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Make Losing Weight a Family Affair 7Mar
2018

Make Losing Weight a Family Affair

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Is your family struggling with overweight or obesity? To lose weight, take a team approach. Studies show that when overweight parents shed pounds, so do their overweight...
Broken, Sprained Necks: These Sports Pose the Most Risk

Broken, Sprained Necks: These Sports Pose the Most Risk

7 March 2018
WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While football is frequently blamed for concussions, a new study shows that it's also the sport in which athletes are most likely to suffer neck injuries. A neck...
WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While football is frequently blamed for concussions, a new study shows that it's also the sport in which athletes are most likely to suffer neck injuries. A neck fracture, commonly referred to as a broken neck, is a break in one or more vertebrae in the upper part of the spine. Neck sprains involve injury to the soft tissue surrounding those bones. The neck is referred to medically as the cervical spine. "We expected that American football was the leading cause of cervical spine injury, and it was for overall injuries [fractures and sprains]," said study author Dr. J. Mason DePasse. He's a trauma fellow in the department of orthopaedics at Brown University's Alpert Medical School in Providence, R.I. "Most neck fractures during sports...
Look to Sports, Not Video Games, to Boost Driving Skills

Look to Sports, Not Video Games, to Boost Driving Skills

5 March 2018
MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Enrolling your children in organized sports might help them when they start driving, a new study suggests. Playing video games? Not so much. For the study, researchers...
MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Enrolling your children in organized sports might help them when they start driving, a new study suggests. Playing video games? Not so much. For the study, researchers analyzed data from instructors at a Los Angeles driving school who rated 100 students' driving skills. The investigators found that new drivers -- male and female -- who had played any type of organized sport had better driving skills than those who had not been sports participants. Previous studies have shown that involvement in organized sports improves spatial perception, the study authors noted. The researchers were led by Nancy Wayne, associate vice chancellor for research and a physiology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, medical school. Studies...
Social Media Friends Can Bruise Your Body Image

Social Media Friends Can Bruise Your Body Image

5 March 2018
MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Seeing too many social media posts from friends about their fitness activity can harm your body image, a new study contends. "When people received more posts about exercise,...
MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Seeing too many social media posts from friends about their fitness activity can harm your body image, a new study contends. "When people received more posts about exercise, it made them more concerned about their weight -- more self-conscious -- and that's not a good thing," said study co-author Stephen Rains. He's a professor of communication and an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona. Posts about physical activity were especially likely to trigger concerns about weight if people thought the friends making those posts were very similar to themselves. "Similarity heightens social comparison," Rains said in a university news release. "So if the person posting about exercise is someone who's in your age group, has...
Trying a New Sport? Remember, You're Not (Yet) an Olympian
4 March 2018

Trying a New Sport? Remember, You're Not (Yet) an Olympian

SUNDAY, March 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If watching the Winter Olympics made you want to try some new sports, go slow and ease into them, sports medicine experts caution. "The biggest issue we see are people who push too hard when trying something for the first time, and it gets out of control," said Dr. Jayson Loeffert, a sports medicine doctor with Penn State Health. Whatever new sport you try, "you want to do it at a level you are comfortable with," he said in a university news release. That starts with proper training. "Whether it's a winter or summer sport, you should go into any athletic activity with some element of preparation," said Dr. Aman Dhawan, an orthopedic surgeon with Penn State Health. "You'll get more enjoyment from a performance standpoint, but it's also...
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