Category Archives: WELLNESS/FITNESS

Coaching or managing a team isn’t for everyone


From age seven to 37, I played baseball under the guidance of dozens of coaches and managers.  From age 7 to 22, I played as an amateur, and then, after I signed my first pro contract with the Washington Senators in 1971, I played 16 years as a professional, including under Royals Hall of Fame manager Dick Howser. I would like to offer some personal views on the subject of coaching and/or managing.

In pain? Treat it with spinal decompression therapy

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Spinal decompression therapy sounds terrifying. Mention that it is an advanced form of spinal traction, and many people have visions of torture devices.

In reality, this new therapy doesn’t occur in a dungeon. It’s a new, non-surgical alternative for relieving low-back pain, neck pain and radiating arm and leg pain.

Winter wellness…when it’s cold, put a scarf on your wind gate!

Wearing a scarf is very fashionable these days and more and more people are using them. There are websites with 100 or more ways to tie a scarf around your neck. But there are benefits to wearing a scarf as well.

According to acupuncture, which is the oldest form of healthcare, the back of your neck is the area most vulnerable to the wind and is known as “The Wind Gate.” Allowing the cold winter weather and wind to access your Wind Gate can cause chills, achy muscles, nasal congestion and sore throats.

Wearing a scarf reduces neck pain, maintains body temperature, and can prevent colds. The scarf keeps your neck warm and protects you from cold and dampness of the winter weather seeping in. This is important when your immune system could be down due to tiredness or stress that is typical in winter months.

Can sleep give sports teams an advantage?


Though we are learning about problems created by concussion in sports, we know virtually nothing about the sleep disorders those concussions can cause.

What do we know about sleep and sports? Everyone “knows” athletes tend to do better after a good night’s sleep.  But what’s the data?

A 1991 study showed sleep loss hurt a cyclist’s performance, and it did it by making the cyclist work harder, and get less for the energy expended, by causing more anaerobic metabolism, and increasing lactate production.

The dangers for one sport athletes


In today’s world of ultra-competitive children’s athletics, there is more and more pressure on parents and kids to begin specializing in one sport at a very young age.  While it may seem like choosing one sport and sticking with it will give an athlete an advantage, we are finding out more and more specialization does not necessarily lead to better performance.

In addition, it also puts these young athletes at much higher risk of injury. 

Concussion: Your brain is your most important asset – so protect it!

We’ve all seen our favorite professional athlete sidelined with a concussion, but they’re actually even more common than you’d think at any age. The CDC reports that one in five high school athletes will experience a sports-related concussion during their sports season.

The number of reported sports-related concussions has also doubled in the past 10 years. Major League Baseball and the National Football League have concussion protocols before allowing a player to return after a head in injury.

Understanding how to prevent concussions, as well as knowing the symptoms, is vital for the safety of all athletes.

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.