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Tip of the week: How to feel like a major leaguer

Pamper your feet; Protect the knees and hamstrings; Try a contrast bath

Pamper your feet. To get through 162 games a season, pro baseball players have to know how to avoid or relieve various aches and pains. Sue Falsone, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ head athletic trainer, tells players to wear YogaToes toe separators for 30 minutes a day and to regularly roll the arches of their feet over a ball. This stretches the fascia, a connective tissue, and relieves stress all the way up the leg.

Protect the knees and hamstrings. When knees are sore, “the real culprit” can be weak hips, which you can strengthen with simple exercises. Tight hamstrings call for exercises that strengthen core muscles.

Try a contrast bath. Players soak in both cold and hot water after each game to feel less worn down. “You can get a similar effect in the shower by alternating two minutes of hot water with two minutes of cold.”

Source: O, The Oprah Magazine

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