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Eliminating sore shoulders

With simple stretching and light weightlifting you can avoid rotator cuff problems.

The shoulder is the most moveable joint in the body, so it's no wonder that it is one of the most commonly injured parts.

From rotator cuff tears to dislocation, there are a variety of shoulder injuries that people suffer on a daily basis. Some sports are more conducive to shoulder pains, such as swimming or any activity where you use a throwing motion.

Cold Therapy: Ice is nice, but other cryotherapy options abound

Simple ice. For hard-core athletes, there's nothing like it to prepare an injury for pre-game battle and to relieve swollen tissues after everyone has left the field. But that hasn't stopped more than a dozen manufacturers from trying to recreate ice or redefine how it is used. Making a better ice pack or a better way to keep cold therapy where it's needed is at least a $50 million business in the U.S. alone. No wonder there seems to be a new cold therapy product around every corner.

Mountain Biking: Test Every Facet of Fitness and Focus you've Developed in the Gym

"Mountain biking is a great way to incorporate all of your fitness into one activity," states Diana Kilby, an instructor at Spokeswomen mountain bike camp in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. "When you spend time in the gym, you work hard to develop cardio and muscle tone, and mountain biking uses every facet. Legs get used pedaling, upper body is worked out from handlebars, and the trail in front of you keeps your cardio up."

The Science of Power

Robert Forster, Physical Therapist

Power is a function of strength with the element of time added. If strength is the ability of muscle to generate force then Power is the ability to develop force quickly. In triathlon the quicker your muscles generate force and apply it to the ground, pedals, or water the faster you will go.

Aqua fat loss: the pool isn't just for swimming.

I've got a confession to make. After being faithful to my running program for the past few years, I developed the runner's version of the seven-year itch. In a word, I was bored. Like a husband who knows the contours of his wife's body all too well, I had practically memorized every crack in my local sidewalks.

Don't get me wrong. For calorie burning and overall fitness, running still rules in my book. It's allowed me to maintain a healthy weight and not feel guilty about my occasional Fatburger runs. And I'm more hooked on my daily endorphin rush than on my morning jolt of caffeine.

Injury-free at 40, 77 or 109: start now with our longevity workout and you'll be smoking the whippersnappers years down the road

"YOUR BODY'S changed since you were 20--but your workouts probably haven't," says Robert Forster, whose Santa Monica, Calif., physical-therapy office is overpopulated with maturing triathletes and gym rats. "Age-related decline hits sooner than you think."

Treating Shin Splints at the Source

I have horrible shin splints that make aerobic activities such as walking and running incredibly painful. Is there any warm-up I can do that might ease the pain?

CJ

Yoga Therapy: The Next Wave in Yoga

It started with a pop. This was the sound of Harvey LeSure’s disk rupturing, and the beginning of months of excruciating pain in his back and running down his leg.

Soon the formerly athletic LeSure, a 57-year-old social worker from Bellevue, Wash., couldn’t walk more than a hundred yards. Two surgeries and lots of painkillers later, LeSure realized that he needed to find the cause of his problem—and do something to prevent it from happening again. He found yoga therapist Robin Rothenberg, who runs The Yoga Barn in Issaquah, Wash.

The Yoga Therapist will see you now

FOR three years after a car crash left her with chronic pain, Deanna Adams searched high and low for relief. Mrs. Adams, 41, a stay-at-home mother in West Palm Beach, Fla., consulted a physical therapist, a chiropractor, two doctors (a pain specialist and a neurologist) and an acupuncturist — to no avail.

She also went to basic yoga, hoping asanas would ease the debilitating back pain, neck spasms and migraines that plagued her. After each class at LA Fitness, Mrs. Adams felt better for a few hours, but her symptoms inevitably returned.

Primed for Performance

Yes, we know it’s cold outside, and you haven’t seen the sun in weeks. The trails are slushy, the gym is overheated, and you’re carrying an extra five pounds of Thanksgiving goodies around your midsection. But fast-forward your thought processes for just a moment. It’s March or April and you’re finally hitting the trails for a long mountain bike ride. Two hours into it, you can’t stand up straight because your back has seized up and your knees are throbbing. What went wrong?