Adductor Strains

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Groin Strains If you played sports, it is likely that you have experienced an adductor groin strain. This injury is most common in sports like soccer, ice hockey, tennis, rugby, baseball, basketball, and football. A groin strain can limit your ability to perform many activities like running, kicking, cutting or changing direction, and can linger…

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Flexibility vs. Mobility: What’s the Difference?

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Chances are you’ve seen an Instagram account or two (or ten) promoting mobility challenges.  These include exercises that require motion at many joints to perform correctly. So you’re probably thinking, I can stretch for 5 minutes and then try this exercise again with a better result. By doing this, you might not see the results…

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Benefits of Unilateral Exercise

  Unilateral means “one sided”; an exercise performed on one side of the body, or with one limb. Bilateral means “both sides”; an exercise performed with both sides of the body or with both limbs. For example, a piston would be considered a unilateral exercise, where a squat would be considered a bilateral exercise. Unilateral…

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How to Challenge your Balance to Train it

How the Body’s Balance System works: Balance relies on three distinct systems to come together: your eyes for sight, your inner ear for vestibular input, and then the bottom of your feet for proprioception. Your brain takes all the sensory input from these three areas of the body, and with that information tells your muscles…

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Why is Hip Mobility so important?

Why is Hip Mobility Important? Hip mobility is essential to the proper full functioning of the hip joint. While the hip joint is meant to be more stable and less mobile than the shoulder joint, it can still be extremely limiting and even harmful if the hip joint lacks its full mobility.  There are many…

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3 Reasons Strong Glutes are Important

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What do your glutes do? There are different glutes; three to be exact: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. Together, these muscles are responsible for hip extension, internal rotation, and abduction of the hip. The glute medius and minimus work together to promote hip abduction and prevent hip adduction. These muscle come in most handy when…

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What is Contract-Relax Stretching?

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What is Contract-Relax Stretching? Contract-relax stretching is a form of PNF stretching. PNF stands for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. What does that mean? It means that it uses natural reflexes to further the stretching response. In contract-relax stretching, you must first isometrically contract the opposite muscle. Then after contracting, try to further stretch the intended target. For…

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