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Why are ACL Injuries On the Rise?

Ilen Bell, MS, CSCS, Co-Founder of Black Fitness Today



While watching the New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers game today, I witnessed the second “non-contact” injury to a Jets player in two weeks. Last week, Darrelle Revis, who is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL, suffered a season-ending ACL injury. If losing Revis was not enough for the Jets, it appears that Santonio Holmes may be next, depending on the outcome of an MRI.

Non-contact injuries are on the rise in sports and in non-athletes alike. Thinking back to the 2011-2012 NBA season, Derrick Rose and Barron Davis are some athletes who come to mind with season ending non-contact knee injuries.

What are non-contact injuries?

• Injuries that occur with out an outside force, such as being pushed or tackled

Who is at risk for non-contact injuries?

• Everyone – athletes and non-athletes

When do non-contact injuries occur?

• When the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the body take on more than they have been trained to handle

Where do non-contact injuries occur?

• Anywhere – they can occur in all sports and in everyday life

Why do non-contact injuries occur?

The body moves most efficiently when there is optimal flexibility. When most people exercise, they do not train the body to improve movement and function. The lack of training the body to be more efficient during movement leads to muscle imbalances, due to some muscles being overactive and others being underactive. These imbalances cause other muscles known as synergists or helper muscles within the body to take on a more dominant role and compensate for weakened, unreactive muscles. When synergists take on this more dominant role, muscle within the body become imbalanced, which leads to altered posture and an increased risk of injury. Just imagine a pick-up truck trying to pull the load of an 18 wheeler – that’s what happens in the body when we lose focus of training to be more functional.

How do non-contact injuries occur?

• Bending over to pick up something
• Stepping down off a stair case
• Turning or twisting the body

What else?

If the body is not trained to move in all planes of motion non-contact injuries will likely occur.

• Sagittal Plane – moving the body forward (lunges)
• Frontal Plane – moving the body side to side (side lunges or shuffling)
• Transverse – twisting or turning the body (rotational lunge)

Look at your training program to make sure that you are training the body in all planes of motion. This will increase function during movement and decrease your risk of injury.

Ilen Bell is co-founder and CEO of Black Fitness Today, a digital platform dedicated to empowering the black community through health promotion and performance enhancement. He lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife and daughter and nine-to-fives it as head strength and conditioning coach for a military special operations unit.

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2Chainz Pretty Girls Fit Fest: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music



Atlanta’s Hottest Fitness Trainers Missy Mostrom, Stephanie LeBeau, DaShaun “Guru” Johnson & Lana Ector Whipped Over 200 Pretty Girls into Shape at Center Stage for the Release of 2Chainz “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” Album  

This past Thursday, June 15th over 200 of Atlanta’s prettiest girls showed up to the Loft at Center Stage in athletic gear for one reason…because they love trap music! Event attendees were excited and ready to sweat it out to 2Chainz new album “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” with a few of Atlanta’s hottest fitness trainers and were surprised to receive an official “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” pink yoga mat which came in handy during the three 45-minute workout sessions.

Session 1 featured trainers Stephanie LeBeau and Missy Mostrom of VESTA who opened the night with kickboxing moves and rotational exercises that increased heartbeats and spirits. Then the Guru of Abs himself, Dashaun Johnson, took the stage for Session 2 and after a quick warm up he turned it up and took it off! Always one to focus on breathing during his workouts, you could hear the ladies calling out the numbers of their sets throughout the entire venue. To close out the night in Session 3, Lana Ector came to represent that Black Women Workout Too and showed all the pretty girls that a little twerking can be considered a workout too.

Throughout the evening attendees were able to relax in the Pretty Girls lounge wherein they previewed the “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” album and refreshed themselves with Propel Electrolyte Water.The next stop on the Trap Fitness tour will be….well you just have to stay tuned to find out.

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Fantasia’s ‘Journey to Fit’ – See the Exercises that Helped Refine Her Sexy



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The All New Black Fitness Today Podcast!



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The Black Fitness Today Podcast is here! Allow us to re-introduce ourselves:

We’re Ilen and Lauren Bell, the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today! We want to take things a step further and start a podcast to further connect with you, and bring you even more interviews, tips and tools to keep you fit, empowered and inspired!

What better way to kick things off than by interviewing the fitness industry’s most trusted consultant and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp – the fast growing fitness business in the world – Bedros Keuilian! He was even recently named one of the “20 Faces of Franchising” by Global Franchise Magazine. But his success was hard earned. Bedros and his family immigrated to America from Armenia, with less than $300. But his family’s determination and will to overcome led Bedros from digging through dumpsters for food, to reaching massive professional and personal success.

Listen to this motivating and informative episode as Bedros drops gems for days – – not only for the current and aspiring fitness professional, but for anyone looking to elevate their life! What does hitting the snooze button really mean subconsciously? How do you make time for healthy living while always on the go? What’s the best way for fitness professionals to avoid burnout and make their passion into a profitable living? Get answers to these questions and so much more.
Keeping you fit, inspired and empowered! We are Black Fitness Today. The premier fitness lifestyle brand for the black community.

Listen to “Bedros Keuilian: From Homeless Personal Trainer to Multi-Million Dollar Fitness Empire” on Spreaker.

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