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A test used to gauge whether a college athlete has suffered a concussion is right only half the time and may be useless, new research finds.

The test used by the NCAA, which oversees college sports, measures an athlete's cognitive skills, and is one of three tests (symptoms and balance tests being the other two) that doctors use to identify concussion.

“If you don't do well on th...

The first all-civilian space mission is shedding light on the potential health risks facing private astronauts.

The takeaway: Short-duration spaceflights appear to pose none that are significant.

The study sample was small -- four people who spent three days in low-earth orbit (LEO) on the 2021 Inspiration4 mission. 

But it lays the groundwork for an open biomedical datab...

Athletes who push themselves to maximum performance don't appear to pay a price when it comes to their longevity, a new study says.

The first 200 athletes to run a mile in under four minutes actually outlived the general population by nearly five years on av...

Everyone knows that specific type of sports parent – the over-the-top dad or mom who curses, shouts and even becomes physically aggressive during their kid's match.

While they might think they're cheering their kid to victory, such poor sports behavior actually can turn a child or teen off to athletics, psychiatrists warn.

“Some of those behaviors would be setting unrealistic ex...

Another broiling summer looms, along with another season of kids' summer sports.

It's a potentially harmful, even lethal combination. But experts at Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH) have advice for kids, parents and coaches on how to keep young athletes safe when thermometers rise.

Each year, an estimated 240 people die from heat-linked illnesses, and

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 20, 2024
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  • Early-onset arthritis may hit as many as one in every four young people who undergo anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgeries, new research warns.

    The arthritic pain emerges within 6 to 12 months post-surgery, according to Michigan State University (MSU) researchers.

    Many of these cases occur in people under 40 and go unrecognized and untreated.

    “We're tryi...

    Suicides among U.S. college athletes have doubled over the past two years, according to data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

    Suicide is now the second most common cause of death for college athletes after accidents, results show.

    “Athletes are generally thought of as one of the healthiest populations in our society, yet the pressures of school, internal a...

    Smacking a 100-mile-an-hour fastball or shooting down a fast-moving alien invader in a video game might involve more than fast reflexes, researchers report.

    Elite gamers and pro athletes may also have a hidden vision advantage over others, a new study finds.

    Some people can perceive rapidly changing visual cues better than others, researchers reported April 1 in the journal PLOS...

    Baseball season is near, and one orthopedic surgeon is warning young players and their coaches and parents about the very real danger of overuse injuries.

    Dr. Mark Cohen is a hand, wrist and elbow surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH, in...

    Kids struggling with mental health problems have a tougher time recovering from a concussion, a new study finds.

    These troubled kids tend to have more emotional symptoms after concussion and take longer to fully recover, results show.

    In ...

    New technology might soon allow men in same-sex relationships to have a child genetically related to both dads, researchers say.

    The technology uses skin cells from one person to alter the genetics of a donated egg, researchers reported March 8 in the journal Science Advances.

    That egg can then be fertilized b...

    Athletes whose coaches are open, authentic and positive are more likely to have better mental health, a new study says.

    Athletes feel happier and deal with problems more easily if their coaches adopt an “authentic leadership” style, researchers report in the journal

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  • March 7, 2024
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  • Rodeo riders might make it all look easy, but they're actually participating in one of the most strenuous sports around, experts say.

    As such, folks participating in rodeo need to take steps to protect themselves, just as other athletes do, said Dr. Omar Atassi, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College...

    Even small increases in a man's cardio fitness can significantly reduce his risk of developing prostate cancer, researchers report.

    An annual increase in aerobic fitness of 3% or more is linked to a 35% lower risk of prostate cancer, according to a report published Jan. 30 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

    “Improvements in [cardiorespiratory fitness] in adult men...

    It's long been thought that it takes more time for a woman to recover from a concussion than a man.

    But a new national study of U.S. college athletes refutes that notion, finding that women and men recover from sports-related head injuries at about the same pace.

    Recovery patterns for both genders were similar on tests of brain function, concussion symptoms, mental health, and balan...

    Teens who are active are doing their bones a lasting favor, Japanese researchers report.

    "Physical exercise in adolescence affects BMD [bone mineral density] more than 50 years later in older adults," said lead researcher Dr. Yoshifumi Tamura, a faculty member at Juntendo University in Tokyo. "Our findings can...

    Because athletes young and old can suffer cardiac arrest, some states have mandated the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in gyms, stadiums and other sports venues.

    But a new study finds the use of AEDs by bystanders for cardiac arrest at athletic sites didn't improve much after states enacted these laws.

    The bottom line: “Legislative efforts alone may not be s...

    Games like football, soccer and rugby come to mind when thinking about sports-related concussions.

    But a smashing tennis shot could cause a traumatic brain injury if the ball whacks a player's head, a new study argues.

    Concussions can happen if a tennis ball traveling faster than 89 miles per hour hits someone on the head, researchers report.

    The average serve speed in profess...

    The repeat head injuries suffered by football players, boxers and other athletes appear to affect brain health long after players have given up their sport.

    New research from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore could explain why: The persistence in the brain of inflammation tied to the original injury or injuries.

    “The findings show that participating in repeated collision sport...

    Playing professional football, especially if you are a lineman, may shorten your life, a new study suggests.

    The University of Minnesota researchers thought that perhaps professional football players are unlike “American men in general” in ways that determine their future health.

    “When we started digging into the literature on later life health outcomes for professional Americ...

    Use of steroids among high school athletes is a continuing problem, and now new research finds these youths are also more likely to suffer a concussion while they play.

    The study was published Oct. 20 in the Journal of Osteopathic ...

    Kids who get discouraged by idealized athletic bodies on social media may end up dropping out of sports, a small study suggests.

    In a preliminary study of 70 kids who played -- or used to play -- sports, researchers found that some had quit because they thought they didn't have the "right" body for the activity. And most got that idea from media images, including TikTok and Instagram post...

    Pickleball has become wildly popular, but that may be fueling a rise in pickleball-related injuries.

    “It's quickly becoming a sport of choice for adults over the age of 50,” said Dr. Brian Cole, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He also plays pi...

    Treating shoulder pain with steroid shots or removal of cartilage buildup yields the same result as no treatment at all, a Norwegian research team reports.

    They said their findings call into question treatment guidelines for calcific tendinopathy, a painful condition in the shoulder's rotator cuff tendons.

    Researchers said the common invasive procedure, known as ult...

    Former pro football players with symptoms of depression or anxiety are far more likely to receive an unverifiable diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) than players without those mental health conditions, a new study reports.

    Players with depression are 9.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with CTE, while players with both depression and anxiety are 12 times more likely, th...

    Playing sports can offer a lot of benefits for kids, but it's also important to help protect them from injuries.

    Parents and coaches can make a big difference in helping kids play safely, according to Nemours Kids Health.

    The medical organization suggests starting with proper equipment. Use it, but also make sure the safety gear is the right size, fits well and is right for the sp...

    If mountain biking is your exercise of choice, go for it.

    A new study finds that the benefits of this sport outweigh the risks, dashing a common view that it's always dangerous, injury-inducing and meant for thrill seekers.

    “Mountain biking and hiking a...

    The degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) may be striking some at much younger ages than thought possible: New research has uncovered early signs of the condition in amateur athletes who died young after playing contact sports.

    The troubling finding was discovered during the brain autopsies of 152 athletes. All had engaged in the type of sports, such a...

    The link between pro football and the risk for a neurodegenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is well known, and now a new study suggests that football may also up the risk for Parkinson's disease, even among past high school and college players.

    “Parkinson's disease has been commonly reported in boxers, but we have not explored this link in great detail in fo...

    Competitive sports can be a lot of fun for kids and teens, but starting a new season requires some planning.

    Nemours TeensHealth offers some suggestions for kids and teens who are taking up a new sport or beginning a new season.

    • Start by getting into shape. That will make it easier when you begin your sport.

    You can do this by writing down an e...

    Pickleball is a hot trend and it's getting folks exercising who haven't been so active in a long time.

    It's also racking up injuries — both overuse type and acute traumas — often in those aged 50 and up.

    A new poll suggests these players are forgoing care when they hurt their knees, wrists and rotator cuffs. Sports medicine experts are urging them not to ignore their nagging pai...

    Heather Anderson, a star Australian rules football player who died last November, is the first female professional athlete to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

    "She is the first female athlete diagnosed with CTE, but she will not be the last," researchers wrote in a paper published Friday. Anderson was 28 when she died from what was believed to be suicide.

    Pickleball has burst onto the scene, inspiring people of all ages to pick up a paddle.

    But as with any sport, it's possible to get hurt. Some best practices can help prevent injuries, according to a sports medicine expert.

    For pickleball players, the most common injury is to the rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder.

    This can cause shoulder pain, especially with movement and use...

    Autopsy is currently the only way to definitively diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease often seen in athletes who've suffered repeated blows to the head.

    But there may be a way to predict which athletes are likely to develop CTE, researchers report June 28 in the journal Neurology.

    They outline criteria for a condition called traumat...

    After a focus on her own mental health and that of other athletes, U.S. gymnast Simone Biles will return to elite competition.

    Biles will begin with the Aug. 5 U.S. Classic outside of Chicago, the Associated Press reported. She has not competed since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, held in 2021, where she removed herself from sever...

    Athletes using ketone supplements to boost their performance may be kidding themselves, researchers say.

    The literature on the benefit of ketone supplements is mixed. Some studies have shown the supplements improve performance, but others say they have no effect or even worsen performance.

    Natural ketones fuel the brain and muscles. A ketogenic diet of very low carbs and high fat c...

    The number and strength of head impacts, not concussions, cause degenerative brain injuries to football players, a new study suggests.

    That's what appears to drive the growing number of cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), researchers say.

    Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive and fatal brain disease associated with repeated traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). I...

    A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have long-term effects, much like a chronic condition, a new study says.

    Looking at hundreds of patients, researchers found that problems related to traumatic brain injuries can last for years, with people improving and declining at different time points. These problems encompassed memory, thinking and everyday functioning.

    "TBI is essentially a ...

    A pro football career can mean chronic pain after retirement, but Black players are especially hard-hit, a new study finds.

    The study, of nearly 4,000 former National Football League (NFL) players, found that Black men reported more intense, more debilitating pain than their white counterparts. They were also more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety or fatigue -- and those problems ...

    Limited "heading" of a soccer ball in youth sports may not cause irreversible harm, as long as players are properly trained, a new study finds.

    This study from concussion researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) looked at the consequences of repeated head impacts shortly after the impact. They did this using six different tests.

    They found that having a small ...

    A new brain bank is accepting future donations from living athletes, in an effort to perform long-term research into the effects of sports-related concussion.

    The National Sports Brain Bank (NSBB) at the University of Pittsburgh will track the health of living participants on an annual basis, and...

    Lured by promises of bigger muscles and better performance on the field, many athletes and bodybuilders turn to anabolic steroids despite their well-known side effects, including increased risk for heart disease and mood issues.

    Now, two new studies show these harms may persist after athletes stop taking the synthetic hormones.

    The message is clear when it comes to the illegal ...

    Fighting is par for the course in professional ice hockey, but a new study raises the question of whether it is shortening some players' lives.

    The study, of hundreds of National Hockey League (NHL) players, found that those who were "enforcers" on the ice — that is, did a lot of fighting ...

    A study of triathletes reveals certain body types perform better in certain climates.

    Taller, leaner runners with long limbs tend to excel in Ironman endurance events held in warm climates, whereas marathoners with stockier builds and shorter limbs perform better in colder climates, a Dartmouth College researcher says.

    Endurance athletes may want to consider competing in climates t...

    Chronic tendon issues are a frequent source of pain and can limit activity. They become more common with age, weight and certain activities, and early and appropriate diagnosis by a doctor is critical to get the best outcomes.

    The Achilles tendon is the biggest tendon in the human body. It connects the calf to the foot, and it is responsible for push-off power. The tendon is critical for ...

    Could golfing be good medicine for arthritis?

    Yes, according to researchers who found that for people with osteoarthritis, golfing lowered psychological distress and improved general health when compared with the general population.

    "Golf is a health-enhancing source of physical activity, particularly for older adults," said lead researcher

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  • 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.

    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,” s...

    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...

    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 id...

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