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Athletes & Exercise

How to Treat and Beat Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, also known as Runner’s Heel, is one of the most common injuries among athletes. Approximately 10 percent of runners will have plantar fasciitis in their career. They’ll join scores of other athletes and non-athletes with this painful and strange injury.

That Dreaded Side Stitch

Although the exact cause of side stitches is unknown, physicians will agree that the diaphragm, a sheet of muscle that extends across the bottom of the rib cage, plays an important role in breathing. Just like your leg muscles, your diaphragm can fatigue and cramp when put under too much stress. That’s why side stitches tend to strike beginner runners or those stepping up pace or distance. The good news is that there are a variety of effective strategies that can help prevent this common problem.

Stay Hydrated on a Hot Run

Maintaining hydration, or a normal state of body water content, is not as easy as it seems. Dehydration means slower times, which means even more minutes out in the heat. By following some of these tips and trying out some of the products mentioned, you’ll be more likely to stay hydrated.

How to Buy the Right Running Shoes

Finding the best-fitting shoe among the many choices at your local running store isn’t always easy. To ensure you walk out with happy feet, you need to make sure the shoe fits properly from heel to toe. We asked two prominent specialty-running-store owners—each of whom has fitted thousands of runners—to share some of their secrets. Knowing what to look for will give you a better idea how your next pair should feel on your feet.

Are Compression Socks for Me?

Compression socks are everywhere—in stores, on your legs, on her legs, on Meb Keflezighi’s legs. So what’s the deal with these calf huggers? According to Miami-based triathlete and cardiologist Dr. Alice Perlowski, there are four main reasons why you should get snug around your stems…

Proper Running Etiquette for Beginners

Running etiquette is not often something found on a hard-bound list and it can be difficult to know exactly what is and isn’t socially and lawfully acceptable, especially if you don’t have years of trail running experience under your belt. Following posted signs is always the number one rule, however, some trail running etiquette is not as steadfast; many etiquette rules are social, adhered to differently in different running circles and are often debatable.

What is Kinesiotape?

You’ve seen it on TV and said to yourself “What’s the funny different colored tape on everyone?” You’ve seen it around town and on your friend at the gym. Did you know that even though it gained popularity during the last Olympic games, kinesiotape has been around since 1979?

Proper Squatting Mechanics

First, we have to understand that there are a lot of factors regarding squatting. The following is a general guide for proper air squat mechanics and is not the “end-all-be-all.”

“Air” Squat or squat without weight is important to understand and master prior to picking up the barbell or dumbbell. Your mechanics are possibly the most important aspect to consider when attempting any exercise and maybe none more than a squat or lunge. We see so many people confused about how they are supposed to bend, move or lift. To help clear the confusion we will cover common faults and how to correct these.

Static Stretching vs. Dynamic Stretching

New research indicates that flexibility is a by-product of pre-run static stretching and may be a biomechanical factor that hurts running economy which is a measure of your overall efficiency. Prior to hard workouts and races it tends to work best to do a warm-up jog and then perform the dynamic stretches, followed by strides. This helps to adequately warm up the muscles and then get the right ones firing in the right ways.