Knee Injury Prevention and Recovery 101

By Townsend Benard Dec 15, 2016

From walkers to marathoners, and casual gym-goers to CrossFit Games athletes, injuries happen. And there's never a good time for them. They can happen at any time, at any level of activity or fitness, and have no deference for a particular sport. But fear not! With those scary thoughts in mind, we thought we'd put your mind at ease and help you to both prevent injury, and in the case of it, recover faster. 

Jumper’s knee and general knee pain are among the most common complaints we hear at InsideTracker. Both professional and amateur runners and triathletes alike struggle with pain, and many come to InsideTracker to help them get back to training. We combine the athlete’s biomarker results, particularly for Creatine Kinase, hsCRP, and their Testosterone:Cortisol Ratio, with their athletic and injury history, as well as their diet and lifestyle habits to develop highly personalized recommendations to help them combat current, and to prevent future pain and injuries.

While you’re waiting for your next (or first) test, read on for some exercises you can do to help deal with (or prevent) knee injuries. And be on the lookout for an upcoming post with more on the IT band, another common issue many athletes deal with.

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Stressed out? Cortisol and Creatine Kinase Play Big Roles

By Laura Ligos, RD Aug 17, 2016


Being stressed out is a 21st century trend. If you're not stressed, you must be doing something wrong, right? If you're sleep-deprived, over-trained, and constantly busy, then you are deemed “super(wo)man.” Right? Well, that's wrong. When did this become the norm, and why do we think we can keep charging full speed ahead?

While we may tell ourselves that more is better, it is important to check in and see if our bodies can tolerate the way we are living. Ever been tired, but once you hit the bed you're suddenly wired? What about having a full night’s rest and waking up exhausted? This is not normal, despite the fact that many people experience such feelings. And we shouldn't trudge through life this way. Our stress hormone, cortisol, is a key component in these patterns, and it's important to understand what we are looking for when it comes to stress.

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Are You Fit Enough For Contact Sports? Rugby's All The Rage.

By Ross Yellin, Esq. Aug 11, 2016

Did you know that until their loss against Fiji yesterday, Team USA was the defending Olympic Rugby Champion? That’s right, back in 1924—the last time rugby was played in the Olympics—Team USA took home the Gold. And though they weren't able to defend their title, they played hard hitting rugby, and were just narrowly edged out by the (best in the world) competition.

As a long-time rugby player, I’ve received my fair share of questions: “people play rugby in the US? There’s more than just one team? How did you get into it in the first place?” And perhaps most commonly, some iteration of: “Aren’t you afraid you’re going to get hurt?!”

The short answer to the common question: no. I’m not afraid of getting hurt, I’m afraid that if I get hurt, I may not be able to continue playing the sport I love so much. But, no matter your sport, you can relate to rugby. From sprints to tackles, and from kicks to throws, if you play a field sport, or are interested in increasing your endurance, train like a rugby player and you'll be built to impress in no time. Here, I'll not only provide a few tips on recovery and how to be rugby-ready for your upcoming season, I'll also give you a quick glimpse into the history of the sport, and a bit of “Rugby 101" so that you can join the conversation.

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Mobility Basics: Advice from Spartan Director of Sport, Joe DI

By Joe DI Jul 27, 2016

With the Olympics drawing near and summer athletics in full swing, we're excited to welcome back a guest blogger who keeps his finger on the pulse of peak performance, Joe DiStefano, better known as “Joe DI.” Not only is he the Director of Sport at Spartan Race, he's also a longtime friend and user of InsideTracker. Last we heard from him, he shared his personal “unplugged” approach to sleeping soundly through the night, and provided the methodology for how you can do it too. In this edition, he focuses on a problem faced by many athletes, mobility.

To kick things off, Carl Valle, InsideTracker's Director of Innovation and USATF II Coach, asked Joe why he focused so heavily on the joint mobility of the foot at the Spartan Combine, and how self-care can reduce injury and keep athletes in tune with their bodies. Finally, he asked Joe to share some low-technology solutions to help address these issues for Olympians and weekend (Spartan) warriors alike.

By following his four simple tips, whether there’s a medal on the line or not, you’ll be pushing past your personal records and going for gold. Here’s what he had to say…

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