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Are sit-ups actually harmful?

As a preface, although your concerns about the validity of the field of chiropractic are entirely warranted, it appears that Dr. Stuart M. McGill is indeed qualified. He was a former professor at the ...
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Are squats a bad idea if you are overweight?

Well, on the scary side, squats can lead to lower-back problems, spinal compression, torn ligaments in several parts of the body, burst capillaries, blown knees, or compound fractures of the leg. On ...
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Risk of infection at the gym?

Yes, you do. Additionally it will take more than 48 hours for those injuries to repair so it's entirely possible that you'll be pulling the bar across unhealed wounds. It doesn't take much to realize ...
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After 2 years cannot do push or pull up - is it more than a strength issue?

What you should be doing is increasing the strength of the muscle groups you use during a pull-up or push-up. For instance, do lat pull-downs or inverted rows to work your back muscles to the point ...
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Does proper incline bench form require pinched shoulder blades?

We usually refrain from offering diagnoses here, for obvious reasons, but you touch on something important: Bench press prep. So I'll touch on it too. I would caution against doing the exact same ...
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Can sideways weightlifting be dangerous?

No, dumbbell side bends are not inherently dangerous or injurious, but they are usually performed with a dumbbell only in one hand (then changing hands to train the other side). If you have a dumbbell ...
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How do you relieve a cramp in an awkward part of your body?

There's (almost) always a stretch. Stretching is most effective against cramp if you can get in early before the muscle is fully cramped, but be careful getting into position. A Cossack squat as a ...
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Running injuries when competing

Do not do any self-diagnosis. Consult a musculoskeletal specialist and get yourself diagnosed. Never assume anything, as similar symptoms may be because of different reasons.If given proper attention ...
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If you suffer from a break or serious sprain, is it likely that joint will never feel exactly the same again?

Unfortunately, this is very much individually determined, but there are a few things that you can look out for. If you have persistent soreness, it may not be healed or may not be healed properly. If ...
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Squats preventing shoulder impingement healing?

I'm not a doctor and can't diagnose medical stuff, go see an actual doctor / physio, etc, etc, etc. Consider that a disclaimer, this is all my opinion. Have a look at your grip width. If you're ...
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Could not work out for 3 months due to injury.....Any suggestions?

“itis” type injuries typically result from overuse. The overuse can be caused by poor posture, bad exercise form, and, not enough rest between training the affected muscles to name a few reasons. If ...
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Gym-Killing injuries

Lower back and rotator cuff injuries are the biggest contenders when it comes to gym injuries. Lower Back Injury Can potentially be caused by one or more of the following: Lifting too ...
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Building endurance after long term injury

As someone who trains triathlon and has suffered badly from a cervical disc herniation, I suggest you stick with swimming for quite a while. The flat truth is that swimming is unique. I can run for ...
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What is the difference between static stretching vs strengthening the antagonistic muscle?

The why of stretching is very much dependent on your personal physiology and the sport you are doing. With a few exceptions, you don't really need to stretch much past normal range of motion. There is ...
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Pain on lower outside of knee after running for 20 minutes

I agree with JohnP, hard to say. But I suggest you give running a break. Try barefoot walking lunges, they can reveal if your balance/step is good. What to do: rest, roll, stretch, strengthen, see a ...
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How can I keep running and doing HIIT training with tendonitis?

To address your question directly, you should not do any running or HIIT training until your Achilles tendinitis has healed fully. And that recovery should include a tentative and gradual return to ...
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Banded facepulls vs DB rear delt flys

As far as how it relates to your tricep tendonitis, it's hard to give any specific indication for which exercise is better or worse. What I will say is that the facepull is quite different from the ...
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Should I work out my non-injured side?

IANAD, but it might be that your doctor isn't an expert when it comes to rehab (have you seen a physiotherapist?). You're on to something in the comments: But there is some people saying it would ...
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Does the body allocate a lot of resources to heal muscle strain such that you feel fatigue?

Every injury is work for your body. I recently heard a podcast with a physiotherapist and nutritionist who said that postoperative (like properly invasive procedures) you typically need about 1.5 ...
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Substitute powerlifting exercises for healing wrist injury

So if I get this straight you can perform pulling movements but not pushing movements with your hand/wrist? This will be a perfect time to focus on some bodybuilding, especially back and posterior ...
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Why do my legs hurt so bad while running?

If it is shin splints, as per your picture, the first step is to stop running for a bit and to ice the area to reduce inflammation. To be perfectly frank, the pain you're feeling is due to injury, and ...
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how can I carry on doing heavy bench presses for a long time?

Well, all I can recommend in your case is to look into Bands. Here is a link to T Nation website. I hope this can help you out. https://www.t-nation.com/training/bands-for-size-and-strength
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Can't run can't bike.. how do I maintain cardio?

Given the limitations the questioner encounters, a simple solution would be to either to hit the heavy bag for half an hour a day, or sit and perform lightweight dumbell exercises going through the ...
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Can't run can't bike.. how do I maintain cardio?

I've been sidelined with achilles tendinitis for 8 months now. I can't run or bike either; the only thing I can do is swim. Swimming has worked well for me; I highly recommend it. You won't mess up ...
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Neck strain after side plank

A 2004 article from The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, Sternocleidomastoid syndrome: A case study followed the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with your symptoms. The study ...
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Why is the wrist hurt when push up with sharp leveraged edge?

Compare the angle of your hand to your forearm when gripping a sharp edge vs gripping a bar. I think you'll find you are bending your wrist farther backward (maybe even "bottoming out" the joint) when ...
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How can I avoid hurting my wrists when using the bar while playing DDR?

One of the central fundamentals of exercise is that the best way to get good at something is to do it repeatedly in a safe manner. You've already isolated three aspects that you can work on. Building ...
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Squats: point feet forward and externally rotate hips?

Everyone's hips are slightly different. Most people turn their toes out to ensure that their knee tracks over their toes. That said, squat stances can vary massively depending on type and sport: ...
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What to do with mild elbow pain

I've had tendonitis in both elbows for about 12 years. I had 1 tendonitis surgery which helped a lot. The right surgeon makes all the difference. Shop around if you end up needing surgery. The 2nd ...
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