The pain of shin splints is familiar to most runners—it is one of the most common injuries runners face. The term “shin splints” describes a shooting pain in the front of the leg, a medical condition known as medial tibial stress.
Knee injuries—such as fractures, dislocations, sprains and ligament tears—are some of the most common injuries among athletes and non-athletes alike. The knee joint is the largest and most complex joint in the body, and it bears more weight than most other joints—all factors which make it more prone to injury.
Stretching improves muscle flexibility and helps to maintain range of motion in your joints. It also lowers your risk of injuries, such as joint and muscle strain. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), healthy adults should do flexibility exercises, such as stretching, yoga or tai chi, for all major muscle groups at least two to three times a week.
For years, physicians have been divided on the benefits of knee and ankle braces in preventing injuries to athletes. In recent years, however, more research has been released in support of wearing braces for injury prevention.
The PGA Championship kicks off today at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. Will North Texas’ hometown boy Jordan Spieth take home the Wanamaker Trophy? If so, Spieth will become just the fourth player in history to win three majors in one year, and the first since Tiger Woods won three majors—the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship—in 2000.