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Sore Muscles After a Workout: What's Normal & When to See a Specialist

Soreness is a normal response to exercise, but how do you know whether you’re experiencing standard post-workout muscle fatigue or something more worrisome? Find out why we experience post-workout soreness, what level of soreness is normal and how to relieve aching muscles after exercise.

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Heading the Ball in Soccer: Is It Safe?

Head injuries come with high stakes as even mild concussions can have serious consequences. Dr. Jonathan Riboh, orthopedic surgeon and youth sports medicine specialist, addresses what to consider to practice purposeful heading in soccer.

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Why Low-Impact Exercise is Important

We live in the era of Crossfit, Zumba, and P90X so it is easy to overlook the benefits of low-impact exercise. Low impact does not mean low intensity -- here's why it's important.

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How to Prevent Soccer Injuries

As sports medicine physicians, we believe the best way to treat injuries is to prevent them in the first place. In just 40 minutes a week, athletes can reduce their risk of injury by as much as 50 percent.

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How to Tackle Your First Solo Hike

Solo hiking can be a truly life-affirming experience —and may even inspire more solo adventures. Here's how to make sure you're prepared for a safe and memorable solo hike.

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Meet Angela Shirk, NASCAR Athletic Trainer

Angela, a NASCAR Athletic Trainer, talked to us about her job, the challenges she’s faced along the way, and what it’s like to be a female trainer in such a male-dominated industry.

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A Beginner's Guide to Yoga: Styles, Tools & Tips

Great for the mind, great for the body, yoga might just be your next best tool for unwinding. Figure out the best style for your practice and learn tips to get started on your yoga journey.

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Athletic Trainers – Health Care Providers on the Field and in the Clinic

OrthoCarolina celebrates the dedicated, talented trainers on our staff as part of National Athletic Training Month, observed each March.

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How to Start Working Out Again & Stick With It

Whether you were previously a fitness junkie or you only worked out sporadically, it’s now more important than ever to prioritize physical activity. Here's how to identify obstacles that may be keeping you from consistent exercise & tips to overcome them.

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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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