Raking Leaves the Safe Way

Ahhh fall, the greatest season of them all. There is so much to love about fall: sweater/sweatshirt season, the cool, crisp air, the pumpkin patch and corn maze, apple cider, football, and even those beautiful leaves piling up on your lawn.

Raking leaves gives you the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air, while getting in a workout at the same time, and besides your yard will look great when you are finished.

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Using Good Form in your Daily Life

By: Adam Sparks MS, Ed, CSCS

You're at the gym, and you want to make sure all of your lifts have good form. Maybe you hire a trainer, have your lifting partner check you out, or take videos of your lifts. Everyone wants to have good form in the gym because it's the safest way to lift heavy weights. What about when you're NOT at the gym? What about how you sit at work, at school, in the car, or at home? If you're sitting hunched over at your office desk looking at your computer screen or phone, laying like a goober on the couch (I say this because I'm very guilty of this one), sitting with one leg under you, standing with all your weight on one leg with your hip flared out to the side...these are poor postures. Now, add in near-constant cell phone use and "text neck" and we're wreaking havoc on our bodies.

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Stretching for Good Healthcare

By: Jane Brooks LPTA
Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists- Holt Clinic

Gentle stretching before a workout or work day can go a long way in preventing injuries. Some of the important benefits from stretching are: reduced muscle tension, increased range of movement in the joints, enhanced muscular coordination, increased circulation of the blood to various body parts, and increased energy levels. Stretching keeps muscles flexible and healthy to maintain joint motion. Without it, muscles shorten and become tight, making bodies more prone to injury when being called into certain activities such as lifting, twisting, carrying, or reaching.

Many people feel they do not have the time to…

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Breakfast can be confusing

By: Nick VanBogelen CSCS, AT, ATC
East Jackson Schools Athletic Trainer
Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, P.C.

A bowl of muesli, a slice of toast, a muffin, and a tall glass of fresh orange juice. Sounds like a healthy breakfast, but it isn’t. Truth is, breakfast can be confusing. You may have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day in TV ads, in-store placements, and large marketing campaigns. These may lead you to believe that many breakfast products are healthy and in some cases, it is true, but not always. Beyond the myths and marketing, here’s what you need to know about breakfast:

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Safety at the Beach

By: Marko Grbesa MS, AT, ATC
Athletic Trainer at Eaton Rapids High School
Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists

Summer is here and with it comes time for some fun in the sun. When the weather gets warmer, people often will head to the beach to have some fun. While the sun and the water can be a lot of fun, they can also be a danger. So it is important to take precautions when planning your trip to the beach. Some tips to help protect you from the sun's rays include:

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What is a VO2 Test?

By: Nick Vanbogelen CSCS, AT, ATC
Athletic Trainer at East Jackson High School
Performance Coach at Total Performance Training Center
Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists

A VO2 test involves resting, submax, and max testing. The test begins at a very light intensity and gets slightly harder each minute until perceived exertion is reached. The runner wears a mask that allows the measurement of the air movement. The first session takes place at the Human Physiology Lab (HPL) at Lumen Christi Catholic High School.

With the advanced equipment at the HPL, all seven components of wellness, biometric measurements, cardiorespiratory measurements, and biomechanics are

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Don't Overdo the Sun

By: Ryan Vogel MHSA, AT, ATC, CSCS
Athletic Trainer at Leslie High School
Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists 

One thing both athletes and spectators need to remember to account for as they begin to go outside for double headers and track invitationals this spring is sun exposure and properly protecting themselves from the sun.  Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays will not only cause sunburn which can cause discomfort for a few days, but will also increase the chances of developing skin cancer later on in life. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the world and in the US alone around five million people are treated for skin cancer each year. It has been documented in numerous studies that continued exposure to harmful UV rays both in the sun and in cloudy conditions will increase the chances of

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Weight Lifting and Resistance Training

By: Katelyn Harmon LPTA
Foot, Ankle & Running Center
Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists

It was once viewed that weight lifting and resistance training were deemed unsafe and injury-inducing. However, more and more research has suggested those views are inaccurate…if done safely and correctly. In fact, recent studies have concluded that safe weight lifting can actually aid athletes (and non-athletes) with injury prevention and can assist with performance of sports and/or daily activities. The key is to train safely and

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Avoid injury in the Garden

By: Todd Sparks MS, ATC, AT, LPTA
Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists - West Clinic

After the never-ending winter weather that Michigan has had this year, I think it's important to think warm thoughts. As temperatures start to climb, many people are going to be getting out in their yards and gardens and preparing them for planting season. Although gardening can be therapeutic in itself, its also an easy way for injuries to pop up. Gardening tasks like weeding, raking, digging, and mulching can all cause

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