Tagged: muscles

How long should I stay off it and will a post-exercise ice bath help me recover more quickly after an injury?

Not surprisingly, contact sports like hockey and rugby cause the most injuries among adolescent boys (soccer and basketball lead the way for adolescent girls).

But non-contact sports are capable of producing overuse conditions like tennis elbow and runner’s knee. By some estimates, in fact, a staggering 70 percent of recreational runners get an injury in any given year. With that in mind, it’s important to understand that occasional injuries are an inescapable part of exercise—but with the right care, you can make a rapid return to full strength.

Will running on hard surfaces increase my risk of injuries?

The conventional wisdom is deeply entrenched: constant pounding on hard surfaces will beat up your legs and lead to injury. But proving this has turned out to be remarkably tricky—in fact, a growing number of studies suggest that, despite our intuition, we’re able to automatically adjust our running stride so that hard and soft surfaces administer roughly the same shock to the body. Instead, researchers suspect that the crucial difference between running surfaces may be how smooth or uneven they are.

How long and hard should my cardio workout feel?

For aerobic exercise, you can divide efforts into three basic zones on the basis of how your body reacts. The easiest is the aerobic zone, where your heart and lungs are able to deliver enough oxygen to your muscles to keep them functioning. In contrast, the hardest, or anaerobic, zone is where your muscles can’t get enough oxygen