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WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's a classic Catch-22: While kids who play sports are more likely to suffer a concussion, they seem to recover faster if they had already spent a lot of time on the field.

So finds new research that discovered kids who played a sport for at least seven years and had experienced a concussion recovered more quickly than kids with less expe...

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Serious sports injuries aren't confined to athletes -- spectators also run that risk, a new study finds.

"You don't expect to be injured when you attend a sporting event as a spectator," said Dr. Amit Momaya, a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "You certainly don't expect to die, yet there are any n...

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of American parents say they've considered keeping their children out of sports over concerns about injuries, a new survey finds.

Still, the poll of more than 1,000 parents found that nearly 60 percent said their kids had participated in sports, and 9 in 10 believed sports was important to their child's overall wellness, accord...

THURSDAY, March, 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hey guys, you might want to watch out when the home team wins.

The thrill of victory may trigger a heart attack among younger male hockey fans, a new study suggests.

Researchers in Canada studied heart attacks the day after a Montreal Canadiens' win. Using data from the Montreal Heart Institute, they found that male fans under a...

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While you watch the Winter Olympics from the comfort of your couch in the coming weeks, pay heed to what helped the athletes reach peak physical condition.

"Olympians can teach us a lot about how to eat for better health and performance," said Kaley Mialki, a dietitian with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences...

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Given the news of the devastating effects of head injuries among professional football players, parents may wonder if their mini athletes are at risk, too.

Some very well might be, new research suggests.

About 7 percent of children 3 to 17 years old have experienced a head injury, according to U.S. health officials.

The fin...

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Head impacts, not just concussions, may lead to the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to new research.

The findings could lead to early detection and improved treatment and prevention of CTE, the researchers suggest.

More than 100 National Football League players have been posthumo...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After-effects of a concussion continue to wrack the brains of young hockey players long after they appear ready to return to play, new research finds.

MRI scans of concussed teen hockey players revealed brain changes persist for at least three months -- weeks after other symptoms resolve and skaters are cleared to hit the ice, a Canadian re...

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just watching a hockey game can put significant stress on the heart, a new study claims.

"Our results indicate that viewing a hockey game can likewise be the source of an intense emotional stress, as manifested by marked increases in heart rate," said senior investigator Dr. Paul Khairy, who's with the Montreal Heart Institute at the Universi...

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Playing contact sports like football or ice hockey can alter the structure and function of the brain, Canadian researchers report.

Brain scans showed that these changes were particularly pronounced in sports that have the greatest risk of body contact.

"There is growing concern about the risk of collisions in sport. However, most of...