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Sleep: The Secret Ingredient of Injury Recovery

After an injury,  sleep is key to proper recovery. Learn more about the role sleep plays in muscle and joint repair and how to set yourself up to sleep well and get better quickly.

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Tips and Tricks for Fitting in At Least Three At-Home Workouts Per Week

You don’t have to hit the gym or spend hours working out to become more fit. Here are eight tips to make at-home exercise a regular part of your week.

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Improving Balance for All Ages: Focusing on Ankle Stability

Balance plays an important role in preventing injuries, maintaining mobility and supporting good posture. These simple stretches and exercises will help strengthen your ankle muscles to promote balance and coordination.

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Ice vs. Heat: What Should I Use, When?

Inflammation and pain is the body’s natural reaction to an injury. To ease that pain and help the body heal faster, is it better to use ice or heat?

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Preventing ACL Injuries in Youth Sports

Anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, injuries are extremely common in youth sports. How an athlete lands when coming down from a jump can increase or minimize their risk of this infamous knee injury.

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How Physical Therapy Supports Your Long-Term Health

Whether preventing or rehabilitating an injury or other physical condition, physical therapy plays an important part in long-term health. Physical therapists use exercise, massage, stretching and other techniques to help patients of all ages improve mobility, manage pain and restore proper function.

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Tennis Elbow Can Serve Up Real Pain

Don't let its name fool you. Tennis elbow is a common tendon injury infamous for chronic pain and weakness focused on the outside of the arm, where the elbow and forearm meet. 

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: What to Know

Pain, burning, numbness or tingling in your hands? You may be suffering from a common condition called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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Why Cycling is a Great Sport to Pick Up in Your 50s and Where to Go Around Charlotte

The health benefits alone are a good enough reason to start pedaling around town no matter your age.

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How Your Mood Impacts Your Workout & Vice Versa

How can you get the most mood-boosting endorphins out of your workout? Start slowly and exercise consistently.

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6 Nutrients You Could Be Lacking

Are you getting enough vitamins and minerals to keep training hard? These 6 nutrients will help you build muscle, fight fatigue, reduce injury and recover safely.

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How to Prepare for Race Training: Mobility Workouts, Warm-Ups & Cool Downs

We often forget to consider what to do before launching a regimented training program. It’s important to incorporate mobility exercises and proper stretching both before and after excerise to make sure your body is primed for more intense workouts.

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Foam Rolling the Tension Away After Sitting All Day

Looking for ways to relieve tension after a long day in front of the screen or behind the wheel? Try using a foam roller. 

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How to Replenish Electrolytes

In your body, electrolytes are essential for transmitting signals that help to maintain a balance of fluids, healthy muscle contraction, and normal function of the nervous system, which includes the brain.

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Are My Shoes to Blame? Common Foot Problems & How to Minimize Pain

Wearing shoes that fit poorly can lead to a myriad of problems, from minor foot discomfort to stress fractures and meniscus tears.

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The Top 3 Ways to Spend Your Rest Day

Rest days give your muscles time to heal from the stress of physical activity while giving your mind an opportunity to reset.

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How to Choose the Right Athletic Shoes

Choosing the right athletic shoe for your foot is key to moving comfortably, efficiently and safely. Get to know your foot type and follow the tips above to choose an athletic shoe that’s right for you.

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Are You Underfueling?

Underfueling means not eating enough or not eating the right types of foods. If you’ve been underfueling, eating more of the right foods at the right time can help you achieve the intensities and results you have been missing.

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How To Stay Fit From Home If You're Feeling Bored & Unmotivated

Take a look at why it's so important to have an at-home workout routine in place — and how to keep it up even when you're feeling listless or unenergized. 

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Stretches for Runners: How to Warm Up & Cool Down

How you prime your body for a run and how you recover afterward influence your overall performance. PTA Mary Jean McKinnon explains dynamic and static stretches to enhance your next run.

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Nordic Walking for a Full-Body Workout

Nordic walking, or pole walking, is a low-impact, full-body exercise that combines strength and cardiovascular fitness.

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How to Get a Stronger Core & Better Posture

Your core strength and posture are more linked than you might think. Learn why they're crucial to your overall physical health, how they're related and ways you can improve both.

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8 Ways to Keep Your Knees Healthy as You Age

Knee pain is a common problem, especially for older adults. Over the years, your knees endure a lot of wear and tear as you fight against gravity to move and walk.

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College Athletics During a Pandemic

PA Jeffrey Dabkowski explores the unique challenges of managing Davidson College's NCAA Division 1 student-athletes from afar.

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How to Spice Up Your Running Routine

Whether you log 2 or 20 miles, changing up your running or jogging routine will keep your workouts effective, interesting and even fun.

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