ShareBenefits of Massage and Self Massage
Benefits of massage and self massage was a topic that was posed to me recently by a journalist for Trail Running magazine. Below is an excerpt from the questions.
TRM: Massage and self massage has played an intricate part of your becoming an ultra trail runner. I understand you had a few nagging injuries associated with your shins. What was the benefit of massage and self massage in enabling you to become an ultra trail runner?
HWR: As you mentioned, my major issue with running was dealing with shin
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ShareATP and Energy Transfer Processes
ATP and Energy Transfer Processes supplies the energy to perform every bodily action. ATP is required for every muscle contraction, and ATP is even needed to make more ATP. In my article What is ATP, I discusses what ATP is in depth.
A high-level view of what ATP is and does is that ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) is needed for practically every action in our body. Or put another way, ATP is the energy source for all human movement. Through the digestive process energy is released from the nutrients
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ShareWhat is ATP?
What is ATP is a question that I get asked a lot. Most athletic have an understanding of what ATP is and that it provides the energy they need to perform. In my article Food: Nutrition Absorption and Delivery I discussed that after we eat a meal, the nutrients are digested, absorbed and screened by the liver and then sent into the bloodstream of the body to reach target cells. Once the nutrients reach their target cells a number of things can happen such as: 1) they are oxidized for
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ShareFood and Nutrition Absorption and Delivery
Food and nutrition go hand-in-hand, and in this article we will take a look at how nutrients are absorbed and delivered throughout our body. Eating food is a daily activity that we partake in multiple times per day. Most of us are not concentrating on the nutritional value and the nutrients that are in the food, we are concentrating on the food itself and how it tastes. However, if you want to move close to living a fitness lifestyle, it is important to understand how food and nutrition interacts
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Last February I posted a video of 95 year old Ida Keeling breaking the world age sprint record. Here is an inspirational video of Ida with some great words of wisdom about getting old.
Generation Inspiration: Ida Keeling from Douglas Snyder on Vimeo
ShareKnee Pain When Running
Knee pain when running can be caused by a multitude of factors. The three most common occurrences of knee pain when running are from: muscle imbalances, a large Q Angle, and knee cap tracking problems. Let’s take a look at these three causes of knee pain when running.
The knee is surrounded by the quadriceps muscles. An imbalance in this large muscle groups will lead to knee pain when running. The three muscle of the quadriceps are the Vastus Laterallis, Vastus Intermedius, and the Vastus Medialis. The quadricep muscles
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ShareVolleyball Drills for Girls
Volleyball drills for Girls are not only important for them to excel in their sport, but even more important to prevent injuries.
Recently I received firsthand experience observing various volleyball drills. I was invited to watch one of our local girls high school volleyball teams play in a regional volleyball tournament. While there, I was able to observe the warm-up volleyball drills they performed, and then watch them in action. I was also able to speak with one of the players after the games and I talked to her about her
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ShareKnee Pain and Knee Cap Problems Between the Genders.
Women are more prone to knee pain and knee cap problems. I bet that you did not think that there were differences between the genders when dealing with knee pain and knee cap problems, oh but there is a difference. The difference is that women are more prone to knee pain and knee cap problems, because of genetic factors. Women have four major factors that make them more prone to knee pain and knee cap problems, even in non-contact sports (see
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ShareWhat is the ACL Ligament?
What is the ACL ligament? Its the frontal crossed shaped ligament that provides stabilization in the knee and connects the bones of the knee.
A reader just submitted this question to Ask Ray! And I hear a lot of people talking about what is the ACL ligament and their surgery, recovery, etc. Yes, I think most of us know that the ACL ligament is the “A” something “C” something “L” ligament of the knee. To really answer the question of, what is the ACL ligament; we need to know what
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