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Focus on Just One Sport Can Mean Stress for Girls

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TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Sometimes, being too invested in just one sport may not be the best idea, new research shows. The study found that teen girls who focus only on one sport – in this case, soccer – tended to have more stress and poorer sleep than girls who also played other sports. The study couldn't definitively "answer whether sport specialization itself interferes with a youth athlete's sleep and well-being," said study lead author Dr. Drew Watson. However, "it does suggest there are differences between single and multi-sport youth athletes," he said. Those differences "could affect injury risk, performance or lifelong athletic participation," added Watson. He's assistant professor in orthopedics and rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. The small study followed 49 female soccer players for a four-month soccer season. ... Read more

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Stretches: The Forgotten Exercise

Posted 7 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 – Along with aerobic and strength training, stretching is an important part of every workout routine. But many people make the mistake of skipping this key step or doing certain stretches at the wrong time. Stretching improves flexibility and helps maintain good range of motion in your joints. It may even prevent injury. Timing is important, though. Starting your workout with dynamic stretches can prep your body for the exercise to come, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). These are stretches that take your body through a range of motions and raise your core temperature. On the other hand, static stretches – stretches you get into and hold for a certain length of time without moving – before exercise can strain or pull a muscle. So, save such stretches for after your workout when your muscles are warm and loose, the ACE says. It's important to ... Read more

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Protein at All 3 Meals May Help Preserve Seniors' Strength

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – Eating protein at all three daily meals, instead of just at dinner, might help seniors preserve physical strength as they age, new research suggests. The Canadian study found that protein-rich meals evenly spread throughout the day staved off muscle decline, but did not increase mobility, in older people. Study co-author Stephanie Chevalier said, for seniors, "The important point is to create three meal occasions with sufficient protein to stimulate muscle building and greater strength, instead of just one." Chevalier is an assistant professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. The functional decline associated with aging often leads to falls, mental impairment and loss of independence. Chevalier's team wondered if more evenly distributed protein consumption might be tied to better physical performance and a reduced rate of decline. To find out, they ... Read more

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As Many as 1 in 3 Experience New or Worse Pain With Yoga

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – Many people try yoga hoping to heal an injury, but some wind up with more aches and pains, a new study finds. The study, which surveyed hundreds of people doing yoga for more than a year, found that two-thirds said that some existing aches improved because of yoga – most often, lower back and neck pain. On the other hand, 21 percent said yoga worsened their muscle or joint pain. And almost 11 percent said it caused new issues – most commonly, pain in the hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder. The study didn't delve into specific injuries, but instead asked people about general aches in different body areas. So it's hard to know how serious the problems were, said Tom Swain, a researcher with the Center for Injury Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "You don't have to sustain a serious injury to have pain. It could just be sore muscles," said Swain, ... Read more

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Doctors May Be Over-Prescribing Seizure Drugs to Treat Pain

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – Physicians might be relying too heavily on "off-label" use of epilepsy drugs as an alternative to prescribing narcotic painkillers, two experts in internal medicine contend. Doctors are prescribing the anti-seizure drugs gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica) to treat pain more frequently, partly in response to the opioid epidemic in the United States, said Dr. Allan Brett. He's a professor of clinical internal medicine with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. However, the drugs might not be doing any good for many people suffering from chronic pain, Brett said. That's because the medications are only FDA-approved to treat certain types of pain. Yet, "increasing numbers of patients [are] being prescribed either of these drugs for any kind of pain symptoms," he said. Brett and co-author Dr. Christopher Goodman, an assistant ... Read more

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Take the (Exercise) Plunge

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – You can do more than just beat the heat the next time you go to the pool. Whether you swim or do aquatic exercises, working out in water improves strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health. Water provides more resistance than air, allowing you to exercise at a higher intensity with less wear and tear on the body and less risk of injury. That's great for people with joint pain. Swimming is a perfect water workout, according to the American Council on Exercise. Doing a half hour of the front crawl at an easy pace can burn about 250 calories, depending on your weight. If you pick up the pace, you can burn about 400 calories in the same amount of time. If you're new to swimming, start with 5- to 10-minute sessions. As you build stamina, add more minutes. Mixing up your strokes can keep your routine from getting boring as well as work different muscles. For ... Read more

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Health Tip: Battling Muscle Cramps?

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The tight, searing pain of a muscle cramp is tough to forget. But do you know why your muscles spasm? The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these possible causes: Failing to stretch muscles before exercise. Exercising muscles that are over-fatigued. Exercising in hot weather. Exercising when you are dehydrated or lack electrolytes. Overexerting yourself during exercise. Being overweight, being sick or taking certain medications. Being older. Read more

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Take A New View of Yoga

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 – Want to add strength training, flexibility, and even stress reduction to your fitness plan? Then it's time to consider – or reconsider, if you've shied away from it in the past – the ancient Indian practice of yoga. Some 11 million Americans take part in one form of yoga or another. And, far from being a new-age type of exercise, it's embraced by people from all walks of life – men as well as women, and even pro athletes, according to the American Council on Exercise. And you don't have to twist yourself into a pretzel to do it. The most popular discipline is Hatha yoga, which stresses concentration and uses stretching and strengthening exercises. Many poses or asanas aren't complicated, but they are effective. You can choose those specifically targeted to your needs. For example, the Warrior 2 pose improves hip flexibility and strengthens the quadriceps. ... Read more

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Excess Alcohol May Speed Muscle Loss in Older Women

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 – Heavy drinking may hasten muscle loss in older women, a new study warns. Both aging and menopause can lead to loss of muscle mass and strength, a condition called sarcopenia. Muscle mass loss typically starts in midlife, and progresses at a rate of 6 percent per decade, the researchers said. Usually, only three-quarters of midlife muscle mass remains after the age of 80. This loss of muscle affects balance, gait and the ability to do daily tasks, the researchers said. By 2030, the number of people in the world 60 or older is estimated to grow by 56 percent, and older people will number one in six individuals globally, according to the South Korean researchers. Their study looked at nearly 2,400 postmenopausal women, average age 62. Of those, 8 percent had sarcopenia. Rates of sarcopenia were nearly four times higher among high-risk drinkers than among low-risk ... Read more

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Compression Tights Won't Trim Running Times

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 – If you're an avid runner and you think compression tights might shave a few seconds off your time, a new study begs to differ. Runners were monitored while they ran on a treadmill on two different days, once with compression tights and once without. The Ohio State University researchers found that while compression tights greatly reduce muscle vibration, they don't reduce muscle fatigue, which means they don't help runners go farther or faster. The study was to be presented Thursday at the American College of Sports Medicine's annual meeting, in Denver. "When your muscle vibrates, it induces a contraction that uses energy, so the theory was that less muscle vibration would translate to less fatigue," study leader Ajit Chaudhari said in an Ohio State news release. "However, the reduced vibration was not associated with any reduction in fatigue at all. In our ... Read more

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Anabolic Steroids May Tax the Heart

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 – Long-term use of muscle-building anabolic steroids may take a toll on the heart, researchers say. Bodybuilders who take these drugs to bulk up should take note: prolonged use of anabolic steroids makes it harder for the heart to function properly. The steroids might also contribute to artery-clogging, study findings showed. "It is critical that clinicians become aware of the long-term risks of anabolic steroid use on the heart," said Dr. Harrison Pope Jr., a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and co-lead author of the study. Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of the male hormone testosterone. An estimated 2.9 million to 4 million Americans have used these drugs, and about one million are dependent on the pills or injections, the researchers said. For the new study, Pope and his colleagues tracked 140 male weight-lifters. Eighty-six had used ... Read more

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This Combo Workout May Suit Obese Seniors Best

Posted 18 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 – Older, obese adults need to shed weight, but dieting can worsen their frailty. A new study addresses this conundrum, suggesting seniors take up both aerobic and resistance exercise while slimming down. Engaging in aerobic and resistance exercise while losing weight enabled study participants to maintain more muscle mass and bone density compared to folks who did just one type of exercise or none at all, the researchers found. "The best way to improve functional status and reverse frailty in older adults with obesity is by means of diet and regular exercise using a combination of resistance and aerobic exercise training," said study leader Dr. Dennis Villareal. He's a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. More than one-third of people age 65 and older in the United States are obese, according to the study authors. Obesity worsens the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Using a Stability Ball

Posted 15 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A stability ball may look like an overgrown beach ball, but its potential health benefits shouldn't be ignored. The American Council on Exercise mentions these possible benefits: Improves balance. Strenthens trunk muscles. Strengthens abdominal muscles, which may improve your posture. Strengthens muscles of the core – including the abdomen, chest and back. Read more

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Stronger Muscles May Pump Up Kids' Memory Skills

Posted 20 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 – Here's yet another reason to make sure your kids are active: New research shows those with stronger muscles may have better working memory. Evaluating 79 children between the ages of 9 and 11, scientists said they found that muscle fitness was directly related to a more accurate memory. The results also reinforced established research linking kids' aerobic fitness to better thinking skills and academic performance. "There are multiple ways children can derive benefit from exercise ... to build healthy bodies as well as healthy minds," said study co-author Charles Hillman. He's a professor of psychology and health sciences at Northeastern University in Boston. "We know that kids are becoming increasingly inactive, overweight and unfit," Hillman added. "So, it's important to take studies like these ... to basically indicate the benefit of physical activity and ... Read more

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

Posted 25 Mar 2017 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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