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Do Compression Socks Help Runners?

Do Compression Socks Help Runners?

From world-class sprinters to neighborhood joggers, knee-high compression socks have become commonplace in the running world over the past few years. Available in a wide array of colors and compression levels, manufacturers have created socks to...
7/24/2018 | Do Compression Socks Help Runners?

How to Strengthen Your Core

How to Strengthen Your Core

A strong core can enhance athletic performance and prevent injury, but you don’t need to do dozens of crunches or hold a two-minute plank to get there. “Core stability is basically the ability to maintain postures in positions with m...
7/24/2018 | How to Strengthen Your Core

Preventing and Treating ACL Injuries

Preventing and Treating ACL Injuries

It can happen in an instant: you land the wrong way on the soccer field or even while stepping off the curb, and — pop! — the ligament inside your knee tears. An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL as it’s more commonly...
6/21/2018 | Preventing and Treating ACL Injuries

Stress Fractures and the Nutrition Connection

Stress Fractures and the Nutrition Connection

Chances are if you’re an athlete, you may have already experienced a stress fracture – possibly in your shin or lower leg. Some research suggests 40 percent of athletes have experienced at least one in their life. So what causes them, and...
4/24/2018 | Stress Fractures and the Nutrition Connection

The Rules of Recovery Drinks

The Rules of Recovery Drinks

The recovery drink. It’s one of those things that we’re always told to use, but never too clear on the rules. What should I put in it? When should I take it? And for that matter, what is it? “The recovery drink is generally con...
10/11/2017 | The Rules of Recovery Drinks

The Benefits of a Bike Fit

The Benefits of a Bike Fit

Quality bikes cost hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars. That type of investment should result in a comfortable, even enjoyable, ride. But many bikers encounter aching joints just a few miles down the road.“Many people assume that pain w...
4/24/2017 | The Benefits of a Bike Fit

Getting a Good Workout at Home

Getting a Good Workout at Home

Think you need to join a gym to get a good workout? UW Health Sports Performance specialist Alison Regal disagrees. Regal, who works with athletes of all ages and abilities in the state-of-the-art Performance Center that houses her program, says...
1/18/2017 | Getting a Good Workout at Home

How Should I Eat While Recovering from My Sports Injury?

How Should I Eat While Recovering from My Sports Injury?

UW Health Sports Performance nutritionist Sean Casey understands a temptation common to injured athletes. Accustomed to rigorous activity that burns many hundreds of calories daily, athletes hobbled by a broken ankle or strained knee ligament ma...
11/15/2016 | How Should I Eat While Recovering from My Sports Injury?

Top 5 Sports Nutrition Myths

Top 5 Sports Nutrition Myths

Have you ever found yourself wondering if there was any truth to sports nutrition claims you hear thrown around from time to time? For instance, can chocolate really boost physical performance? Does one really need to ‘carb up’ the night ...
8/17/2016 | Top 5 Sports Nutrition Myths

Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes

Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes

Sports Medicine doctors and researchers don't know why women who compete in sports like basketball and soccer are more likely than their male counterparts to suffer anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. But they know they can do something a...
4/22/2016 | Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes

Should Athletes Take Supplements?

Should Athletes Take Supplements?

Pick up a fitness magazine or read a blog and you’ll likely find a discussion about supplements. Whether it's to enhance your performance or to maintain your health, if you listened to all of the advice, you could end up with a small pharmacy. ...
2/09/2016 | Should Athletes Take Supplements?

Core Workouts for Winter Sports

Core Workouts for Winter Sports

While winter sports enthusiasts keep their equipment in shape - waxing skis and sharpening skates - they can also ensure their bodies are able to meet the demands of the slopes and ice by working on their core strength. "The core is your hips, b...
1/05/2016 | Core Workouts for Winter Sports

Distance Runners: Time to Hit the Weight Room

Distance Runners: Time to Hit the Weight Room

Madison, Wisconsin – Want to set your personal record in the marathon or perform better in your next 10K? Better hit the weight room. That may seem counterintuitive. Lifting weights increases bulk, and bulk slows distance runners down...
11/13/2015 | Distance Runners: Time to Hit the Weight Room

What to Eat When You're a Vegetarian or Vegan Athlete

What to Eat When You

Madison, Wisconsin - Reading through any number of headlines lately, and it seems like the vegetarian lifestyle may be the way to go for our long term health. But, for athletes whose sports put a lot of demand on their bodies, is a vegetarian di...
11/04/2015 | What to Eat When You're a Vegetarian or Vegan Athlete

First Things First: Help Children Become Athletes First, Players Later

First Things First: Help Children Become Athletes First, Players Later

Madison, Wisconsin – Does your son dream of playing for the University of Wisconsin football team or being the next Aaron Rodgers? Or perhaps your daughter watched the U.S. national team win the Women's World Cup over the summer and wants ...
10/13/2015 | First Things First: Help Children Become Athletes First, Players Later

 

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