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Five Things All Athletes Should Do To Avoid Injury

Debra Murray

Playing sports or competing in a swimming or running race is a great way to burn calories and stay active. However, many kinds of high-impact activities like this cause a significant amount of strain on the body that can lead to serious injuries to the joints and muscles. The good news is that many sports related injuries can be avoided if a person uses the following five tips for preventing them:   Wear Safety Equipment Head gear, knee pads, and elbow pads all help to reduce the amount of trauma that the body endures from falls and high-impact tackles and...

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HealthStyle: Athlete – How YOU can live an Athletic Life

Katie Hightower

Did you know that you don’t have to live your life one buzzer beater at a time to live an athletic lifestyle? Being an athlete is simply the act of choosing to live an active, healthy life.   Characteristics of an athlete: Proper Nutrition Dedication to Practice Achieving Enough Rest Nurturing the Body   If you fulfill these characteristics, then you are already embracing the HealthStyle of an athlete!   Nutrition For athletes of any age, one of the most important focus factors is maintaining balanced and healthy nutrition. If you are involved in an endurance activity like cross-country skiing...

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Why You Should Not Ignore Joint or Muscle Pain

Debra Murray

Most pain disappears after a person rests and takes it easy for a short while, so it can be a little alarming when the pain lingers on for months at a time. Pain is the body's way of letting someone know that there something is wrong. It is like a defense mechanism to persuade a person to seek medical help, especially when it occurs in the muscles and joints. Read on for a list of four reasons why you should never ignore pain.    Pain is a Sign of a Hidden Injury   Some injuries are not visible from outside of...

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Dangers of Inflammation

Debra Murray

  Inflammation is a biological process that's meant to heal the body from infections, bacteria, injuries, tissue damage and other forms of trauma. The affected area swells and becomes inflamed in an attempt to create an environment that is beneficial to healing and repairing.   So when does inflammation become dangerous? As long as inflammation is in the healing or acute phase, it benefits the body. Once this condition crosses from acute to chronic, it can be your worst nightmare. Instead of healing the injured area, this once helpful biological response spreads through your whole body and sets up shop.   When...

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