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Knee health: with Dr. Ed Race

Strong, stable knees are important in sports and every day life.  Check out this quick video to learn about common issues and self-assessment.  In our next videos, we’ll be covering some more exercises to strengthen the supporting muscles around the knee joint.  Since it’s winter, we’ll also talk about how some of these knee injuries relate to snow sports like skiing and snowboarding.   Read More

Lower Body Structural Balance: A Thumbnail Sketch

Poor structural balance in the lower body is the cause of many injuries.  It can also hold you back from training harder/heavier.  You could write a whole book about the subject, but let’s stick with the basics.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, Structural Balance, a balanced body starts with intelligent training.  Develop good posture, a strong core, flexibility in and around your joints, and the strength to support it all.  Then, add in a few accessory exercises to correct any imbalances that might creep in. Pay special attention to…

* Core Strength

* Hamstring flexibility

* Hip mobility

* Proper ratio of hamstring/quadriceps strength

*Proper ratio of adductor/abductor strength

* Ankle mobility (including calf and achilles flexibility)

Structural Balance

Structural balance in the human body, if perfectly developed, would allow all of your muscles to be proportionately developed.  You’d have the perfect amount of flexibility.  Your joints would move smoothly through a full range of motion.

Too bad we don’t live in a perfect world.  The truth is that the stresses of daily life, our jobs, and sports cause imbalances in almost everyone.  You’re a little tight here or a little weak there.  You slouch in your chair at work or in the car.  Maybe your hands hurt from typing all day, or maybe it’s your shoulder from doing bench press.

The good news is that you can train to fix those problems.

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