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Health Tip: Stay Safe During Winter Sports

Posted 3 days ago 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: Give Your Kids Bone-Building Food

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Building stronger bones should begin in childhood and continue for the rest of your child's life. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these foods: Offer a good source of calcium at each meal, such as milk, cheese, yogurt, almonds, figs, broccoli, soybeans, turnip greens or tofu with calcium added. Seek natural sunshine for more vitamin D. Also offer eggs, fatty fish and fortified foods, such as milk and orange juice. Ask your pediatrician if your child needs vitamin D supplements. Give your child edamame, black beans, spinach, peanut butter, almonds, kidney beans, avocado and whole-wheat bread, which are good sources of magnesium. Offer green beans, peas or leafy green veggies (such as kale, broccoli and spinach) for vitamin K. Read more

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

Posted 8 days ago 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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How to Stay on Your Feet During Slippery Winter Conditions

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Feb. 11, 2017 – Before you head outside to shovel the snow off your sidewalk this weekend, heed some safety advice so you don't slip on the ice and land in the ER. It's important to pay attention and take extra precautions while getting around, University of Illinois safety experts say. Even if snow has been cleared from sidewalks, parking lots and other public areas, there could still be patches of ice. There are some steps you can take to prevent slips or avoid serious falls during winter. The university experts recommend the following: Choose the right shoes. Avoid wearing boots or shoes with smooth leather or plastic soles and heels. Footwear made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles provide some traction on snow and ice, and will reduce the risk of falling. See and be seen. It's important to stay warm on winter days, but don't let hats and scarves prevent ... Read more

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

Posted 15 days ago 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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For Elderly Needing Home Medical Care, Are Nurse Practitioners the Answer?

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – Nurse practitioners could meet the growing need for house calls to frail, elderly Americans, but restrictions in some states may get in the way, researchers say. An analysis of Medicare data showed that in 2013, nurse practitioners made more than 1 million home visits nationwide, compared with 925,000 visits a year earlier. Doctors made 1 million home visits both years, the new study finds. The total number of home visits made by all types of health care providers increased from 4.9 million in 2012 to 5.2 million in 2013, the researchers found. The findings have "implications for both house-call providers and nursing education," said lead researcher Nengliang Yao. "If we want to take care of our geriatric population, we really need more providers to do so," added Yao, an assistant professor in the University of Virginia Medical School's department of public ... 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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Tamer Version of Youth Football Looks to Address Safety Concerns

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – In a bid to stem declining participation in youth tackle football leagues, USA Football said it plans to introduce a much tamer version of the game for young players. In a pilot program in a small number of leagues across the country, the organization will institute several rule changes that will be implemented nationally if they are deemed effective, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The changes include: cutting the number of players on the field for each team from 11 to between six and nine; creating smaller fields; eliminating kickoffs and punts; and banning the three-point stance for those playing on the line (players would crouch instead), USA Football told the Times. The intent of the changes is to fashion youth tackle football to be more like flag football, with much less contact and hitting. Participation in tackle football by boys between the ages ... Read more

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High-Mileage Runners Expend Less Energy

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – The bodies of runners who put in a lot of mileage appear to be more efficient at running compared to those who run less, a new study finds. Jasper Verheul and colleagues at Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom compared two groups of runners. One group ran more than 27 miles a week, the other group ran fewer than nine miles a week. The researchers examined the activity of muscle groups in the thigh and the motion of knee joints with a variety of tools as the participants ran at different speeds. "Given the importance of the knee joint in running, it was hoped that by examining knee joint stiffness and muscle activation levels across a range of running speeds, the adaptations of neuromuscular factors due to running training could be closely explored for the first time," the researchers wrote. When their feet landed on the ground, the knees of the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Signs of a Sprained Wrist

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you feel like you're falling, it's a reflex action to put your hand out to break the fall. That's why wrist sprains are so common. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these potential symptoms: Swelling. Pain, especially when the wrist is moved. Soreness and tenderness. Bruising. A feeling of warmth at the injury site. A tearing or popping sensation when you move the wrist. Read more

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Working Out? Don't Bring Your Cellphone

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Talking or texting on your cell phone may spell trouble during exercise, researchers say. In two studies, they found that talking or texting on a cell phone during a workout lowers the intensity of your exercise session. More importantly, the study team noted that cell phone use affects balance, which can increase the risk of injuries. "If you're talking or texting on your cell phone while you're putting in your daily steps, your attention is divided by the two tasks and that can disrupt your postural stability, and therefore, possibly predispose individuals to other greater inherent risks such as falls and musculoskeletal injuries," study author Michael Rebold, assistant professor of integrative exercise science at Hiram College in Ohio, said in a school news release. Specifically, texting on a cell phone reduced postural stability by 45 percent. Even talking ... Read more

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Head for the Hills With Sled Safety in Mind

Posted 15 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – When temperatures drop and snow falls, children are ready to reach for their hats, scarves – and sleds. Sledding and snow tubing are among the fun winter activities that families can enjoy together. But, there are steps parents should take to ensure their kids remain injury-free, the National Safety Council cautions. Children can get hurt if their sled hits a stationary object, such as a rock or a tree. Falling off a sled can also result in injuries, including bruises, cuts and broken bones. Children younger than 6 years old are at particularly high risk for head and neck injuries, the council warned. When choosing sleds, pick those that can be steered. These models are safer than flat sheets, snow discs and toboggans that don't provide kids with control over their direction, the council said. Parents should make sure their children are dressed warmly before ... Read more

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Pediatricians Offer Heads-Up for Preventing Soccer Injuries

Posted 15 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Jan. 14, 2017 – As children's soccer has become more popular in the United States, soccer-related injuries have also become more common, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. People can get hurt playing soccer if they collide with other players, the ground or a goalpost. Injuries can also occur while running, twisting, shooting and landing, the AAP explained. Children who are injured while playing soccer most often sustain sprains and strains. Bruises are also common. These soccer-related injuries are usually minor and can be treated with basic first aid and up to a week of rest, the AAP advised. The group cautioned, however, that more serious injuries may occur, including: Ankle and knee injuries: Boys sustain more ankle injuries, while knee injuries – particularly anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears – are more common among girls. These injuries can result ... Read more

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Protecting Ankles, Feet From Winter's Assaults

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – From broken bones to frostbite, you're at extra risk for foot and ankle injuries during winter. But you can protect yourself, according to a surgeon who specializes in podiatry. "During the winter months, patients should take extra precaution to keep their feet warm and dry when navigating frigid temps, especially patients who have existing health conditions," said Dr. Greg Catalano, a Massachusetts-based foot and ankle surgeon. The first step is to wear proper footwear, he said. "Whether caused by wearing high heels on icy surfaces or just sheer accident, falls are one of the most common causes of weather-related injuries. Oftentime, wintertime falls result in an ankle sprain, or worse, a broken bone in the foot, ankle, heel or toe. I encourage patients to wear low-heeled shoes or boots with a traction sole to help prevent slipping," Catalano said. ... Read more

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Timely Tips for Safe Snow Removal

Posted 8 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Jan. 7, 2017 – Snow looks beautiful while it's falling, but each year thousands of Americans are hurt while shoveling or clearing the white stuff. Folks who are usually sedentary are at particular risk for injuries associated with bending and lifting shovels of heavy snow, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says. Clearing snow can also put a lot of extra strain on the heart, the group warns. In 2015, more than 158,000 people were treated for injuries sustained while shoveling snow or removing ice. And snow blowers were involved in more than 15,000 injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. Back sprains and strains are among the most common snow removal injuries. However, cuts and even finger amputations are also reported each year. To prevent injuries while removing snow and ice, the orthopedic surgeons recommend the following safety tips: Talk ... Read more

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