Diaphragmatic breathing practice is simply breathing deeply into the lungs by flexing the diaphragm back and forth.     ...
    The Manduka Black Mat Pro is simply the best yoga mat we have tested. The Manduka mat is designed to endure hours of yoga practice. Many yoga teachers and professionals swear by the quality and durability of the Manduka Mat Pro. We te ...
  Looking for a great all around shoe for cross training?  If you have tried Inov8, DC, Nike Free, or Vibrams with little success, give these low-profile, ultra-lightweight trail racers a go.  These shoes were specifically designed for tra ...
10 Steps to Rest and Recovery   1. Take extra rest days even when you feel great and think you don’t need them. Try taking off at least 5-7 days of training if you are feeling the effects of overtraining. Communicate with your coach, training p ...