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Your Athletic Trainers Corner - Sticking to Your New Year Resolutions
January 03, 2008

In This Issue...

- What's New at Sports Injury Info
- Feature Article - "Sticking to Your New Years Resolutions"
- Coming Soon to SII

Whats new at Sports Injury Info

New Pages
Below you will find links to the newest additions to the website.

Sports Injury Rehab

Learn About Ankle Rehab
Elbow Rehab: What You Need To Know
Shoulder Rehab Exercises: Improving Mobility
Shoulder Rehab Exercises: Improving Strength

Sports Injuries

The Ultimate Rotator Cuff Training Guide: A Review

Sports Injury Prevention

Ankle Braces: Choosing The Right One

Sports Injury Surgery

ACL Surgery: Choosing Your Physician
ACL Surgery Stories - Share Your ACL Surgery Experiences

Feature Article
Sticking to Your New Years Resolutions

If you are like me, new years resolutions are something that can be a great motivator, but that motivation seems to fade after the holidays are over. Deciding to make changes in your life, for the better, is a great thing. Whether you have resolved to lose weight, exercise more regularly, eat better, or not watch as much TV, here are a few tips to help you stick with your resolutions and make those changes a part of your life.

Be realistic

Make sure that your resolutions are realistic. Don't try to change too much too quickly. Deciding to work out regularly for better health and fitness is a great resolution. It does require a time committment. So, instead of resolving to work out for an hour everyday, make your resolution to work out for 30 minutes 3 times a week. You will be amazed at how much easier it is to stick to this small committment. This goes for any type of resolution...start out small, and then, once that becomes a regular routine you can add to it.

Don't Make Too Many

Everyone wants to change things in their lives. Some more than others. One key to sticking to your resolutions is to not make too many. Pick one, or maybe two things that are very important to you. Perhaps you want to start eating a better diet. Resolve to do that and that alone. Too many resolutions means too many chances to fail. If you pick just one thing, then you are more likely to stick to it.

Set goals

Whatever your resolution is, set a goal to help yourself achieve it. If it is to lose weight, set a realistic goal, say 10 lbs in 10 weeks. This goal is achieveable, and when you beat it, then you will feel even more accomplished. Once you meet your goal, then set a new one. Little steps make all the difference in making a permanent change in your life.

Make a Plan

Resolving to make a change in your life is the first step. The next is setting your goal. The third, and most important, is setting out a plan to achieve that permanent change. If you have resolved to start exercising, sit down and write out a plan for your program. Pick a few exercises, write them down, and set yourself a schedule. Remember, make it realistic. Keep a log of your progress, and how your plan is progressing. Seeing those results on paper is a great motivator to keep going.

Don't Get Frustrated

Resolutions are a good way to make a positive change in your life. They can also be frustrating. A busy schedule, work, family, and so many other things can get in your way of keeping your resolutions. Don't get frustrated if you slip a little here and there. Remember, you are making a change for a better life, and life ebbs and flows. If you miss a workout, or splurge on that banana split, chalk it up to human nature, and then get back on your plan. Don't get frustrated, and remember your goals and your plan to achieve them.


New Years resolutions are a great way to start the new year with a change for the better. Make sure your resolutions are realistic, and that you set little goals to achieve them. Write out your plan, and then stick to it as best you can. Don't get frustrated if you stray, just get back on track. Remember, even though the new year is a great time to start making changes, any day is a great day to start living healthier.

Coming Soon To SII

Have you ever had an ankle sprain? Do you suffer from weak ankles? Do you dread the pick up basketball game for fear of injury?

Coming soon to Sports Injury Info, "The Complete Guide To Ankle Sprains".

From injury to return to play, this e-book will give you all of the knowledge you need to return yourself to sports and a pain free ankle.

This guide will walk you through the initial treatment, how to reduce swelling and speed recovery, and the key activities for the first 3 days. Days 4-14 detail exercises to improve range of motion, strength, and normal walking. Weeks 2-4 improve your balance and proprioception, and return your ankle strength to normal. Weeks 4 and on involve exercises for improving strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and power.

If you have "weak ankles" or suffer from chronic sprains, this guide is for you. It covers some of the commonly overlooked areas of ankle sprain rehab, and provides step by step instructions for conquering your ankle pain. Not just for the acute sprain, it can help to eliminate ankle pain from old sprains too...

Watch your email inbox for details regarding this upcoming e-book.

Until Next Time,


Stay off the Sidelines!

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