Anabolic Steroids: Performance Enhancing but at What Cost?
Competition is part of life and we are all programmed to strive to be successful. The temptations of winning and of becoming bigger and stronger can be quite powerful. Performance enhancing drugs, especially anabolic steroids, have become widespread, including usage by non-athletes who want to improve their physical appearance. Younger athletes see their role models using these substances, only adding to their appeal. Unfortunately, anabolic steroids have potentially dangerou
To Ice or to Heat—That Is the Question
An active lifestyle or sports participation can lead to injuries. It is important to know how to treat these injuries. Following an acute injury such as an ankle or knee sprain, swelling may occur due to damage of the small blood vessels around the joint or muscle. Applying ice to an acute injury makes the blood vessels constrict and thus minimizes the swelling and pain. The sooner ice is applied on an acute injury, the more effective it can be. Never apply heat to an acute i