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Specialization vs. Sampling in Youth Sports: Which Is Healthier?

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 12:05 PM

Over the past decade or so, we've seen youth sports become more competitive than ever. Today, many kids are encouraged to specialize in a particular sport as early as four or five.

This trend is often attributed to parents who are hoping to turn their kid into sports 'next...

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NFL Concussions: League Fights Injury With Technology

(6) Comments | Posted January 23, 2011 | 9:17 AM

For years, the NFL has denied the link between football injuries, namely concussions, and brain injury. Only in the past few years has it begun to understand the impact the sport has on the health of its players.

This year, the NFL has been on what many have called...

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Concussions: Using ImPACT in Schools to Measure Athletes' Post-Concussive Brain Function

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 7:08 AM

Thirty-eight million children between five and 18 play sports, and concussions make up 10 percent of their injuries. Of these concussed kids, one out of every four returns to the game before their injuries have fully healed, according to the Center for Injury and Research Policy.

We saw concussions...

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Why We Need to Fight Against Childhood Obesity Now

(14) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 5:58 PM

The nation's struggle with obesity has been going on for years. But recently, we've declared war on the problem.

The Centers for Disease Control said last month that one in three people would have diabetes by the year 2050, and that one in three children born this year will...

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Cutting: Demi Lovato's Struggle With Self-Injury Is Raising Awareness

(17) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 6:53 AM

Angeline Jolie has admitted to it. Princess Diana shared her struggles with it. Courtney Love used to go so far as to do it on stage at her concerts. And most recently, Disney star Demi Lovato checked herself into a treatment facility for issues that include cutting.

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