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Does Running Bring on Arthritic Knees?

Does Running Bring on Arthritic Knees?TUESDAY, March 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New research offers up some good news for diehard marathon runners: You don’t necessarily have to give up running if you are experiencing hip or knee pain.Contrary to widespread opinion, running marathons does not increase your risk for developing hip or knee osteoarthritis, the wear and tear form of the disease, a new study of seasoned Chicago marathoners showed.“You don’t develop knee or hip osteoarthritis simply because of how fast you run or how many miles you put on your body,” said study author Dr. Matthew James Hartwell, an orthopedic surgery sports medicine fellow at the University of the University of California, San Francisco.So, what does increase a runner’s risk for hip or knee arthritis? Basically, the same things that...

How Soon Can You Resume Tennis, Golf After Shoulder Surgery?

7 March 2023
How Soon Can You Resume Tennis, Golf After Shoulder Surgery?TUESDAY, March 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Returning to golf, tennis or pickleball after shoulder replacement surgery shouldn't be too hard.Healing does take time, but within a few months most people can get back to play at their pre-surgery level without the pain that they experienced before, a pair of new studies show."Recovery after both an anatomic and reverse shoulder replacement or from any shoulder replacement is identical," said Dr. Jonathan Levy, director of the Levy Shoulder Center at the Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute in Boca Raton, Fla., who led both studies."Patients are protected for the first six weeks and allowed to stretch for the next six weeks, but not allowed to return to the sport for at least three months," he said.On average, it took patients about six...

Which High School Sports Cause Kids the Most Injuries?

7 March 2023
Which High School Sports Cause Kids the Most Injuries?TUESDAY, March 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer high school athletes are getting hurt playing sports, but those who do are more likely to suffer severe injuries that require surgery or a timeout from their chosen sport, new research shows.Which teens are most at risk? Those who participate in football, girls’ soccer and boys’ wrestling, the study authors found. Knee and ankle sprains and strains, along with head injuries such as concussions, were the most common injuries seen. Exactly why injuries are becoming more severe isn’t fully understood, but having kids specialize in sports too early may play a role. That can lead to an increase in overuse injuries, overtraining and burnout, said study co-author Jordan Pizzarro, a medical student at George Washington University School of...

Most College Athletes With Genetic Heart Trouble Can...

7 March 2023
Most College Athletes With Genetic Heart Trouble Can Safely Play Sports: StudyTUESDAY, March 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New research offers hope to elite athletes who have genetic heart conditions but still want to play sports.In the new study, after a follow-up of seven years, researchers found that 95% of athletes with a diagnosed and treated genetic heart disease had no disease-triggered cardiac events. These would have included fainting or seizures, implantable cardio-defibrillator (ICD) shocks, sudden cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death.The researchers said the study was the first to assess the risk of potentially life-threatening arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) among National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and professional athletes with heart conditions that can increase the risk of sudden cardiac death, such as hypertrophic...

Arm in a Cast? Exercising the Other Arm Can Curb Muscle Loss

7 March 2023
Arm in a Cast? Exercising the Other Arm Can Curb Muscle LossTUESDAY, March 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- You can keep an arm in a cast from wasting away, researchers say, by working out your free arm.A small group of young men who performed eccentric contraction exercises with one arm — lowering a dumbbell in a slow and controlled motion — saw a 4% strength improvement in the other arm, even though it was immobilized by a cast at the elbow. Another group assigned to perform concentric contraction exercises — lifting a dumbbell — only lost about 4% of muscle strength in their immobilized arm, the study results showed.By comparison, a "control group" that did no exercises suffered a 15% decrease in their immobilized arm during the three-week study.It was already known that gaining muscle strength in one limb through resistance training will...

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