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Why do we worry so much about body image?

Body-image is how we think, feel, and react to our own perceived physical appearances to the outer world.  Body-image develops over time based on culture, media, family, peers, others, and our own mental thoughts.  Body image is not permanent; it is always changing and is a process we can work on and adjust over lifetime. [...]

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Waterlogged: how much water is too much when exercising?

Written by: Joel Mason, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS at Agnesian Bone & Joint Health Conventional wisdom for running or participating in other endurance events, such as biking, is that the body needs at least 40 ounces of fluid every hour or your performance could suffer. When I ran my first marathon and even my first [...]

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What to expect following a total knee replacement

Written by: Gina Breit, PT with Agnesian Bone & Joint Health Your physician has told you that you would benefit from a getting your knee replaced and you have decided that it is finally time – now what? You have likely heard horror stories about the pain and rehab following a knee replacement and are [...]

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Is my injury severe?

Did you recently injure a part of your body? Were you helping someone move and “throw out” your back? Playing a pick-up basketball game and roll your ankle? Throw a ball and feel a pop in your shoulder? Hit your head and still have a headache three days later? Ask yourself a few questions: 1)      [...]

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Eight reasons women should lift weights

Many women fear “getting big” from lifting weights and just stick with cardio.   However, women do not have the testosterone levels that males do, making it virtually impossible to put on huge quantities of muscle.  Large increases in muscle mass are due to: Lifting heavy weights with minimal repetitions (for example, bench press 100# 3 [...]

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Biking around Fond du Lac

There’s a lot of fear out there that Spring will never come and Walleye Weekend will be an ice fishing tournament.  Hmmm, would be interesting I guess but won’t happen so wipe that thought from your mind.  Spring is coming and with it some exciting news!  New bike paths and bike lanes in roads have [...]

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Creatine: Before or After Workout

Are you wanting to increase your lean body mass or increase your strength for an upcoming sport season?  According a to recent study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (www.jissn.com/content/10/1/36 ), using creatine after a workout has a greater effect on strength and lean body mass in bodybuilders who used creatine [...]

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March is National Athletic Training Month

By Alicia Belant, LAT By definition, athletic trainers are allied healthcare professionals that collaborate with physicians and other healthcare providers to optimize the physical activity and participation of patients across all age groups. Athletic trainers specialize in musculoskeletal injuries and have extensive training in prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency medical issues, as well as [...]

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Ice vs. Heat

There seems to be a lot of confusion lately about whether to ice or heat an injury. Years ago, medical professionals often recommended to apply ice for 24 hours and then to start using heat for the following 48 hours. There are many instances where this is no longer the case, and quite frankly, bad [...]

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Oh my aching shoulders!

By Gina Breit, PT with Agnesian HealthCare Sports, Spine & Work Center With winter comes the task of shoveling. Frequently many of us suffer from aches and pains associated with the awkward postures we get into when shoveling. Many common aches and pains seen in the clinic as the result of shoveling include back pain [...]

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