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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...

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.

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 15, 2022
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  • 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...

    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,

  • By Marianne (Consumer)Madeiros HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 25, 2022
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  • 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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 6, 2022
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  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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%...

    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...

    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 ...

    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.

    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...

    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...

    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 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: ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • January 20, 2022
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  • Many parents struggle with the decision to let their kids play tackle football or other contact sports due to the risk of concussions and long-term brain diseases that may occur with repeated head blows.

    Now, new...

    NFL players are four times more likely to die of Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) than other people, new research finds, adding to known links between football-related head injuries and brain diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

    And the longer they played football, the greater their risk, the new study found.

    ALS, or

  • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 16, 2021
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  • Right now, the devastating concussion-linked brain condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) can only be diagnosed after death via autopsy. But new research could help change that, allowing doctors to someday spot the illness earlier.

    According to the new study, MRI may be able to detect CTE while people are still alive.

    "While this finding is not yet ready for the c...

    Blows to the head are common among America's kids, with close to 7% showing signs of a brain injury at some time in childhood, U.S. health officials report.

    Sports, falls and abuse are likely causes, experts say.

    Concussions and other head injuries are more common among white kids than Black or Hispanic kids. And prevalence increases with age -- from 2% in children up to 5 years ol...

    A heart condition, myocarditis, has been found in a number of U.S. college athletes who have had COVID-19, a new study finds.

    Myocarditis has also been linked in some young people to the COVID vaccine. But the odds are far greater that this inflammation of the heart muscle will occur in those who get COVID infection itself, experts said.

    "We're still learning about how the vir...

    Repetitive head hits are common in football, and they're also linked to debilitating brain injuries.

    But rendering a definitive diagnosis typically means waiting for autopsy results after the player has died.

    Now, a new study suggests that brain scans can reliably spot troubling signs of sports-inflicted neurological damage while a person is still alive.

    The research also show...

    NBA great Michael Jordan had a special ritual he would follow before every free throw: He would assume a shoulder-width stance, spin the basketball in his hands, bounce the ball three times, and then spin the ball once more while focusing on the rim before finally taking his shot.

    Now, new research suggests similar routines could improve your sports performance, whether you're an amateur ...

    Addictive opioid painkillers aren't the only option for patients seeking relief following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee reconstruction, researchers say.

    As the United States wrestles with skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse and drug overdose deaths, the findings may come as good news.

    After ACL surgery, Advil and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminop...

    Long COVID is rare in college athletes, but those who have had COVID-19 should see a doctor if they have chest pain during activity, the authors of new study advise.

    The extent and effects of persistent symptoms in athletes after COVID-19 infection have been unclear, so researchers went searching for answers.

    "For the vast majority of athletes, this study shows that a return to play...

    Contrary to long-held wisdom, teen athletes recover from concussions sooner if they do light aerobic exercise rather than resting in a dark room, new research suggests.

    Instead of so-called "cocoon therapy," new research-supported therapy has young concussion patients getting out of bed and doing protected exercise earlier.

    "What the research found was that adolescents were having a...

    Dr. Kim Huffman, an avid runner, gets a fair amount of guff from friends about the impact that her favorite exercise has on her body.

    "People all the time tell me, 'Oh, you wait until you're 60. Your knees are going to hate you for it'," Huffman said. "And I'm like, 'That's ridiculous'."

    Next time the topic comes up, Huffman is well-armed: An extensive British analysis of prior stud...

    Days in the saddle can be risky, with horseback riding a potentially deadly activity, according to a new study.

    "Hospital admission risk from horseback riding is higher than football, auto and motorcycle racing, and skiing," the study authors noted. Chest injuries are most common among riders, but head and neck injuries are the deadliest.

    The findings show that "equestrian-related i...

    Adult staff in schools are more likely than students to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, but automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are often used and improve the chances of survival, a new study finds.

    AEDs are portable devices that deliver an electric shock to try and restart the heart. If appropriate action isn't taken immediately, cardiac arrest is often fatal.

    "Most research on ...

    Trying to fit soccer or Little League into your son's busy schedule? Canadian researchers offer some compelling reasons to do so.

    Little boys who play sports are less apt to be anxious or depressed later in childhood and more likely to be active in their early teens, according to the University of Montreal study.

    "We wanted to clarify the long-term and reciprocal relationship in sch...

    It's not just athletes on the field who suffer when outdoor temperatures get too high. Members of college and high school marching bands are at increased risk of heat-related illness, too, researchers warn.

    "They go out there, and they often wear these really heavy wool uniforms," said lead author Andrew Grundstein of the University of Georgia. "They practice many times for hours and hour...

    College athletes who suffer a concussion may take as long as a month to recover, not the two weeks considered normal, new research finds.

    "Normal return-to-play time was previously set at 14 days -- meaning 50% of people recovered in that time," said lead researcher Steve Broglio. He is director of the University of Michigan Concussion Center in Ann Arbor. "Our paper suggests that 28 days...

    The pause in youth sports caused by the COVID-19 pandemic wound up shaking some budding athletes to their core, a new U.S. survey shows.

    More than 1 in 10 youth athletes ended up reconsidering their sports goals or aspirations as the pandemic closed stadiums and gyms. That included one-quarter of athletes in their later teens, researchers found.

    Some felt that the pandemic cost them...

    Football and other contact sports get a lot of attention for their injury hazards. But for most adults, bike riding is the biggest back-breaker, a new study suggests.

    Of more than 12,000 sports-related spinal injuries among U.S. adults, researchers found that a full 81% were due to bicycling mishaps. The injuries mostly included vertebral fractures, often in the neck but also in the middl...

    Achilles tendon injuries have skyrocketed in the United States this year, researchers report.

    Physicians at Michigan Medicine-University of Michigan diagnosed more Achilles ruptures during June 2021 than in all of 2020.

    Injuries to the body's strongest, thickest tendon account for about 30% of all sports-related injuries, and are most common among active, middle-aged men, they added...

    Having a genetic heart condition often means the end of sports for young athletes, but new research could be a game changer.

    A 20-year study by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., suggests that for kids with most genetic heart conditions, the risks of playing sports can be managed through a shared decision-making process.

    The study is a continuation of research on return to play ...

    Young soccer players have more head impacts during practices but experience more severe head impacts during games, a small, preliminary study shows.

    The findings could help devise ways to improve head impact safety in youth soccer, according to the researchers.

    "Headers are a fundamental component to the sport of soccer. Therefore, it is important to understand differences in header...