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Where Does It Hurt: Swimmer's Shoulder

6/22/2015
Question: My right shoulder has been hurting during my swim workouts for the past few months. Recently, my shoulder has been aching almost all the time and seems to be aggravated by any reaching or lifting activity and wakes me up if I turn on my right side in my sleep. My shoulder no longer tolerates any swimming at all. I’ve been a swimmer for most of my life and don’t want to give it up. Will I ever be able to swim again?
 

The Truth About Colorectal Cancer Screening

6/17/2015
The American Cancer Society estimates that 152,820 people will be diagnosed in 2015 and that 50,830 will die from colon cancer in the United States yet people accept myths (though inaccurate) as common knowledge making the disease even more dangerous than it is. Some of the most common myths are that the screening is embarrassing, painful or that this is a disease that only older men get. Let’s debunk these myths.

Piriformis Syndrome: A Pain in the Butt

3/26/2015
Piriformis Syndrome is literally a pain in the butt. It causes pain in the buttock area and may include pain or tingling in the back of the thigh and calf. Keep reading to find out more about piriformis syndrome and what to do about it.

If You’re Running … Be Sure To Warm Up, Stretch and Cool Down

12/8/2014

All of your runs should start with a warm-up and end with a cool down. Why are they so important? A good warm-up dilates your blood vessels, ensuring that your muscles are well supplied with oxygen. It also raises the temperature of your muscles for optimal flexibility and efficiency. By slowly raising your heart rate, the warm-up also helps minimize stress on your heart when you start your run.

 

Just as important, the cool down keeps the blood flowing throughout the body. Stopping suddenly can cause light-headedness because your heart rate and blood pressure drop more rapidly. Winding down slowly allows them to fall gradually.

 

Here's how to do a proper warm-up and cool down.

What Type of Socks Should I Run In?

11/28/2014
All the pavement pounding you endure while running mile after mile means one very important thing — you have to make sure to keep your feet healthy. Most people can endure the long runs while training for a half-marathon … but the race itself is a whole other monster on your feet. Wearing the wrong kind of sock could lead to a flash mob of blisters on your feet. Running socks come in many different materials, thicknesses and sizes. To help sort out all the choices, here are my recommendations.
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