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Exercise for fun, or for training, or both. Exercise wisely, in ways that help you in sports or your daily life. But donâ€™t do exercises that are useless, or potentially injury-generating. Here are a few doozies that should not be on your list:
The ACL is the key stabilizer of the knee and is torn 300,000 times a year in the U.S. alone. The treatment of these torn ligaments has evolved in some ways, but not so much in others. Here is what we know today.
â€śStretch, stretch more, do yoga, do Pilates,â€ť our trainers encourage us in a never-ending litany. Our stiffness is hurting our backs, our knees, and our performance. But what about the too flexible athletes? Not the contortionists; Iâ€™m talking about the loosey-goosey amongst us. Are they better off than we are, with our minor stiffnesses?
Top skier breaks her leg. Doctor fixes it, gives her narcotics, and sends her home. Sheâ€™s told to come back in two weeks for a checkup and have the rod taken out in a year. Doctor moves on to the next patient. What is wrong with this picture?
Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-freeâ€¦all these variations of diets originally designed to address irritable bowels are explodingâ€”apparently, because peopleâ€™s bowels are now explosive. Celiac, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and their relatives are being diagnosed more frequently than ever. As a society, Americans are becoming both more mindful and more stressed. Could these be linked through the gut?
â€śI was told I was never going to ski again. And I came back. I did two ski films. Some of my best ski film work. I signed with VĂ¶lkl International and have had the best three years of my professional skiing career.â€ť