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High School Coaches, Players Know Little About Concussion

Most high school coaches, players and parents do not know that a concussion is a brain injury. But they generally understand the importance of being symptom-free before returning to play and the potential effects of repeated concussions. (HealthDay)

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Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Heart

Sitting quietly for extended periods of time could be hurting your heart, according to a surprising new study. It finds that the more people sit, the greater the likelihood that they will show signs of injury to their heart muscles. (New York Times)

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Does Exercise Burn More Calories In the Cold than In Warm Weather?

The claim: Exercising in the cold burns more calories than exercising in warmer temperatures, making it easier to lose weight. But the science is more complicated than you might think. (STAT)

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CDC: 12 Ways to Have a Healthy, Active Holiday Season

Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays. (CDC)

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2 New Studies Show that Even Light Activity Is Healthier than Previously Thought

As if you needed another reason to make fitness your New Year’s resolution: Two recent mortality studies have produced evidence that exercise — even light activity such as vacuuming or walking the dog — is even healthier than previously believed. The most active subjects had a 50 to 70 percent decline in mortality compared with the least active participants. (Washington Post)

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Abnormal Electrocardiograms Common in NBA Players

Many elite basketball players of the National Basketball Association have abnormal ECG readings even when the latest athlete-specific screening criteria are applied, according to researchers. (Medpage Today)

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Faulty Positioning in Rugby Tackles Boosts Injury Risk

Head, neck and shoulder injuries during rugby tackles are more common when the tackler’s head is incorrectly positioned in front of the ball carrier. Athletes employing recommended techniques had significantly fewer injuries. (Reuters Health)

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Surprisingly High Number of NBA Players Have Abnormal Heart Scans

Heart data from elite basketball players show that a surprising number have abnormalities—but these results are likely false positives that don’t take into account how the heart changes during training, according to researchers. (The Verge)

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Hand, Wrist Injuries in High School Sports Often Severe

High school athletes have high rates of hand and wrist injuries, especially in certain sports, according to a new study. Forty-five percent were fractures. (Reuters Health)

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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Gratitude

It may be the season of giving thanks, but practicing gratitude can help you all year long. From feeling more rested when you wake up in the morning to keeping your ticker ticking, “thanks” is that gift that keeps on giving. (University of Washington)

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