The majority of running related knee pain at COR is lateral knee pain. Often the pain is non-painful throughout the day, but painful after 10 – 20 minutes of running. This knee pain could be a wide range of problems, but is likely iliotibial band syndrome. Iliotibial band syndrome is the second most common running injury. It…

Happiness is nonsense. Is anyone happy? If so, how do you measure it? What does it mean? A few years back, I listened to the Adam Carolla podcast and he brought up the nonsensical use and goal of the term happiness. He discussed how many say they want to be happy or they want to…

Foot function has long been considered to predispose individuals to musculoskeletal injury.  Specifically, foot pronation (flat feet) has been associated with conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Patellar tendonitis, and Achilles tendinopathy. Away from the ankle, foot pronation may also play a role in the of medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints) and patellofemoral pain syndrome. Anatomy of…

Patellar tendinopathy (PT; also known as jumper’s knee) is a painful, chronic, activity-related overuse injury of the patellar tendon. Most people know and call patellar tendinopathy, patellar tendonitis, but there is a difference, which shows itself in the suffic. -itis: forming names of inflammatory diseases (Dictionary.com). -pathy: denoting disorder in a particular part of the body (Dictionary.com)….

Fostering youth athletes can be difficult for anyone. With technology, hormone changes, growth spurts, and coordination changes, there are a lot of moving parts to control for maximizing improvement. Therefore, it is essential to keep the goal of the athlete in mind, as well as the long-term athletic development (LTAD). Too often athletes of this…

High blood pressure (hypertension) is extremely common in developed countries. Many feel eating less and exercising is the main prescription for improving blood pressure. While nutrition and lifestyle changes play a large role for improving blood pressure, many diets exists. In the OmniHeart study, a randomized cross-over trial among 164 US adults with untreated (pre)hypertension, a…

At COR, we work with a lot of aquatic athletes. Most of these athletes are swimmers, but they aren’t the only unique aquatic animals. Water polo athletes are other unique beasts, in all honesty more complicated than swimmers. Unlike swimmers, water polo players not only swim, but use many other motions. Eggbeater kick, counterattacks, kicking (each…

Many ask me how I managed academics and college swimming training. I often reply, many college athletes don’t flunk out of school during the sports season, but during the off-season. A tight schedule helps many stay on task and focused, but are intensive studies helpful for an athlete? One study had trained thirty-five soldiers three…

With more than 1/3 of American adults having one form of cardiovascular disease with Americans spending ~312.9 billion dollars annually on cardiovascular disease.  This price makes it clear why diet and nutrition are such a debated subject. In fact, many people hop from one diet to the next more often than they shower…well maybe it…

With every athlete I work with hear the same concern: “If I add muscle will I lose flexibility?” Often I reply with a stern long winded answer, about different types of muscle contractions, but most would prefer a simple “No”. For those who want a more detailed answer, this recent study is for you! Despite popular…