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Why iron is essential for runners

By Cathy Fieseler on in Health
It’s vital for energy and good health, but many of us are low in iron. Here’s what you need to know.

Why is iron important? A trace element in the body, iron is involved in the function of the immune system, but its most critical role is in getting oxygen to your muscles. So iron is needed for the body’s metabolism and oxygen transport system to function properly – and this is ... 

A runner’s guide to hip impingement

By Michelle Kight on in Health
Get an inside look at this painful hip injury.

What is hip impingement? Hip impingement - also known as femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) - is caused when the thigh bone (femur) and the hip socket (acetabulum) produce too much friction in the hip joint.  This causes hip pain and reduced mobility in one or both hips, and can damage surrounding cartilage. ... 

Why it's time to say goodbye to BMI

By Selene Yeager on in Health
Research shows the Body Mass Index doesn’t yield the most complete information when it comes to an athlete's health.

Since the mid-nineties, health care professionals have used Body Mass Index (BMI) - a measure of how much mass someone has relative to their height - to identify whether a patient is at a healthy weight. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.99 is considered normal; 25 to 29.9 is overweight; ... 

Don't let a cold sideline your training

By Liz Applegate, Ph.D. on in Health
A new report says zinc lozenges can speed up recovery from illness.

With the summer winding down, it’s not uncommon for runners to catch a nasty cold. If you're gearing up for a marathon and increased mileage, plus changes in work and family schedules, your immune system may become taxed. If you don’t address the first sign of cold symptoms, the virus ... 

Lingering pain after a sprain

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Restricted motion in the ankle joint could leave you with discomfort, even after rehab.

About a year ago I suffered a serious ankle sprain. I’m back to running, but my ankle doesn’t feel the same as it used to, and I’m wondering if it ever will? I wear a brace, but I’m not sure if it really helps. Is this normal for an ankle ... 

Do antihistamines increase or decrease muscle soreness?

By Alex Hutchinson on in Health
New research finds surprising links between allergy meds and post-exercise recovery.

Whether it’s ice baths, compression garments or antioxidants, the evidence for many supposed muscle soreness cures is slim at best. So a study that seemingly does offer some help is a surprising and welcome sight - especially when the “cure” it offers is totally unexpected. A new ...  Continue reading

Training hard? Don't skimp on sleep

By William O. Roberts, MD on in Health
Advice on squeezing in running - and snoozing - around long work hours.

I work 12-hour night shifts with a one-hour commute each way, which brings my total daily work hours to 14. I’m training for a marathon, and I’m worried about fitting in my runs. I’m wondering if I could cut out a little sleep to fit in training runs before I ... 

6 maximum heart rate training myths get busted

By A.C. Shilton on in Health
Think you know everything about max heart rate and why it’s important? Think again.

For decades, athletes have used maximum heart rate as a way to figure out which zones they should be training in. The most common wisdom was to subtract your age from 220, and - voilà! - you had your max HR, a figure representing the greatest number of beats per minute your ... 

How to return to running after a sprained ankle

By Jenny Hadfield on in Health
The key is to ease in slowly, and only after you’ve recovered strength and range of motion.

I sprained my ankle a few weeks ago. I still can’t run. I’m a bit disheartened, and I can’t seem to get motivated to go to the gym. Do you have any tips to maintain my mojo and get me back to running again? Getting hurt can be a blow to ... 

What is cupping and why are athletes into it?

By Michelle Kight on in Health
You've seen the curious purple circles on the USA's athletes, now take a look into what it's all about.

Cupping has become quite the phenomenon with athletes at Rio 2016. Gold-winning USA swimmer Michael Phelps hit the headlines last week for the strange purple circles marking his shoulders and back. Gymnast Alex Naddour has displayed the same marks on his shoulders, swimmer Nathalie Coughlin has also been seen with ... 

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