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Myofascial Release

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Have you ever started off on a run and had aching knees or hips, but soon after a short warm-up jog and light stretch all felt better? Typically this is how most people start off on a run. Unfortunately, tendonitis can flare up quickly if running several times a week for several miles. Myofascial Release (MFR) technique is a great way to relieve the post-exercise soreness as well as help with pre-exercise warm-up as well. Today we will discuss two ways to do MFR: Check out Youtube video of Stew doing these exercises:1 – The Foam Roller – Maybe you...

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Knee Injury Prevention

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This article on the knee is the third of three segments on the most injured body parts in military / athletic training. Check out the Stew Smith Archives for previous articles specifically discussing injury prevention and rehab of the lower back and shoulder. Like the shoulder and the lower back, the knee joint is susceptible to injuries of the connecting tissues of ligaments and tendons, compression tissue of the cartilage, and muscular strength and flexibility imbalances. Often running can cause these issues especially if the runner is overweight, wearing improper footwear, or using poor technique.The most common of knee injuries...

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Running Evolution

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Running Evolution

When remembering all the different coaches (distance and speed) I had during my life as well as some of the forms and styles I picked up along the way on my fitness journey, I realize that we have come a long way in the way we teach running today. Now with super slow motion cameras that can be bought at any local Best Buy, we can dissect a stride, arm swing, and foot strike with more accuracy than we could in the 1980’s. What this article will discuss and show in video the many different styles out there and let...

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Combat Swimmer Stroke

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Combat Swimmer Stroke

Whether you are a beginning swimmer or an aspiring Navy SEAL, this stroke can really help you efficiently move through the water. Actually, the CSS is a mix of sidestroke, breaststroke, and a little freestyle. The Combat Swimmer stroke is similar to the sidestroke since it is done on your side, however the top arm pulls just like a freestyle stroke but recovers underwater like the breaststroke. If that confused you, maybe it is just best to observe, because a picture is worth 1000 words.When you find yourself in deep water with a lot of distance to cover, the CSS...

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Avoid Cramping

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This week, a Marine asked about running during the USMC three mile run. Here is his question: “Every time I run hard to get a good score on the three 3 mile PFT, or when I’m training for the test, I get a stomach cramp or side stitch about half way in the three mile timed run. My question is -- what can I do to prevent it and what can I do to stop the pain or lessen it?” Running with stomach cramps is never fun, but there are ways to lessen or work through the pain -- or...

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