An innovative technique that has been clinically proven to improve athletic performance may be just what you need to get that extra boost out of your workouts. It is called “cursing,” and a 2018 study published in the Journal of Psychology of Sport and Exercise showed that it did indeed increase power and strength on hand grip and exercise bike testing.

The medical term for this technique is “cursing out loud in public gyms,” and proof of its effectiveness comes as welcome news to anyone with painful childhood memories of swallowing soap for the simple crime of trying to improve…


Over the last twenty-five years as a physical therapist I have had to answer some very difficult clinical questions, and by far the toughest so far has been, “This brace is not covered by my insurance, how much is it if I just want to buy it?”

As a clinician who wants to be able to solve every problem, this question made my heart sink. I had to explain that while modern medicine has made amazing strides, there are still things we just don’t understand, and this is one of them. …


One of the best ways to impart healthy living habits to the younger generation is to coach your children’s sports teams. Coaching not only strengthens the bonds with your children, but helps build relationships with other parents who are eager to make up for their own lack of athletic ability by forcing their kids to finance college with athletic scholarships.

There are some pitfalls to coaching your own children, so when I decided to coach my daughter’s third-grade basketball team I did my research, and was careful to avoid common mistakes like putting too much pressure on your children to…


As someone who tries to write funny articles about health-related topics, I spent years enjoying a virtually infinite pool of hilarious material provided by the mainstream media. On any given day, all I had to do was scroll through my medical news feed to find breaking stories like these:

Viagra factory is turning men in this town into walking stiffs

Exploding Head Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Beez in the trap: women putting wasps nests in their vajayjay

‘Seductive names’ make vegetables more appealing

Anal Bleaching at Home: A DIY Guide

It was a writer’s dream, until suddenly one day…


As doctor’s offices ramp back up to full capacity, long waiting room times have made a remarkable comeback. In an effort to address this problem, several major health networks across the country are piloting a new app that patients can use to help them remember why they came to the doctor. The app is easily downloaded at check-in, and reaction has so far been very positive.

The most helpful feature is the automatic alerts, which begin around four hours after check in when, according to research, most people begin to forget where they are and how they got there. “It…


Telehealth technology has exploded in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and a new app promises to provide the most accurate virtual simulation to date of an actual doctor visit.

Downloading the app to your smartphone allows convenient scheduling on the spot whenever you are injured. Upon reporting your injury, the app automatically connects you to a Zoom face-to-face encounter with a live receptionist who verifies your insurance information and populates your screen with an electronic form where you can enter your entire past medical history starting with the circumstances of your conception. …


An overlooked subgroup of gig-workers are demanding their fair share of government assistance amid the devastating economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Freelance writers who specialize in erotic medical newsfeed articles have seen business completely dry up as online news has been completely overrun by serious coronavirus topics.

“It’s a dire situation, not only for us, but for everyone who relies on medical news for sexual stimulation and fulfillment,” said one writer who we found hard at work compiling headlines to submit to his local representative. To make his point, he pulled a sheet from his folder to demonstrate what…


If you’re like me, you are always looking for ways to save money. And it’s amazing how much you can save by doing little things differently. For example, you can save thousands by packing leftovers for lunch, cutting your napkins in half, reusing coffee filters, cutting your own hair, and eliminating luxuries like buying coffee at Starbucks and getting up in the middle of the night to take a piss.

No, I did not make that last one up, and I wasn’t just trying to see if you were paying attention. A new study out of the Rand Corporation has…


When Aliens eventually visit earth, it will not take them long to figure out who the most intelligent creatures are. Only one species on this planet is capable of constructing elaborate structures like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, and those huge satellite dishes out in the desert that attracted them here to begin with.

Their initial findings will be confirmed as these aliens observe our behaviors, which are considerably more complex and intelligent than those of other animals. Behaviors such as mindfulness training, hot yoga, and according to a new health.com report, SUNTANNING OUR ASSHOLES. That’s right…


I recently visited Scotland and would like to announce that my new favorite sport is football. Not the football that has nothing to do with feet and is played with a giant inflatable sausage link. I mean the football that utilizes only the feet and is played with an actual ball. For some reason we call this “soccer” in America. One of my favorite things about Scottish football is that if you say the word “soccer,” you will likely get your face beat in.

Another one of my favorite things about Scottish football is that it is far more dangerous…

Mark Salamon

physical therapist - author of “Does It Hurt When I Do This? An Irreverent Guide to Understanding Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation” http://marksalamonpt.com

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