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When Are Head Injury Risks Highest for Young Soccer Players?

When Are Head Injury Risks Highest for Young Soccer Players?MONDAY, July 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- 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 frequency and magnitude across practice and game settings," said study author Jillian Urban, from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C."Practices are more amenable to change than games. Therefore, understanding how we can restructure practice to reduce head impact exposure while teaching fundamental skills needed to safely play the sport is critical to...

Pregnant Women Need to Take Care in Sweltering Summer Heat

24 July 2021
Pregnant Women Need to Take Care in Sweltering Summer HeatSATURDAY, July 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- This summer has brought dangerous, record-breaking heat to parts of the United States and Canada. The hot weather poses an extra challenge for pregnant women.Mothers-to-be need to stay cool to avoid heat exhaustion and its complications, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston."The summer is tough on pregnant women because the body struggles to cool down when humidity and temperatures are high," said Dr. Matthew Carroll, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital.Carroll offers the following suggestions to prevent overheating:Start by staying hydrated. Pregnant women should drink more than the recommended eight to 12 cups of water a day to prevent dehydration.Seek out...

Fauci Supports NFL's Tough New COVID Policy

23 July 2021
Fauci Supports NFL`s Tough New COVID PolicyFRIDAY, July 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- COVID-19 outbreaks among unvaccinated NFL players could result in forfeited games and loss of pay, the league announced Thursday.The policy sends a strong message about COVID-19 vaccines and is likely to be followed by others in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, told CBS News.The NFL has pushed players to get vaccinated, but only 75% have received at least one dose. Any team that causes a game to be canceled will be responsible for financial losses and players on both teams won't get paid, warned a memo from league commissioner Roger Goodell."The NFL is sending a very strong signal that it's very important to get vaccinated," Fauci told CBS News. "If you want to play football and you want to do...

Empty Stadiums, COVID Fears: How Will It Affect Olympic...

22 July 2021
Empty Stadiums, COVID Fears: How Will It Affect Olympic Athletes?THURSDAY, July 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- To do their best, Olympic athletes need to be both physically and mentally fit, but the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions at the Tokyo Olympics has made that a real challenge, experts say."This Olympics is unprecedented," said Dr. Michael Lardon, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.The Tokyo Olympics itself, which officially begins Friday, is pressure-packed. You train for four years to get there and you often have one chance — it's make or break. "Most athletes don't come back four years later, so making it to the Olympics is unique," he said.But this time around, the pandemic has put extra pressure on the athletes, said Lardon, who has been a consulting psychiatrist to the U.S....

Most Parents Clueless About Overuse Dangers to Young Pitchers

22 July 2021
Most Parents Clueless About Overuse Dangers to Young PitchersTHURSDAY, July 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Before you sign your young pitcher up to play baseball in multiple leagues, familiarize yourself with guidelines that can protect them against overuse injuries.Sound obvious? A new survey shows it isn't, because most parents have no idea what those guidelines are.Players under age 18 are pitching more and more frequently, often for several teams year-round, which is prompting a rise in injuries. Some even require Tommy John surgery to repair torn UCLs (ulnar collateral ligament), an operation most people associate with major league players rather than youngsters. The UCL is a ligament that runs on the inner side of the elbow to help support it when performing certain motions, such as throwing."It's really important that somebody is watching...

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