Muscle News Daily April 17 2014, 0 Comments

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Can 70 be the new 30?

Let's face it. We're all looking for the fountain of youth. We try to find it in lotions and potions. Unfortunately, that's a long ways off, if at all. There's good news though. The answer is simpler than we think. A new study looked at cellular aging of skeletal muscle. Without getting into technical terms that are sure to put anyone to sleep, the study found that age is not the real reason why we tend to lose muscle mass. The answer is simple. 

 Its inactivity. That's right. You use it or lose it. No more excuses about aches and pains and getting older. Get off the butt and start moving. Start doing anything. 

 Click here for abstract to cellular aging of skeletal muscle article

Got a hamstring injury? Throw on a Pelvic Belt

We all know that when someone has a hamstring injury, treatment needs to focus on a combination of strategies. Just don't focus on the hamstring. Focus on the pelvis, the low back, etc. Abnormal neuromotor control in these areas can increase the incidence and recurrence of hamstring injuries. 

Wearing a pelvic belt can increase the stability of this area. An interesting direction this is going is in utilizing a pelvic belt for hamstring injuries. Researchers are putting 2 and 2 together and are currently hypothesizing the use of a pelvic belt as part of an overall treatment strategy. Should be interesting where this goes. Definitely another tool in the tool box for trainers and health professionals.

Abstract on using a pelvic belt for hamstring injuries

Speaking of hamstring injuries, what's the best rehab protocol for acute hamstring injury?

Interesting new study looked at whether a stretching (lengthening) type of rehab program or a conventional exercise program was better at returning Swedish soccer players (football for all you not in North America) to activity. A couple of interesting things to note here:

- Lengthening type of exercises were almost twice as fast in returning the players back to activity. The mean average was around 28 days while for conventional exercises, it was 51 days. 

- Regardless of the protocol used, stretching type of injuries took significantly longer than sprint type injuries. 

Do any of you fitness and health professionals have experience in dealing with hamstring injuries on the field? Love to hear your comments. 

Click here for summary of research finding for acute hamstring injury

How to increase efficiency of testing both the knee extensors and flexors at the same time. Magic angle revealed (sort of)

As a fitness or health professional, do you spend time assessing knee extensor and flexor isometric strength? We tend to measure both at different angles due to the length - tension relationships of the hamstring and quadriceps muscle. It would definitely be more efficient to test them at the same time. Is there an angle where we can do this?

In a new study, it turns out you can. To make a long story short, they found a knee angle of 60 degrees flexion can give you similar results for both knee extensors and flexors. I think more research needs to be done but its definitely a nice bit of information to have if you want to increase your efficiency of testing the knee extensors and flexors at the same time.

Click to get summary of research findings