ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
Tequila Plant May Help Fight Bone Loss
In Elderly Women, Hip Fractures Often Follow Arm Breaks
CANCER
HPV Vaccine Has Higher Allergic Reaction Rate
Vitamin C Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
CAREGIVING
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
DIABETES
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
DIET, NUTRITION
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Eat Up, But Eat Healthy This Holiday Season
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Smog Standards Need Tightening, Activists Say
Most Mt. Everest Deaths Occur Near Summit During Descent
EYE CARE, VISION
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Unconscious Learning: In the Eye of the Beholder?
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
FITNESS
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds
Man Dies of Brain Inflammation Caused by Deer Tick Virus
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car !
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Countdown to Hair Loss
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
The Unmedicated Mind
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
SENIORS
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
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Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries

FRIDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) -- A good warm-up program may dramatically reduce sports injuries, a new report says.

A study by the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences found that focusing on strength improvement, balance, core stability and muscular awareness cut injuries by a third among almost 1,900 teenage female football players; severe injuries fell by almost half.

The study is published online in BMJ.

Study participants either did traditional warm-up exercises or the "11+" program, which consists of slow and speed running, strength and balance improvement exercise, and movements that focus on core stability, hip control and knee alignment. The 11+ also emphasized the importance of internal muscular awareness.

The authors concluded by calling for the program to be implemented as a key element of coaching, education and training in football.

While the number of lower leg injuries between the groups were statistically similar, many fewer severe injuries, overuse injuries and overall injuries occurred in players in the 11+ group. The results might have been even more favorable but not all 11+ participants kept up with the program all season.

In an accompanying editorial, John Brooks, an injury expert for the Rugby Football Union, called for people to adopt a warm-up program like the 11+ regardless of what sport or levels they play at, citing the lower incidence of severe injuries.

More information

The American Heart Association has more about how to exercise successfully.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: BMJ, news release, Dec. 9, 2008

Last Updated: Dec. 12, 2008

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