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Now that the weather is turning better and you are starting to shake off those wintertime pains, a walk might sound pretty good right about now. But before you burst out the door with the dog straining at the leash and your brand new walking shoes looking so sparkly, stop to think about what you are doing first. Even though walking seems so easy, there are a few things that could help your first walk of the season be that much more enjoyable and also less likely to cause a flare-up of pain.
First, let's talk about that dog straining at the leash. You are likely to lose that tug-o-war battle and end up with worse pains than when you started your walk. You are supposed to be the one walking the dog, not the dog walking you. Take charge of your walk by expecting the dog to be following you, not out in front of you. As someone who has rescued and trained many excitable bird dogs that want nothing more than to chase small critters, I prefer the Higgins Method for walking a dog .
Female athletes have many more injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee than male athletes. Studies have shown that women college soccer and basketball players have two to four times as many ACL injuries as men. And among professional basketball players, women have 10 times more ACL injuries than men. ACL injuries are especially serious. They often require surgery and intense rehabilitation. And they force many injured athletes to give up their sports. No one is exactly sure why women suffer so many ACL injuries. It is known that the thigh muscles help stabilize the knee joint during start-and-stop sports like basketball and soccer. These researchers tested the muscle activity of male and female college athletes during exercise. They wanted to see if the thigh muscles worked differently when doing intense extension and flexion exercises. The results showed that the men's quadriceps muscles (in the front of the thigh) produced much more force than the women's. But t...
Walking abnormalities are unusual and uncontrollable walking patterns that are usually due to diseases or injuries to the legs, feet, brain, spinal cord, or inner ear.
The pattern of how a person walks is called the gait. Many different types of walking problems occur without a person's control. Most, but not all, are due to some physical condition.
Some walking abnormalities have been given names:
Propulsive gait -- a stooped, stiff posture with the head and neck bent forward
Scissors gait -- legs flexed slightly at the hips and knees like crouching, with the knees and thighs hitting or crossing in a scissors-like movement
Spastic gait -- a stiff, foot-dragging walk caused by a long muscle contraction on one side
Steppage gait -- foot drop where the foot hangs with the toes pointing down, causing the toes to scrape the ground while walking, requiring someone to lift...
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