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Hi there. Is vinyasa yoga more appropriate before after an intense cardio workout? (Wrestling, Mauy Thai, Jui Jitsu)

Hi there. Is vinyasa yoga more appropriate before after an intense cardio workout? (Wrestling, Mauy Thai, Jui Jitsu)

Warm up vs cool down: Active warm up is ideal prior to intense workouts. Depending upon how aggressive your yoga routine is, it might serve as warm up. With that said, cooling down is also a good idea after intense exercise too. Bottom line, there's no proof that any specific exercise routine is better than another for warm up or cool down, aside from general statements. ...Read more

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Should I partake in my kung fu courses if I have mono? (No sparring or wrestling during classes)

Should I partake in my kung fu courses if I have mono? (No sparring or wrestling during classes)

Not until cleared: If you have been diagnosed with mononucleosis, then you really should not be participating in a sport where there is even potential for you to be injured such as an inadvertent strike to the abdomen as this could injure your spleen. Typically, a period of 4 weeks of activity restriction is prescribed. You should obtain clearance from your doctor prior to participating in Kung Fu. ...Read more

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I started gym 1 month ago..My trainer told me to take ..Deca mass supplement...Mass gainer..Can i take it..Am an athelete(cricketer)..Side effects..?

I started gym 1 month ago..My trainer told me to take ..Deca mass supplement...Mass gainer..Can i take it..Am an athelete(cricketer)..Side effects..?

Stay away: This type of supplement is dangerous. It is not adequately tested and contains ingredients which can cause permanent health problems. Ask your doctor before taking any bodybuilding supplement. Very few are worth considering and most are not necessary. ...Read more

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Left knee MRI shows I have trochlear groove arthritis. What aerobic exercises can I do? Cycling? Running? Stair climber?

Left knee MRI shows I have trochlear groove arthritis. What aerobic exercises can I do? Cycling? Running? Stair climber?

Non impact ideally: Your patellofemoral joint (where the knee cap meets the trochlear groove on the femur) sees 3-6 times your body weight and this is even more with running and other high impact exercises. Ideally you should stick with non impact activities like cycling, swimming and using the elliptical. The stair climber will likely be very tough because the amount of stress it puts on the pf joint is very high. ...Read more

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I sprained my left big toe. Is it safe for me to start competitive tumbling? Back handsprings, airal cartwheels.

I sprained my left big toe. Is it safe for me to start competitive tumbling? Back handsprings, airal  cartwheels.

Depends: It all depends on the severity of the sprain, treatment, and the length of recovery so far.If most of the swelling is gone and you can move it freely, there is not severe pain with range of motion, and you are sure that there is no other damage to the bone or tendons, then you should be fine resuming her activities. Good luck! ...Read more

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5yrold boy,16kg wt.having both knee jnts,elbow jts,wrist joints,cervical,metatarsal jt aches.he plays footballand does cycling smtimes.plays lego.wat?

5yrold boy,16kg wt.having both knee jnts,elbow jts,wrist joints,cervical,metatarsal jt aches.he plays footballand does cycling smtimes.plays lego.wat?

Joint pains : Your son is suffering from multiple joint pains. He needs to be evaluated by his pediatrician or a rheumatologist for proper diagnosis, work up & treatment. It is good he is active but be careful, may be he is overdoing it with all these activities, that might aggravate his joint pains, do it in moderation. I hope he feels better soon. ...Read more

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I'm 186cm 83kg . Look skinny . I played gym for 2.5 months . Now i wanna take supplment . Before gym i was 76kg . What kind of supplment should I take?

I'm 186cm 83kg . Look skinny . I played gym for 2.5 months . Now i wanna take supplment . Before gym i was 76kg . What kind of supplment should I take?

Creatine: This is your best supplement for gaining muscle mass. Three sets of ten reps at your maximum weight three or four times a week for each muscle group. Get plenty of lean protein and consider following each workout with 20 grams of protein in any form. ...Read more

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Played a ball & paddle game 1st x yesterday. Woke up dizzy, rm spinning, nauseated. Hard of hearing, wear hearing aids. Never experienced this before?

Played a ball & paddle game 1st x yesterday. Woke up dizzy, rm spinning, nauseated.  Hard of hearing, wear hearing aids. Never experienced this before?

May be BPPV: Depending upon how passionately you played this game yesterday you may have Jarred your head around more than usual precipitating a condition known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. However, in your age category those particular symptoms could also mean other things and should be checked out. I would recommend calling your doctor and getting their opinion on what to do next. ...Read more

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My lowerback/hip (im unsure) was injured doing abwheel exercises.Now anytime i play intense basketball or football it hurts really bad.Can it heal ?

My lowerback/hip (im unsure) was injured doing abwheel exercises.Now anytime i play intense basketball or football it hurts really bad.Can it heal ?

Back strain likely: If the pain does not resolve in 1-2 weeks, you should seek medical evaluation by your primary care physician. Physical therapy and decreased activity may be indicated along with a course of anti-inflammatory medications. ...Read more

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Really bad arm shoulder muscle pain, was doing jumping jacks. Using exercises I did in high shool now wondering if smart?

Really bad arm shoulder muscle pain, was doing jumping jacks. Using exercises I did in high shool now wondering if smart?

Not smart: The rapid overhead motion of the shoulder in the abduction plane could have irritated your rotator cuff. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle in dance class; do I need a brace?

I sprained my ankle in dance class; do I need a brace?

Helpful: If you've sprained the ankle in dance and no other injury to ligaments and bones has occurred, a brace is a good idea to control ankle motion and prevent reinjury during the healing phase. ...Read more

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Hurt knee jump roping, now have patella inflammed. Been using rice method feels better but start police academy in 1week .What can I do?

Hurt knee jump roping, now have patella inflammed. Been using rice method feels better but start police academy in 1week .What can I do?

See a doc.: If it is just a tendinitis, then rice is appropriate. But there are many other problems that make the front of the knee swell. Considering the requirements of the exam, you should probably see an othopaedic surgeon to be safe. ...Read more

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I'm competitive cycliste, every afternoon after my training I had legs edema everyday, what should I do?

I'm competitive cycliste, every afternoon after my training I had legs edema everyday, what should I do?

Circulation: By remaing sitting or standing but not walking I wonder if that affects your circulation. I feel that if this doen't happen during a non riding day than you have your answer. If it does ithink you should see a good general doctor. ...Read more

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I run 3 miles x2/week & x3 week hiit DVDs. Is it ok to speed walk and do DVDs in place of running if I have trochanter bursitis or IT band pain?

I run 3 miles x2/week & x3 week 
hiit DVDs. Is it ok to speed walk and do DVDs in place of running if I have trochanter bursitis or IT band pain?

See your ortho doc: Decrease mileage and make sure you stretch and warm up. Use ice on painful area.Get a physical exam to diagnose exact cause of your pain. IT Band Syndrome is very common in runners, you can learn stretches to avoid this pain. Rest and work on flexibility and strength + see your sports medicine doc to treat bursitis given your bleeding risk. Exercise every day. See link: http://tinyurl.com/zp7zwcl ...Read more

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23 yearold male. Train formma. Strained lower abb reallybad. Ithas slowly been going away. But ithink I strained a sideorback muscle while wrestling?

23 yearold male. Train formma. Strained lower abb reallybad. Ithas slowly been going away. But ithink I strained a sideorback muscle while wrestling?

May need phy therapy: A bad muscle strain may need some physical therapy to get back to original shape. A sports medicine doctor, an orthopedic doctor, or a physical medicine & rehabilitation doctor can help if one's symptoms don't go away, or if symptoms keep coming back. The physical therapist can teach about which muscles to stretch, when to ice, when to heat, etc... The dr. Can advised about motrin, advil, (ibuprofen) etc... ...Read more

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Can my wife, who is 8 weeks pregnant, do spin (stationary bike)?

Can my wife, who is 8 weeks pregnant, do spin (stationary bike)?

Yes: Exercise during pregnancy is important. Especially if she was doing it before. Keep the routine. Spinning is great. She could tone it down a bit if needed during class. But really no problems with spin class ...Read more