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A Hard Knock Story
You don't have to have had a concussion to exhibit worrying brain changes; repeated hits will do it, a study of rugby players shows. Read more >

Before You Buy that Activity Tracker...
As well-meaning as a fitness monitor gift might be, there are some things about the recipient that you need to consider. Read more >

Trash-Talking Robots
See what happens to performance if a digital assistant starts throwing some shade. Read more >

Concussions Hit Men Below the Belt
The memory problems head injuries can cause are now well known. But there appear to be sexual side-effects as well. Read more >

Baseball Players Lead in Longevity
MLB players tend to live longer than the rest of us. Early fitness and ongoing exercise and diet discipline may be the reason. Read more >

Protein Shakes Can Bring You Down
Protein supplements often provide only a single type of amino acid, one that interferes with serotonin and can lead to depression. Read more >

Go Team, Get Happy
Kids who play team sports are happier than those involved in less structured activities, at least if you believe their brain scans. Read more >

The Post-Workout Munchies
Working out will make you hungry. What you pick to eat as you leave the gym could erase much of your hard work. Read more >

Good Sports
Focusing on a sport too soon is bad for kids physically, mentally, and socially. Read more >

Soccer Players' Balance Issues
Soccer headers can cause brain damage in some players. They also appear to affect players' sense of balance. Read more >

Head Injuries Bring Headaches
People who have had a head injury have persistent and more frequent headaches, prompting calls for a new diagnosis. Read more >

Thrills and Spills on the Hill
Olympic skiers and snowboarders make it look easy. Here are a few tips to keep injuries to a minimum. Read more >

Batter Up Too Late?
Baseball players' reaction times improved when they got an extra hour of sleep. Stress and fatigue went down, too. Read more >

Marathoners' Kidney Damage
Running a marathon is hard on your body, but the toll it takes on your kidneys is just being explored. Read more >

Women, Sports, and Concussions
Women seem to be at greater risk for sports-related concussions than men are. A study starts to unpack why this is. Read more >

The Revenge of the Weekend Warrior
If your exercise regimen is pretty much confined to weekends, don't feel too bad. You are still getting some major health benefits. Read more >

Economic Uncertainty and Mental Decline
Financial hardship doesn't just affect physical health; cognitive health suffers, too. Read more >

Why You Need to Take Supplements Seriously
Liver damage from herbal and other supplements has doubled in the past decade. Read more >

Kids' Soccer Injuries Soar
The number of visits to the ER each year among young soccer players rose by 78%. Injuries were even more common for those over 12. Read more >

Scientific American Takes On Soccer
FIFA, soccer's governing body, thought it had found a way to prevent over-age soccer players from competing. But no. Read more >

It's About Turf
Many of the injuries high school football players suffer are the result of the surfaces they play on and could be avoided. Read more >

A $.69 Cure for Blisters
Hikers and runners fear them; women in heels invite them. A simple new way to prevent most blisters. Read more >

Exercise Feeds Your Head
Almost any kind of exercise -- including gardening and dancing -- can help fend off cognitive impairment, even after it has begun. Read more >

Why Mice Don't Play Football
Mice subjected to repeated mild impacts to the head showed long-term brain damage. No, they weren't wearing helmets. Read more >

Trying To Fool Your Activity Tracker?
You can trick your activity tracker, but probably not for long. Read more >

Sixteen Years of Football; Dead at 25
The case of a football player with CTE offers a sobering portrait of what repeated head injury does to a life and a mind. Read more >

Low-Carb Diets — More Good News
Elite athletes who eat a diet low in carbs burn fat at a much higher rate than those who pursue carb-loading. Read more >

Soy May Rival Meds For Bone Health
The isoflavones in soy products — and some foods — can offer thinning bones the help they need. Read more >

A Move Worse than Headers?
When kids play soccer, concussions are a worry. But parents may be looking in the wrong place to protect their kids. Read more >

Fitness Food? Think Again
Protein bars that are branded as “fitness” food are anything but. Read more >

Time to Can The Soda
Simply substituting water for sugar-sweetened soda can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Half of Parents Are Unaware of Safe Pitching Guidelines
If parents don't know about the safety guidelines designed to protect young players, how can they help their kids? Read more >

Age A Factor in Sports-Related Brain Injury
Football players who started young are more likely to develop memory problems later in life. Read more >

Beet Juice May Not Be So Great for Muscles after All
Beetroot juice may not help muscles during exercise quite as expected. Read more >

Yoga's Benefits Go Straight to the Heart
Yoga doesn't get enough respect as exercise. It's not just for relaxation -- it's good for your heart. Read more >

The Science of Choking Under Pressure
Performing our best under pressure is not easy, and people have different reasons for choking. Read more >

Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol Can Make You Drink More
When people mix energy drinks with alcohol, they tend to drink more. Read more >

For Kids, Sports Are about Much More than Just Winning
For kids, winning isn’t the best part of sports. Knowing what is most important can keep them engaged — and fit. Read more >

No Duping the Anti-Dopers
Athletes using performance-enhancing drugs have been a step ahead of the agencies meant to police them. No more. Read more >

Milk Eases Women's Osteoarthritis
Drinking milk every day may help reduce the joint damage of osteoarthritis. Read more >

Little League Pitching Can Do Major League Damage
Young pitchers’ arms are prone to injuries, especially from certain types of pitches. Read more >

It Pays to Offer Healthy Food Options
Having a few healthy options at the concession stand can improve waistlines and still maintain the bottomline. Go team! Read more >

A Different Approach to Self-Control
Our willpower can fail us when we are tired or stressed. But how we view the problem could be the problem. Read more >

New Blood Pressure Recommendations May Mean You Don't Need Meds After All
If you have borderline high BP, around 140/90 mm Hg, it may be better to hold off on treatment depending on your age and other factors. Read more >

Kids More Active With a Little Help From Their Friends
Peers can really affect how active -- or inactive -- a child is. Read more >

Fitness Declining Among Children and Teens Worldwide
Kids today are slower and less aerobically fit than their parents were. It's a global problem. Read more >

Back Injuries Common in Young Athletes
Overtraining is the main way kids injure themselves. Specializing in one sport is also a problem. Read more >

Too Many Bike Riders Without Helmets End Up in the ER
Helmets can only help prevent injury when kids wear them. Parents need to insist. Read more >

Exercise Improves Teens' Academic Performance
Teens who exercise moderately to vigorously every day do better academically. But no, running a 10K can't replace studying. Read more >

A Meth-Like Substance Is Found in Workout Supplements
The fitness supplement, Craze, appears to have caused certain athletes to fail drug tests. Read more >

Two Studes Find Exercise as Good or Better Than Drugs for Fighting Disease
Studies find that exercise's effects on disease equal and sometimes surpass those of drugs. Read more >

Even Short Bouts of High-Intensity Exercise Can Affect Weight and BMI
Forget the long hours at the gym. A short bout of intense exercise may be all you need to keep the pounds off. Read more >

Fat Cells Secrete Proteins Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis begins with factor D, secreted by fat cells in joints. Stop Factor D, stop RA. Read more >

Barefoot Running Shoes: Go Slowly
Minimalist or barefoot running shoes may be more natural, but switching to them is tricky. Stress fractures are not uncommon. Read more >

What Texting Does to Your Neck
Sitting bent over a phone or tablet or laptop puts a huge strain on your neck. The pain has a name: text neck. Read more >

Lasting Brain Damage from Even A Single Concussion
Even a single concussion can result in reduced brain volume and impaired emotional and executive functioning. Take time to recover. Read more >

The Link Between Lifestyle and Semen Quality
Exercise is an important factor in male fertility. Men who watch TV 20 hours a week have sperm counts half those of men who watch less. Read more >

Recovering from Head Trauma before Resuming Sports Is Critical
A head injury requires real recovery time. Returning to activity too soon can cause brain damage. Read more >

Sedentary Nation: Too Little Walking, Too Much Sitting
Sitting too much and moving too little can shorten life. They are also easy to remedy. Read more >

Aerobic Exercise the Best Route to Weight, Fat Loss
Aerobic exercise is superior to resistance training for losing weight and body fat. Read more >

Putting Shoes that Promise a Firmer Posterior to the Test
Does my butt look smaller? Can shoes make a difference? Read more >

Cheerleading: Pediatricians Call for Improving Safety
Cheerleaders should be coached and conditioned just like any athletes. Serious injuries are on the rise. Read more >

Rhythmic Neural Patterns Drive Movement
Neurons firing in the brain produce organized movement in the body. But how? It may take a neural... Read more >

Traumatic Brain Injuries May Be Rising for Young Football Players
Fatal brain injuries in high school football players rose last year. Read more >

Massage Boosts the Recovery of Muscles After Exercise
A ten-minute massage can help sore muscles heal after vigorous exercise. Read more >

Soccer Headers Damage the Brain's Axonal Tracts
Soccer heading, especially when done often, can damage cellular connections in the brain. Read more >

Research Finds the Immune System A Key Player in Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a product of your immune system, not just wear and tear... Read more >

Venus Williams Shares Her Battle with Sjogren's Syndrome
The Grand Slam tennis player tells the world about her battle with Sjogren's syndrome Read more >

Sprained Ankles and Strained Emergency Rooms
Sprained ankles and minor injuries clog emergency rooms, endangering people with serious problems. Read more >

New Proof the Exercise Really Does Wonders for the Heart
Even light exercise can have a significant effect on the health of your heart and blood vessels. Read more >

Apples May Protect Muscles Against Atrophy
Apples contain ursolic acid, which helps preserve muscle tissue and prevent the wasting that comes with age. Read more >

More Americans Using Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements can be helpful, but they cannot make up for an unhealthy diet. Read more >

100 Innings a Year or Less for Young Arms
Pitching too much can damage young (and old) arms. It is important to limit the number of pitches to reduce the risk of injury. Read more >

Sports Drinks: Soda in Disguise?
Don't let the term, "sports drink" fool you. Often these drinks have nearly as many calories as soda. Reach for water instead. Read more >

More Young Athletes Reporting Concussions
The best medicine for concussion is rest. Young children need even more rest after a concussion than teenagers do. Read more >

Practice Makes Perfect: But Only If You Mix It Up
Changing up how you practice a new skill helps your brain learn better. Read more >

Youth Sports Without All the Injuries
Sports injuries among child athletes are increasing. Many injuries can be prevented by getting proper rest, stretching after games... Read more >

A Simple Test for Concussions
A simple measure of reaction time can provide a clue as to whether an athlete has had a concussion. Read more >

Running Shoe Design: Miles to Go
Walking in high heels increases knee torque by 20-26%. Read more >

England Gets Serious about Penalty Kicks
England has lost three World Cups on penalty kicks, so researchers came up with a new strategy. Read more >

Needles Optional? Sham Acupuncture Relieves Back Pain Too
Acupuncture can help reduce back pain, but piercing the skin may not be necessary to reap its benefits. Read more >

Birth Control Pills May Interfere with Strength Training
Taking birth control pills can interfere with women athletes' ability to build muscle mass. Read more >

Finding Fun Ways to Stay Fit
Think of play (dancing, hiking, tennis) when you think of fitness. It will help keep you motivated. Read more >

Pump Up Quads For Better Postoperative Function
Strengthening quads after a total knee replacement can improve functional performance enough to rival that of healthy older adults. Read more >

Quad-Cartilage Connection: Strength May Protect Against Knee OA Progression
Strong quadriceps can keep knee cartilage from crumbling. Read more >

New Hope for Back Pain
Spinal discs are gel-filled sacs that sit between the vertebrae (bones) of the spinal column. They function as a cushion or shock absorber. Read more >

Osteoarthritis Origins: Protein Discovery Could Be Key to a Cure
A protein in cartilage appears associated with age-related articular cartilage loss, a discovery that could lead to more effective treatments for OA. Read more >

Happy Feet Keep Exercise Resolutions on Track
Have your feet measured before you buy athletic shoes. Exercising in tight shoes can cause a neuroma, or a pinched nerve. Read more >

Winning Warm-up: Soccer Injuries Nearly Halved
Warming up before exercise can greatly reduce the risk of injury. Read more >

Tai Chi: Good for the Knees?
Study says Tai Chi can help reduce the pain of arthritis. Read more >

Glucosamine And Chondroitin: A Joint Venture In Question
Glucosamine and chondroitin may not work as well together as we think. Read more >

Turf Wars: Artificial Surfaces Match Grass for Overall Safety
Injuries during matches played on artificial turf are more likely to be severe than match injuries played on grass. Read more >

Fatigue Facilitates ACL Injury
Female athletes risk of ACL injury is up to eight times greater than that of men. Fatigue is a big cause. Read more >

Reality Check: Gymnastics as Dangerous as Hockey
Gymnastics has one of the highest injury rates of all girls' sports, according to a survey of emergency room admissions. Read more >

Keeping Young Athletes' Shoulders Healthy
A few minutes practice and exercise each day will keep a young athlete in shape, and ready to play. Read more >

Asthma and College Athletes
A significant number of athletes suffer from undiagnosed exercise-induced asthma. Read more >

Watch Out For Heat Stroke
What is the major cause of heat stroke? Ignorance — of our own bodies, of the weather and of what one can do to the other. Read more >

Hepatitis B — from Sweat?
You can get hepatitis B from sweat during contact sports, suggests an alarming new study. Read more >

Body Clocks and Sports Performance
The 24-hour rhythmic cycle of our bodies, known as circadian rhythm, significantly affects athletic performance, according to just-published research. Read more >

Do Steroids Leave Tissues Open to Injury?
People who get a steroid injection in their shoulder might be better off waiting a few weeks before returning to regular activities or starting physical therapy, according to a new study. Read more >

Drinking and Running
In recent years, long distance runners have been getting conflicting advice from experts about liquids. Read more >

No Particulate Place to Go
Tips to help urban athletes breathe easier. Read more >

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