The November issue of Muscle & Body Magazine has a really informative piece on a topic that many may find confusing – sports nutrition bars. The author is correct to point out that when sports bars first started to hit the workout world, they were pretty tasteless and sometimes hard to stomach. Lately, however, as the industry has evolved, not only do they taste great, they can pack quite a nutritional punch.

Last week on my segment on WWL-TV, I discussed how the female athlete is more at risk of suffering a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (A.C.L.) than the male athlete. I spoke about how female athletes in particular should focus on balance, core strength in the trunk and building up strength in the thigh muscles. By doing this, the athlete can be better able to handle start and stop motions as well as the lateral movements when they are cutting to run in a new direction.

I recently read an interesting article that appeared on about the positive effects of mediation, particularly in the area of pain control or suppression. The article specifically discussed a clinical study that appeared in the April 6 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience from researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In the study, a subject group was administered a slight burn before and after mediation and measured their pain sensitivity.

I just came across an article out of Great Britain that featured a report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. After studying work-related absence numbers, they report that stress is now the number one reason employees take long-term time off. Stress has overtaken cardiac problems, back pain and cancer for the top spot. The numbers are so startling they are deeming stress the "Black Death of the 21st Century."

I was reading the Harvard Health Publications last week that discussed the revised guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stating that children and teens should not participate in boxing due to concussions. In the revised guidelines recently released by the AAP, the academy strongly believes that those under 19 years of age are especially at risk with concussions because the brain is still developing. Children also tend to take longer to heal after a concussion than adults.

Mackie Spotlight

EJGH’s very own Mackie Shilstone, Executive Director of the Fitness Principle, is in New York working with Serena Williams as she goes for another U.S. Open title. As Williams’s Fitness Coach, Mackie will be part of the team preparing her for matches throughout the tournament. To give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at how Williams prepares for every opponent, Mackie is writing a daily postcard for detailing all the day’s happenings. Check back daily for updates. 8/22/13
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