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Nutrition, Exercise/Training

Crossfit Coach/Nutrition Expert Breaks Down What You Need to Eat for Optimal Performance

Posted on May 27, 2018 by Body Helix

Recently, we had the pleasure of sitting down with one of Charlotte’s premier Crossfit coaches and nutrition experts, Jessica Pinkerton. Pinkerton has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and biology and a master’s degree in health promotion and health education. She is Precision Nutrition Certified and works one-on-one with athletes and nutrition clients. She is co-owner and coach at one of Charlotte’s largest Crossfit gyms, Crossfit Vitality. Pinkerton discusses the benefits of a whole foods diet for athletes of all types. She discusses, in detail, how food choices not only affect how our bodies look, but more importantly, how our bodies feel and perform. [...]

Injury Management, Ankle/Foot

High Top Ankle Helix

Posted on May 04, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

Movement is complex, to say the least. Sensory input and output must happen in order to create movement in our bodies. Our brains have the incredible capacity to manage this complex information and coordinate our movement. Any factors that adversely affect this sensory input and output can interfere with accurate mechanics, balance, and body control.  [...]

Injury Management

WHY COMPRESSION WORKS

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

Compression as a method of injury management has been around since the days of RICE (Rest Ice Compress Elevate).  Compression has been proven time and time again to help reduce swelling and inflammation, as well as increase blood flow to the injured tissues, tendons, and/or muscles.   Below, we've listed some of the most notable benefits to using compression:  [...]

Injury Management

Interview with Athlete on Compression for Sports Injuries

Posted on March 18, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

Tennis player Lawrence Fuller recently sat down with Tom Parker, MD to discuss his experience with Body Helix compression wraps.  While our products help those recover from a wide range of sports injuries, Lawrence uses Body Helix compression wraps to recover from wrist and thigh injuries. The wraps provide support and warmth prior, during, and after his tennis game, reduce pain, and prevent future injuries. Discover why Lawrence choses Body Helix wraps for compression treatment, injury management, and why he "can’t play tennis without it.” [...]

Knee, Hip, Back

Golf Series: Part Two - Back, Hip and Knee Injuries

Posted on March 16, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

According to statisticbrain.com, there are 29,000,000 golfers in the United States.  Over nine percent of the U.S. population plays golf. With numbers this high, it is of little surprise that we often get asked about compression gear for golfers and their injuries.  We recently published our first post in this two-part series: Golf Injury Series Part One: Elbow, Wrist, and Shoulder Injuries.  Today, we complete the series by diving deeper into back, hip, and knee injuries that are all to familiar to golfers of every level.    [...]

Injuries aren’t  fun. Just ask Andy.

Posted on March 12, 2018 by Peter Fryer

We are happy to have guest blogger Peter Fryer on the Body Helix blog today. Fryer is a longtime friend of Body Helix and author of lovetennisblog.com.  Read on to learn about his recent struggles with an injury and how he is working towards getting back to 100%.   [...]

Wrist, Shoulder, Elbow

Golf Series: Part One - Elbow, Wrist, and Shoulder Injuries

Posted on February 22, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

Golf is an “explosive sport”, a term used to describe the rapid development of force or power.  The golf stroke includes the rapid acceleration of the club head toward the ball, a complex process that includes use of the lower extremities, hips, trunk, shoulders, elbow and wrist. If you participate in an explosive activity, you are at risk incur injuries, as tissues are stretched beyond their elastic limits.  Golf can also be seen as an endurance sport when one considers the repetition golfers perform as they work to perfect their strokes.  In turn, this repetition causes overuse injuries.  In this two-part blog series, we will identify common golf injuries, treatments, and prevention methods that will help keep you pain free on the course.  [...]

Take Your Workout to the Wall

Posted on February 15, 2018 by Kellie Davis

We've partnered up our friends at Health Perch to bring you some new exercises to spice up your workout.  Whether you’re short on space, time, or budget, getting creative with your workout routines can lead you straight into a wall—literally. Find a cozy corner at home or at the gym and hit up these great wall-friendly moves for a solid, full-body workout. [...]

Cross-Train to Become a Better Athlete

Posted on February 02, 2018 by Lizl Kotz

Guest blogger, Lizl Kotz, of Lizl Kotz Performance shares some great insight into why you should try various sports and activities to help you stay injury free and avoid burnout in your typical sport of choice.  [...]

Knee, Youth

COMMON CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN IN CHILDREN AND ADOLSCENTS

Posted on January 23, 2018 by Erin Boynton, M.D.

Kids going through a rapid growth spurt are vulnerable to anterior knee pain. This is pain that occurs at the front of the knee and is often due to tendinitis, overload of the knee cap or stress of the growth plate where the patellar tendon inserts (often referred to as Osgood-Schlatter disease). This is often characterized by a painful bump just below the knee that is worse with activity and better with rest. Osgood-Schlatter disease most often occurs in adolescents during growth spurts, when bones, muscles, tendons, and other structures are changing rapidly. Because physical activity puts additional stress on bones and muscles, children who participate in athletics — especially running and jumping sports - are at an increased risk for this condition. However, less active adolescents may also experience this problem. [...]