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Rugby Injuries Last Long After Pros, Amateurs Stop Playing: Study

Rugby Injuries Last Long After Pros, Amateurs Stop Playing: StudySATURDAY, Aug. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Injuries can continue to plague rugby players long after they retire, a new study finds. Researchers examined injuries suffered by 254 retired elite and amateur rugby players and competitors in non-contact sports, such as cricket. The athletes were 21 to 82 years of age. Compared to athletes who played non-contact sports, rugby players were 1.7 to 7.3 times more likely to report an injury and 2.4 to 9.7 times more likely to report long-term effects, the findings showed. Rugby players reported back pain, and severe and regular joint pain, which they attributed to injuries suffered on the field, according to the report published online recently in the journal Sports Medicine. Concussion was the most frequently reported injury among those...

Dance Injuries Jump in United States

14 August 2020
Dance Injuries Jump in United StatesFRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Dance-related injuries treated at U.S. emergency departments increased by nearly one-quarter in recent years, a new study reveals. Between 2014 and 2018, there was a 22.5% rise in such injuries, with more than 4,150 cases seen in ERs nationwide during that time. Strains and sprains accounted for almost half of the injuries, according to the National Athletic Trainers' Association. "Before the pandemic hit, we saw a disturbing trend that the frequency of dance injuries requiring medical attention was increasing," said Joshua Honrado, an athletic trainer with NYU Langone's Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, in New York City. "The use of in-house medical professionals, such as athletic trainers, in performing arts studios and organizations...

After NFL Career Ends, Black Players Suffer More Health...

14 August 2020
After NFL Career Ends, Black Players Suffer More Health Woes Than WhitesFRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the fame and fortune that comes with being an elite athlete, new research finds that Black NFL players are much more likely than their white peers to be in poor health once they retire. After surveying nearly 3,800 former pro football players, investigators found that Black players say they are 50% more likely to struggle with chronic disabling pain than white players, and 36% more likely to have serious memory and attention problems. They also reported a 90% greater propensity towards suffering some sort of physical disability. "We found that former players who identified as Black/African American were much more likely to report impairment in their day-to-day activities," said study author Andrea Roberts, a senior research scientist...

College Athletes, Performers Feeling Sidelined in Pandemic

13 August 2020
College Athletes, Performers Feeling Sidelined in PandemicTHURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For many young people, extracurricular activities and sports are a central part of their daily lives and identities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students now feel uprooted. With sports programs on hold, theater productions canceled and choirs muted, campus life may feel drastically different. "If you're in the marching band or you're the varsity football quarterback, whatever it is that you're involved in, your investment in what you're doing is very high," said James Houle, a sports psychologist at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. "And to think that your participation in those activities can be compromised in any way feels very scary." In a university news release, Houle offered some advice to struggling students: Stay present. ...

Feeling Anxious? Yoga Can Help Soothe You

13 August 2020
Feeling Anxious? Yoga Can Help Soothe YouTHURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga may help people soothe frayed nerves during the coronavirus pandemic, but the ancient practice may also help those with more serious, chronic forms of anxiety, new research suggests. The study compared yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and stress management for treating people with generalized anxiety disorder. While cognitive behavioral therapy remains the preferred first-line treatment for anxiety, yoga -- specifically Kundalini yoga -- outperformed stress management education during the initial 12 weeks of the study. When the researchers followed up six months later, CBT was the most effective treatment of the three. The effects from yoga and stress education had leveled off after six months. "Generalized anxiety disorder...

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