Knee Injury on Hold for RG3

Mirror, mirror on the wall, will RG3 still play football?  What does the future hold for RG3?  Does this latest knee injury have Robert Griffin III looking for a career change?  Will he be able to come back next season stable and strong or are his glory days over, done with and gone?  If ONLY we had a crystal ball.

Seahawks at Redskins, 2013 NFC Wild Card
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Shanahan vs. Andrews

Is this another remake of “He Said, She Said”?

According to Robert Klemko of USA Today Sports, Dr. James Andrews, the same knee specialist responsible for Adrian Peterson’s miraculous return to health in 2012, is disputing Shanahan’s insistence that he had Andrews’ blessing to put Griffin back in the game after Griffin was injured against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 9. He missed the next game, a 38-21 win over the Cleveland Browns. Backup Kirk Cousins threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns….More at Dr. James Andrews disputes Mike Shanahan’s assertions regarding RG3′s knee – Yahoo! Sports (blog)


“He’s doing a lot better this week, but he’s still recovering and I’m holding my breath because of it,” Andrews said. “He passed all the tests and all the functional things we do, but it’s been a trying moment for me, to be honest with you.”

This isn’t the first time the Redskins have run afoul of those in the know when it comes to Griffin’s health. When he suffered a concussion in a Week 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons, the team was fined $20,000 by the NFL for failing to properly notify the media of the severity of the injury. Instead, the team reported that Griffin was “shaken up.”  The team did pull Griffin from the game after the concussion….More at Dr. James Andrews disputes Mike Shanahan’s assertions regarding RG3′s knee – Yahoo! Sports (blog)



Tendonitis Helped by Exercise:

Keep Fit Be Happy

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Exercise does more than promote a healthy body.  It can also help you to relieve the chronic and sometimes painful feelings you have when it comes to all types of tendonitis.  Whether it be shoulder tendonitis or ankle tendonitis, exercise helps to improve the elasticity of the muscles and joints which is very important to all the tendons in the body.  Simple stretching can relax the tendon and improve strength and flexibility on the joints and muscles in the body.  Arthritis sufferers can also improve their painful symptoms with light to moderate exercise.


Flexibility Exercises to Improve Tendonitis Symptoms

Perhaps you don't know which exercises will help your tendonitis or, moreso, which ones will worsen your symptoms of tendonitis.  Check out this video and see the benefits you can derive.


What Leads to Tendonitis?

It's kind of like a science experiment when it comes to tendonitis.  It takes time to figure out how you may have developed the symptoms of tendonitis.  It could be from some sort of physical exertion on your part or it may be contributed to some nutrient lacking in your diet. 

Factors leading to Tendonitis symptoms can be from physcial activity, a lack of nutrition and dietary intake, or even be from emotional and psychological problems….More at Jan 24, Magnesium For Tendonitis, Magnesium Deficiency, Benefits of Magnesium

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Magnesium to Help Tendonitis Symptoms:

Magnesium is vital to proper body function.  It is used in over 300 biological functions of the human body, once of which is muscle function.  Magnesium can help with a variety of tendonitis issues such as carpal tunnel, wrist tendonitis, rotator cuff, etc.  Plus it is an excellent nutrient to keep you heart healthy.

Magnesium is a very important nutrient for your body.  It may take some time, but it may help relieve the pain you could be experiencing with your type of tendonitis.  There is no such thing as a “quick fix”.Magnesium is vital for us because it is used in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body including being required for nerve impulse transmission and turning off the contraction of a muscle fiber….More at Jan 24, Magnesium For Tendonitis, Magnesium Deficiency, Benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium Rich Foods:

Here is a short list of magnesium rich foods that your body will benefit from:

  • green vegetable
  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • black beans
  • whole wheat cereal
  • whole wheat bread
  • halibut
  • rock fish
  • unrefined grains
  • soy milk
  • tofu

Magnesium RDA:

1-3 years  80 milligrams

4-8 years  130 milligrams

9-13 years  240 milligrams

14-18 years  (boys)  410 milligrams

14-18 years (girls)  360 milligrams

Adult female  310 milligrams

Adult Male  400 milligrams


Resolve to Exercise in the New Year

Every year people usually make a resolution to get fit and get involved in some sort of exercise program.  That is fine, but remember to do it in moderation.  20-30 minutes a day of light to medium exercise is all you need.  Most individuals get gung ho and want to perform to an extreme which can lead to serious injury such as ankle and knee sprains, symptoms of tendonitis and more serious injuries.

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Exercise in Moderation

Wilmot High School Athletic Trainer Nikolai Laitamaki said moderation is the only way to go.

“You don’t have to kill yourself,” he said. “We all can benefit from any type of athletic movement. Just 20-30 minutes of light to medium exercise is good.”

He said often people decide to start an exercise program and end up with one of the big three exercise-related injuries — strains and sprains, tendonitis and shin splints.

Strains are muscular when you pull or pinch something in the process of exercise or sport; a sprain is more of a ligament twist or pull. Tendonitis occurs from repetitive motions and overuse from a single-sport focus, something that is increasing in younger athletes who no longer vary their athletic pursuits. Shin splints typically occur when…More at New to exercise? Take it slow so you don't get hurt – Kenosha News (subscription)

Prior to performing any exercise routine, be sure you warm up first by stretching the muscles you are going to work outl.  If you don't, you could strain the muscles further causing chronic pain which may lead to joint and tendonitis problems down the road.  Here are some major injuries you could sustain if you do not stretch properly prior to exercising.


Top 10 sports injuries

1. Muscle pulls/cramps

2. Neck strain/pain

3. Frozen shoulder

4. Strained lower back

5. “Tennis elbow”

6. “Runner’s knee”

7. Shin splints

8. Sprained/twisted ankle

9. Achilles tendonitis

10. Foot arch pain/strain…More at New to exercise? Take it slow so you don't get hurt – Kenosha News (subscription)

Just remember, with anything, be smart and start slow to avoid any physical inujuries in the future.  If you do happen to strain or sprain a muscle group, there are many all-natural pain relief rememdies you can use without harmful side effects.  Visit and see the benefits this pain reliever can provide for you.


Exercise without injury

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For many, the new year is a time for diet, exercise and injury.  Injury you say? Yes, because most people tend to overdo it when it comes to exercising thinking the harder they exercise, the less time it will take to get in shape.  This is not true.  Usually you will end up straining or seriously injuring muscle groups you didn't even know you had.  This could cause various types of tendonitis, not to mention the chronic pain that accompanies strains and strains.  You will benefit from a light to moderate exercise routine for 20-30 minutes a day, just remember to be smart about it.  The most important thing to do prior to any exercise workout is to STRETCH.  I can't over emphasize this enough.  If you don't, you can suffer from a multitude of painful injuries including:

  1. ankle injuries
  2. knee injuries
  3. shoulder injuries
  4. back and neck injuries

The above listed injuries could result in severe tendonitis symptoms in the future which could be permanent.


Additional tips to exercise injury free

  • Define your goals. Knowing what you want to accomplish can lead you to greater exercise success. And, don’t expect overnight results: Proceed slowly and have patience. The good news? If the exercise is done correctly, your results will be better and longer-lasting.
  • Do proper warm-ups. Madaffari recommends 10 to 15 minutes of graduated walking on a treadmill or time on an elliptical. Your chances of injury are lessened with warm-ups.
  • Get a trainer, even if it’s just for a few weeks. Improper technique is at the root of many injuries, said Shields. Bowers recommends a pre-participation screening, assessing form, range of motion, technique, coordination, flexibility and more, giving you an idea of where you’re at physically – and what you can do without risk of injury. “You can’t devalue that,” Bowers said. “That’s your well-being.”
  • Give your body an opportunity to adjust to, recover from, and adapt to your program, whatever it is. Get into your routine gradually, doing just the base workout for two to three weeks. “Your body cannot go from relatively sedentary to relatively active and not expect repercussions from that,” added Madaffari.
  • Expect some soreness. It’s standard to feel some discomfort 48 to 72 hours after starting your routine, said Madaffari, but if it gets worse, or isn’t what you’d consider a “normal” pain, contact a professional – it may be an injury.

BY NOREEN LIVOTI, For…More at Less pain, more gain: How to stay injury free while working out –

You WILL see results, but you must go at a slow and steady pace.  Remember, you didn't gain all the weight overnight so you are not going to take it off overnight.  Good luck in the new year!

What You Eat Can Affect Tendonitis Pain

Did you know that what you eat can affect your symptoms of tendonitis?  Some foods are very beneficial in reducing the chronic pain of  tendonitis, while others are quite harmful.  Below are a list of helpful and harmful foods:

Nutrition to fight tendonitis

Nutrition to Fight Tendonitis


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However, inflammation is a key cause of pain in many conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis. And there is some evidence to suggest that certain foods might help ease inflammation. Medication is proven to help RA symptoms, but some people do feel that food affects how they feel and function….More at Best and worst foods for pain – Fox News


Beneficial Foods:

  • Salmon
  • broccoli
  • strawberries
  • olive oil

Harmful Foods:

  • bacon
  • red meat
  • alcohol
  • milk

Nutrition to fight tendonitis pain as you can see are many.  It is easy to eat the right foods and help yourself to keep you joint pain to a minimum.  Eat right and feel better.