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What leads to muscle cramping in endurance athletes?

Research reviewed: Increased running speed & previous cramps rather than dehydration or serum sodium changes predict EAMC: study in 210 Ironman triathletes. Schwellnus et al. BJSM Muscle cramping and endurance athletes seem to go together like a horse and carriage – except in the former case, it’s not a beneficial relationship! The major question becomes …

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Expert explains Thomas Partey’s right thigh injury vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal central midfielder injured his right thigh in the 2nd half of Arsenal’s loss at Selhurst Park vs Crystal Palace. Partey immediately recognized the issue, grabbing at the quadriceps area, stopped playing, and walked off gingerly. In the days following, Partey’s thigh was assessed and a scan showed muscle damage, with the team releasing a …

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Expert explains LeBron’s left ankle injury vs the Pelicans

Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar LeBron James turned his left ankle vs the New Orleans Pelicans and even though he was able to play on – which almost assuredly rules out a fracture – was clearly limited in the 2nd half – missing his normal burst on both ends of the floor. Following the game, LeBron …

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4×4 squats: An easy & effective way to improve your distance running

Research reviewed: Maximal Strength Training Improves Running Economy in Distance Runners. Storen & Stoa. Medicine and science in sports & exercise 2008 The evidence on the benefits of strength training for long-distance runners – whether it’s for reducing injury risk or boosting performance – is becoming increasingly robust. However, the key question for distance runners …

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Why has Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu been out so long? Expert explains 3 reasons

Arsenal right back Takehiro Tomiyasu has missed the last eight games with a calf injury. The player initially had an injury to the other calf but then after playing versus Liverpool in a cup match, he aggravated the other calf as he was ramping up to come back from that other calf injury. With the …

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Explaining Trent Alexander-Arnold’s hamstring injury & timeline scenarios

Liverpool RB Trent Alexander-Arnold has a hamstring injury with the England international expected to be out “weeks” according to manager Jurgen Klopp. Timeline scenarios Trent’s timeline will come down to the severity & location of the tear. Grade 1 tears average 1-2 weeks, grade 2 tears 3-4 weeks, and grade 3 tears 6+ weeks depending …

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Explaining Steph Curry’s foot sprain injury and indefinite timeline

Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry injured his left foot vs the Boston Celtics on this play. On initial review, it didn’t look too bad because the foot wasn’t fully planted and Celtics wing Marcus Smart’s body glanced off the side of Steph’s foot rather than directly into it which may have caused significant axial …

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LeBron James said his knee is sore after every game. Should he still be playing?

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Lebron James has been dealing with knee sorenesswhich he originally missed about 10 days for and we recently had new comments from him and head coach Frank Vogel. Lebron commented that he essentially still has knee soreness the day after games and coach Vogel has said that Lebron truly still is …

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Expert Explains Florian Wirtz’s ACL injury & timeline

Dr. Raj, DPT details the Bayer Leverkusen and German national starlet’s knee injury, return timeline, and return to pre-injury levels Bayer Leverkusen & German National starlet Florian Wirtz – who has been targeted by Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich according to Fabrizio Romana – injured his left knee vs FC Koln and had to …

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Why LeBron James meditates in game & four key benefits for athletes

Dr. Raj, DPT explains the science behind meditation and athletic performance Los Angeles superstar Lebron James credits a key part of his overall success and sustained longevity to the work he puts in on his mental fitness and health. A big part of that – which he’s mentioned multiple times is the use of meditation. …

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