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Whether you favor the treadmill, the streets, or the trails, make sure your enthusiasm doesn’t outstrip your abilities. Launching into a workout routine without proper preparation can often put you at risk for overuse injuries such as stress fractures and muscle tears. Jessica Wertz, DO, a family and sports medicine physician at Inova Sports Medicine,…

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Julia Bell, MS, RD, LDN, is a registered dietitian and holds a master’s degree in public health nutrition. Staying hydrated and eating early and as often as you need helps to sustain energy, lower stress, and boost metabolism. No matter your schedule, kick-start your day with an energizing meal. Continue eating small meals or snacks…

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Danny Nguyen, MD, is a primary care physician board certified in family medicine. He practices at Inova Medical Group’s primary care practice at the Inova HealthPlex in Ashburn, VA. He has special interests in pediatric and adolescent health, athletic injuries, diabetes management, and preventive medicine. With the springtime and outdoor athletic season in full swing, you may be…

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Julia Bell, MS, RD, LDN, is a registered dietitian and holds a master’s degree in public health nutrition. Performance powered by EXOS. Our understanding of quality food is constantly evolving with research. When deciding what to eat, keep it simple and natural or minimally processed. Choose responsibly sourced food that’s tasty and nourishing, like vegetables,…

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Robin West, MD, is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine. She is Chairman of Inova Sports Medicine, Lead Team Physician for the Washington Nationals and Head Team Physician for the Washington Redskins.   Baseball fans across the country marked opening day (March 29) on their calendars. Behind the scenes, as Lead Team Physician…

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Sean Burfeind, MS, LAT, ATC, OPA-C, is a residency-trained, board-certified and licensed athletic trainer. He serves as a clinical athletic trainer at Inova Sports Medicine.   If you’re a parent to a youth athlete, you’ve probably crossed paths with an athletic trainer. Yet you might still be wondering: What exactly does an athletic trainer do?…

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