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The Cross Stroke In Swimming
Not always: As with all exercise, the body will adapt to it and become more efficient at it, and therefore give you less returns/results for your efforts. If all you did was freestyle, over time you would not get the same results as you did when you were beginning your freestyle program. Maybe you shouldn't abandon the other swinnimg strokes that you can perform. ...Read more
Butterfly: Is the highest probably followed by a fast freestyle ...Read more
Any stroke: You will get toned up and leaner looking, but may not lose much weight swimming. Many exercises cause a rise in core temperature, and sweating, etc. These can help reduce weight. The water keeps your temp. Cooler, and you don't sweat, so there is less weight lost. You do burn calories which will help weight loss, but not as much/fast as, for example, playing raquetball hard. Excellent exercise. ...Read more
Over the past year I have been experiencing pain in my shins when I do breast stroke in swimming, I've never had growing pain so im not sure what it it?
Shin pain in swimmer:
Shin pain in breaststrokers is common and means you are getting a complete kick. It is basically a shin splint.
stand on a step, heel only on... most of the rest of your foot hanging off. Tie a weight to the toe of your shoe, and do weighted toe raises. Allow the foot to extend down, then point contract the foot to point the toes as high as they'll go. Hold at the top, and compress shin muscle. ...Read more
1/2 hour slow breast stroke daily for 3 months. Start to have bilateral golfers elbow 1 month ago. How can that happen? Have to stop swimming?
Cross train: Elbow pain associated with swimming breast stroke may signal overuse and/or improper technique. Suggest a coach to watch your stroke and add any needed corrections. You can also incorporate other strokes in your workout, such as freestyle. Days off or cross training with cycling will allow for recovery of overused joints. ...Read more
57 year old female. Can half an hour of swimming breast stroke every day be the cause of Trochanteric Bursitis?
Trochanteric bursa: As you might imagine, it is possible your activity is the cause. A good question is does swimming make it worse? Visit your orthopedic surgeon for a physical exam to evaluate your pain. You also have lumbar spinal disease and may have bone spurs or other etiological factors. Rest and modify your activity- try another stroke or use a pull buoy. Read:http://orthoinfo. Aaos. Org/topic. Cfm? Topic=a00409 ...Read more
D I had a stroke two years ago and today is clear that it was caused by patent foramen ovale. Can I keep doing sports like swimming, running, fitness?
Probably: First, we can rarely guarantee that a stroke is caused by a pfo--20-25% of the general population has a pfo, which means that anyone who has a stroke for any reason has a 20% chance of having a pfo. That being said, the younger and healthier a patient is, the more likely it is that the pfo was related to stroke. There is no contraindication to exercise with pfo. Check with your doctor to be sure. ...Read more
Testicle pain: Strain of inner thigh muiscles and lower abdomen could radiate to testicles and cause pain. If so, then you need rest and less exertion during swimming. Sudden groin pain in men with swelling of the scrotum, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain are symptoms of testicular torsion, which is a medical emergency. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you experience these symptoms. ...Read more
Can you please tell me about some great swimming strokes, that work for your arms and legs and stomach?
Not googles: Sudden onset of ocular misalignment should be examined by an ophthalmologist. This was not caused by swim googles. ...Read more
16 y old. I was sitting crossed leg. My right hand felt little tingly. When I got up my right leg fell asleep, both went away few secs. Worried stroke?
No: Just partially obstructed blood vessels due to pressure, back to normal once pressure is relieved, you're fine ...Read more
Ischemic: A dry stroke is due to a cut off or reduction in circulation to a portion of the brain, usually due to closure of a blood vessel from a blood clot. This is different from a "wet stroke" in which a blood vessel break or is disrupted, causing bleeding or hemorrhage into the brain. ...Read more
Brain attack: 2 kinds of stroke: ischemic or hemorrhagic. Ischemic (either thrombotic or embolic) is like a clogged drain in your house. Hemorrhagic is like a burst pipe. In either case, you don't get water flowing where you need it. Same w/stroke - you lose blood flow to vital areas in your brain (are there non-vital areas?). Without blood flow, brain dies. So if you think you're having a stroke, call 911. ...Read more
Stroke: Once a stroke occurs the focus needs to be on rehab and prevention. The sooner you begin rehab, the more likely you are to regain abilities. Also proper blood pressure and cholesterol control as well as improved lifestyle - ie improved diet/exercise are needed to prevent another from happening. This should all be done under the watchful eye of your physician - may benefit from medicine as well. ...Read more
Absolutely: You can have a vascular occlusion within the eye which can affect the sight in that particular eye. You can have a stroke in the visual cortex which can block portions of your vision. Strokes have also affected color vision, facial recognition, visual memory and other visually related functions. These conditons are best analyzed by a neuro-ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Prevention is best: Although tpa (alteplase) is important, best to avoid need for this. Be mindful of risks, such as hypertension, diabetes, high blood fats, smoking, some illicit drugs (cocaine, etc), hyperhomocysteinemia, obesity, concurrent heart disease. Preventatives include the antiplatelet drugs, such as clopidogrel, aggrenox, and to a lesser extent aspirin. Some new anticoagulants can be considered. ...Read more
No: A stroke means some brain cells have died, usually after loss of blood supply. Lost cells can't be replaced. Bigger stroke = more disability. However, our brains are flexible (esp when younger). Often remaining cells can adapt + we see variable improvement during rehab. I don't know any pills proven to speed this up, but u have to look for specific studies, not just general claims for supplements. ...Read more
Depends: Strokes are more common in men under 75 and women above 75. And african americans are twice as likely to have a stroke. Some other factors for stroke include: high blood pressure, history of previous strokes, women who smoke while on hormonal birth control, diabetes, heart disease such as atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis. ...Read more
Yes: Tia happens when blood supply to a certain area of the brain gets cut off temporarily. This causes a neurologic deficit - weakness, numbness, visual deficit or difficulty with speech. While TIA usually resolves, it indicates that there is a problem with your heart or blood vessels that can cause another TIA o stroke. It is heard to predict size of stroke from a tia, but it can certainly be large. ...Read more
See below: Thorough neurologic examination is the first step in diagnosing a stroke or tia. A neurologist may develop concern based on typical neurologic defecits. If indicated, MRI is the best test for identifying or ruling out a stroke. If the symptoms are similar to a stroke but there is no stroke on MRI and/or the symptoms resolve, it is more likely to have been a transient ischemic attack (tia). ...Read more