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Women combat veterans suffer the same injuries and difficulties as their male counterparts. And a rugged form of expedition therapy offers a new kind of hope.

The rewards of risk are fueling a catastrophic increase in TBIs. How can we protect ourselves?

Sometimes, what's common knowledge doesn't need scientific validation. Listen to the advice of these two legendary athletes and remember that even the strongest of us need a little rest and relaxation.

Rest, relaxation and time off are important ingredients to success

A few tips from Dr. Luanne Freer, founder of the Everest Base Camp Medical Clinic.

These healthy eats can help you build strength, sustain energy, and recover faster

CrossFit champ Samantha Briggs believes in resting as hard as you train and ditching the set exercise schedule. She shares her favorite training tips.

Already an Everest record-holder, the 29-year-old climbing great shares what it takes to reach the top

Fourteen years after barely surviving a mountaineering accident in Alaska, Paradox Sports founder and amputee Malcolm Daly is making it his mission to bring hurt climbers back to the tribe

Kor’s slick Nava filter can process about 40 gallons, or 220 refills before requiring replacement

Move over EPO: Dynavision’s CoreControl cooling glove enhances performance with just a vacuum and ice

You love to run. You hate to get hurt. Even if injuries are inevitable, there’s plenty you can do about them. Here’s your guide to fixing the most frequent problems.

I got doored by an oblivious driver. Thankfully I just bruised my leg, but it busted my bike pretty badly. Anyways, I’m about to receive some cash from the driver’s insurance company that’ll cover the x-ray bills and then some. Do I have to pay taxes on it?

What you need to know to get running

Should I take ibuprofen before or after hard training to limit pain?

Training hard but still eating like you’re not? You could wind up with hormone deficiencies. The consequences can be dire: low energy, diminished sperm count, and an inability to conceive children.

A conversation with Dr. Stacy Sims, endurance runner, Ironman triathlete, and pro-elite road racer who has been studying the science of performance and nutrition for two decades

When it comes to holiday giving, you should never have to choose. This year, our editors have pulled together 68 perfect ideas—priced from $4 to $50,000—guaranteed to make anyone on your list feel like a million bucks.

How research supports the therapeutic benefits of playing outside

When his wife Amy showed up with a Labrador Retriever, Jeff Supergan wasn't sure it made sense. He had never had a dog before, and, being confined to a wheelchair, didn't know if he could handle it. But when Amy's doctors discovered an unexpected brain tumor, the dog ended up taking care of them both.

In a time of corruption and coercion, courage was not in short supply. A hidden cadre of men resisted doping, and they paid a heavy price. Here are their stories.

Tens of thousands of people are hurt while riding their bikes every year in the United States alone. Follow these 10 basic guidelines to make sure you avoid injury and stay safe.

The difference between hitting the summit and hitting the wall comes down to the fuel in your belly.

I always get sausage fingers and puffy hands whenever I go on day hikes. My friend says it’s because I’m not eating enough salt. But doesn’t salt cause bloating? What’s going on here?

A protein-rich, paleo-inspired meal adapted for the modern athlete

The best blenders for whipping up recovery smoothies.

Three surefire recipes to supercharge your workout

Increasingly, race organizers are testing non-elite athletes for performance-enhancing drugs. But is it fair, or even possible, to hold amateurs to the same stringent standards as the pros?

Common medications that will—and won't—earn you a suspension

I saw a Groupon for a trip to a local infrared sauna. How’s that different from the dry sauna at my gym, and will it help my achy knees?

I have a friend who runs home from the bar and sits in a sauna after a night of drinking. He says this ritual helps him sober up faster and avoid a hangover. Is he right?

I want to keep up my training routine—but I'm injured. Will taking Advil for the pain in my strained quad inhibit healing?

I want to add miles for my ultra training, but I'm concerned about breaking down my body. Will longer runs wreck my hard-won muscle tone?

I’ve seen it on a whole range of athletes, from Olympic volleyball players to swimmers and soccer players. How is Kinesio tape supposed to work, and is it effective?

Long hauls in the saddle got you sore? These four yoga poses will stretch your trouble spots.

In our obsession with minimizing exercise damage, we may have lost sight of the reason we exercise in the first place: to force our bodies to adapt and get stronger

A recent New York Times Magazine story titled "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body" caused a stir last week, claiming that certain aspects of yoga were too risky for the general population. So should you avoid the fitness routine if you're not a serious athlete?

New workouts, a marathon birth, and revolutionary new studies: Here are the headlines that defined health and fitness news in 2011

Does stretching prior to a run prevent injuries and improve performance? Does guzzling water prevent cramps? Here's the truth about the top 10 fitness myths.

An easy, dramatic performance boost based on an old science is catching on. It's about time.

Recover faster with these five superfoods

Sometimes I get blisters on my feet. What can I do to treat them so I don’t have to stop running?

The three secrets of hyper-efficient fitness

The U.S. military has always excelled at training soldiers, but they've had a tougher time helping them adjust to peace. The author joins 11 combat veterans in Nepal as they test the most promising new postwar therapy: adventure.

In 2007, molecular biologist Ron Evans flipped a genetic switch on test mice and turned them into super-athletes. Headlines ensued, as did nervous references to human applications and "exercise in a pill." Evans is still toiling away in the lab, and guess what? The day is coming.

From hot springs to mountain-town fiestas to one surprisingly easy island getaway, we've got you covered.

Are your workouts working against you? Why one addictive kind of training might be sabotaging your game.

New technologies take your fitness to the next level—by making the most of your downtime.

What's the best post workout drink? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Turns out moderate drinking might not be preventive medicine after all. But that doesn't mean it's not good for you.

How can I prevent sore legs during my first long ski weekend? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

Build Power, Not Bulk The Pillars of Fitness To get in peak shape try out all four parts of our comprehensive series. IF YOU’VE BEEN FOLLOWING our Pillars of Fitness series (“Building a Base,” March, and “Speed Up,” May), congratulations. By now you’ve dedicated yourself to sustainable, year-round conditioning…

Turns out your old PE coach was right. Yes, it hurts, but the new thinking about athletic pain is clear: Keep moving.

I dislocated my shoulder rock climbing. What kind of exercises should I do to reduce the risk of it happening again? Eric Las Cruces, New Mexico

I'm having surgery on the big toe on my left foot, which will keep me on crutches for six weeks. The doctor has told me no pressure on the foot, not even from a stationary bike. What can I do to keep from totally losing my conditioning?

I banged my knee falling off my bike and now it's sore just below the kneecap. How long should I lay off it, and do you have any recovery suggestions? Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

The 12 most common, performance-defeating fitness mistakes, and how to fix them

If I'm still sore from a workout two days later, is it ok to work that muscle group again, or should I wait until the soreness has subsided? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sleep has overtaken yoga and carb-free diets as America's favorite fitness craze. It's about time.

When is the most effective time after weight training to take protein? Alexander Waterloo, Ontario

Our all-time best fitness advice, all in one place.

Can beer be considered a valuable source of carbs for post- training refueling? Marc Montreal, Quebec

Put down that dumbell and pay attention: Your eyes need training, too. Upgrade this all-important organ with our complete guide to better vision.

I give blood on a regular basis. Can you give me any tips on how to intermix blood donations with hard training? Allan D. Florida

Rule number one for total physical fitness? Where your back goes, all else follows. Keep yours in top shape with our guide to strength, flexibility, and injury treatment.

Several weeks ago I ran the marathon I've been training for since January, and now I've gained four pounds in the past six weeks. How can I keep the weight off? Help!

Knees are critical joints, and they can't be traded in like last year's cell phone. Keep your hinges state-of-the-art with our complete guide to strength, conditioning, and injury prevention.

You've done your rehab, your knee feels great, you think you’re ready to return to action. But don’t rush back into the fray. Avoid a repeat injury by first taking—and passing—this return-to-sport test, provided by the Steadman Hawkins Center, a renowned orthopedic center in Vail, Colorado. Don’t attempt to perform this test on your

After a long workout what should one's next meal consist of to get the most from the workout? Rory Boulder, CO

Someone once told me that if you mix some apple juice with water you can hydrate faster—is this actually true? Oliver New York, NY

After a long workout, what should I eat to get the most from my workout? Rory Boulder, CO

You're gonna get hurt—count on it. Here are the new smart fixes for those inevitable breaks, tears, and strains.

Oxygen chambers allow you to simulate the world's altitude extremes. But should you? Depends on what you're after.

We cull 25 years of the best of Outside's esteemed Bodywork section to bring you the best advice on terrain hucking, knee recuperation, injury prevention, and more.

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