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Updated Concussion Guidance Dispenses with ‘Cocoon Therapy’

Only a couple of years ago, standard care for managing a diagnosed concussion was to rest patients in a darkened room and minimize their brain stimulation. Sports-medicine specialists now think such “cocoon therapy” can actually prolong concussion symptoms. (University of Washington)

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NBA Coaches’ New Play: Tending to Health to Cope with Grind

Coaches around the league are taking preventive measures to help deal with the grind and stresses of a long NBA season. “Wellness isn’t just physical. It’s mental as well.” (Washington Post)

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Your Sweat Will See You Now

A new generation of devices aims to analyze sweat and produce a real-time snapshot of the wearer’s health or fitness, including tracking glucose levels for people with diabetes. But doing that might not be as simple as initially hoped. (New York Times)

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Exercise Time, According to Science

The proven benefits of the trendy fitness regimen called high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, relate to a very particular type of interval training, and they’ve got nothing to do with weight loss. Here are six basic questions about HIIT, answered. (Vox)

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8 Ways to Save on a Gym Membership

Many people make a renewed commitment to improving their health and fitness as the new year begins. But even with new-member discounts, this may not be the best time to get the lowest rates. (Consumer Reports)

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Good News: Even Just Being a ‘Weekend Warrior’ Can Help You Live Long

Too busy to ride or even exercise as much as you’d like during the week? No worries. As long as you get out during the weekend, you’re good, according to a new study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. (Bicycling)

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Youth football concussion rate is 5%, study finds

New research from The Sports Institute at UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Research Institute found concussion rates among football players ages 5 to 14 were higher than previously reported, with five out of every 100 youth, or 5 percent, sustaining a football-related concussion each season. (University of Washington)

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The Complications of Getting Back In Shape After a Pregnancy

Increasing numbers of women are active throughout pregnancy, but it’s not always clear what’s the best and safest way to get fit once the baby is born. (Washington Post)

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The Sports Institute at UW Medicine Announces New Director and Name Change

The Sports Institute at UW Medicine, formerly the UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute, has announced that Dr. Samuel Browd, UW School of Medicine professor of neurological surgery, has become the new director of the institute.

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Is Intermittent Fasting Healthy or Just a Fad Diet?

Fasting has been growing in popularity for its purported health benefits. But is fasting actually good for you, or is it just another wellness trend like juice cleanses and activated charcoal? (University of Washington)

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