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Journal EntryA strong country stays fit
Why aren't there more of us out there exercising?
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Journal EntryPounding the pavement or soft trails—which running surface is better?
Some experts think that soft-surface running is harder on the body than running on pavement.<br /><br /><br />
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Journal Entry chemical/x-hinA pain in the…shin?
Shin splits can sideline you from your regular exercise routine, but proper treatment and rest can get you back in action sooner rather than later.
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Journal Entry Troff documentMinimalist running shoes: Do they really prevent injuries?
Barefoot-style running and minimalist running shoes are growing in popularity, but some new research now shows there are risks.
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Journal EntryPatella Bands: Do they help runners?
Patella bands are knee braces often worn by runners in order to alleviate the aches of a knee injury. However, there are underlying issues that remain in determining their effectiveness.
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Journal EntryDealing with repeat injuries
The August 16 edition of the New York Times has an interesting piece on how athletes try to follow their passion for sport while at the same time coping with the frustration of repeated injuries.
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Journal EntryRunners: To strech or not to stretch?
The USA Track and Field (USATF), the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States has just released a study to determine the effect of pre-run stretching on running injuries.
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Journal EntryIs high endurance running harmful to your heart?
MedicalNewsToday.com presents an article that reports on a 2009 study from the European Journal of Echocardiography that assesses the effects of running in ultra-endurance races. <br />
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Journal EntryRunners: How to pace yourself on hills
A study published this year in Medicine &amp; Science in Sports &amp; Exercise suggests that most runners make two key mistakes: They try to run too fast uphill and don’t run fast enough downhill.
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Journal EntryAvoiding the "weekend-warrior" injury syndrome
Are you putting yourself at risk by training too hard on the weekends?
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