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For Athletes, Diet Might Influence Sleep Patterns

For Athletes, Diet Might Influence Sleep PatternsMONDAY, April 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Need to get your shut-eye on time? What you eat could make a difference, according to a new study.Researchers found that college athletes who ate more carbohydrates and vitamins B12 and C tended to go to sleep and wake up earlier.It’s possible that these nutrients might increase synthesis of vital hormones that regulate sleep, including serotonin and melatonin, the authors said.“For athletes, success is measured not only by readiness to perform but also resiliency on and off the field,” said first author Lauren Rentz, a doctoral student at West Virginia University. “We know that sleep helps the body heal from daily physical and mental stress and influences future physical and mental performance," she said. "The relationship between...

Sports Bra Support Makes a Difference for Women Runners

21 April 2023
Sports Bra Support Makes a Difference for Women RunnersFRIDAY, April 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A good sports bra provides more than sturdy support alone for female runners.The increased breast support affects biomechanics in other parts of the body -- and, a new study shows, the right sports bra could actually boost a woman’s running performance by 7%.“Our study represents one of a series of research studies on the topic of breast support and whole body biomechanics,” said Douglas Powell, of the Breast Biomechanics Research Center at the University of Memphis. “We wanted to identify strategies to reduce activity-induced breast pain for females, a group that makes up approximately 50% of the population.”For the study, published April 21 in Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, the researchers looked at the influence of breast...

Damar Hamlin Cleared to Return to Football

19 April 2023
Damar Hamlin Cleared to Return to FootballWEDNESDAY, April 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Damar Hamlin has returned to practice with the Buffalo Bills after recovering from his sudden cardiac arrest during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in January. Hamlin, 25, said commotio cordis was the cause of his cardiac arrest. “I died on national TV in front of the whole world,” Hamlin told reporters Tuesday. “I lost a bunch of people in my life. I know a bunch of people who lost people in their lives. I know that feeling. That right there is the biggest blessing of it all – for me to still have my people and my people to still have me.”With commotio cordis, severe trauma to the chest can disrupt the heart’s electrical charge and cause dangerous fibrillations. For Hamlin, this happened after making a tackle. He...

Baseball Season Is Here: Watch Out for UCL Tears

12 April 2023
Baseball Season Is Here: Watch Out for UCL TearsWEDNESDAY, April 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Spring brings with it the joy of baseball, but too much of a good thing can lead to elbow injuries in young pitchers.An expert from UT Southwestern in Dallas offers some tips for youth baseball players, their parents and coaches about avoiding and being aware of injuries, including tears or ruptures of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL).“Athletes 18 and younger should not pitch more than 100 innings in games during a calendar year,” said Dr. Nathan Boes, an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and director of sports medicine for Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. “And they should take four months a year with no competitive pitching.”UCL injuries are the most common elbow...

Missed Getting Your Steps Today? You're Still on Track for Health

29 March 2023
Missed Getting Your Steps Today? You`re Still on Track for HealthWEDNESDAY, March 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For those who want to get active but feel that joining a gym or exercising on a daily basis is a bridge too far, new research may have found the sweet spot: walking.After stacking the walking habits of 3,100 adults up against a decade’s worth of health outcomes, investigators concluded that those who logged roughly 8,000 steps in a single day — even if only just one day a week — reduced their risk for premature death.An 8,000-step jaunt is hardly a quick stroll around the block. It’s equivalent to about 4 miles a day. But the study team counted all steps taken — including while doing chores or shopping for groceries — not just dedicated walks. And in the end, logging one or two 4-mile days per week lowered the risk for premature...

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