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  1. Heat Illness Sends Thousands to ER Each Year

    July 28, 2011 -- About 6,000 people a year seek emergency treatment for heat illnesses suffered while playing sports or participating in other recreational activities outdoors, the CDC says in a new report. During the period examined, 2001 through 2009, the CDC says 75% of those treated for heat ill

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  2. Dementia Risk for Retired Football Players?

    July 19, 2011 (Paris) -- One in three retired NFL football players appear to have mild cognitive impairment (MCI), researchers report. "Cognitive impairment seems to be more prevalent in retired American football players than in the general population that age, where you do not see rates anywhere ap

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  3. Older People Must Work Out More to Keep Muscles

    July 8, 2011 -- The older you get, the more you may have to work to maintain your muscles, according to a new study. Researchers report that men and women over the age of 60 have to lift weights more often than younger adults to maintain muscle mass and muscle size. "Our data are the first to sugges

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  4. Drinking Chocolate Milk May Help Your Workout

    July 1, 2011 -- Drinking low-fat chocolate milk after a workout helps endurance, builds muscle, reduces fat, and seems to improve performance, according to new research. The drink seems to have the right combination of carbohydrates and protein, says researcher John L. Ivy, PhD, department chair of

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  5. Is It Time for Physical Therapy?

    You stretch, you run, you lift, you exercise every day, yet something doesn’t feel quite right. Maybe it’s a nagging pain or stiffness in your joints that won’t go away. Whatever the problem, maybe it’s time to see a physical therapist. “We help with motion -- whether that’s in sport, in activities,

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  6. Job-Related Exercise Helps People Stay Healthy

    May 26, 2011 -- Walking or performing  physically demanding work on the job helps U.S. adults meet minimum physical activity guidelines that could lead to better health, the CDC says in a new report. The report is based on a survey of nearly 386,400 U.S. adults who answered questions about their phy

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  7. Minneapolis-St. Paul Nabs 'Fittest City' Title

    May 24, 2011 -- Minneapolis-St. Paul has plenty of parks and recreational facilities, an increasing number of farmers markets, and low smoking rates. Those attributes helped the Twin Cities garner the No. 1 spot in the American College of Sports Medicine’s 2011 list of America’s fittest cities. Wash

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  8. Americans Walk and Bike More, but Just a Little

    May 6, 2011 -- Despite repeated calls over the years by public health officials for people to increase exercise and physical activity, Americans are walking and cycling only a little more now than they were a decade ago, a new study shows. The average American made 17 more "walk trips" in 2009 than

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  9. Heart Rate Monitors: Help or Hindrance?

    Fitness buffs have long turned to heart rate monitors -- either ones they own or those found on exercise machines -- as a way of gauging whether they're exercising hard enough. But heart rate monitors aren't as helpful as you might think. The problem? First off, the numbers used to calculate your ma

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  10. Football Concussions: What to Do

    Concussions make headlines when they affect NFL players, and there is growing awareness that they can also affect teen athletes. Every high school and college football program -- as well as those for other high-contact sports -- should have a concussion management program, says Mark Lovell, PhD, who

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