Fitness Injury Prevention

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Strains and Sprains

When you strain a muscle (commonly called a pulled muscle), you over-stretch or tear the tendon. A sprainrefers to a torn or overstretched ligament. One of your coworkers may hobble into the office announcing [more…]

How to Treat and Prevent Shin Splints

Shin splints is a catch-all term for shin pain, usually caused by a slight separation between the shin muscle and the bone. You can develop shin splints from doing more exercise than your body is ready [more…]

How to Treat Achilles Tendonitis

When the Achilles tendon becomes swollen, sore, or inflamed, you have Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon connects to the heel, and is a weak spot just about anyone who happens to stand or move in [more…]

How to Prevent and Treat Knee Pain

Knee function is controlled by more muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage than any other joint in your body. That’s one reason why it’s often the first joint to break down and cause pain. The other [more…]

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are typically not one but a series of micro-fractures or hairline breaks that run along the bone. Long-distance runners, hikers, backpackers, and in-line skaters are the most common sufferers [more…]

How to Treat Lower-Back Pain

Nearly 80 percent of people suffer lower-back pain at some point in their adult lives. You may have a nagging stiffness that makes tying your shoes a difficult proposition, or you may have a chronic, debilitating [more…]

How to Treat Neck Pain

Just about anything can cause neck pain — you may sleep on your neck in a funny way or spend too much time cradling the phone on your shoulder. You may not realize how useful your neck is until you can’t [more…]

Rotator-Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that surround and protect your shoulder joint. They’re particularly delicate and susceptible to injury. If you can’t raise your arm, you may have a rotator-cuff [more…]

How to Treat Blisters

You can develop blisters (a small buildup of water or blood under your skin) from ill-fitting shoes or socks, seams inside your shoes, or friction against bunched-up socks. Small, deep blisters and large [more…]

How to Prevent and Treat Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tough fibrous band of tissue that runs the length of the bottom of your foot. You may feel the pain after you walk but not necessarily when you walk. Have you [more…]

The Rules of Stretching

Stretching is the key to maintaining your flexibility — in other words, how far and how easily you can move your joints. Your tendons (the tissues that connect muscle to bone) begin to shorten and tighten [more…]

Creating a Nighttime Stretch Routine

Destressing at the end of the day with a stretch routine relaxes your mind and body. This video shows you evening stretches that work your arms, legs, and back for more restful sleep and fewer nighttime [more…]

How to Stretch Before a Workout

Stretch routines before workouts warm up your body and help prevent exercise injuries. This video takes you through several stretches that can get your arms, legs, and back ready for a complete workout [more…]

How to Treat Exercise Injuries

Sports and exercise injuries respond to a treatment plan of rest, ice application, compression to the injured area, and elevation of the painful body part. This video shows you what to do -- and what to [more…]

Creating a Morning Stretch Routine

A morning stretch routine helps you stay flexible and gets your muscles ready for exercise, including running, yoga, and Pilates. This routine contains stretches for your arms, legs, and back. Do these [more…]

How to Cool Down and Stretch after a Workout

Cooling down is important after your body has warmed up during an exercise workout. This video shows you several different cooldown stretches to ease muscles in your back, arms, legs, and hands. [more…]

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