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What Parents Need to Know About Teens and Concussions

What Parents Need to Know About Teens and ConcussionsSATURDAY, Aug. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Concussion symptoms aren't always evident, so parents of student-athletes need to know the signs and seek a diagnosis if their teen gets hurt, experts say. Only those closest to a teen may be able to identify the sometimes subtle changes in mood and emotion stemming from a concussion, said Dr. Rory Tucker, a sports medicine specialist at Penn State Bone and Joint Institute in Hershey, Penn. "Parents may notice a change in their teen's sleep patterns," Tucker explained. "He or she may be more withdrawn, socializing less with friends or family members, more emotional or tearful. They may have anger outbursts or be more nervous than they were before." Since doctors may be unfamiliar with a patient's usual mental state, parents need to...

What Athletes Should Know About COVID-19, Heart Damage...

7 August 2020
What Athletes Should Know About COVID-19, Heart Damage and Working OutFRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- With evidence mounting that COVID-19 can damage the heart, experts urge people to take precautions when doing vigorous exercise. Up to 30% of patients hospitalized with coronavirus infection have signs of cardiac injury, according to Dr. Sunal Makadia, health director of sports cardiology at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore. The prevalence of heart damage in milder cases of COVID-19 is unknown. Still, experts worry about the potential for serious heart complications from engaging in vigorous exercise while infected with the virus. The American College of Cardiology's Sports and Exercise Council recommends that people get a COVID-19 test and heart screening before playing sports or exercising. Even if they show no symptoms, those who test...

Will Your Kid Play School Sports This Fall? Here's Some...

6 August 2020
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. ...
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