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Study Reveals the Body’s Systemic Stem Cell Response to ACL Injury

You might think stem cells only exist inside a fetus, but your adult body has a stockpile of stem cells, armed and ready to respond. These remarkable cells can develop into any other type of cell, like muscle or bone or nerve cells.

Researchers know heart attacks and strokes summon these cells. They flock to your heart or brain from all over your body to help you stay alive.

But, scientists did not realize other injuries, like a torn ACL of the knee, could command the army of stem cells to deploy.
June 24, 2017/by nmortho
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Healthy Bones 101: A Fitness Routine to Help Fight Bone Loss

Do you need a workout that can be felt in your bones? While muscles seem to be the main focus when creating a fitness plan, our bones require just as much attention. Osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become brittle, porous and prone to breaks, affects millions of Americans each year. While a decrease in bone density is inevitable as we age, there are exercises that can help strengthen fragile bones.

To pack a power punch in the fight against osteoporosis, you’ll need a well-rounded fitness routine. Your goal is to incorporate resistance and flexibility training with weight-bearing exercises. These techniques will help perfect your balance and coordination, which are two crucial elements for preventing falls.
June 23, 2017/by nmortho
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How the Spinal Cord Works

The central nervous system (CNS) controls most functions of the body and mind. It consists of two parts: the brain and the spinal cord.

The brain is the center of our thoughts, the interpreter of our external environment, and the origin of control over body movement. Like a central computer, it interprets information from our eyes (sight), ears (sound), nose (smell), tongue (taste), and skin (touch), as well as from internal organs such as the stomach.

The spinal cord is the highway for communication between the body and the brain. When the spinal cord is injured, the exchange of information between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted.
June 16, 2017/by nmortho
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Throwing It Away- Pitching Injuries Are On The Rise

Baseball marks the end of winter and the start of spring, and as a nation, we not only delight in watching the pros, but also in watching our kids play this great game.

Unfortunately, we sports medicine doctors are seeing an increase in injuries to the throwing arm in youngsters, and many of these require surgery. Most worrisome is that the risk for developing a throwing injury was shown to increase by 36 times in adolescent pitchers who continued playing with a fatigued arm.

As a sports medicine physician and a former collegiate baseball player, I am concerned about this rise in injuries. They not only take a youngster out of commission for a game or season, but they also can have lasting effects. My team of researchers at the University of Florida is looking for ways to prevent arm injuries.
June 15, 2017/by nmortho
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Are You on the Verge of Overtraining?

Subliminal (or maybe not so?) messages all around us tell to keep pushing harder; “sweat is fat crying”, or how about the more traditional “go hard or go home”. You know how we feel about taking it easy on your recovery days, and we have talked about how you can run 23% faster if you run 80% easy, but what if you have already overdone it, and you managed to avoid the dreaded “i” word, but you just feel exhausted on every run.

We know just how awful that feels:

Each coach at Runners Connect has been there before, and we want to make sure you can recognize the symptoms, so you can get back to feeling good while running as quickly as possible.

Overtraining syndrome might not be something you’ve ever thought about or even heard of, but according to Dr Mark Wotherspoon, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at www.spireperform.com and Southampton Football Club in the UK, it’s on the increase, especially amongst recreational and beginner runners.

We are going to show you how to self diagnose overtraining, so you can get on your way to recovery quickly.
June 10, 2017/by nmortho
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Are Sports Drinks Better or Worse Than Water?

Many sports drinks tout a long list of vitamins and electrolytes on their labels, which makers claim will help keep you at the top of your game during a workout. But are these drinks really better than plain old water?

In general, water is best for hydrating your body when you are working out, said Lauren Popeck, a registered dietitian at Orlando Health in Florida. But if you're exercising for more than an hour, you might consider a sports drink, particularly if you've been sweating a lot, since electrolytes are lost through sweat, Popeck said.
June 5, 2017/by nmortho
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The Seven Most Common Sports Injuries

After a sedentary work week, end-zone catches and 36-hole weekends can take their toll in common sports injuries. The seven most common sports injuries are:

Ankle sprain
Groin pull
Hamstring strain
Shin splints
Knee injury: ACL tear
Knee injury: Patellofemoral syndrome — injury resulting from the repetitive movement of your kneecap against your thigh bone
Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)
To see how to prevent and treat these common sports injuries — and to learn when it's time to look further than your medicine cabinet to treat sports injuries— read on.
June 2, 2017/by nmortho
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Dairy-Free Diets Warning Over Risk to Bone Health

Diets which cut out dairy food could be a "ticking time bomb" for young people's bone health, a charity is warning.

A National Osteoporosis Society survey found a fifth of under-25s are cutting out or reducing dairy in their diet.

It said it was concerned many young adults were putting their health at risk by following eating fads.

Cutting out dairy can be healthy if enough calcium is consumed from other sources, such as nuts, seeds and fish.

The charity surveyed 2,000 adults, including 239 under the age of 25 and 339 aged 25-35.
May 31, 2017/by nmortho
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How to Prevent Athletic Injury by Training Your Brain

Indeed, the brain is constantly receiving signals from our bodies and environments that can dramatically impact movement. In the case of the soccer ball, for example, your pattern of movement changes depending on how far you need to kick the ball and where you need to aim it. This two-way body-brain communication is, essentially, what exercise scientists call motor control and motor learning.

While strong motor control paired with a fierce competitive nature can distinguish top athletes, poor motor control may also be an underlying reason for faulty movement and injury. But training the input and output to the brain can improve movement in all of us. Here are four ways you can enhance your motor control – whether you want to qualify for a competitive race or simply feel more comfortable in your daily life:
May 28, 2017/by nmortho
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Knees Cracking? Could Be a Sign of Osteoarthritis

A little cracking or popping when you move your knees is normal … right?

A new study finds that it could be a sign that you could be at risk for developing knee osteoarthritis (OA) — but only if you’re in a certain age group.

The evaluation took data from nearly 3,500 people as part of the Osteoarthritis Initiative.

It concluded that grating, cracking, or popping sounds in or around the knee joints (a condition known as crepitus) may put some people at an increased risk for developing OA.
May 23, 2017/by nmortho
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Is Knee Surgery Inevitable for Women?

Arthritis is the biggest factor causing knee joint damage extensive enough that a replacement is warranted, and women are more likely to suffer arthritis than men.

No matter your gender, it’s time to think more about taking care of your knees. Sometimes the progression of arthritis makes surgery inevitable, but it’s possible to adopt lifestyle habits that help preserve the health of the knee joint and reduce or at least delay your risk for having to undergo replacement surgery.
May 17, 2017/by nmortho
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High Levels of Exercise Linked to Nine Years of Less Aging at the Cellular Level

Despite their best efforts, no scientist has ever come close to stopping humans from aging. Even anti-aging creams can't stop Old Father Time. But new research reveals you may be able to slow one type of aging -- the kind that happens inside your cells. As long as you're willing to sweat.
May 12, 2017/by nmortho