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Articles: Injury Prevention

5 Important Tips to Help You Run Pain-Free

A few weeks ago, I was working with a female runner who asked me, “Will I ever run pain-free again?” This is a question that I receive regularly, and one which I have to admit having a really tough time answering. Pain is a part of the running experience, there is absolutely no doubt about […]

6 Surprising Ways Improving Your Thoracic Spine & Shoulder Mobility Can Help You Reach Your Goals

As a yoga teacher and personal trainer, I love when I’m able to find ways to connect the dots between what I teach at the yoga studio and what happens at the gym. I get a little giddy when I hear a strength coach suggesting a mobility warm-up that’s essentially a yoga pose with a […]

Why You Have “Tight” Hips and What to Do About It

You might have experienced hip stiffness and discomfort after a challenging workout, long car ride, or sitting at your desk for several hours. Given that this is a common challenge for fitness professionals and their clients, it’s beneficial to understand the underlying causes of hip tightness, how to address it, and how to identify if […]

How to Train Clients With Low Back Pain

Low back pain is the leading cause of pain and disability worldwide. Globally, the prevalence of low back pain has increased 54 percent between 1990 and 2015 [1]. In light of this, it is naive to believe we are doing a better job at managing low back pain through protective messaging and training. To me, […]

What Are the Components of a Great Warm-Up?

The basic goals of a warm-up are to prepare the body for exercise and to decrease the chance of injury during training. But on top of that, it’s also great time to start to shift your focus away from everything else in life, and to instead mentally prepare for your upcoming workout. A well-designed warm-up […]

3 Situations When You Shouldn’t Push Through Pain

If you’ve read any of my work about pain, you might have a good framework on its complexity. If you haven’t read any of my work on pain, I’d encourage you to start here. Knowing when to stop pushing through pain with exercise can be complicated. Pain, for many people, is frightening after all. My […]

A Better Understanding of Shoulder Health

The shoulder is amazing, it really is! It is so complex and so interesting. (I know, as an orthopedic surgeon, I am expected to say uncool things like that, but it’s true.) If you have ever experienced shoulder pain when trying to lift weights, practice yoga, box, swim, surf, or simply brush your hair, you […]

Why Muscle Stiffness Isn’t Always Bad (and How to Tell the Difference)

No one wants to be sidelined by pain or injury, which is why you might wonder if something is up when you notice that you don’t have as much flexibility as the instructor in your yoga class, or when your muscles feel especially stiff after a workout. However, muscle stiffness — or being unable to […]

Why You Need Good Wrist Mobility

The wrist is an area of the body, and yet we don’t often think about it when we’re training. However, it plays an important role in upper body function. If you’ve ever had wrist pain in a push-up or a plank, or felt like it was hard to grip the bar in a bodyweight exercise, […]

Why You Need Better Ankle Mobility

Unless you’ve ever suffered an ankle injury, you probably haven’t given much thought to how your ankles move. What you might not realize is that nearly all lower body movements — including walking, squatting and deadlifting — require ankle mobility. Furthermore, stiff ankles can contribute to pain and injury in the knees, hips and lower […]

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