Athlete Nutrition Tips

When you’re an athlete, your entire life revolves around your sport: Your bedtime, how many hours of sleep you get each night, your social calendar, work schedule, the clothes you buy, and the foods you eat. It’s not just the time right before a game or event that’s important. Training is one thing that will help to ensure your success. However, just as important as the physical component; strength, and endurance, are the foods you use to fuel your body for optimum performance. But how do you know what to eat? Are there any specific tips that apply to all Read More..

Should I Use Ice or Heat for an Injury?

When you’re injured, you want the pain to stop as soon as possible. Sometimes, that means resting and taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory. Those are tried and true at-home remedies that anyone can do at a moment’s notice. But there’s also usually some contradictory information: A well-intentioned friend may recommend icing the injury, while a concerned neighbor may say that applying heat therapy would be best. Which one is it? When to Use Ice For an Injury If you’ve experienced an acute injury such as a fall, or were hit by a person or an object, or sprained a muscle, icing Read More..

Proper Hydration for Athletes

If you’re an athlete, you know that your hydration needs differ greatly from those of the average person. Routinely participating in vigorous or prolonged physical activity has many benefits (such as improved mood, more energy, better sleep, and greater overall health). However, hydration is just as important as the discipline necessary to excel in your sport of choice. Whether you’re working on perfecting that breaststroke, hitting that goal pace, or increasing your speed while riding a bike, staying hydrated is an essential element for success. The Importance of Hydration When you exercise, your body temperature increases. If not returned to Read More..

Concussions (Traumatic Brain Injury)

While no injury is ever welcome, a brain injury takes worrying about trauma to a whole new level. After all, cognitive abilities originate in the brain, as well as memories, the capacity to comprehend simple concepts, and the dexterity needed to live independently. The brain is not immune to injury, and it’s important to be armed with knowledge about concussions. While some people lose consciousness after experiencing a brain injury, others don’t even realize that their brain suffered trauma. Therefore, it’s crucial to recognize the symptoms. Doing so can help you obtain adequate treatment and prevent irreversible complications. What Is Read More..

Mononucleosis (Mono): The Kissing Disease

How much do you know about Mono? For most people, unless they work in the medical field or have experienced the illness themselves, their understanding of the condition is limited to hallway gossip from their high school days. Fortunately, the age of information has made it significantly easier for us to research facts. While this is in no way intended to serve as a stand-in for a proper medical diagnosis, below is an overview of Mononucleosis, how to recognize its symptoms, and how to properly treat it. What is Mononucleosis? Mono is short for Mononucleosis; also known as the “kissing Read More..

How To Tell If a Cut is Infected

Cuts are so common, they’re often regarded as insignificant. This tends to be the case with knee scrapes from falling off a bicycle, paper cuts, or small injuries from slicing up produce. And while some are harmless, it’s important to recognize signs that a cut has become infected. Failing to treat infected wounds can result in complications, such as skin infections, high fever, cellulitis, or sepsis, which can be life-threatening. What Causes a Cut to Become Infected? Our immune system is designed to keep us healthy by fighting off illness. However, bacteria can enter the bloodstream through an open wound. If the Read More..

Seizures

If you or someone you love has recently experienced a seizure for the first time, you are well aware of how overwhelming the episode can be. What’s going on? How can I make it stop? What’s causing this? Please make it stop! The uncertainty can feel just as awful as the incident itself. The sense of consternation and helplessness can feel crushing. What, exactly, causes seizures? Is there any way to predict the onset? Is there a treatment? Can you put a full stop to them? The best way to address any situation starts with being well-informed. While it’s imperative to Read More..

Ear Infections in Children: When to See a Doctor

Being the parent of a young child goes hand in hand with being constantly tired and constantly worried. And while certain ailments are common among children, such as ear infections, it’s still stressful trying to figure out whether you can cure it with home remedies or if it’s time to see a doctor. Below is a general overview of ear infections in children and how to know when it’s time to see a doctor. What Is an Ear Infection? Ear infections occur when there’s a bacteria overgrowth or virus behind the eardrum. The infection causes inflammation inside the ear and Read More..

Pink Eye

Having healthy eyes is something many of us take for granted. Unless one is visually impaired, they wake up, open their eyes, and go on about their day without giving their sight a second thought. Yet, as soon as there’s a visual disturbance or a change to the eye’s appearance, worry creeps in. Why do your eyes look pink? Why are they so itchy? And how can you get them back to their healthy state? One common eye condition that causes irritation is conjunctivitis (more commonly known as “pink eye”). What is Pink Eye? Conjunctivitis refers to inflammation of the Read More..

Types of Fractures

If you’ve ever fractured a bone, you fully understand how miserable the experience can be. In some cases, you even hear the bone when it cracks, which is both shocking and disconcerting. Then the shooting pain sets in and the inability to move the injured body part. Other times, the injury progresses gradually, and you don’t even realize that there’s a problem until you feel the pain of the fracture. Regardless of which experience you identify with, fractures can leave one feeling frustrated: about the pain, the inability to do simple tasks independently, and the interruption of job, sports, and Read More..