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My Low Back Hurts Because I Can't Breathe! May 20, 2014

Did you know that respiration (breathing) and back pain are intimately linked? News to me! A 2006 study found that "the presence of respiratory disease is a stronger predictor for lower back pain than other established risk factors." And "clinical observation supports the notion that patients...

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Pain Free Backpacking Apr 30, 2014

It has been over a decade since I've been backpacking due to injury and fear of pain. I am happy to say that my husband and I went out for a successful night last weekend to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. Backpacking can be added to my list of can do activities, Yeah!

Although my body...

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How Fit Are You? Apr 17, 2014

Can you...

 

Complete 50 abdominal crunches in one minute?

Squat 2 times your body weight?

Pain Free Athlete :: How Fit Are You

 

After reading those two sentences, are you feeling unfit right now? Well, I am! These, however, are just a few of the assessments that some people  commonly use to determine fitness level....

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Mental Excellence in the NCAA Basketball Tournament Mar 31, 2014

Pain Free Athlete :: Mental Excellence in the NCAA Basketball Tournament

 

It's now the end of March, which means basketball madness. 68 teams start the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament, and in just over three weeks, we have a champion. Clearly, the stakes are high in every game. The loser goes home in the single elimination format. These games provide a great...

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Relieve Back Pain with Foundation Training Mar 04, 2014

I continually want to provide you with tools to help you take care of your body and reduce your pain. However, that's not as easy as it sounds. In other words, I know that not every approach is going to work for everyone. So, having a variety of options is essential in healing. Here's one option....

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Keep Race Results in Perspective Feb 20, 2014

It's ski season, in some parts of the country anyway, which means Nordic ski racing for me. As I am about to embark on the biggest ski race of my career this weekend, the American Birkebeiner, it is good to remember to keep perspective. Please enjoy this piece I previously wrote on the topic.

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Love Your Body Today and Everyday Feb 14, 2014

When was the last time you showed appreciation for your body and all it does to support and move you? If you are like many, you've had a ore negative tone during recent conversations with your physical structure. Perhaps you've heard yourself expressing resentment for your pain. Or, you've...

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5 Exercises to Reduce Anterior Pelvic Tilt Jan 31, 2014

Pain Free Athlete :: 5 Exercises to Reduce Anterior Pelvic Tilt

In my last blog I described the relationship between anterior pelvic tilt, lengthened hamstrings and shortened hip flexors. Additionally, an anterior tilt can lead to excessive curvature in the spine. This is because the lower back increases its arch while the upper back rounds more to balance...

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Should you stretch a tight muscle? Jan 14, 2014

Well, that seems like a silly question with an obvious answer, right? Wrong!

When we stretch a tight muscle, we make the assumption that the muscle is tight because it is shortened and needs to be lengthened. However, this is not always the case. Actually, a muscle can also be tight because it is...

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4 Ways to Improve Your Running this Winter Dec 31, 2013

 

Pain Free Athlete :: Running Technique, Posture and Pain

 

1. First, Run in Soft Snow for Good Technique

The unstable surface of the snow does not allow you to push off for propulsion. This backward force may cause you to slip as the snow moves with your foot. Thus, you lose traction. If you don't push off from behind, you probably won't...

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Enhance Your Self-Worth in 2014! Dec 18, 2013

Do you ever feel like you're not enough? That you should be doing and giving more? I do!

Where does this come from? Why do we feel inadequate despite our achievements? Perhaps we have bought into the beliefs spread through our society in the self-sacrifice or self-esteem handbooks...

 

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Joint Pain, Taping and the Long-Term Consequences Dec 11, 2013

Pain Free Athlete :: 4 Reasons You Don't Want to Get Hurt

 

Before any athletic practice or competition, you'll often see rows of athletes lined up in the training room having their ankles, wrists or other various joints taped so they can go play. If you're like most athletes, you don't think much about it except that you need to get to practice...

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