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  1. Playing Multiple Sports Helps Beat Teen Obesity

    July 16, 2012 -- Being a team player may help teens tackle rising childhood obesity rates. A new study shows that teens who play on three or more sports teams are up to 39% less likely to be obese. Ditching the school bus and walking or biking to school may also help teens keep their weight in check

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  2. Doping With Muscle-Building Drugs: FAQ

    July 13, 2012 -- As in previous years, the 2012 Olympics likely will be marred by at least one doping scandal, experts predict. Many athletes abuse human growth hormone and/or steroids to build muscle and strength. While elite athletes are in the spotlight, the problem is much greater in recreationa

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  3. College Football Players' Concussion Rates Double

    July 12, 2012 -- Concussion rates in college football players have doubled since new rules were put in place to help manage the number of head injuries, a new study shows. Researchers found that the number of concussions reported by players at three different Division 1 college football programs wen

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  4. Kinesio Tape for Athletes: A Big Help, or Hype?

    They've been hard to miss at this year's Olympic Games: Strips of brightly colored tape adorning the arms, legs, and torsos of many top athletes. But more than just fashion is driving this trend. The tape is called Kinesio tape. Many athletes believe it has medical benefits. The tape was invented by

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  5. Fitness Tools for Every Athlete

    The latest generation of high-tech personal fitness devices can help motivate you and improve your athletic performance. "Some of the new gadgets encourage sedentary people to get moving," says Carol Torgan, PhD, a physiologist who consults for the American College of Sports Medicine. "Others boost

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  6. Can Sleep Improve Your Athletic Performance?

    Athletes spend a lot of money and effort trying to rack up every possible advantage before a competition -- from tubs of protein powder, to $100 compression shorts, to amino acid smoothies. Want a simpler and cheaper way? Go to bed an hour early. "Getting enough sleep is crucial for athletic perform

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  7. Expert Strategies for Staying Healthy at College

    You're studying for exams, playing sports, socializing on weekends, perhaps even working at a part-time job. Who has time for health? Well, let's put it this way: How do you think it will affect your cramming, working, and relaxation time if you're under the covers with the flu or low energy from ea

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  8. Can Too Much Exercise Be Harmful?

    June 4, 2012 -- Exercisers who train chronically to compete in marathons, triathlons, and other long-distance events may be hurting their heart health, according to a new report. "Chronic extreme endurance efforts, like marathons, ultra-marathons, and long-distance triathlons, can cause cardiovascul

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  9. Barefoot Running Can Be Great, but Tread Carefully

    June 1, 2012 (San Francisco) -- You may be able to run faster if you take off your shoes. But you also risk injury, new studies show. Your legs and feet move differently when you run barefoot. This can make you more efficient. But the unfamiliar movements can strain your muscles and tendons. "If you

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  10. Stretching and Flexibility: 7 Tips

    Expert advice on flexibility and stretching.

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