Here's a good reason to encourage your kids to get involved in team sports. More physical activity means less trouble. That's the finding of a study in part by the Centers for Disease Control. Researchers decided after analyzing more than 15,000 high school student surveys that the kids who kept active, particularly in team sports, were less likely to smoke, use drugs or be sexually active. Not to mention the long term health benefits of physical activity which include a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer later in life.
Researchers say it's partly a time factor. More team sports means less time for risky behavior. But also, the athletic students said they felt some pressure to stay healthy to perform better for the team. The study is from the Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The study is being published in the September issue of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, an archive journal from the Journal of the American Medical Association. This report comes from the August, 2003 issue of Neurology.
Two-a-day football practices can take a toll on players, causing some to develop painful heat cramps. To better understand why some players are more prone to heat related cramping and illness, the University of Oklahoma is using a NASA developed pill to zero in on core body heat. Players swallow this so called 'Temperature Pill' which gives core temperature readings throughout a practice session. Data from the pill can help determine why some players heat up rapidly, potentially hitting dangerous temperatures and thereby are more prone to cramping.
If you've wondered whether those throbbing headaches might be migraines, a study coordinated by Albert Einstein College of Medicine narrowed a list of possible migraine indicators to three questions called ID Migraine. Headache patients were asked if they felt nauseated, were sensitive to light or felt a headache limited their activities for at least a full day within the past three months. Researchers found if patients experience two of the three symptoms, 93% were actually suffering from migraines.