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Why do some actions benefit us and others injure us in the long term?

The nature of those two movements is different. The lorry driver performs continous, non-changing movements which wear out the cartilage of the joints and the tendons and ligaments. Every movement ...
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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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Workout Suggestions for a 260lbs person that wont cause serious injury on the joints

Recommendations With Little Impact on Joints Biking: If you have access to a stationary bike or you have an actual bike, this is a good exercise for you. There isn't a lot of stress on the joints ...
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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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Scapular contraction: should I always do it?

The bottom line is you want your shoulder in a neutral position. That doesn't necessarily mean full scapular retraction, but it's a cue that helps a lot of people. Considering your level of ...
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Fingers for intensive sports requiring hands a lot? Recoving from ulnar claw?

First of all, if your fingers are constantly under stress and they are not recovering properly, this can lead to nerve damage in the wrist and elbow which is known as a repetitive stress injury. Much ...
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Injured bicep, will it now be susceptible to future injury?

Muscle strains can be tricky to heal, mostly because people won't take the proper amount of time to let them heal properly. Given a full healing cycle, then you shouldn't have any more risk of ...
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Train for triathlon without moving arm

Not much you can do. If you are restricted enough that you can't run, and can't even lean on the bars (Much less get into aero position), its going to be just trying to keep in the best shape you can. ...
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Dealing with a bulging disc in lower back

I herniated a disc ten years ago and it changed my life. In the long run for the better. I was 6'4 250 lbs with a bodyfat percentage well north of 20%. I was not healthy. I was playing a lot of ...
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How can you build tolerance to neck muscle strains?

My susceptibility to neck strains decreased significantly after I started focusing on overhead mobility. For me that meant overhead presses, overhead squats, one-arm overhead pressing while in a ...
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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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Training with Shoulder Injury

Bodybuilder with rotator cuff tear here. I have a shoulder injury as well in my rotator cuff although I'm very curious about yours because most tears heal. Either way, I'd suggest seeing a few ...
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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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How to run with hemorrhoids?

A few thoughts... Dehydration is a common trigger, and it's easy for that to happen if you work out for long periods. Milk of magnesia is your friend. It works by changing the osmotic balance of your ...
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I don't have time to go to the gym

I would look into pilates. There are a lot of great free work outs on youtube that would be helpful for you with an injured knee. you could try POPpilates, she has a lot of free work outs on youtube. ...
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Do NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, etc.) actually speed up healing or do they just mask pain?

Ref foam rollers.They don't work for me! Here is my story. I am 74 in a very good shape, I exercise regularly and I practice moderately a number of sports, including bicycling, kayaking and ...
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Dealing with a bulging disc in lower back

Granted, this is somewhat opinion based, but, I can relate to your situation, although, in a slightly more serious vein. I was a competitive bodybuilder for many years. Initially, I was diagnosed ...
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Dealing with a bulging disc in lower back

I injured my low back and groin while deadlifting as a young man. Had an MRI, inconclusive about the degree of herniation (hence it must be slight), but apparently there was damage to the casing of ...
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Effects of strength training on how fast injuries heal

The best I could find was a 2005 study which focused on older adults. They haven't identified the actual components causing the associations, but the relationship is there: Thus, the data are ...
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Toenail removed - realistically, how long before I can start running again?

It's pretty subjective, as it's going to be according to your own healing rate. However, the reason that they have not really caused any pain before, is that while they are turning black and falling ...
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What do people mean by injuries that occur when you are lifting weights?

I would have to see the videos in question, but I suspect that most of the time they are talking about stretching to increase the range of motion. For the vast majority of the general public, this isn'...
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What do people mean by injuries that occur when you are lifting weights?

"Injury" in the context of weightlifting typically refers to repetitive strain injuries. Lifting heavy weights is meant to stress the muscles, but too much stress (high weight or not enough recovery) ...
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Can shoes mask injuries or weaknesses?

I am a veteran runner (and I have also suffered ITBS when I began to run). Even worse, I have what's called "Morton's Toe" so that I am not even supposed to be running according to orthopaedics and ...
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How can I train for a marathon with a damaged toe?

“CrossFit Endurance coach and 100-mile trail run fanatic, Brian MacKenzie of Costa Mesa, California, scrawled a simple looking workout set on a whiteboard in his home gym, then spent five minutes ...
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straps and exercising with callus

My personal philosophy for using straps is to use them when I don't want my grip strength to limit the effect an exercise will have on a muscle group I'm trying to work. If I'm doing Romanian ...
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