Muscle Cramping

Short of an emergency phone call, there’s few worse ways to be awakened in the middle of the night than a muscle cramp.  When it happens, someone usually offers the sage advice of eating bananas and drinking water.  But are you really dehydrated and… Read more »

Exercise is the Medicine

Chances are if you work, go to school or are around kids there’s always someone sniffling, sneezing or coughing.  Of course, all you’re trying to do is avoid getting the cold, flu or stomach virus your self.  But is hand sanitizing, incessant hand washing… Read more »

Eating Before Exercising?

If you’re looking for answers on whether to eat before or after exercise to promote weight loss, research on the topic may leave you more confused.  That’s because a commonly cited article seemingly recommended fasting before exercise, leading to a rash of other articles… Read more »

CrossFit or CrossFad?

The fitness community has a well-established love affair with the latest and trendiest exercise programs. Remember Tae-Bo and Billy Blanks? Jazzercise and Jane Fonda? Spin and Johnny G? Yet despite the hype, these fitness programs and their famous, chiseled originators eventually faded into anonymity…. Read more »

Practice Makes Running (More) Perfect

We may be all born to run, but are we all born to run well, fleet of foot and without injury?  Running is an immensely popular fitness activity and for good reason.  It offers efficient exercise and it can usually be done anywhere or… Read more »

It’s That Time of Year

It’s that time of year that we resolve to start fresh and eat better, workout more, play less iPhone Candy Crush and generally remake everything.  Unfortunately, too often those resolutions don’t make it past Groundhog Day.  Research shows that about 45% of Americans make… Read more »

Foot Discrimination

Have you been a subject of foot discrimination?  Relegated to the “supportive” section of the shoe store?  Those who over-pronate or have “flat feet” have suffered from an injury prejudice that has stemmed from the belief that this foot type predisposes one to a… Read more »

The Athlete’s Body

The Olympics give us a fascinating look at the physical and athletic qualities of individuals who have achieved the top level of sport.  But how did these athletes reach that level of athletic performance?  One popular book has advocated the theory that excellence in… Read more »

The Pursuit of Optimal Performance

In our pursuit of optimal performance, every facet of physiology, nutrition and equipment has been scientifically evaluated and updated.  We have satellites tracking our speed, heart rate monitors to record intensity and a shoe industry that is constantly in search of innovation.  How did… Read more »

Injuries in Youth Sports

For parents and sports medicine professionals, youth sports present a complex riddle.  On one hand, participation in youth sports counteracts the worldwide rise in childhood obesity while on the other; youth sports injuries can cause both short and long term health problems.  How much… Read more »