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Exploring Causes of Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps: Part III

Adding to the growing evidence that exercise associated muscle cramps are unrelated to hydration status and electrolyte balance….

See also, Part I and Part II

Pain and Biomechanics in Running: Determining Causation

FACT: Pain often exists independent of tissue damage

FACT: Pain can exist WITHOUT tissue damage

Heart Rate vs. Heart Rate Variability: Endurance Sport Application, Part I(A)

Before moving to Part II of this series (evidence of HRV applications in endurance athletes), I think it’s worth brief detour… 

(See Part I HERE)

Heart Rate vs. Heart Rate Variability: Endurance Sport Application, Part I

Why are you telling me to track heart rate variability?  I thought heart rate was unreliable??  

The Psoas...Length, Strength, and Timing

The psoas...still not fully understood and often overlooked.  Generally the psoas is believed to work in hip flexion and lumbar stabilization, with possible contributions to hip rotation.  

Pain Avoidance and Movement Implications

One frequently overlooked injury component is fear of movement (kinesiophobia).  We often treat and exercise the mechanical structures, but overcoming fear (whether conscious or unconscious).  Pain signals a threat, so it’s only logical that pain perception is linked to fear of movement.  People have been conditioned to expect that adding more pain through aggressive treatments, but they often forget about reeducating the brain to move appropriately.