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5 Fast Tips for a Faster Track Block Start

December is upon us, which means track and field is right around the corner! December through February is the optimal time frame to start gearing up and getting ready to hit the track again. These tips can help an athlete get the most out of his or her block starts this year. Read More »

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Preventing a Season of Shin Splints

Your star runner on the track team is losing her speed. Once unintimidated by races and long runs, she now struggles to jog a simple mile. She may be enduring a shin splint.
What are shin splints?
Shin splints are a common lower leg injury for runners. Read More »

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Run Faster, Jump Higher: Training for the Upcoming Track Season

Train the Proper Energy System
Many people assume that whether an individual athlete hurdles, jumps, sprints, throws or runs endurance events, all athletes should have an “aerobic base” as the foundation for a season’s worth of  strong showings. While this approach may hold true for distance runners, sports scientists report that using a “long, slow” distance training approach for sprinters and jumpers holds little value. Read More »

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Summer Biking Safety

It is that time of year again when families and children are engaging in outdoor activities, including bicycling, one of my favorite sports. If you haven’t taken your bike out from winter storage, it is time to do so. Check the tires, brakes and lights and do not forget your helmet. Read More »

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Get Your Head in the Game — Understanding Concussions, Part 2

Symptoms of Concussions – It’s Not Just a Headache
Since we’re on the subject of concussions, it would be good to start with the signs and symptoms you might notice if your child suffers a concussion. Headache is one of the most common symptoms, and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and sound. Read More »

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Heads Up: Understanding Concussions, Part 1

It’s starting to feel a bit like fall – cooler mornings and a bit of that ‘snap’ in the air that makes autumn my favorite time of year. Fall also means it’s time for the football season to start again. But what comes with all that gridiron excitement? Read More »

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