Shin splints and How to Prevent Them

Shin splints are a common problem, especially among runners. They can be quite painful and frustrating, derailing a runner’s goals. Before we dive into what could be causing shin splints […]

Who is Caring for Your Athletes?

What is an Athletic Trainer? Athletic Trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide the following: Preventative services Therapeutic intervention Rehabilitation of injuries […]

Exercising With Sickle Cell Trait

Sickle cell trait (SCT) is a blood disorder that can be harmful to physically active individuals.  SCT occurs when an individual inherits one normal hemoglobin gene and one sickle hemoglobin gene.  The sickle cell gene causes the body to produce abnormal hemoglobin, resulting in red blood cells changing from round to crescent shape, known as sickling.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Have you ever experienced a sensation of pain and/or stiffness following an unaccustomed exercise or new workout routine twenty four to forty eight hours later? If your answer to this […]

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors: Lightning Safety Tips

Lightning is one of the most underrated severe weather hazards, yet ranks as one of the top weather killers in the United States. Lightning strikes in America kill about 50 people and injure hundreds of others each year.

Hydration: Key to Healthy and Safe Exercise

Did you know you have between 2 and 4 million sweat glands? Sweating is the body’s natural way to regulate internal temperature. It simply is trying to cool you while you exercise. Sweat loss varies from person to person and can depend on the activity being performed, the surrounding environment and each individual’s fitness levels.

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, Also Known As “Shin Splints”

Medial tibial stress syndrome, also known as MTSS and more commonly known as “shin splints,” is an orthopedic injury caused by repetitive stresses applied to the anteromedial aspect of the lower leg. There are multiple, progressive stages of MTSS that patients can experience if they refrain from seeking treatment and rehabilitation. Associated pain originates from the posteromedial tibial border and radiates as stress is continuously forced upon the medial aspect of the tibia.

Know When to Push Through–and When to Stop–Running

The joke in Chicago is that there are just two seasons—construction season, and winter. In our area, we like to think of two seasons as well—running season, and winter (with a tip of the cap to those who run outdoors all winter long!). With spring finally here, and running season in full bloom, one of the important things to understand as a runner is when to push through pain, and when you need to stop.

Kinesio Taping: Is It Right For You?

I’m sure you’ve seen the colorful tape on athlete’s bodies during the Olympic Games? That is Kinesio Tape. Kinesio tape is an elastic adhesive tape developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1979. Kinesio taping differs from traditional taping (such as an ankle taping) in that it is not rigid, but flexible and designed to move with the athlete.