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Warming Up Before a Workout

January 1, 2020

If you have a jam-packed day and just want to get to the good part of your workout, it can be tempting to skip a warmup. Warmups are slow and can be boring—but they are vital to your performance and overall health. Why You Should Warm Up Whether you’ve been sitting at a desk all […]READ MORE

Change Up Your Workout During Winter for Peak Performance

December 12, 2019

Even in a warm region like Richmond and Eastern Virginia, winter poses challenges to your workout. Chill temperatures and dark evenings make your runs more dangerous, while cold air can hurt your lungs. But winter may be the best time to switch up your workout. And that change-up may even offer benefits, like: Lower Risk for […]READ MORE

Stay in Shape in the Offseason, But Don’t Forget to Rest

November 11, 2019

Your offseason is an important time to give your body a rest. Playing the same sport, year-round, puts you at a high risk for overuse injuries and other problems that can keep you out of the game. Though the offseason is an important break, it’s also important that you maintain your strength, flexibility, and speed. […]READ MORE

Be Prepared For Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Sports

October 10, 2019

Between 1 in 40,000 and 1 in 80,000 athletes experience sudden cardiac arrest each year, even very young and healthy athletes. This life-threatening condition occurs when the heart stops pumping, leading to fainting, loss of blood flow, and loss of breathing.  In athletes, sudden cardiac arrest usually occurs due to undiagnosed heart conditions like cardiomyopathy […]READ MORE

Why You May Need a VO2 Max Assessment

September 9, 2019

VO2 Max assessments determine how much oxygen you can transport and use during exercise, also called aerobic capacity. The test takes about 20 minutes and involves performing exercise while wearing a specialized max to measure your oxygen intake and output. You may also wear a heart rate monitor. A high VO2 max measurement, measured in […]READ MORE

What Are the Risks of Concussions and Sports?

August 8, 2019

Any sport carries some risk of concussion, but some may be more dangerous than others. As school sports start up again, it’s important you understand what risks student athletes face when they get in the game. Sports With the Most Concussions Concussions are caused when the head is moved quickly back and forth, such as […]READ MORE

ACL Injuries May Lead to Arthritis in Young People

July 7, 2019

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and injuries are common in teens and young adults. They are one of the most common sports injuries and more likely to affect women than men. But while the ACL tear may be devastating enough, keeping you out of the game for months, it can also have terrible long-term effects. […]READ MORE

Most Common Sports Injuries in Men

June 6, 2019

There’s nothing worse for an athlete than an injury that keeps them out of the game, out of the pool, or off the track. As part of Men’s Health Month, find out the most common injuries male athletes face—and how you can avoid them. Ankle Sprains Ankle sprains are the most common sports injury in […]READ MORE

5 Tips for Open Swim Safety

May 5, 2019

For avid swimmers, the ocean presents a unique challenge and workout. But swimming in open water is not without its risks. Whether you’ve participated in open-water swimming before or are looking to add it to your workout routine when you next visit the ocean, review these safety tips before getting in the water. Swim Well […]READ MORE

How To Avoid The Most Common Sports Eye Injuries

April 4, 2019

Each year, more than 40,000 athletes experience eye injuries while playing sports, but more than 90 percent of these injuries can be prevented. During Sports Eye Injury Awareness Month, learn how you can avoid these painful injuries and maintain your vision. Common Sports Eye Injuries Sports eye injuries are usually caused by direct blows to […]READ MORE