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Is Too Much Exercise Bad for the Heart?

Past studies found that endurance athletes, like marathon runners, have scarring in their heart muscles as well as coronary plaques which can cause a heart attack. So is too much exercise bad for us?

But first, it’s important to note that most of …

Mind Over (Genetic) Matter: Does Our Mindset Limit Performance?

Consumer genetic testing gives us all an opportunity to discover gene variants that influence our palate, behavior, and health inheritance. But a recent study has shown that our genetic makeup may not have as big an influence on our behavior as our mindset.

For starters, the science on gene variants …

Dr. Sonja Stilp Helps Design the Future of Female Bike Seats

A woman’s search for finding a comfortable bike seat for long rides may finally be over. Drs. Andy Pruitt (inventor of Specialized’s Body Geometry program) and Sonja Stilp created a bike seat that reduces numbness and pain by mimicking the body’s response to different types of pressure. The result …

The RISE of Stem Cells in Sports and Regenerative Medicine

Doctors are recommending stem cell, or orthobiologic, therapy as the latest way to renew and repair damaged or diseased tissue and treat orthopedic and sports medicine conditions. Orthobiologics are products made from substances that are naturally found in your body. And the good news? RISE offers orthobiologics for the musculoskeletal system including …

Is PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) a Fad or the Future of Injury Treatment?

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, has received a lot of attention in the treatment of injuries—especially with well-known athletes like Tiger Woods and Maria Sharapova. But is it safe, effective, and does it work? Let’s address some of the frequently asked questions about PRP.

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

To understand PRP, it’s …