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Race, Income Keeps Many Families From Letting Kids Play Sports

Race, Income Keeps Many Families From Letting Kids Play SportsTHURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- 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.The researchers 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 United States, 54% of 6- to 17-year-olds took part in sports in 2020. That included 42% of Black children, 47% of Hispanic youngsters, 51% of Asian children and 60% of white kids, researchers from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found."These disparities may place some children at risk for poor health during key periods of growth and development," said lead...

Global Warming Will Mean More Unfit, Unhealthy Kids...

8 August 2022
Global Warming Will Mean More Unfit, Unhealthy Kids Worldwide: StudyMONDAY, Aug. 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Children are not as physically fit as their parents were when they were kids, and this will likely harm them as the Earth warms, new research claims.The findings are based on a comprehensive review of more than 150 studies that looked at how children maintain physical activity, exercise and cope with heat, as well as how this might change as global temperatures rise. The research was published Aug. 5 in the journal Temperature."Fitter adults are better able to tolerate higher temperatures, due to a combination of physiological, behavioral and psychological factors," said Shawnda Morrison, an environmental exercise physiologist at Slovenia's University of Ljubljana. She is an expert in adaptive and integrative human physiology in extreme...

Getting Young Athletes Ready for a New School Year

7 August 2022
Getting Young Athletes Ready for a New School YearSUNDAY, Aug. 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- 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 benefits, said Dr. Theodore Shybut, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.Shybut offered some tips for getting children ready to start fall sports or any physical activities at any age. His advice comes at a time when many youngsters may be losing interest in organized sports.Shybut recommends giving the youngest kids opportunities to explore many activities to see what they like best. Create an environment in which a child feels encouraged to be active with routine free play at home, family walks or trying out...

Many Seniors Love Pickleball, But Injuries Can Happen

6 August 2022
Many Seniors Love Pickleball, But Injuries Can HappenSATURDAY, Aug. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- 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 tendonitis, bursitis and even a tear in the tendon. Bigger tears are harder to fix and can make your arm weak."The unfortunate reality of the rotator cuff is that everyday use can cause tearing and damage," said Dr. Bruce Moseley, a surgeon in the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "You don’t necessarily have to do anything wrong or abnormal to get a rotator cuff tear -- in many instances it just happens as a...

Vegan? Weightlifting May Protect Your Bones

5 August 2022
Vegan? Weightlifting May Protect Your BonesFRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- While a plant-based diet may be associated with lower bone mineral density and increased fracture risk, there might be a way to counteract that: pumping iron.New Austrian research shows that vegans who lift weights or do strength training have stronger bones than vegans who only do other forms of exercise such as biking or swimming."Veganism is a global trend with strongly increasing numbers of people worldwide adhering to a purely plant-based diet," said Dr. Christian Muschitz, of St. Vincent Hospital Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna. "Our study showed resistance training offsets diminished bone structure in vegan people when compared to omnivores."Generally, people who follow vegan diets eat only plant-based foods and avoid all...

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