• Shin Splints Explained

    What are Shin Splints?

    If you’re an active runner or someone who’s on their feet for a good part of the day, than you’ve probably suffered from some type of shin pain in your life. If you feel tenderness, soreness or pain along the inner part of your lower leg than you may have shin splints. The condition is known medically as medial tibial stress syndrome and may also be accompanied by mild swelling in the lower leg. It’s important that you receive treatment as soon as you notice the problem to alleviate further damage of the surrounding bone tissue, muscles, and tendons that were overworked.

    Shin Splint Symptoms

    • - Shin has a sharp or dull and throbbing pain
    • - Pain is present during and after you exercise
    • - The shin is irritated when touched


    Shin Splint Causes

      • - Stress fractures caused by several tiny breaks over time
      • - Postural abnormalities, like fallen arch or flat feet
      • - Muscles that have become swollen from overuse
      • - Muscle weakness of the hip, thigh or buttocks


      • Individuals who participate in stop and start sports are much more likely to develop shin splints. A few examples of sports where this is seen is basketball, tennis, soccer, running, lacrosse, and racquetball. Diagnosing shin splints is usually easy with proper medical history and a physical exam by a physician. On some occasions an X-ray may be used to help pinpoint other possible causes of your pain.


    Treatment for Shin Splints


      • - Limit activities that caused the pain
      • - Gradually work in low-impact exercise to strengthen muscles while recovering


      • Ice.
      • -Apply cold therapy to the affected shin for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, four to eight times a day for several days.
      • -Do not apply ice pack directly to the skin, use a towel or wrap.


    • Pain Relievers.
    • -Use an over-the-counter pain reliever like Advil, Motrin IB, Aleve or Tylenol to reduce pain.

    Decrease Shin Splint pain with shin splint supports and products to aid in your recovery.

    Shin Splint Support/Adjustable by McDavid

    shin splint by mcdavid


    Shin Splint Compression Wrap by Pro-Tec

    shin splint by pro tec
    Shin Support by OPPO

    shin support by oppo
    Pro Heel Cups by Mueller

    pro heel cups by mueller
    Double ProStretch by Medi-Dyne


    Full activity can usually be resumed after the tenderness and pain is gone and flexibility is regained. This should be reached gradually over time, without an increase in symptoms.



    Mayo Clinic:

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

    Runners World:

  • EmbioZ Series by LP

    At Return2Fitness we make sure to only carry the best products available. Within the past year, there have been a variety of additions to our website and we always welcome suggestions for new products to carry.

    For more than 30 years, LP has long been recognized as a leader in technical protective wear for sports medicine. Their advanced products are geared towards injury prevention, injury treatment and performance enhancement. Plus they’re widely used and supported by athletes, trainers, sports teams, and sports enthusiasts.

    We recently started carrying items from the LP EmbioZ series, a newly developed line of products based on the latest sports physiology and kinesiology research. According to LP product information, the new series “...acts as the invigorator that drives athletes to achieve their full potentials.” So we knew we had to give the products a chance.

    EmbioZ Series

    The LP EmbioZ series was developed by incorporating unique ergonomic techniques based on research. The design provides comfort while enhancing performance during sports activities. LP has segmented the line into a Support Series and a Power Sleeve Series. Each providing a completely different experience.

    EmbioZ Support Series

    The EmbioZ Support Series is mens sports apparel at its finest. With a power and comfort system, the muscles and joints are supported during movement. The support adjusts the movement pattern of your body to cause enhanced proprioception, leading to better coordination and endurance during sports activities.

    EmbioZ Shoulder Support Compression Top - 233Z by LP EmbioZ Shoulder Support Compression Top - 233Z
    by LP

    EmbioZ Power Sleeve Series

    The EmbioZ Power Sleeve Series offers the same benefits of the apparel in a sleeve option. Seamless compression added to the power comfort system increases blood flow circulation, preventing fatigue and improving endurance. Muscle energy is also conserved.

    EmbioZ Leg Compression Sleeve - 272Z by LP EmbioZ Leg Compression Sleeve - 272Z
    by LP
    292z-leg3 EmbioZ Leg Support Compression Tights - 292Z by LP

    Overall, the LP EmbioZ Power Systems have an excellent product design and variety of color choices. It also has an impressive Comfort System element that keeps the body cool and dry, helping to maintain recommended temperature during fitness training.

    EmbioZ Elbow Compression Sleeve - 250Z by LP EmbioZ Elbow Compression Sleeve - 250Z by LP


  • Shoulder Injuries & Treatment

    Shoulder Injuries & Treatments

    The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body and works on a ball and socket joint that moves every time you move your arm. It is made up of three bones, along with several muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Since the shoulder also has a very low stability threshold, it can become injured very easily.

    Types of Shoulder Conditions:

    Inflammation (bursitis or tendinitis) or tendon tear
    Fractures (broken bone)

    Acute Injuries:

    Acute injuries are those that occur as a result of a sudden force, abnormal twisting, or bending of the shoulder. This often occurs during sports activities, work related tasks, or during a fall. Individuals who experience this type of injury will usually know exactly when the injury happened, which is often described as sudden pain accompanied by a clicking or popping sensation. Bruising and swelling may also develop shortly after the injury. Shoulder dislocations, AC joint injuries, Rotator cuff tears, Glenoid labrum tears, and Clavicle fractures fall into the acute shoulder injury category.

    Treatment of an acute injury should involve immediate rest and the application of cold therapy, in the form of an ice pack or wrap. Taking the weight of the arm off the shoulder using a sling may also be recommended. Always consult your physician to determine the severity of the injury and the appropriate type of treatment.

    Overuse Injuries:

    Overuse injuries are injuries which cause shoulder pain to develop over time, gradually becoming worse until the individual seeks medical attention. Most sufferers cannot recall a specific incident which caused the pain and often times the exact area of pain is not easy to identify. Overuse injuries are usually related to poor posture, poor sporting technique (or any other activity), or a combination of both. Bursitis, Impingement syndromes, arthritis, and rotator cuff tendinopathy are all considered overuse injuries.

    The treatment of an overuse injury can be difficult when compared to an acute injury. Initially the participation in the aggravating activity should be paused to allow the tissues time to rest. Soft tissue treatments and electrotherapy may also be used to reduce pain and inflammation, as well as breaking down scar tissue and increasing muscle flexibility.

    Once pain and inflammation have subsided, an exercise rehabilitation program will usually be implemented to address any postural problems and muscle imbalances which may have contributed to the injury. Additional circumstances such as poor technique, training errors and unsuitable equipment should also be corrected.

    Sample of Treatment Products:

    The LP Neoprene Shoulder Support 732 is designed to provide therapeutic heat to an injured or overused shoulder joint. This brace is made from stretchy nylon and a neoprene foam, created for the specific purpose of keeping the joint warm and flexible as it heals. As the heat is applied, the brace provides support and compression to keep the joint stable and prevent re-injury.

    neoprene shoulder support Click to Buy

    The McDavid Shoulder Support is designed to relieve sprains, strains, bursitis and tendonitis. Its removable strap can be applied in various locations to limit range-of-motion and speed recovery. This support also offers the ability to add AC joint pockets that can be used for ice and heat therapy, or additional padding.

    Click to Buy Click to Buy

    Bauerfeind OmoTrain S Shoulder Brace provides secure support for the shoulder joint and promotes mobility in order to restore function. The compression knit material and removable massage pad help massage the soft tissue, to relieve pain and activate the muscles that stabilize the joint.

    Click to Buy Click to Buy



    American College of Emergency Physicians

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Ski Injury Prevention

    Thousands of injuries a year can be attributed to winter sports. These popular activities provide fun and excitement for all ages, but changing snow conditions, improper preparation, and lack of judgment can put you at risk for severe injury. Although some injuries cannot be prevented, precautions can be taken to reduce your chances of injury on the slopes this winter season.

    • Know safe Skiing techniques
    • Wear proper equipment
    • Get enough rest and hydration
    • Warm up and cool down
    • Recognize your ability level

    Some injuries are more common than others, depending on the type of winter sport you are participating in. However, falls account for approximately 75 to 85 percent of skiing injuries. Due to the twisting motion of the feet and ankles during a fall, lower leg injuries are most common. Injuries can range form ACL/MCL tears and dislocations, to meniscus tears and ankle sprains. Use cold therapy to reduce swelling and pain in fresh knee injuries.

    See a doctor right away for any of these warning signs:

    • Severe swelling in the knee
    • Trouble extending the knee
    • Unable to support walking on the knee
    • Pain and soreness when touching the knee

    Returning to skiing after a knee injury can be scary and it can take time to get back to feeling like yourself. Luckily there are several knee braces for skiers who have suffered a knee injury.  A hinged knee brace provides the highest level of protection against twisting and lateral movement of the knee. The most popular hinged knee braces for skiers are made of Neoprene. Neoprene molds to the shape of the knee and retains heat to keep the knee joint warm. Some knee braces come with a patella buttress to help pad and secure the knee cap (patella) during activities like skiing.

    Mueller HG80 Hinged Knee Brace

    Knee Braces:

    • McDavid Hinged Knee Brace: This lightweight, low profile hinged knee brace uses state-of-the-art lightweight materials and medial and lateral hinged metal supports to provide additional stabilization and support
    • Mueller Hg80 Hinged Knee Brace: This is a high performance knee brace offering excellent support without compromising comfort. It features a triaxel hinge to provide maximum support with near-normal knee motion.

    LP Knee Support Open Patella

    Knee Support:

    These are just a few of the braces and supports available. To view all knee products, visit:


  • Basketball Injury & Prevention

    In 2009 alone, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded more than 501,000 basketball-related injuries in emergency rooms. The foot, ankle and knee are most susceptible to injury because of the fast and sharp movements required in basketball. Another common injury of the game is jammed fingers, which can be caused by going up for a rebound, stealing a pass, or while dribbling against your opponent.

    Overuse injuries: Injuries that are caused over time by stressing an area several times until it becomes bothersome and results in damage. Injuries that are caused this way include patellar tendinitis (jumper's knee), achilles tendinitis, and rotator cuff tear.

    Traumatic injuries: Injuries that are caused by trauma or force. This includes ligament injuries, muscle tears, broken bones and jammed fingers. Muscle tears primarily occur in the large muscles in the leg.

    Ankle Sprains: This is the most common basketball injury. Injuries often occur because of the immense pressure that is placed on the ankle during the game. A sprain can also be caused by a quick movement causing the foot and ankle to roll, or by another player landing on it forcefully.

    Knee Injuries: Considered one of the most serious basketball injuries, knee injuries usually present as a sprain or tear. A sprain is a small tear in the ligaments and joints, while an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is more severe and often requires substantial recovery time.

    Injury PreventionMcDavid Knee Elbow Shin Pads

    - Warm up before practice and games.
    - Make sure you are hydrated before and during games.
    - Pay attention to your opponents to reduce colliding.
    - Aways use proper technique for your position.
    - Do not be aggressive when blocking opponents.

    LP 272 Knee Power Sleeve LP 272 Knee Power Sleeve

    - Wear appropriate equipment and footwear.
    - Reduce tears and abrasions with protective knee and elbow pads.
    - Reduce ankle sprains by using ankle braces and supports.


    Explosive Calves improves alignment from knee to toe and increases jumping height.

    Python Striker Hand & Foot Speed Trainer helps improve and strengthen hand and foot speed.

    Slide Board Trainer by Stroops targets several lower-body muscles to give you increased mobility and strength.


    USA Basketball:
    American Academy of Ortho Surgeons:
    Mayo Clinic:
    American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine:

Items 1 to 5 of 82 total

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. ...
  7. 17