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Should a Simple Fitness Check Be Part of Your Checkup?

Aerobic fitness should be considered a vital sign, just as body temperature, blood pressure, pulse and breathing rates are now, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. (New York Times)

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Football Position Linked to Higher Blood Pressure, Heart Abnormalities

Some young football players appear to be more vulnerable to high blood pressure and heart changes, a new study of Division l college football players suggests. (CBS News)

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Young Hockey Players Face Pressure to Hide Concussions

Players, coaches and parents often fail to understand the consequences of a concussion, including the risk of disability or death. (CBC News)

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Brain Benefits of Exercise Diminish After Short Rest

Before you skip another workout, you might think about your brain. A provocative new study finds that some of the benefits of exercise for brain health may evaporate if we take to the couch and stop being active, even just for a week or so. (New York Times)

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Winter Sports Safety Tips

Winter is a great time to enjoy outdoor sports, particularly downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. You can enhance your enjoyment of these winter activities and reduce your risk of injury by being prepared and following a few commonsense rules. (University of Washington Medicine)

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Can Chocolate Milk Speed Concussion Recovery? Experts Cringe

Concussion experts are not impressed by a study claiming that chocolate milk contains the “secret sauce” to concussion recovery. (STAT News)

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Institute Launches Consumer Website and E-learning Portal for Coaches in State

The UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute (SHSI) today announced the launch of the UW Medicine eLearning Portal for all Washington state middle school and high school coaches. The site provides state-mandated training on concussion and other key health issues important to active youth. In parallel with the eLearning Portal, SHSI also announced the launch of its consumer website, which provides student athletes and the adults around them with balanced, evidence-based resources to better inform the important decisions they make every day.

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How Exercise Might Keep Depression at Bay

Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three timely new studies. (New York Times)

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Bystander CPR Improves Survival and Neurological Outcomes in U.S. Children

A study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests supports conventional CPR (chest compressions and rescue breaths) for children, and finds that white children were significantly more likely to receive bystander CPR than black or Hispanic children. (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)

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CDC: Sports and Recreational Injuries in U.S. from 2011-2014

In the CDC’s latest update, the majority of injury diagnoses involved strains and sprains (41.4%), fractures (20.0%), and superficial injuries and contusions (19.0%). Sports-related traumatic brain injury, which has received increasing public and research attention, accounted for 4.5% of the total injury diagnoses. Sports commonly played at the time of injury were gymnastics/cheerleading and football in the age groups 5–14 and 15–24; basketball was the most commonly played sport at the time of injury in age groups 15–24 and 25 and over. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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