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Cross Training: Weights, Cardio and Anxiety

Cross Training: Weights, Cardio and Anxiety

State anxiety responses to 60 minutes of cross training. Hale BS, Koch KR, Raglin JS. Br J Sports Med. 2002 Apr;36(2):105-7. [free full text] Abstract OBJECTIVES: Significant reductions in state anxiety following bouts of aerobic exercise have been consistently noted, whereas...

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Chad Reilly July 20, 2015 No Comments

Sprints Better than Plyometrics in Every Way

Sprints Better than Plyometrics in Every Way

Effects of sprint and plyometric training on muscle function and athletic performance. Markovic G, Jukic I, Milanovic D, Metikos J Strength Cond Res. 2007 May;21(2):543-9. Abstract The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of sprint training on...

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Chad Reilly April 19, 2015 2 Comments

Eat Less for More Muscle?

Eat Less for More Muscle?

Always looking for something for nothing, this might be the ultimate. When I was a competitive bodybuilder and weightlifter I was always force feeding myself to gain weight and compete in higher weight classes, and as fun as that sounds...

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Chad Reilly April 17, 2015 No Comments

Runners with Patellofemoral Pain, Have Altered Hip and Knee Rotational Stress

Runners with Patellofemoral Pain, Have Altered Hip and Knee Rotational Stress

Patellofemoral joint stress during running in females with and without patellofemoral pain. Knee. 2012 Oct;19(5):703-8. Wirtz AD1, Willson JD, Kernozek TW, Hong DA. Abstract Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is a common complaint among female runners. The etiology for PFP is frequently...

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Chad Reilly September 9, 2014 No Comments

Running Volume Increase Effects on Injury

Running Volume Increase Effects on Injury

Can GPS be used to detect deleterious progression in training volume among runners? J Strength Cond Res. 2013 Jun;27(6):1471-8. Nielsen RO1, Cederholm P, Buist I, Sørensen H, Lind M, Rasmussen S. Abstract There is a need to ascertain if an...

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Chad Reilly August 25, 2014 No Comments

Marathon Runners, Running >30 Km/Wk Decreases Risk of Injury

Marathon Runners, Running >30 Km/Wk Decreases Risk of Injury

Weekly running volume and risk of running-related injuries among marathon runners. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2013 Apr;8(2):111-20. Rasmussen CH, Nielsen RO, Juul MS, Rasmussen S. Abstract PURPOSEBACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate if the risk...

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Chad Reilly August 22, 2014 No Comments

Runners with Plantar Fasciitis Have Weak, Tight Calf Muscles

Runners with Plantar Fasciitis Have Weak, Tight Calf Muscles

Functional biomechanical deficits in running athletes with plantar fasciitis. Am J Sports Med. 1991 Jan-Feb;19(1):66-71. Kibler WB1, Goldberg C, Chandler TJ. Abstract Plantar fasciitis is a relatively common injury that occurs in running athletes. The disease entity is a good...

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Chad Reilly August 14, 2014 No Comments

Electric Muscle Stimulation for Athletes

Electric Muscle Stimulation for Athletes

Electromyostimulation--a systematic review of the effects of different electromyostimulation methods on selected strength parameters in trained and elite athletes. J Strength Cond Res. 2012 Sep;26(9):2600-14. Filipovic A1, Kleinöder H, Dörmann U, Mester J. Abstract This is the first part of...

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Chad Reilly August 7, 2014 2 Comments

Post Total Knee Replacement; If You Can Walk Fast for 6 Minutes, You Can Walk Fast for 30.

Post Total Knee Replacement; If You Can Walk Fast for 6 Minutes, You Can Walk Fast for 30.

The six-minute walk test is an excellent predictor of functional ambulation after total knee arthroplasty. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2013 Apr 24;14:145. Ko V, Naylor JM, Harris IA, Crosbie J, Yeo AE. Abstract BACKGROUND: The Six-minute walk (6 MW) and Timed-Up-and-Go...

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Chad Reilly May 22, 2014 1 Comment

Electric Muscle Stimulation for Strength, How to Make It Work.

Electric Muscle Stimulation for Strength, How to Make It Work.

”Electromyostimulation--a systematic review of the influence of training regimens and stimulation parameters on effectiveness in electromyostimulation training of selected strength parameters. J Strength Cond Res. 2011 Nov;25(11):3218-38. ” Since I plan to discuss a number of studies on electric stimulation,...

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Chad Reilly April 21, 2014 35 Comments

EMS Decreases Back Pain, Increases Core Strength, Endurance

EMS Decreases Back Pain, Increases Core Strength, Endurance

“Effects of electrical stimulation program on trunk muscle strength, functional capacity, quality of life, and depression in the patients with low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Rheumatol Int. 2009 Jun;29(8):947-54.” Right now this is my favorite electric muscle stimulation...

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Chad Reilly April 16, 2014 21 Comments

Low Back Pain. Free Weights Good, Weight Machines and Stretching Bad — It’s Science.

Low Back Pain. Free Weights Good, Weight Machines and Stretching Bad — It’s Science.

Are flexibility and muscle-strengthening activities associated with a higher risk of developing low back pain? J Sci Med Sport. 2013 Aug 8 The researchers followed 4610 adults and compared their exercise program and incidence of low back pain over an...

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Chad Reilly April 9, 2014 2 Comments