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You Can Prevent Sports Overuse Injuries

“Move it or lose it” the saying goes, but too much exercise or playing sports can lead to overuse injuries.

These injuries include damage to bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles due to repetitive actions, such running, throwing, biking, lifting and swimming, to name a few.

An overuse injury can be the result of poor training techniques such as doing too much too fast; not warm...

Athletic Heart Syndrome: What It Is, Symptoms and Treatments

It’s no secret that athletic endurance and strength go hand-in-hand with a healthy heart.

“Exercise strengthens the heart muscle, enabling it to pump a greater volume of blood with each heartbeat,” said Dr. Deepa...

Some Athletes May Need an Extra Month for Concussion Recovery

Some college athletes take longer to recover from a concussion, but a new study offers them some good news.

They may still be able to return to play -- after one extra month of recovery, researchers report Jan. 18 in the journal Neurology.

"Although an athlete may experience a slow or delayed recovery, there is reason to believe recovery is achievable with additional time ...

Damar Hamlin Released From Buffalo Hospital As Recovery From Cardiac Arrest Continues

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from a Buffalo hospital just nine days after he suffered cardiac arrest during a Monday night football game.

"Damar Hamlin has been discharged from Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute," the Buffalo Bills team announced on

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  • January 11, 2023
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  • Damar Hamlin Moved to Buffalo Hospital As He Recovers From Cardiac Arrest

    TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is now back in New York.

    The football player who collapsed on the field after suffering cardiac arrest during a Monday night game in Cincinnati has been released from an Ohio hospital, and will continue his recovery...

    Exercise, Sports: A Natural Antidepressant for Teens

    An antidote to teenage depression might be found in school gymnasiums and on sports fields, a major new review argues.

    Supervised exercise programs are associated with significant reductions in symptoms of depression among children and teenagers, according to the analysis of data from 21 studies involving more than 2,400 kids.

    “This is the first time that we've been able to put en...

    Damar Hamlin Improving, Alert, Communicating by Writing

    FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) – While NFL safety Damar Hamlin is still critically ill after suffering cardiac arrest during a game on Monday, he is making a "fairly remarkable recovery," his doctors said during a news conference on Thursday.

    “There has been substantial improvement in his condition over t...

    Damar Hamlin Showing 'Signs of Improvement' After Cardiac Arrest

    Damar Hamlin, the Buffalo Bills player who collapsed Monday after suffering cardiac arrest during a game, is showing “signs of improvement,” his team said Wednesday.

    Still, the 24-year-old "is expected to remain under intensive care as his health care team continues to monitor and treat him,” the Buffalo Bills

    Buffalo Bills' Damar Hamlin Hospitalized: What Experts Know About Cardiac Arrest

    Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin threw himself into the path of a Cincinnati Bengals ball carrier, taking a hard hit to the chest that sent both NFL players to the ground.

    Hamlin, 24, stood to dust himself off, took two steps — and then fell flat on his back, limp and unresponsive.

    Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following the tough tackle in Monday night’s game, officials now...

    It's Snow Season: Stay Safe on the Slopes

    Skiiers and snowboarders, take note: You're less likely to get hurt if you ease back into the winter sports season.

    “We see a lot of patients in the After-Hours Clinic (of the department of orthopaedic surgery) on their way back from skiing and snowboarding,” said Dr. Sabrina Sawl...

    Are Retired NFL Players Aging Faster Than Other Men?

    Former elite football players may age faster than their more average peers, a new study suggests.

    NFL players, especially former linemen, had fewer disease-free years and earlier high blood pressure and diabetes diagnoses. Two age-related diseases, arthritis and dementia, were also more commonly found in former football players than in other men of the same age.

    This research was p...

    Retired Olympians Face Higher Odds for Arthritis

    Olympic athletes aren't like the rest of the population -- but this time it's in a far less positive way.

    Two new studies show that athletes who performed at the top of their sport have a higher risk of developing arthritis and joint pain in later life. The linked studies found that 1 in 4 former Olympians dealt with these issues.

    Those who'd been injured during their sporting caree...

    Even in Kindergarten, White Kids More Likely to Join Extracurricular Activities

    Extracurricular activities may have many benefits for young children, but researchers have discovered racial gaps in who takes part.

    Among a group of 401 kindergarten students in Ohio, white children were 2.6 times more likely to participate in the most common extracurricular sports than children of other races and ethnicities.

    The study found similar results for other after-school...

    Brain Waves Could Help Guide Concussion Diagnosis, Treatment

    A particular brain wave may help diagnose concussions in high school football players and predict when it's safe for them to return to play, new research suggests.

    Delta waves are markers of brain injury and perhaps healing. They tend to decrease with age, but researchers found increased levels of these lo...

    Sports Like Soccer, Basketball Are Better Than Running for Young People's Bones

    Playing sports can benefit children in many ways, but all sports are not equal when it comes to their bones.

    New research suggests children will have healthier bones if they participate in multidirectional sports such as soccer or basketball, rather than unidir...

    Curbing Football Drills Could Make High School Football Safer

    Tackling drills are typically a staple of high school football practices, but new research suggests dropping them from training might cut the risk of head hits.

    Using mouth guards with sensors that recorded every head hit, researchers found players who spent 5,144 minutes in non-contact practice had just 310 head hits, while those who had nearly 7,000 minutes in high-speed training with c...

    Prestigious Sports Medicine Journal Retracts  Articles Authored by Former Editor-in-Chief

    A leading medical journal, the British Journal of Sports Medicine, has retracted nine more articles written by its former editor-in-chief and applied “expressions of concern” on 38 additional articles on which he is the sole author that were published in BMJ journals.

    This is the latest development in the investigation, which concerns possible plagiarism and misrep...

    America's Teen Athletes Are Bouncing Back After Pandemic Lows

    Before the pandemic, Theodore Kleinman, then a rising high school freshman, was excited to earn his spot on the varsity track team. Aside from staying in shape, he was also looking forward to making new friends and being part of a group.

    Unfortunately, COVID shutdowns derailed those plans. Now, as a junior, the New York City teen is finally back on track -- literally and figuratively. "I ...

    Could Synthetic Turf Raise Kids' Odds for Injuries, Concussions?

    At some schools, grassy sports fields have been replaced by easier-to-maintain synthetic turf.

    But it turns out that may be more likely to cause player injuries.

    Noting that synthetic turf football fields have been associated with more ankle and knee injuries, medical stude...

    Retired Pro Rugby Players Face More Than Double the Odds for Brain Illnesses

    New research suggests you can add rugby players to the list of professional athletes who face a significantly heightened risk of brain diseases following years of intense contact play.

    “This latest work under our FIELD program of research demonstrates that risk of

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  • October 7, 2022
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  • Another Sports Bonus for Kids: Healthier Eyes

    Sometimes allergies can lead to pink, irritated eyes. But allergic conjunctivitis, or "pink eye" may have a simple fix: physical fitness.

    That's the conclusion of researchers in Taiwan who tracked health data of more than 1.2 million children. The kids were examined at age ...

    Arm Pain in the Young and Fit: It Could Be a Vascular Disorder

    Even being young and athletic doesn't protect against a vascular disorder.

    People experiencing arm pain may have something called thoracic outlet syndrome, a disease that o...

    In Boxers and MMA Fighters, Brain May Make Some Recovery After Retirement

    Professional fighters take a lot of knocks to the head, but a new study suggests they may find themselves thinking more clearly again after they retire.

    Many studies have pointed to the perils of repeated blows to the head in sports like boxing and football.

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  • September 15, 2022
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  • School Sports Are Starting Again: Know the Signs of Concussion

    As high school sports get underway this fall, sports medicine specialists remind athletes, parents and coaches that concussions can be challenging to diagnose.

    Dr. Sean Bradley, a primary care sports medicine physician at Ochsn...

    Helmets Protect Young Lacrosse Players, Study Finds

    A rule requiring high school girls who play lacrosse to wear protective headgear is paying big dividends in Florida.

    Their risk of concussion is lower than that of players in states without such a mandate,

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  • August 25, 2022
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  • Tips to Food-Fueling Your Active Vegan Child

    Kids can take part in sports while on vegetarian and vegan diets, but parents and caregivers must help them select foods that will fuel them and meet their nutrition needs.

    Vegan athletes can become deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin D, long-chain omega-3 fats, riboflavin and calcium, so it's important to find good substitutes, said Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian at Baylor College ...

    More Athletes Are Getting Their Nutrition Through an IV. This Should Stop, Experts Say

    Pro athletes appear to be regularly turning to intravenous (IV) nutritional drips to alleviate fatigue and speed recovery, despite the potential risks and without solid proof of any real benefit.

    Normally, such needle-inserted drips are supposed to be reserved for treating a serious illness like anemia, or in an emergency situation such as severe dehydration.

    Unless an exemption is ...

    Playing Football, Hockey in High School Ups Odds for Stimulant Abuse

    Taking part in certain sports in high school may lead to misuse of prescription stimulants in the years after graduation, a new study finds.

    It reported that high school seniors who play contact sports are 50% more likely to abuse prescription stimulants in their 20s. Seniors who take part in any sport are more likely than those who don't to abuse these drugs, said lead author Philip Veli...

    8/11 -- Race, Income Keeps Many Families From Letting Kids Play Sports

    American kids who are poor or members of ethnic minority groups are missing out on the youth sports that have long been touted for building strong bodies and strong character, a new study reports.

    It found that youngsters who are poor, or from Black or Hispanic households are less likely to take part in organized sports than their white peers.

    Across the U.S., 54% of 6- to 17-year-o...

    Getting Young Athletes Ready for a New School Year

    As a new school year begins, many students return to their favorite sports or try something new.

    Encouraging kids to make physical activity part of their lives has lifelong benefi...

    Many Seniors Love Pickleball, But Injuries Can Happen

    Pickleball has become a wildly popular sport for older Americans, but seniors who enjoy playing it should know about potential injuries and how to avoid them.

    The most common problem is with the rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder, which can cause pain. Issues can included

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  • August 6, 2022
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  • Using Pot May Impede Female Athletes' Performance

    Medical and recreational marijuana use has surged across the United States as more states legalize the drug, but young female athletes may want to think twice before taking a toke.

    A new study from the University of Northern Colorado connects regular cannabis use in fit young wome...

    Repair or Reconstruction: What's Best for ACL Tears?

    Adults who tear a key ligament in the knee can fare well with a less extensive type of surgery, preliminary research suggests.

    The study involved patients treated for a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a strong band of tissue that helps stabilize the knee joi...

    First Major League Soccer Player Is Diagnosed With CTE

    When former professional Major League Soccer (MLS) player Scott Vermillion died at age 44, he had stage 2 CTE, his family announced Tuesday.

    He is the first former MLS player diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Vermillion died from an accidental overdose in December 2020.

    "Th...

    Kids Happier, Healthier Away From All Those Screens: Study

    New research confirms the dangers of too much screen time for kids and teens: Those who play sports, take music lessons, or socialize with friends after school are happier and healthier than children who are glued to a screen during these hours.

    "Scr...

    Team Sports: Good for Kids' Minds, Too

    Kids who play team sports may win some mental health benefits, but the same may not hold true for those in solo sports, a large, new study suggests.

    A number of previous studies have linked team sports to better mental well-being for children and teenagers, and the new...

    Mixed Martial Arts Fighters Show Signs of Brain Changes

    The football gridiron and the boxing ring have come to be understood as danger zones for the brain, with repetitive hits to the head causing long-term damage to some athletes.

    The same might be true of the MMA octagon as well, a new study says.

    The more that participants in mixed martial arts spar in ...

    Injury More Likely When Teens Focus on One Sport

    If your teens play just one sport, new research suggests you might want to encourage them to try others.

    Researchers report that focusing solely on one sport puts high school athletes at increased risk for injuries and burnout.

    The investigators surveyed 975 U.S. high school athletes and found that more than 1 in 5 had a high level of specialization in one sport, while more than 42%...

    Spring Sprains: Sports Injury Season Begins

    As youth spring sports kick into high gear, it's important to know about injury prevention and treatment, an expert says.

    Injury risks and preventive measures can vary by sport, according to Dr. Marcus Knox, a physical therapist in the department of orthopedic surgery at B...

    Former College Football Players Suffer More Brain Disorders as They Age

    College football players live longer than those who didn't play, but they suffer more brain-related issues as they age, a new study finds.

    Among former Notre Dame football players, being physically fit was tied to lower deaths from heart disease and diabetes. But the former players were five times more likely to have impaired thinking and memory ("cognition") and 2.5 times more likely to ...

    What Works Best for Ruptured Achilles Tendons?

    A ruptured Achilles tendon can reduce a weekend warrior to a limping one. And there's no single right way to treat it.

    People who've suffered this common injury may fare just as well with physical therapy as with surgery, a new clinical trial shows.

    Are Standard Tests Accurate at Spotting Concussion?

    Outdoor sports season is nearly here, and with rough play comes the risk of concussion.

    But one of the most-used tools to assess sports-related concussion from the sidelines isn't as precise as one might like, a new study a...

    Half of Americans Now Think Playing Football 'Inappropriate' for Kids: Survey

    As sign-ups for youth football get underway this spring, a new study reveals that Americans may love their football, but half now believe that kids should not play the tackle version of the game.

    The researchers found that of nearly 4,000 U.S. adults surveyed, only 45% agreed that tackle football is an "appropriate sport for kids to play." Half disagreed, while the remaining 5% were unsur...

    More Years Playing Hockey, Higher Odds for CTE Linked to Head Injury

    Researchers already know that repeated hits to the head on the football field are linked to a degenerative brain disease, as seen in a number of retired NFL stars. Now, experts have turned their attention to ice hockey, another high-contact sport.

    When studying whether the hits, year after year, can also be linked to

    Soccer Headers May Disrupt Key 'Pathways' in the Brain

    Soccer headers are a staple of scoring in any match, but new research suggests that the practice can harm what experts called "signaling pathways" in the brain.

    The findings are based on analyses of blood samples from 89 professional soccer players, aged 18 to 35, in Norway.

    The blood samples were taken when the players were at rest and one hour and 12 hours after three situations: ...

    A Non-Opioid Way to Pain Relief After Knee, Shoulder Surgeries

    Two new studies on pain relief suggest there is a safer alternative to addictive opioid painkillers after knee and shoulder surgery.

    The findings dovetail with changes to voluntary federal guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers proposed by the U.S...

    Getting a COVID Vaccine Won't Affect Your Ability to Exercise

    Worried that a COVID-19 vaccine might hamper your workout? New research suggests you can hit the gym with minimal effects.

    In a study of 18 healthy people who received a COVID-19 vaccine, the participants were monitored while they did cycling workouts before and two to three weeks after being fully vaccinated.

    The researchers also conducted exercise tests in a cont...

    As Winter Olympics Nears, America's Athletes May Be More Stressed Than Ever

    With America's best skiers, skaters and snowboarders now heading to the Winter Olympics, a team of mental health professionals will be in Beijing to help them perform under the double strain of intense competition and a pandemic.

    One of those professionals is Dr. David Baron, provost of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. He'll enter the Olympic Village in Beijing as t...

    Hit Your Head? Look for These Warning Signs of Concussion

    If you or someone you know has suffered a concussion, a medical evaluation is crucial, an expert says.

    A concussion is "a short-lived functional brain injury typically caused by a bump or blow to the head," Cleveland Clinic con...

    Getting Back to Sports After Recovering from COVID-19

    Folks who've had a tough case of COVID-19 shouldn't hit the gym for basketball or an aerobics class without getting checked out by their doctor first, according to the American College for Sports Medicine.

    The disease wracks the body in ways that can be tough on athletes, especially if they develop

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  • January 20, 2022
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