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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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Popular Surgery to Ease Chronic Shoulder Pain Called Into Question

Research investigating a popular form of surgery aimed at easing chronic shoulder pain doesn’t fix the problem, a careful, placebo-controlled study suggests (NPR)

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Can a Spit Test Diagnose, Predict Duration of Concussion In Kids?

A saliva test may someday be able to diagnose a concussion and predict how long symptoms last, according to a new study. But more research will be necessary before doctors can know how reliable it is. (CNN)

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Cardiac Arrest Rare In Young Athletes but Tough to Predict

Young athletes have a very low risk of suffering a fatal cardiac arrest. But more important, researchers found that more than 80 percent of cases probably won’t be caught through “pre-participation screening” that includes electrocardiograms to detect electrical abnormalities in the heart. (HealthDay)

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Can Ketones Rev Up Our Workouts?

A new study suggests that ketone supplements may not work as advertised and could have the kinds of gastrointestinal side effects that make starting, let alone completing, an event almost impossible. (New York Times)

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When It Comes to Physical Activity, the Gap between the Haves and Have-Nots Is Growing

If you reside in a household that earns less than $50,000 annually, you are far less likely to be active than those in wealthier homes, according to a new report. (Forbes)

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Risky Stimulants Turn Up—Again—In Weight Loss and Workout Supplements

A new study reports potentially dangerous pharmaceutical ingredients turning up in products that consumers can easily order online or pick up from retail shelves. (STAT)

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