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Ouch! How to Tell If You Have a Sprain, a Strain or a Tear

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Sprains, strains and tears are different types of injuries, and it's important to know how they differ, a sports massage therapist says. A sprain is the overstretching or tearing of ligaments, which are the tissues that connect bones to each other and stabilize them. "Sprains occur when the joint is forced into an unnatural position. They happen most often in the ankle but can occur at any joint, such as the wrist or knee," said Martin Mufich. He is also a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Nursing. Symptoms of a sprain include joint or muscle pain, inflammation, hampered movement, tenderness and bruising. "A mild sprain should take approximately seven to 10 days to heal," Mufich said in a university news release. "A torn ligament is considered a severe sprain that will cause pain, inflammation, bruising and result in ankle instability, often ... Read more

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Many College Football Players Lack Vitamin D: Study

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – Low vitamin D levels are common among college football players and may put them at increased risk for injuries, a new study suggests. "Vitamin D has been shown to play a role in muscle function and strength," said senior study author Dr. Scott Rodeo, co-chief emeritus of the sports medicine and shoulder service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "While most prior studies have focused on the aging population as the group most likely to experience the harmful effects of inadequate vitamin D, few reports have looked at the impact on muscle injury and function in the high-performance athlete," he said in a hospital news release. In the study, Rodeo's team assessed 214 college football players, average age 22. The investigators found that nearly 60 percent had low levels of vitamin D, including 10 percent with a severe deficiency. Those players ... Read more

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Brain Training for Cancer Survivors' Nerve Damage

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – Learning to control their brain waves with a type of training called neurofeedback seems to help cancer survivors ease symptoms of chemotherapy-caused nerve damage, a new study suggests. Chemotherapy can damage nerves that control sensation and movement in the arms and legs. This condition – called chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) – affects up to 96 percent of patients within a month of chemo. Symptoms include pain, burning, tingling and loss of feeling, the study authors explained. "There is currently only one approved medication to treat CIPN and it has associated muscle aches and nausea. Neurofeedback has no known negative side effects, can be used in combinations with other treatments and is reasonably cost-effective," said study lead investigator Sarah Prinsloo. She is an assistant professor in the Division of Cancer Medicine at ... Read more

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Health Tip: Step Training

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Step training is a great way to burn calories and strengthen muscles and bones. The American Council on Exercise offers these tips: Make sure you step with your entire foot on the platform, with no portion hanging off the edge. When you use the floor, step close to the platform. Step softly. Pounding your feet could harm joints. Keep your eyes on the platform to avoid a misstep. Don't use hand weights, which increase your risk of injury and aren't beneficial. Read more

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Health Tip: Stay Safe During Winter Sports

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Skiing and snowboarding are fun ways to exercise and make the most of winter. But safety is still a priority. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Always head out with a buddy when you participate in a winter sport. Make sure you're well-conditioned. Warm up cold muscles and ligaments before playing. Drink plenty of water, and don't play if you are tired or in pain. Always wear a helmet, gloves and other protective equipment recommended for your sport. Inspect before use to make sure equipment fits and is in good shape. Dress in layers and don needed footwear. Watch for weather advisories before heading out. Follow all rules for your sport. If you're a novice, consider taking lessons with a certified instructor. Watch for signs of frostbite, including numbness, tingling or discolored skin. If you have any of them, seek shelter and help immediately. Read more

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Health Tip: Get a Massage

Posted 17 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Massage therapy can help relax your body and mind, easing pain and helping you cope with stress. The Mayo Clinic says possible benefits of massage include: Managing anxiety, stress-related insomnia and headache. Easing pain and discomfort associated with fibromyalgia, sports-related injuries, injuries of the soft tissues and temporomandibular joint pain. Reducing muscle tension. Despite its possible benefits, Mayo says, massage therapy should not be considered a replacement for regular medical care. Read more

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Vitamin D Pumps Up Muscles

Posted 17 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – High blood levels of "active" vitamin D may boost muscle strength, a new study suggests. British investigators measured both inactive and active vitamin D levels, fat levels and muscle mass in 116 healthy adult volunteers, aged 20 to 74. People with higher levels of active vitamin D in the blood had more lean muscle mass and bulk, the investigators found. "By looking at multiple forms [of vitamin D] in the same study, we can say that it is a more complex relationship than previously thought," said study author Zaki Hassan-Smith, from the University of Birmingham. "It may be that body fat is linked to increased levels of inactive vitamin D, but lean mass is the key for elevated levels of active vitamin D," Hassan-Smith said in a university news release. "It is vital to understand the complete picture, and the causal mechanisms at work, so we can learn how to ... Read more

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Student-Athletes Don't Have to Be Hit By Injuries

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – Most injuries to student-athletes occur during routine practices, but only about a third of public high schools have a full-time trainer, according to the U.S.-based National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). "It's important to have the right sports safety protocols in place to ensure the health and welfare of student athletes," said Larry Cooper, chairman of NATA's secondary school committee. "By properly preparing for practices and competitions, young athletes can excel on the field and stay off the sidelines with potential injuries." As spring season approaches, NATA recommends parents and students review their school's policies and procedures on sports-related injuries. Here's what to consider: Who handles sports-related injuries? Know who will care for athletes who are hurt during practice. Consider that person's experience and credentials, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Maintain Posture for Step Training

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Step training is a great way to burn fat and build muscle, but it's important to use the right technique. The American Council on Exercise suggests: Straighten your neck, but keep muscles relaxed. Never lock your knees. Put your shoulders back, lift your chest up and tuck your pelvis under. As you step up onto the platform, lean from your ankles rather than your waist. Don't bend at the hips. Avoid arching your back. Read more

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Winter's No Reason to Hibernate: Head Outside for Some Sports Fun

Posted 8 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – Forget what the thermometer says: Winter is a great time for outdoor activities. But you should follow certain safety rules to reduce your risk of injury. The University of Colorado offers these safety tips for adults and children participating in sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing or ice skating. When sledding or snow tubing, choose a hill that has a clear path without any obstacles. Plus, make sure the hill doesn't end on a road, parking lot or body of water. Don't slide downhill headfirst – sit upright facing forward. It's best to use a sled with runners and a steering mechanism rather than a toboggan or snow disk. Don't slide on rubber, plastic sheets or other materials that can be pierced by objects. Make sure no one is at the bottom of the hill before sledding down. When skiing and snowboarding, warm up and stretch your muscles before hitting the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Strength Training Is For Seniors, Too

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Strength training isn't just for younger folks who want to bulk up. The American Council on Exercise explains that seniors may benefit from: Stronger muscles and bones, and a lower risk of falling. Better blood sugar control, faster digestion, improved metabolism and less fatty tissue. Lower risk of injury to the lower back. Faster recovery after a stroke or heart attack. Read more

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For Ice Skating, Sharpen Up on Safety

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Jan. 29, 2017 – Ice skating is a great source of exercise for the whole family, but injuries could take the fun out of this winter activity. Adhering to several essential safety tips can help prevent ice skating injuries, according to the U.S.-based National Safety Council. The first step is to ensure a proper fit. Ice skates should be comfortable and offer adequate ankle support to prevent falls, the group cautions. The safety council provides other tips to avoid skating injuries: Have ice skate blades professionally sharpened at the beginning of each season. Avoid sketchy or possibly thin ice. Skate only on specially prepared rinks that are known to have strong ice. Before skating, always check the ice for cracks, holes or debris. Learn the basics. Before venturing out, make sure you know how to stop and fall safely. Dress warmly and be sure to rest if you're cold or tired. ... Read more

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Joints That Make Those Popping or Cracking Sounds

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – If you've ever heard a loud pop as you bent down to pick something up, you'll be relieved to know that it's normal for your joints to make popping and cracking noises. These sounds can be caused by a number of things, including when soft tissues – such as tendons and ligaments – rub or snap over other tissues and bones, explained Dr. Aman Dhawan. He is an orthopedic sports medicine specialist at Penn State Health's Milton Hershey Medical Center. "Our joints are mobile, so there are a lot of things that slide over or run past each other. When they move, there is the potential for anatomy to intersect," he said in a Penn State news release. The sounds can also be caused by pockets of nitrogen gas within the fluid that helps lubricate joints and provides nutrition to cartilage, Dhawan added. According to Dr. Robert Gallo, another orthopedic sports medicine ... Read more

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Scientists Create Clothing With 'Knitted' Muscle Power

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Scientists say they've created a special fabric incorporating robotic techniques that one day might help provide muscle power to disabled people or seniors who have trouble getting around. The Swedish team coated normal fabric with an electroactive material, enabling the fabric to respond to low voltage power. Electroactive means the material responds to electricity. This technology could lead to the creation of "textile muscles" that could be used in clothing to help people with mobility problems. The researchers used this approach in a simple robotic device to lift a small weight, according to the study. "Enormous and impressive advances have been made in the development of exoskeletons, which now enable people with disabilities to walk again. But the existing technology looks like rigid robotic suits," said study researcher Edwin Jager, an associate ... Read more

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Check Your Neck for Thyroid Abnormalities

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Regular self-exams play an important role in early detection of thyroid disease, a specialist says. That's a timely reminder because January is Thyroid Awareness Month. "The number of cases of thyroid cancer is rising, and while in most cases the outcomes of treatment are favorable, some patients present with disease that has progressed and may be more difficult to treat," said Dr. Ilya Likhterov. He is an ear, nose and throat doctor in New York City. About 200 million people worldwide have thyroid disease. Of more than 20 million Americans with thyroid disease, only four out of 10 know they have it, according to the American Thyroid Association. "While in most patients thyroid cancer develops without signs or symptoms, patients who have had significant exposure to radiation or who have first-degree family members with a history of thyroid cancer need to be ... Read more

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