The world has progressed from the days when you were told to just touch your toes a few times to warm up for activity. New methodologies recognize that the human body has limitations, but those limits can always be pushed. Just one look at the modern NFL player will demonstrate what peak performance entails. In the 1980s, a big offensive lineman weighed around 280 pounds — first-ballot Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz was a whopping 276 pounds. Fast-forward to today, and 320-pound Dallas Cowboys player Tyron Smith, who runs a 40-yard dash in under five seconds, is the new standard. The caveat to striving to be bigger, faster, and stronger is that while you can push the limitations of your body, it doesn’t mean you should. If you’re trying to set a new personal record while running, weightlifting, cross-training, or performing any other kind of physical activity, then proper injury prevention is a must. THE BEST TREATMENT FOR INJURIES IS TO PREVENT THEM FROM HAPPENING
routine will promote blood flow and help elongate muscles, limiting the probability of strains.
Just as warming up is common knowledge, so is cooling down. The difference is that most people will ignore a cool-down thinking it’s not as important. In actuality, it’s just as crucial, if not more so. Lactic acid buildup results in more than just soreness because it compromises your strength. The weaker your muscles are the less effective they will be, which can lead to extra strain on joints and tendons. Over time, this tension can cause severe issues that may even require surgery. The majority of injuries stem from overuse. Dedicating time to a routine that combats the degeneration of tissues and joints will help limit trauma and promote longevity. Take time out of your workout schedule to focus on prevention and recovery. These days should consist of light stretching, yoga, or foam rolling and should not include any activity. While we treat injuries every day, our primary focus is on your overall health. If you have questions regarding the best prevention routine for your lifestyle, reach out to us today. Our team will create a plan specifically designed to help you get the most out of your body while keeping you free of injury. RECOVERY
We all know that a warmup is necessary, but many people go about it the wrong way. Engaging in static stretching to prime your muscles for strenuous activity is an outdated practice. A proper active-stretching
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SPICY, CREAMY SWEET POTATOES
Inspired by The New York Times
5 pounds sweet potatoes
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup canned coconut milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1. Heat oven to 375 F. On a large sheet pan, bake potatoes until very soft, approximately 75 minutes. 2. Let potatoes cool until they are safe to handle, then peel and mash. 3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine coconut milk and curry paste. Once mixed, add the mixture, salt, half the sugar, and half the butter to potatoes. 4. 30 minutes before serving, heat oven to 425 F. Spread potatoes in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. 5. Uncover potatoes and dot with remaining butter and sugar. Broil until brown, crusty, and delicious. Serve hot.
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