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Will Your Kid Play School Sports This Fall? Here's Some Guidance on Doing It Safely

Will Your Kid Play School Sports This Fall? Here`s Some Guidance on Doing It SafelyTHURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you're thinking about letting your child resume sports while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage, a leading pediatricians' group says there are a few things you should consider. To help families make informed decisions, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released guidance based on the most current research. "We recommend that parents talk to their pediatrician about the type of sport and setting, local disease activity, and individual circumstances, such as an underlying health condition that places the athlete or family members at high risk," Dr. Susannah Briskin, one of the guidance authors, said in an AAP news release. "The risk can be decreased, but not eliminated, by athletes, parents, coaches and officials who...

The Fitter Do Better After an A-Fib Treatment

3 August 2020
The Fitter Do Better After an A-Fib TreatmentMONDAY, Aug 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Physically fit patients with the irregular heartbeat atrial fibrillation (AF) are most likely to benefit from ablation, a new study finds. Patients who are less fit are hospitalized more often, continue to use anti-arrhythmic drugs longer and have higher death rates, researchers say. "AF does not occur in a vacuum but rather represents one manifestation of the impact of poor physical fitness and related risk factors including hypertension, obesity, diabetes and others," said researcher Dr. Wael Jaber, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. His team studied 591 patients who had cardiac ablation at Cleveland Clinic between 2012 and 2018. In ablation, small areas of the heart are scarred to help prevent movement of abnormal signals...

After Lockdown, Ease Back Into Exercise

2 August 2020
After Lockdown, Ease Back Into ExerciseSUNDAY, Aug. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you're getting back to a fitness program or gym after spending months in lockdown, be careful not to hurt yourself, a sports medicine expert urges. "One of the most common reasons people get injured is because they overexert themselves when their level of fitness is not where they want it to be," said Dr. Irvin Sulapas, a primary care sports medicine physician and assistant professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Here are some tips on how to prevent exercise injury: Warm up and cool down. Warming up and cooling down muscles can help reduce the risk of injury, Sulapas said. Use correct form. Many injuries happen because of poor form -- make sure you are doing the exercise correctly. ...

For a Longer Life, Any Exercise Is Good Exercise: Study

31 July 2020
For a Longer Life, Any Exercise Is Good Exercise: StudyFRIDAY, July 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Want to live longer? Take the stairs, stretch or toss a volleyball around, a new study suggests. Those activities were among several tied to lower rates of early death in an Arizona State University study of nearly 27,000 U.S. adults between 18 and 84 years of age. Researchers wondered which of the more socially oriented exercises -- such as team sports -- contribute to longevity. They asked participants in 1998 which types of activity they engaged in, then watched for causes of death through 2015. While they found that any form exercise helps, stretching and volleyball were uniquely tied to a lower risk of early death. Fitness activities such as walking, cycling and aerobics were also beneficial. Only an association was seen between...

Sports After Lockdown: Take It Slow

24 July 2020
Sports After Lockdown: Take It SlowFRIDAY, July 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you love to play sports, it's tough advice to follow after months of lockdown: Go easy. You may be tempted to jump right back into things as playing fields, courts, gyms and other athletic facilities reopen, but it's best to take some time for conditioning first, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says. "For many sports, it has been three months since the last practice. Cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength and flexibility may have declined with [the] need to social distance," said orthopedic surgeon and AAOS spokesperson Dr. Nicholas DiNubile. "Regardless of your activity, it is important to remember to ease into it and be patient with yourself," he said in an AAOS news release. "If you give yourself time, the...

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