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Man with Shoulder pain
Frozen Shoulder? Identify Dysfunction

Our clients work hard to develop shoulders that are aesthetically pleasing, and learning how to spot shoulder impingement and other dysfunction is an integral part of the big somatic “picture.”

Personal rubbing their shoulder and rotator cuff
Rotator Cuff Anatomy

Though your body makes it look easy, dynamic shoulder moves are the result of several muscles and tendons in the rotator cuff anatomy.

ACL tears affected by genetics
High Genetic Propensity in ACL Tears

The risk of ACL tears may be highly influenced by genetic predisposition, according to a study reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

sartorius muscle
Sizing Up the Sartorius Muscle

You may not be familiar with the sartorius muscle, but you’ve no doubt flexed it during countless lower-body exercises, stretches and yoga poses.

Muscular training benefits
Muscle: Use It or Lose It Until You Use It Again

It turns out we may be able to “bank” muscular training benefits from our younger selves to help maintain muscular strength as we age. One caveat: We must train again to reap those benefits.

Single leg cycling
Dominant Leg May Have More Endurance

New research shows that single-leg cycling drills may be a valuable way to address dominant/nondominant leg differences. University of Calgary researchers in Canada investigated aerobic performance in relation to leg dominance.

Hamstring injuries
Preventing Hamstring Injuries

Hamstring injuries are frequent and costly for professional soccer players and important for all active people to avoid. Medical professionals with the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) developed an injury prevention program that blends evidence-based methods and practical considerations. It emphasizes the need for individualized training that targets an athlete’s specific risk factors, based on ongoing screening and monitoring.

A Strong Diaphragm for a Strong Core

When you think about exercising core muscles, do you remember your diaphragm? Its two main functions involve breathing and biomechanics, and it’s one of the most important muscles for maintaining intra-abdominal pressure (Nelson 2012). Intra-abdominal pressure is like a weight belt applied from the inside. If your body can’t regulate this pressure, you may experience poor motor control and lack of spinal stability. Plus, when the diaphragm is not properly engaged, other muscles must compensate, increasing your risk of injury.

Aquatic Walking Benefits
Aquatic Walking Benefits

Water exercise is a great alternative to treadmill or outdoor walking for people who experience discomfort when training on land.

Focal Strategy for Weightlifting
Best Focal Strategy for Weightlifting

The mental aspect of strength training is often given short shrift, but now a systematic review has analyzed relevant research to determine which most benefits weightlifting performance: focusing externally on the intended weightlifting result, focusing internally on the body or having no specific focus.

Older adults building muscle mass
Building Muscle Mass at Any Age

Here’s motivating news for older adults and those who train them. New research shows that older men, even in their 80s, can build muscle mass regardless of training background.

Muscle Cramps? Find Out Why

Muscle cramps can stop athletes in their tracks. Although they usually self-extinguish within seconds or minutes, the abrupt, harsh, involuntary muscle contractions can cause mild-to-severe agony and immobility, often accompanied by knotting of the affected muscle (Minetto et al. 2013). And cramps are common; 50%–60% of healthy people suffer muscle cramps during exercise, sleep or pregnancy or after vigorous physical exertion (Giuriato et al. 2018).