Posts Tagged ‘exercise safety’

Why Your Legs Are Hurting. (Thanks a Lot, Sunshine.)

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

shinboneby Leigh Ann Otte

Sunny days bring outdoor fun, fitness kicks and weight-loss determination … along with lots of limping.

All this fun in the sun can lead to injuries. Now there’s a pessimistic way to look at exercise. So ignore what I just said—until you start hurting. Then come on back for the lowdown on what’s making your lower legs hurt. In this week’s featured article, orthopedic surgeon William J. Doherty explains three causes of lower-leg pain and how to prevent it.

One tip: Start slowly and build up gradually.

But what fun is that?


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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a freelance health writer. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

Weekend Warriors: Not So Safe, But Maybe Effective for Some?

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

How cool would it be to get all the exercise we need one day a week? Frisbee, hiking, swimming … all in one fun Saturday, and you’re done!

Bummer. Looks like doctors aren’t too keen on the idea. They’re worried about stuff like muscle recovery, and sprains and strains, as Rita Beckford, M.D., explains in this week’s brief featured article. One injury can put you out for a few weeks, she points out. Fine. Master quickie fitness plan, thrown into the junk drawer.

But then again … there is that Harvard study. It found that some people (not all) benefited from weekend warrioring. Check it out in the box by the article.

Have you tried exercising once a week? What was the result?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a freelance writer, editor and blogger.

How to warm up smarter to prevent injuries

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Everyone’s heard you should get a little loose and do some slow exercises before you start the real stuff.  But investigators in Norway went way beyond stretching and showed a significant decrease in injuries in teenage, female soccer players (pdf file)  by doing so.  They were concerned there were too many injuries in these young athletes and decided to try a rigid, 20-minute exercise program prior to practices and games, called the 11 Injury Prevention Program.


Misty May-Treanor ruptures Achilles tendon dancing with the stars. What is that?

Friday, October 10th, 2008

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by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

While practicing for the TV series Dancing with the Stars, Misty May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon.  “It felt like I was hit in the back with a baseball bat,” she said.  I’ve heard that before. Sometimes people hear a pop also.

If you play competitive weekend warrior sports you will know someone with this injury sooner or later.  But Misty May?  An elite athlete in prime condition, who tests her Achilles daily with jumps and sudden starts?  She tears it dancing?  Why?


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