Water is essential to human life. It keeps our organs and systems functioning, flushes out toxins, provides nutrients to cells and so much more. When your body doesn’t get enough water, these essential functions begin to decline.
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.
Mammograms, an important health screening for women, consist of a low-dose X-ray of the breast that looks for abnormalities and changes in a woman’s breasts that may be indicators of breast cancer. Women are encouraged to get mammograms because they may be able to detect breast abnormalities that cannot be felt by a breast self-exam.
It isn’t uncommon for coaches and parents to push child and youth athletes to focus on a singular sport in the hope that he or she becomes a star. While keeping aspirations high isn’t necessarily a bad thing, sports specialization may be doing your child more harm than good.
“Physical therapy” is an umbrella term for a number of specialties that address a wide variety of health problems and injuries. Do you know the differences between the types of physical therapy available?
Here’s our guide to the most common forms of physical therapy.