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    Green smoothies

    I juiced vegetables religiously for about 2 years. In conjunction with a good diet, I didn't really notice any benefits one way or the other, although I did get a few nasty migraines when I first started. Vegetables are obviously excellent sources of vitamins and minerals, which we all need a...
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    More "ummph!" to your groundstrokes: how?

    Personally, I have little doubt about technique being the most important factor, and by a significant margin. However, proper training will accomplish two important things: 1. Improve motor control in general and, in turn, make it easier to develop better technique. 2. Increase the power with...
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    "Pain Free" by Pete Egoscue

    I think the best you can do is to become as familiar as possible with the limitations and potential consequences imposed by whatever structural deviations you might have. This may simply mean fine tuning your technique and/or fitness training, or depending on the severity of your issue, perhaps...
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    Has anyone ever tried fasting?

    Hi Mikail, Would you mind sharing the name of the documentary? I'm interested in watching it. Thanks
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    Lower back stiffness the following morning?

    When you do this stretch, it's good to put a rolled up towel under your low back to help prevent you from flexing your lumbar spine to get more range of motion. And don't forget about your quads, glutes, and hip flexors!
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    Lower back stiffness the following morning?

    There are a lot of muscles besides the hamstrings that attach to the pelvis and can therefore alter posture and cause back stiffness or pain. In addition, how can you know for sure that your symptoms aren't related to your herniated disc? Unless you had some kind of traumatic accident that...
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    Broken Machine Alpha Pioneer DC Plus

    Can anyone explain how to separate the part of the cylinder that holds the drop weight arm from the part that holds the string clamp? I assume this is what needs to be done to get at the clutch spring? Thanks
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    Olive oil.. heating (cooking)

    The susceptibility of a fatty acid to oxidation is based on how many double bonds it has. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (most prevalent in vegetable oils) have 2 or more double bonds. Monounsaturated fatty acids have only one. Olive oil is mostly monounsaturated and is therefore less susceptible...
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    Has anyone ever tried fasting?

    Detox is a broad topic. Intermittent fasting promotes autophagy (breakdown and replacement of worn out cell components) which I suppose can be considered a type of detoxification. It also promotes detoxification in the sense that some toxins are stored in body fat, and anything that promotes...
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    Reason for back pain?

    The low back is more suited for stability than mobility. When someone has tight hips or a tight thoracic spine, range of motion at the lumbar spine tends to increase as a compensation. Over time, this makes the lumbar spine more susceptible to injury, and whether it's picking something up, or...
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    exercises in front of the computer?

    I spend a lot of time in front of the computer too. Here are a few things that can help to mitigate the negative effects. Get a stand up desk so you're not spending all that time sitting. Move around to avoid being in the same posture for more than 20 minutes or so. As much as possible, be...
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    Are You Taking the Wrong Vitamin E?

    Unless one has a specific need for increased vitamin E intake, I'm with SystemicAnomaly in regard to relying on a good diet. While some of other tocopherols and tocotrienols do have certain effects, alpha-tocopherol is the primary form of vitamin E that has biological activity. The research...
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    Cross Fit Training

    Strength Strength is arguably the most important component of fitness, and it is one of the hardest to develop. Therefore, it would be a good thing to focus on during the off season. You can start focusing more on metabolic conditioning once spring approaches. The first thing I would do if I...
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    A shoe like the Asics Resolution 2, but narrower

    Can anyone recommend any shoes that are light and flexible like the Asics Resolution line, but more narrow? The Resolution 1 was great, but the newer models are unfortunately (for me) wider. I've already tried the Barricade 6 and CC Genius, both of which I thought were too bulky. I was...
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    Cranberry/Silver Lake - Upstate NY

    Any 4.0 or 4.5 men in this area? I'll be there 8/9 - 8/12 and will be looking for someone to hit with. Thanks, Vin
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    1993 French Final or Other Long Matches

    Moose, The French Open stat is from a section of "High Performance Sports Conditioning" written by Paul Roetert. He's one of the authors of USTA's Complete Conditioning for Tennis...
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    1993 French Final or Other Long Matches

    Thanks Andres! By any chance, do you happen to remember any of the places you've read that? I don't mean to be a pain in the butt ... I'm writing an article and just want to be sure of my facts. :) For anyone who's interested, I found another one: 1992 Wimbledon Final - Agassi vs Ivanisevic...
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    1993 French Final or Other Long Matches

    I'm looking for statistics regarding how much tennis is actually being played during a long match. For example, I have a book that says the 1993 French Open final between Courier and Bruguera lasted 5 hours and they only actually played 15 minutes of tennis. I also found a NY Times article...
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    Federer's Health and Perspective

    Thanks for the great feedback guys! I will fix the few facts I messed up. grizzly4life, based on the condition I've seen others in with mono, I'd agree. How could you possible play tennis, and at the pro level no less. But we can only go by what his doctors say, and furthermore, everyone is...
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    Federer's Health and Perspective

    Thanks ttbrowne! :)
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    Federer's Health and Perspective

    Watching yesterday's final inspired me to write an article about his encounter with mononucleosis last year and the immense pressure he seems to be putting on himself since that time. Despite it being an awesome match, I found it a bit painful to watch very much like last year's Wimbledon final...
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    Shoulder replacement surgery and tennis

    If you actually work with someone who has been trained in the Egosque method, I think it gets more involved. However, there are many ways to improve joint function. The primary reason I recommended the book is because the perspective it has on surgery, particularly joint replacement, and I...
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    Shoulder replacement surgery and tennis

    Great! Let me know what you think of it.
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    Shoulder replacement surgery and tennis

    Don't become too reliant on the ibuprofen or you may end up damaging the lining of your digestive tract. And as strange is it may sound, this could actually assist in making your shoulder even worse. Are you drinking enough water? You should be drinking roughly as many ounces as half your...
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    too much tennis making me worse?

    Absolutely! Fatigue leads to bad habits such as leaning instead of bending your legs and arming the ball instead of using proper mechanics to generate power. It only takes a few hundred repetitions to learn a movement correctly the first time, but it takes thousands of repetitions to reprogram...
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    Shoulder replacement surgery and tennis

    No problem, I hope it helps. I'd hate to see anyone regret a major surgery like that when there may be an alternative. Best of luck! Another thing you may want to consider is trigger points. If any portion of your pain is coming from muscle issues, it should be easy to identify and address...
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    Tape I use athletic tape and it works great. It's also great for your feet when you know you're going to play a long singles match ... especially on a hot court.
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    Sunblock Question

    I agree. It just snowed here yesterday! I'd be thrilled to have to worry about whether or not to wear sunblock right now!
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    Unusual recurring Calf problem

    Orthotics could definitely help, but they're also expensive. Before you spend the money, here's something a lot easier you can try. Get a foam roller or The Stick and massage your calves BEFORE you play each time. If you're feeling ambitious, massage them after as well. Also, without shoes on...