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Improve Your Day with Breakfast

PROHealth Did you know that how you choose to first fuel your body will influence your daily energy, moods, clarity, emotions and even how you sleep?
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Mindful Fitness Trends You Need To Know About

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The Epidemic That's Ruining Youth Sports

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How can you add-in the practices of mindfulness and gratitude to your day?

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Is Being Over-tired Getting in the Way of Living to Your Fullest?

PROHealth Mindfully, adding-in movement that works for your body might just be the simple fix for your fatigue!
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An Avocado a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

PROHealth Did you know that avocados are one of the healthiest foods you can add to your plate?
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Quick Tips for Winter Wellness

PROHealth As the optimism of 2015 rushes-in, so do renewals of goals. Fitness, health and vibrance are all at the top of everyone’s list. The last thing you need getting in your way of feeling great is a stubborn cold. Is it even possible to skirt around the pesky sniffles and sneezes of the snowy season? How can you stay on track to achieving your feel-good goals of the year? Try following a few winter wellness tips to help you maintain momentum to the sunny days of spring.
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Have Yourself a Happy Healthy Holiday

PROHealth With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be challenging to stick to all of the healthful habits you worked so hard to create this year. Don’t let stress, worry and sleep deprivation push you toward a pattern of unhealthy choices, making the season a lot less jolly. Instead, stay strong with a handful of healthy habits and nourish your body and spirit throughout the holiday and beyond.
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Attitude of Gratitude to Improve Health

PROHealth When was the last time you paused to think about how thankful you are for what you have? Instead, do you find yourself moving from task to task, caught up in the anxiety of trying to do and be everything? Now is the perfect time of year to reflect on what you are grateful for. Research shows there to be a host of health benefits that go hand in hand with regular practice of gratitude and appreciation.
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MOVE To Feel Good!

PROHealth Did you know stress, hard work, and mental pressure all create tension in your body? Over time, if proper care is not given to these pockets of tightness, discomfort, chronic aches and injury can occur. Your body is meant to move, and movement can alleviate built-up physical tensions. The key is to find exercise that suits your lifestyle and body type. The challenge is to find a type of exercise that you enjoy most and add in to your daily routine.
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Ground Yourself With Root Vegetables

PROHealth As we say goodbye to the lovely, leafy, garden greens of summer, there’s a whole category of nutritionally valuable fall vegetables that often get snubbed because of their weird looks. Root vegetables pack a powerhouse of vitamins; yet many of us use them for little more than festive fall decorations.
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Get Back into the School Groove

PROHealth Summer is a great time for serious play and relaxation. Many of us use the longer, warmer days of summer to rebuild our reserves for the rest of the year. However, for many children, the abrupt change in routine, as summer ends and school begins, can be quite taxing on their bodies. Certainly make the most of these beautiful days, but check out these reminders to help ease the transition from the lazy, hazy days of summer to falling back into the school groove...
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Reflect. How to make it happen.

PROHealth What do you want? Everyone wants something, to heal, get fit, feel great, etc., but sometimes fall short in getting it. Take a moment and reflect on your “wants.” What got in the way of achieving these?
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Blend it Up

PROHealth Have you had your nutritious (maybe even green) smoothie today? Smoothies are thick, almost shake-like, drinks made of mostly fruits and vegetables, that can pack a powerful punch of nutrients. Smoothies are a quick and easy way to add some feel-good nutrition into your diet.
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To CHOCOLATE or not?

PROHealth Listen-up chocolate fans! A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that people who ate chocolate more frequently had a lower BMI (Body Mass Index) than those who ate it less often. Although the study’s authors caution, because of various factors, that their study does not suggest that eating more chocolate helps you lose weight, the study does draw attention to the possible health benefits of chocolate. Should you indulge in chocolate? Just like any other “treat,” the answer is both yes and no and is also about quality and quantity.
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Spring Has Sprung

PROHealth What a fantastic time of year! The birds are singing. The days are brighter, and the winter waste is washing away with April’s showers. How are you going about your spring cleaning? To welcome the new energy of the season, we all need to clean our “houses.” Yes, we actually have two houses to clean, our homes that we live in and our physical bodies. Just as our homes accumulate “stuff” such as magazines, old clothing, dust, etc. that need to be sorted and cleaned out, our bodies also accumulate “stuff” such as residues and toxins from the heavy winter foods that we’ve consumed and from stresses and negative thoughts that have piled up. Here are a few tips to help you spring clean your body and make way for the new, feel-good you!
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A Mindful March

PROHealth Mindfulness. We’ve heard of this term and of some of the buzz surrounding it, but what does mindfulness really mean? And, how can we use it to improve our health?
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Follow Your Happy, Healthy Heart

PROHealth It’s the month of flowers, chocolates and valentines. Heart-shaped cookies and cards fill the store shelves in celebration of loving relationships. Have you thought about your relationship with your own heart? What is your heart telling you? It’s a fact that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. But, did you know that many of these deaths may be preventable via some simple, heart-healthy lifestyle add-ins? Many people think that optimal heart health is only about eating right and exercise, but you might be surprised to know that many of the things we think and feel also affect our heart’s health. Here are a couple of simple add-ins to help make your heart happy.
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The ABC's of Proper Backpack Ergonomics

PROHealth Read tips on backpack safety and learn proper ergonomics to help avoid excess stress on shoulders and spine.
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What are Your Add-ins for 2014?

PROHealth Happy New Year! We all enjoy the optimism of a new year, a clean slate, a fresh start, a new you. What are your inspired intentions for 2014? Lose weight? Get more sleep? Exercise? Spend more time with family? Earn a larger paycheck? We all have great goals that too often get swallowed up by life getting in the way. Soon, we find ourselves right back where we started. Sound familiar? It's important to set “feel good” goals, and in the end, still actually feel good about them. Here are a few tips to help you successfully “add in” your new year’s resolution so that it becomes part of your everyday life.
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Make Your Cake and Eat it Too!

PROHealth The holiday season is a time for joy, cheer and deliciousness. Sharing foods is a traditional way of expressing love and gratitude for one another. These traditions bring some temporary enjoyment sometimes followed by a bit of guilt as pant waists begin to tighten. It’s a yearly cycle that many fall victim to: indulging in rich desserts and then resorting to deprivation once the new year hits. What if there was a way to break the cycle? What if you could bake your cake AND eat it too? Here are just a few helpful hints to help you “health-up” your holiday cooking.
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Tips for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

PROHealth The most festive time of year should be a time of joy, gratitude, celebration and “holiday spirit,” not remorse, regret, sluggishness and “holiday insanity.” Easier said than done, you say? With a little planning, striking a holiday balance may be more simple than you think. Here are some quick tips to a healthy, "holiday you".
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Your Body - Your GPS to Good Health

PROHealth Your body is an intelligent and sophisticated system that works hard to not fail you, but how often do we fail to listen to our bodies? Many times, we are just too busy to deal with the small annoyances in our bodies, ignoring a slight headache, cold sore or muscle pain, carrying-on, business as usual, without thinking what those signals really mean. Think of your body as a car. If you turn up the music and ignore that rattle, what might be a small fix, may quickly turn into a big problem. The same is true for your body.
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Nothing Fishy About Omega-3s!

PROHealth Omega-3s are healthy fats found in some foods that actually work to decrease inflammation in the body. Many studies have shown that omega-3 fish oils can reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, with study participants reporting greater strength, less fatigue, reduced pain. Research also shows that intake of omega-3 fatty acids supports a healthy cholesterol level as well as musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and immune system function.
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Fun and Healthy Ideas for your Child's Lunch Box

PROHealth It’s the daily, back to school grind. Your summer “recess” is now a distant memory, and you’re staring at a countertop of empty lunch boxes, wondering what to pack. With busy schedules and a hectic pace, those processed and packaged items are a tempting solution to filling the brown bag. The goal of lunch, however, is to fuel your little buddy’s body, so he/she can feel great and be their best self each and every day. Here are some tips that will get even the most finicky of eaters excited to dive into their lunch pail.
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Color Your Plate Healthy!

PROHealth Did you ever really think about why fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors? Well, there are actually specific health benefits linked to each one of the beautiful colors. We can place fruits and vegetables into five specific color categories: blue/purple, red, white, yellow/orange, and green. Let’s check out some of the health benefits of each group...
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Go green for a refreshingly healthy way to hydrate!

PROHealth Is drinking glass after glass of water getting dull? We all know the health and energy benefits of staying hydrated with the pure, clear beverage, but honestly, it's summer and having something with a bit more "zazz" sounds so appealing. Why not try some green tea?
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Spice it up!

PROHealth Looking for a new way to add-in a bit flavor and health to your diet? Have you heard of turmeric? Well, this is one spice you should get to know.
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Use it or Lose it

PROHealth Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! The days are longer, mornings are brighter and there is new found energy blooming. Hibernation is over. It's time to get outside and play...
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Just Breathe

PROHealth We all do this every day, sometimes up to 30,000 times, but we never really pay much attention to it. How do you breathe? What kind of breather are you? Not sure? Check it out now. Are you breathing in and out through your mouth or your nose? Is your breath somewhat shallow or are you breathing full breaths into your belly? The simple technique of diaphragmatic breathing, also known as belly breathing, is an excellent way to help you manage your pain and relax.
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Got some general aches and muscle soreness?...Try this ancient spice.

PROHealth Maybe you have noticed this strange, root-like item in the produce department of the market and wondered, "What is that?". Well, that weird little piece of ginger root packs a whole lot of health benefits that can help you "get going" and feel great.
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The Power of Water

PROHealth There are amazing healing benefits of consistently consuming the often overlooked, ordinary glass of water. A large percentage of our body is made of water, and the fact is that water consumption is essential to keeping our bodies in tiptop shape.
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A Balanced Approach to Your Health and Wellness

PROHealth This is the time of year when we all plan our New Year's resolutions, and health and fitness tend to top the charts. The key to success is to take a balanced approach. We'd like to introduce you to ProEx for Life, our healthy lifestyle initiative and our commitment to you to further support you in and out of the clinic, helping you reach your health goals and making every day a great day!
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Stay in the Game with Kinesiology Tape

PROHealth Kinesiology taping was introduced in Japan in the late 1970s, but has been increasing in popularity as of late. Today kinesiology tape can be seen on athletes ranging from professionals to collegiate level to interscholastic across all sports and on men and women alike.
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How to Use Crutches, Canes, and Walkers

PROHealth Need an extra hand getting around? Consider a cane, crutches or a walker as an option! If you have an injury, have recently had leg, hip, or ankle surgery, have balance problems or alterations in your ability to walk, an ambulatory aid may be of assistance.
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Driving Ergonomics

PROHealth In today's day and age we are busier than ever, and our primary mode of transportation for our busy lives is by car. Riding in a car can be enjoyable so we have provided you with a few tips to increase your comfort and function while driving.
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Why Not Water Aerobics?

PROHealth Do not limit yourself to only exercising in a gym, when you can incorporate the swimming pool into your workout routine. And what better way to cool down during the hot summer days than being in the pool and exercising at the same time!
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Ready, Set, Rep

PROHealth Strength training is not just for guys or athletes. It's for everyone! Strength training should be incorporated into any fitness program because it can help you reduce your body fat, increase your lean muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently. Before you get started however, there are two very important terms to familiarize yourself with: sets and reps.
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Ice or Heat: Which one is better?

PROHealth The answer is neither; it just depends on what you are trying to get out of the treatment. There is no significant research indicating any long term effects of ice or heat treatment on injury recovery and/or improved function but it can certainly have some short term benefits. Learn when and how to use ice and heat treatments.
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Sleeping Positions: Which one is best for your spine?

PROHealth Just like each one of us is unique, so is the position in which we prefer to sleep. However, each of us needs to sleep in a manner that provides proper support to your neck, back and hips.
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Tennis Elbow - Where to Begin

PROHealth Tennis elbow refers to the inflammation or injury to the tendons on the lateral (outside) portion of the arm near the elbow.
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Shopping for the Perfect Running Shoe

PROHealth Do you have high arches or flat feet? Do you hyperpronate or maybe don't pronate enough? On what type of ground surface do you typically run? It's important to ask yourself these questions, and more, when shopping for the perfect running shoe.
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The Danger Behind Multiple Concussions - What is Second Impact Syndrome?

PROHealth Concussions in athletics have become an important focus of the sports medicine community, and there's a growing body of research that reveals some very serious risks associated with premature return to sport for those who sustain a concussion.
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Understanding Pinched Nerves

PROHealth Do you have pain shooting down your leg? On occasion, do your fingers go numb? Does your shoulder hurt but, for the life of you, you can't remember what you did to it? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you may very well have a pinched nerve.
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Becoming a Consumer of Healthcare and Why This is a Good Thing

PROHealth Since the evolution of the internet, people are becoming more sophisticated consumers by price shopping and finding the best quality at the lowest price. We are seeing that this is also holding true for healthcare. This consumer scrutiny of cost and quality is forcing healthcare providers to deliver their service with higher quality and at a lower cost.
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Be Sure to Use the Sports Medicine

PROHealth Sports Medicine is defined as all medical aspects surrounding the areas of sport and exercise. At a broad level it involves the medical team, coaches, and athletes. The field of sports medicine began to develop in the early 20th century, and today it is a very popular specialized approach of medical care. And sports medicine is not just for those individuals who compete at a professional level. Today, more than ever, individuals are involved in sport and exercise regardless of their age, gender, and capability.
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Knee Stability and the ACL

PROHealth Last month we talked about injuries sustained during contact sports, such as mild traumatic brain injuries and cervical spine injuries. This month, we want to talk about an injury that doesn't necessarily require any contact with another athlete; injury to the ACL.
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Keep Your Head Up

PROHealth While contact sports like football, rugby, and hockey provide plenty of excitement for both the players and spectators, they do come with associated risks and potential for injury that student-athletes, parents, and coaches should be made aware. Understanding and performing proper techniques in contact sport activities is an essential part of injury prevention.
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Painfully Speaking

PROHealth Pain. In orthopedics, it's almost always the reason why patients seek our help. Pain may be the most difficult symptom to treat and for hundreds of years healthcare professionals have struggled with attending to the symptom of pain. The good news is progress has been made.
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Down, But Not Out! Training with an Injury.

PROHealth Training for a road race or marathon can be challenging for the injured runner both mentally and physically. Mentally, "thought viruses" such as I need to keep training as scheduled in order to run well or I need to train even harder now to make up for lost time, will likely result in continued or worsening injury, ultimately preventing you from taking part in race day/night festivities.
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Desk Ergonomics

PROHealth Could your work station setup be the cause of your neck, back, or arm pain or injury? Everyone's work station is set up differently while consisting of a variety of components. However, proper positioning of the desk, monitor, document holders, keyboard, pointer devices, telephone, and chair is critical for one's postural health.
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Golf Injuries

PROHealth Last weekend all throughout New England, men and women flocked to the first open golf course they could find. With Winter behind us and Spring in the air, it's time to dust off those clubs and hit the links. Are you ready? Better yet, is your swing ready? As in any sport, muscular stretching and strengthening is important to decrease your risk of an injury. However, when an injury can not be avoided, the proper treatment method is key to getting you back on the golf course as quickly as possible in order to maximize your golf season.
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The Power of a Healthy Body During Your Pregnancy

PROHealth From the moment you find out you are pregnant, your life changes. Everything you do affects the baby growing inside of you. Therefore, it's important to have a healthy body during pregnancy. And the way to a healthy body is eating right, exercising and listening to what your body is telling you.
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Marathon Training

PROHealth Once you've decided to participate in a marathon, start your research and find an appropriate race to register for and compete in. Keep in mind that some marathons will have qualifying requirements for runners. Our wish for you is to complete your marathon training and the big event in a safe and healthy manner.
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We All Need Balance in Our Lives

PROHealth Good balance is important to maintain and control the body's positioning during daily activities. When balance is disturbed, one's quality of life can be affected significantly. If balance is challenged then activities that may have been easy at one point will become more difficult, and the issue of safety becomes a concern.
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The Importance Of Stretching

PROHealth It is ideal that every individual involve a component of flexibility training/stretching into their fitness routine. Too often, stretching is overlooked by the importance of focusing on cardiovascular health and muscular strengthening. The reality is that flexibility training or stretching should represent 1/3 of your fitness program.
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'Tis the Season to Minimize your chance of a Snow Shoveling Injury

PROHealth This is the time of year when we need to start preparing for the demands of snow removal. In order to decrease your risk of injury, shoveling with proper procedures and techniques is recommended. We would like to provide you with information to help you avoid the typical snow shoveling injuries; sprains, strains, contusions and herniations so you can experience the Joys of the season.
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Acute Injury Management

PROHealth Acute Injuries can happen on the sports field and in daily life. In the event this happens to you or someone you know, the information we provide can offer the basic knowledge of acute care management to specific injuries until Medical care can arrive.
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Add RICE to Sprains and Strains: A Recipe for Relief

PROHealth Are you the next Mia Hamm or the parent of the next Tom Brady? Then sports are everything to you and your family. They allow you to dream the impossible, to reach goals, to break barriers and to become part of a tight knit group—your team, your extended family of athletes.
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Assessing Your Heel Pain

PROHealth Did you know that heel pain affects nearly 2 million Americans each year? The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes. What causes and who is prone to this condition? The most common cause is inadequate arch support. Those individuals with either overly flat or high-arched feet are prone to plantar fasciitis as are those who do excessive amounts of standing (teachers, factory workers) and/or running (athletes). Obesity and improper shoes can also contribute to plantar fasciitis.
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Traumatic Knee Injuries - The Complexity Surrounding Knee Injuries

PROHealth Your knee is one of the largest joints in the human body. The knee joint is comprised of 3 bones, 4 stabilizing ligaments, muscles, tendons, and cartilage. Having a better understanding of the components that form the knee joint will allow a better understanding of the complexity of knee injuries.
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Concussions What you need to know

PROHealth Concussions are more common than we realize. They affect everyone too, whether they result from sports injuries, falls, bicycle accidents or car accidents. Obviously, prevention is the best medicine, but when it can't be prevented, it's best to know the signs, symptoms and proper treatment methods.
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Swim Bike Run: Training Tips for Triathlon Success

PROHealth The best part about triathlons is the whole body work-out you will receive! Whether you are looking to participate in one or one hundred triathlons, or use the training for this event to prepare you for another sport season, we at ProEx would like to offer you some tips for triathlon success.
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Tips for a Successful Sport Enhancement Program

PROHealth Most competitive athletes strive to achieve two objectives during an athletic season; to maximize sport performance and to stay healthy. An athlete’s physical ability plays a major role in achieving both of these objectives. As part of ProEx’s PROhealth initiative to educate the communities we serve, we would like to offer athletes these tips on pre-season strength and conditioning.
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Understanding Common Running Injuries

PROHealth The warm weather is here, that means it is time to put on your running shoes and return to the outdoors for your work-outs. ProEx Physical Therapy would like to offer you information on the most common injuries sustained while running, and provide some general running tips.
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Spring Cleaning is BACK

PROHealth The days are longer, the sun shines brighter, flowers are starting to bloom, and there is energy in the air. This could only mean one thing: Winter is over and Spring is finally here! While the winter months hold something different for all of us, the emergence of Spring means the same thing for all, Spring Cleaning.
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Take Me out to the Ball Game

PROHealth It's time for peanuts and cracker jacks, with America's favorite pastime, baseball, just getting going this month. Whether you are a Little League player, professional player, coach, or a dad looking to play catch with your child, ProEx would like to offer you an introduction to the common shoulder and elbow throwing injuries experienced in baseball, in addition to some tips for preventing injury while participating in the sport.
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Sports Medicine Professionals from ProEx Physical Therapy Offer Tips for Sports Safety

PROHealth It is a well known fact that injuries occur with sports participation. Injuries are just as likely to occur during practices as they are during games. As sport involvement is becoming more year-round, we are seeing a rise in the rate of overuse/overtraining injuries. In an attempt to reduce the incidence of injury, ProEx would like to offer some tips for Sports Safety.
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Work Off that Winter Weight!

PROHealth Good News! Last week, Punxsutawney Phil (the most famous groundhog) saw his shadow and therefore predicted six more weeks of winter. Why is this good news you ask? Well, it gives you that extra time you need to continue working hard at the gym to lose those unwanted holiday pounds. As you work diligently on your exercise goals, we at ProEx would like to offer you tips on working out in a safe and effective way while, at the same time, developing a well balanced fitness program.
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Attention Skiers - Do You Know the Most Common Ski Injuries and Treatment Needed?

PROHealth ProEx wishes you a healthy and fun ski season. We also recognize that as long as there is snow, mountains and skiing there will be injuries. With that knowledge we listed a few points to keep in mind to minimize your chance of ski injuries:
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