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Providing comprehensive discussion of this newly developing branch of sports medicine, this unique and up-to-date book focuses specifically on the treatment of athletes who train for and participate in endurance sporting events, including not only traditional endurance athletes such as runners, swimmers, bikers and triathletes, but also rowers, adventure racers, military personnel, and cross-fit athletes. Detailing strategies for not only treating and preventing injuries and conditions but also for optimizing an athlete's performance, it is divided into three thematic sections. The first section covers common medical conditions faced by the endurance athlete, including cardiovascular conditions, asthma, and heat- and altitude-related illnesses, while also discussing gender differences, pregnancy and the pediatric endurance athlete. Section two focuses on the management of common musculoskeletal conditions, such as stress fractures, overuse injuries of the soft tissue, compartment syndrome, shoulder and hip injuries, and exercise and osteoarthritis. The last section presents special considerations for the endurance athlete, including gait and swim-stroke analysis, bike fitting, mental preparation, optimizing nutrition, and how to organize medical coverage for events, as well as decision-making for return to play. A timely topic and one which has not been written about extensively in one concise collection of chapters, Endurance Sports Medicine is a valuable guide for sports medicine physicians, orthopedists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, coaches, officials, and athletes in understanding the needs of the determined individuals who participate in endurance sports.
Herbs have been used for thousands of years to cure all types of ailments from common cold to serious infections. Every culture and country has used herbs for their own therapeutic purposes. However, after the development of conventional antibiotics and drugs, the use of herbs has drastically reduced. Most people want quick fix and opt for fast acting medicine, but conventional medicine has its own disadvantage. Aside from being very expensive, it may also contain chemicals and artificial ingredients that are toxic to the body when used for a long time. Herbal medicines, on the other hand, stimulate the body's own defense mechanism, instead of bypassing its natural function. Herbal medicine aims to treat the main cause of the disease instead of just stopping the symptoms. While you might not feel its effect immediately, herbs are also very potent and effective especially if you follow a healthy lifestyle. You can use herbs to prevent and cure almost any disease. All you have to do is to harness its power and use it correctly. Most herbs have rare side effects and are safe to use on a daily basis unlike modern medicine. You can use herbs as a supplement to treat specific illness. While it is usually safe, it is also very important to educate yourself about the correct way to use each herb. This book contains information about the common herbs that you should have in your house. You might be surprised at the health benefits of each of these herbs. The book also contains herbal recipes to make teas and healing salves that you can keep in your medicine cabinet. Overall, using herbs can boost your immunity and help your body cope with mental and physical problems. You can also be creative in thinking of ways to use herbs and make products that will suit your needs.
This book has arisen from a NATO-sponsored international meeting on problems of high altitude medicine and biology, which was held on the shores of lake Issyk-Kul, in Kyrghyzstan, in June 2006. The meeting considered a mix of cell biology, integrative physiology and medical applications. The classic high-altitude condition of hypoxia remains a major public health issue in many populated mountainous areas all over the world and is discussed in detail. This book will be become a long-lasting essential reference.
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