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How To Minimize Overuse Injuries

Our nephew walked out of the doctor’s office with a surgery scheduled for the following week. His elbow had been hurting for some time and upon further review from the doctor, it was decided that he needed Tommy John Surgery (which is a surgical graft procedure in which the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body.) Surgery is scary at any age and at 15 it had us all concerned. Thankfully he breezed through the surgery, the rehab and is now playing again. Whew! But I found it interesting, when we talked to our nephew, he named a handful of other players who had already had the surgery or were scheduled to have it. Hmmm…. So What Is A Repetitive-Use Injury? How Can It Be…

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Hydration – How Much? When? Water or Sports Drink?

  Proper Hydration is extremely important to athletic performance! There is no question that an athlete’s performance will suffer if they are not hydrated properly. So what exactly does it look like to “properly hydrate”. Here Are a Few Recommendations for Staying Hydrated Before, During and After An Activity: A couple of hours before activity, you can fill up on water and then start moderately drinking when you get closer, say 5 to 15 minutes before your event (you don’t want to just “fill up” close to the time of the activity or you will be visiting the bathroom when you don’t want to be). While you are participating in the activity, don’t try to just drink to replace what you have lost sweating…instead try to work to just keep…

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A Safe Way to Cut Weight

Jake Derr, mother of Zeke Derr, is a wrestling mom. And wrestling moms often struggle as they watch their athlete try to cut and maintain weight for the sport.  Wrestling is a tough sport; add the dynamic of maintaining weight and athletes can be tempted to do some unhealthy things to their body concerning their nutrition. But check out how Jake’s son was able to manage his weight in a HEALTHY way…. “My happy, Haymaker wrestler who has achieved his descent plan AHEAD of schedule, all while NEVER going hungry, being dehydrated, grumpy, irritable, isolating himself in his room so he’s not tempted, nor is he weak. He’s full of energy, strong, occasionally gets to eat things normal teenagers do (pizza), eats healthy fats including nuts, snacks ALL the time…

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Just One Simple Change… and LOOK!

     Meet Tanner! His transformation started… … with just one shake every morning and that morning smoothie became a catalyst for BIG CHANGE! Over the course of a year, Tanner went to work. He added a Juice Plus+ Complete Smoothie every day to his routine (and more than one on some days). He was ready to get serious about his future as an athlete. He comes from athletic parents. His Dad, Tony, played on the Junior All Blacks Rugby Team in New Zealand. So the genes were there…they just needed tweaking.  So Tanner took seriously the fact that good nutrition and good training go hand-in-hand. The weight started to come off and his strength started to show. Tanner is just a freshman in high school, but the future is looking…

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It Has Kept Me Healthy through all of the “Epidemics”

My name is Sydney and I am 14. I was a competitive gymnast for 8 years. I’ve been taking Juice Plus+ since I was 4 and would never miss a day. When I was training so hard in the gym, it would have been so easy for me to be sick all the time, but I wasn’t because I fueled my body with what it needed! I was competing at a gymnastics competition in Texas and I broke my foot. I was determined that I would compete at my next meet 12 days later, so I doubled up on my Juice Plus+ and my foot was FULLY healed 12 days later! It has kept me healthy through all of the “epidemics”. The year swine flu was going around there were 12 cases…

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What If It’s YOUR Child?

We all get that sinking feeling when we watch any athlete go down on the field and when it’s YOUR CHILD, you hold your breath and pray for the best outcome. Sometimes they hop right back up and sometimes they don’t. Life and sports are risky. The athlete can get hurt. But what if their body is ready for a crisis? What if it’s in the BEST POSSIBLE CONDITION to handle the injury? The nutrition flowing through their body is critical! It’s a first line of defense. Fruits and vegetables provide THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of plant chemicals that strengthen and protect in ways that NO OTHER food source can! This is the “WHY” behind the recommendation that athletes get up to 16 servings of fruits and vegetables a day!  It’s so important for injury prevention…

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What’s Broccoli Got to Do With It?

What does Broccoli have to do with training and performance? Everything! Broccoli is a cruciferous veggie that gives you the most bang for your buck! It contains the most vitamin C (165% of your daily value) and more fiber than its cruciferous friends! AND broccoli has been found to counter oxidative stress (oxidative stress occurs when the body is overloaded with free-radicals and it can cause damage to cells and DNA)! It’s a veggie that an athlete should be eating EVERYDAY because it helps the body recover more quickly after an intense workout!

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3 Tips for Your High School Athlete!

Mom’s and Dad’s of a student-athlete graduating from high school to collegiate sports KNOW their athlete will face many new challenges AND there will be uncertainty as they leave the comforts of home and move into a new community! One area they can COME IN PREPARED is NUTRITION. Help them get ahead by focusing NOW on nutrition and get that habit started BEFORE they start the exciting new journey of collegiate sport! Here are three great tips to get them headed in the right direction! Sports Drinks are a NO-NO! Gatorade has as much sugar as a can of soda! Drink water and look for alternatives to replenish electrolytes! Get plenty of REST! Help them understand that their bodies RECOVER when sleeping and wear-down equals tear-down of the body! Teach them to have…

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