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Nutrition & Hydration for Child Athletes

While swimming lessons, practice runs and a new pair of shoes are great ways to help young athletes prepare for a race, perhaps one of the best ways we can help our children get ready for any big athletic event is through nutrition and hydration. As adults, we hear the words “exercise nutrition” and immediately [...]

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Protein: Find a Balance

Most people who exercise have a pretty good idea that protein is a key ingredient in getting stronger and recovering from a workout.  Research shows that 20 to 30 grams of protein consumed within 30 minutes of a workout is optimal for muscle recovery and growth. New research from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) [...]

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Getting Your Children to Love Racing

The Ripon Medical Center Kids’ Aquathon staff’s goal is get children excited about physical activity, not only on race day, but hopefully as a lifelong habit. As parents of racers, there is a lot we can do to help young, new racers develop a passion for racing. Here are a few tips to get your [...]

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Low back pain: causes, treatment, and prevention

Written by: Jason Przybylo, MD If you’ve ever groaned, “Oh, my aching back!,” you’re not alone. Back pain is one of the most common medical concerns, affecting eight out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain [...]

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How much sleep do you need versus what you actually get?

Amy Bohl, LAT, at Agnesian HealthCare Bone & Joint Health How many of us wake up tired each morning? Most of us probably think about going to bed earlier or look forward to the weekend when we can “catch up” on sleep. Unfortunately, lost sleep over several days or a week cannot be made up [...]

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How to prepare for cold water swims

As the triathlon season is starting to kick off in many parts of the country, the thoughts of getting into the open water start to enter the minds of many. There are many questions that should be going through your head, which include: Does my wetsuit still fit? What kind of swim cap will I [...]

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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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