Fatty acids are essential to heart health. Benefits include improved cholesterol balance and immune system function, reduced inflammation and rates of heart disease and atherosclerosis. 9-10 Current Western diets tend to be deficient in essential omega-3 fatty acids and excessive in saturated and trans fats. The resulting imbalance can promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease. 8-9 The Boston Heart Fatty Acid Balance™ test provides valuable indices and treatment considerations for the major CVD related fatty acids to help determine the most effective treatment strategy for reducing patients’ risk of heart disease.
Concentric muscle contractions occur when a muscle shortens during contraction, as in the upward motion when performing a biceps curl. An eccentric contraction occurs when a muscle lengthens with contraction, as in the "negative" or lowering motion of a biceps curl. An example of an isometric (muscle contracts while maintaining constant length) contraction would be pushing against an immovable object. An example of an isokinetic (muscle has constant speed of contraction) occurs with specialized equipment like Cybex machines. Plyometric contractions occur when a muscle rapidly lengthens just prior to contraction - like during repetitive box jumping.
Woo and Buckwalter describe the mechanisms, barriers, and molecular processes involved in ligament and tendon injury and repair.
An often neglected integral part of optimal sports performance, balance and footwork training offers the collateral benefit of reducing injury potential, while helping the athlete to evenly distribute his/her center of gravity to remain upright as well as his/her footwork during different game time circumstances, resulting in a more stable body that help an athlete achieve better coordination, increased agility, proper balance, adequate reaction time and proprioception, to become faster, efficient, more powerful, but most importantly, less prone to injury. Our tailored programs include drills, exercises and training that are specifically designed to fulfill your needs, defined to your sport and position.