Category Archives: WELLNESS/FITNESS

Wellness issues holding you back? Ways to achieve your goals in 2018

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Do you have recurring wellness issues that prevent you from reaching your full sport potential? Are you like so many others who will start 2018 committed to crushing your performance and/or fitness goals only to hit barriers a few months from now that hold you back?

Do you ever feel like your best years are behind you or your peers are out performing you? It’s time to make a plan for 2018 to ensure that this year you achieve the success you desire.

Ankle Sprains: ways to recover from rolling your ankle?

Ankle sprains are caused by the forceful stretching of ligaments, which are thick bands of tissue that connect bones together. Minor sprains result in more of a stretch of the ligaments, while bigger sprains cause partial or full ligament tears.

These injuries often occur when walking or running on uneven surfaces, awkward landings, falling or sports that involve cutting and turning.

The ankle is most commonly sprained when the foot is forcefully rolled inwards, causing ligaments on the outside of your ankle to stretch.

Stay healthy this cold and flu season with these simple habits

This time of year, temperatures aren’t the only things dropping. People drop left and right from the cold and flu. But you don’t have to be one of them!

I’m not going to write yet another article about washing hands. I think we all know how important it is to wash our hands and avoid touching our faces. And then wash our hands again for good measure. Instead, here are some off-the-beaten-path ways to make a real difference for your health this cold and flu season.

Sports specialization can have a detrimental effect on young athletes

When a young kid shows an early talent for a sport, it’s easy to want to focus solely on developing that talent via sports specialization.

It’s become much more common in recent years for a child to go through intense training in one sport and exclude all others. Many parents believe the best way to have an elite athlete is to master that sport from a young age.

However, studies have shown early sport specialization can actually have detrimental effects to an athlete, including burnout and increased risk of injury, and typically does not lead to college scholarships or professional contracts.

Disc Golf: a low-key sport that is easy to start and fun for all ages

Do you like to throw stuff? Who doesn’t! That’s pretty much the main requirement for playing disc golf. This sport has continued to increase in popularity – and with good reason, too. Disc golf is easy to start, welcomes players of all skill levels, and can be found all around the metro.

Kansas City is actually a hotbed for the sport. According to the Kansas City Flying Disc Club, there are about 30 disc golf courses in the KC area. National tournaments are played here, and Kansas City is home to two disc golf stores.

So what’s so great about disc golf?

Sports fans: Cheering for the Chiefs, Royals or another of your favorite teams is good for your health

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Football season is upon us once again. Whether you’re one of those who are casual sports fans or a true fanatic, cheering for your team can bring highs and lows. But did you know that it can also encourage good health?

That’s not just some lip service from ESPN or Fox Sports. Research shows sports fans are active, engaged and in better health, thanks to their allegiance with a favorite team.

Neck injury: When sports become a pain in the neck

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When any neck injury is suspected a person should not be moved without a medical professional present due to the risk of spinal cord injury.

The neck, also called the cervical spine, is comprised of seven vertebrae stacked on top of each other and separated by discs that act as cushions to absorb shock and provide stability.

In the space between the vertebrae, nerves that supply the arm exit the neck. The spinal cord which supplies sensory and motor function to the arms and legs is protected by the vertebrae (bones), ligaments, discs and muscles around the neck.

Swimming is the exercise that does it all! Get in the pool!

This time of year, it is not hard to convince someone to go jump in a lake. Swimming is a great way to cool off and have fun with friends.

But this low-impact exercise is so much more!

Swimming is a stress-reducing, calorie-burning, mood-boosting wonder. Check out the benefits of swimming a few laps.

Physical therapy can help in prevention and rehabilitation of ACL injuries

Knee injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is unfortunately common during sports activities. The ACL is a thick band of tissue in the center of the knee joint that connects the backside of your thigh bone (femur) to the front of the shin bone (tibia).

The main purpose of the ACL is to prevent the tibia from moving too far forward under the femur and to stabilize the knee during twisting movements. If the tibia moves too far forward, the ACL can be strained and/or ruptured.

Fresh fruits and vegetables…Make the most of summer produce and amp up your diet

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Looking to improve your nutrition and reap the health benefits? Summer is the perfect time to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. A variety of in-season foods are available, so it’s easy to add some variety and try something new.