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Oscar Pistorius: The Blade Runner

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One of the most inspirational stories to come out of the London Olympics was that of Oscar Pistorius, the South African double below-knee amputee known as the “Blade Runner”.  He made the semi-finals in the men’s 400m competition, showing that even without legs he was one of the 24 fastest men in the world at this distance.  He also ...

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Kinesio Tape: Pain Abatement or Fashion Statement?

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If you’ve been watching the Olympics in London recently, you have probably noticed several athletes with colorful tape adorning different parts of their bodies in varying patterns.  The German beach volleyball team has been the most visible example, with Katrin Holtwick wearing the tape over her entire abdomen and her teammate Ilka Semmler wearing it on her buttock and sometimes ...

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The Heat Is On

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I have lived in Kentucky all my life, and this is definitely the hottest summer I can remember.  Our geography here can make it miserable in times of extreme heat because of the abundance of clay soil and its poor heat dissipation properties, and the miles and miles of rivers and streams that can add to the humidity.  This ...

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Turf Toe

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Turf toe is a term that’s thrown around a lot in professional sports, especially in the NFL, but what exactly is it? Does it only occur when playing sports on turf? Why does a toe injury keep players out of action so long? What athletes are at risk for turf toe? I’ll try to answer a few of those questions and more today.

Turf toe is a hyperextension injury of the great or big toe. The ...

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Physician, Heal Thyself: Treating My Own Ankle Sprain

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As many of you know, this spring I trained for the Louisville Triple Crown and the KDF Mini-Marathon. I was very pleased with how my training went, and also with the race results. However, I did get a bit burned out from all the training and I noticed that I started to develop some overuse pains that I wasn’t used ...

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