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Health Tip: Need a Time-Out From Athletic Training?

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by

-- Training for an athletic event can push your body to its limits, so it's important to know when to back off. The American Council on Exercise mentions these warning signs that you're overdoing it: It's very difficult to get through your entire routine. You're always in pain, sore, sluggish or fatigued. You're having strong cravings for certain foods or binge eating. You're noticing changes in your emotional health, including feeling irritable, depressed or moody. You're not seeing the results you expect. You're frequently hurt. You're choosing exercise over other important things, such as social events or sleep. Read more

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Health Tip: Get Stretching

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by

-- Stretching is great for your muscles, but take steps to make sure you're doing it properly to help avoid injury. The Mayo Clinic suggests: Always warm up with a short walk or jog before stretching. Stretching should not be considered your warm-up. Stretch the major muscle groups and joints that you use regularly each day. Hold your stretch for 30 seconds to 60 seconds in a position that isn't painful. Never bounce when you stretch. If you play a sport, make your stretching specific to that sport. Be consistent with your stretching, and aim for at least two to three times per week. Incorporate gentle movements, such as yoga or tai chi, with your stretching. Read more

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How to Clear Snow Without Getting Hurt

Posted 14 Dec 2015 by

SUNDAY, Dec. 13, 2015 – Snow removal is a major cause of winter-related injuries, but there are several ways to reduce your risk, an expert says. "Individuals tend to haste through snow shoveling to avoid being outside in the cold for long periods of time," orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joseph Abboud, spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), said in an academy news release. "Unfortunately, rushing through this task can lead to injuries. It should always be done at a slow and steady pace because of the energy and focus that's required. Always check with your doctor before shoveling snow and consider hiring someone to do it for you if you're unable to," he advised. In 2014, more than 203,000 Americans required treatment for injuries suffered while manually clearing snow, and nearly 27,000 were injured using snow blowers or throwers, according to the U.S. Consumer ... Read more

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Health Tip: Preventing Sprains and Strains

Posted 26 Oct 2015 by

-- For anyone who exercises, especially athletes, sprains and strains are a part of the game. To help ward off these soft-tissue injuries, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests: Make sure clothing fits loosely and comfortably, and shoes are in good shape. Use protective gear. Create a balanced exercise regimen that incorporates different types of activity. Always warm up before a workout and cool down afterward. Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise. Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. But take a day off when you're tired or sore. Read more

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Common Shoulder Injury Heals Well Without Surgery: Study

Posted 22 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2015 – A common shoulder injury that is usually repaired with surgery can heal just as well with nonsurgical treatment, a new study suggests. And, the researchers added, those who decide against surgery for a dislocated shoulder joint develop fewer complications and get back to work sooner. But, surgery patients seem more satisfied with the appearance of their shoulder after treatment. Found at the top of the shoulder between the collarbone and the shoulder blade, the acromioclavicular (AC) joint is often injured during sports. It can also be dislocated in a fall or car accident. People with a minor injury can wear a sling and undergo physical therapy. More severe dislocations are often treated with surgery involving a plate and screws, according to the researchers. "For severe AC joint dislocations, surgery is the common practice but there's not much evidence to ... Read more

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Expert Tips for Preventing Kids' Sports Injuries

Posted 25 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 – "Put me in, Coach," may be a common plea heard from young athletes. But sports medicine experts suggest that benching players for at least part of the year might help prevent sports-related injuries. "The biggest problem right now is that many children and teens are not taking time off from their sports activities," said Dr. James Penna, an orthopedic surgeon at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, N.Y. "Young athletes need to rest, but many participate in sports year-round, which can result in overuse injuries," he said in a hospital news release. To prevent overuse injuries such as stress and growth plate fractures, Penna recommends taking a two- to four-month break from any one sport, "especially the sports that involve overhand motion such as tennis and baseball," he said. Children who participate in year-round sports such as gymnastics and ... Read more

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25 Million U.S. Adults Struggle With Daily Pain

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Pain is widespread in much of America, with more than 25 million adults – 11 percent – suffering on a daily basis, a new national survey reveals. And approximately 14 million adults – roughly 6.4 percent – experience severe pain, which can be associated with poorer health and disability, researchers found. Other national studies of chronic pain have yielded similar results, said study author Richard Nahin, an epidemiologist with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). "What makes this study unique is that I also looked at how often adults have mild pain," he said. Nahin found that about 54 million adults – nearly one-quarter – reported "mild," but not incapacitating, pain. Whether pain is increasing nationally is difficult to say, Nahin said. But the good news is that roughly half of ... Read more

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Don't Let Backpacks Lead to Back Injury

Posted 17 Aug 2015 by

SATURDAY, Aug. 15, 2015 – Backpacks are convenient for students, but they can pose a threat to kids' backs, necks and shoulders if used improperly, an expert says. In 2013, there were more than 5,400 backpack-related injuries treated in emergency departments across the United States, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. "In my own practice, I have noticed a marked increase in the number of young children who are complaining about back, neck and shoulder pain," Scott Bautch, of the American Chiropractic Association's Council on Occupational Health, said in an association news release. "The first question I ask these patients is, 'Do you carry a backpack to school?' Almost always, the answer is 'yes,'" he said. A backpack should weigh no more than 5 to 10 percent of a child's weight. And, the backpack should never be wider or longer than the child's torso, Bautch ... Read more

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Muscle Strength Fades After Just Two Weeks of Inactivity

Posted 8 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 – It takes just two weeks of physical inactivity for those who are physically fit to lose a significant amount of their muscle strength, new research indicates. In that relatively short period of time, young people lose about 30 percent of their muscle strength, leaving them as strong as someone decades older. Meanwhile, active older people who become sedentary for a couple weeks lose about 25 percent of their strength. The more muscle a person has, the more they will lose if they are sidelined by an injury, illness or vacation, the Danish study found. "Our experiments reveal that inactivity affects the muscular strength in young and older men equally. Having had one leg immobilized for two weeks, young people lose up to a third of their muscular strength, while older people lose approximately one-fourth. A young man who is immobilized for two weeks loses ... Read more

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Health Tip: Massage Therapy Has Its Limits

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by

-- Many people say there's nothing quite as soothing as a deep, penetrating massage. But massage isn't a cure-all, and you should take precautions. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health advises: Massage therapy should not be used in place of a doctor's care. Tell your doctor about your plans for massage therapy, and ask the physician if massage therapy is right for you. Before your first session, speak with the massage therapist about his or her credentials, experience, training, cost and number of advised sessions. Read more

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Overuse Injuries More Common in High School Females

Posted 29 Jun 2015 by

SUNDAY, June 28, 2015 – Young female athletes appear to face a far greater risk for repetitive motion injuries than young males do, new research suggests. The finding stems from an analysis that looked at overuse injuries among 3,000 male and female high school athletes participating in 20 different sports. Researchers from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus report that the highest overuse injury rate was observed among girls who ran track. This was followed by girls who played field hockey and girls who played lacrosse. By contrast, among boys the most overuse injuries occurred among swimmers and divers. Their rate of repetitive motion injuries was pegged at only about a third of what investigators saw among female runners. The study was published recently in the Journal of Pediatrics. "During this point of their lives, this is when girls are developing bones at ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoiding Overuse Injury

Posted 27 May 2015 by

-- Doing the same exercises day after day can lead to overuse injury. To avoid this, the Mayo Clinic suggests: Engage in a variety of exercises, rather than sticking to the same routine. Don't do too much in one day. It's better to get some light exercise daily, rather than cramming too much into a single session. Always warm up before and cool down after a workout. Wear shoes appropriate for the activity you are doing, and practice proper technique and form. Read more

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When to Ice, When to Heat

Posted 11 May 2015 by

SUNDAY, May 10, 2015 – Athletes aren't always sure whether to use heat or ice on injuries and aches and pains, so here is some advice from experts. If you suffer a sudden sports injury, you should follow a recovery program known as RICE: rest, ice, compression, elevation. "Elevation is probably the most important thing because it limits the amount of blood flow to the area and the amount of swelling," Dr. Scott Lynch, director of sports medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, said in a center news release. Applying cold is important because it helps narrow blood vessels, preventing blood from accumulating at the injury site and causing too much inflammation and swelling that can delay healing. Icing an injury for the first 48 to 72 hours reduces the amount of secondary tissue damage and can also ease pain, said Dr. Cayce Onks, a family and sports medicine doctor at the medical ... Read more

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Orthopedist Offers Tips for Preventing Shoulder Injuries

Posted 23 Apr 2015 by

THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 – As the most flexible joint in your body, your shoulder can move and position your arm in many ways. But this flexibility also makes it prone to instability and injury. Shoulder muscles, ligaments and tendons can be injured by sports, household chores and heavy lifting. These injuries sometimes take months to heal and can interfere with everyday tasks, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says. In 2010, about 16 million Americans visited their doctor for a shoulder problem, and more than 2.7 million were diagnosed with sprains and strains of the shoulder and upper arm, according to the academy. "Strengthening and stretching the muscles that support your shoulder joint can keep it stable and restore range of motion to help reduce the risk of injuries," orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brent Ponce, an academy spokesman, said in an academy news release. "If you ... Read more

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Muscle Strength Helps Baseball Pitchers Avoid Injury

Posted 13 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 13, 2015 – The strength of a baseball pitcher's arm muscles may play a larger role in elbow injury risk and prevention than previously thought, a new study suggests. "Muscles matter in baseball. We showed that a pitcher could be at a really high risk or a really low risk of elbow injury, depending on how strong and capable his muscles are," study author James Buffi, a recent Ph.D. biomedical engineering graduate from Northwestern University, said in a school news release. To reach their conclusions, biomedical engineers developed and used a new computer simulation to analyze what a player's muscles do when they pitch and how the muscles affect injury risk. The new computer simulation may one day provide pitchers with more personalized feedback and help prevent elbow injuries, according to the researchers. They said the current motion analysis method used to provide ... Read more

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