Health Issues

The Art of Coping with Sports Injury Stress

Athletes respond to injuries differently. If they experience a mild injury, their health will be restored in no time but if they experience a serious injury with very high chances of never getting back to the game, they will surely feel terrible. Athletes with serious problems will feel anger, sadness, depression and stress. This should not happen because there is always hope. Coping is not only for restoring the physical prowess but it is also restoring the state of mind of the athlete. With proper physical rehabilitation and psychology techniques, athletes will regain their former glory.

Here’s a snapshot of the things we can do if we are in a serious injury:

Learn what we can about the injury

Sometimes you find comfort when you know that yours is not a hopeless case. You can ask our doctors, coach and therapists about the injuries you sustained and let them explain the treatments that way you will know what to expect and do better.

Accept what happened

The sooner you accept the injury, the sooner that you can work to get back on your feet. You may find it irrelevant but as soon as you accept everything, you will see that things are easier to take. Stop blaming other people or yourself because of that injury.

Be positive about it

Maintaining a positive attitude or outlook is hard but it is possible. Sometimes you just think of negative things and just give up. In times like this, you need support and love from your family, friends and loved ones. Don’t forget them because they can be your strongest allies.

Continue setting goals

It doesn’t mean that you have to stop planning and achieving a goal. Just think that planning a new goal is fun and make it your inspiration and motivation.

Knowing Sports Injuries More

If you are seeking an activity that can keep you busy, healthy and disciplined at the same time, you should consider sports. You just need to look deeper and know what you like most or what you are passionate about. There are basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, tennis, etc. that you can participate. But sometimes, you are hesitant to participate for fear of injuries. Getting hurt is part of life. In sports, what matters most is dealing with the pain and standing again to be better. The easiest way is not to consider contact sports like football and basketball.

Sports injuries can be prevented. You need to know the rules of the game so you will know what to do and not to do. You should also make it a point to use the proper equipment and lastly, you should always use protective gears to limit if not avoid the occurrence of injuries. No matter how much time you practice, there will come a time that you will sustain an injury. You should know the types of injury so you will know what to do. There are two types of injuries to include:

Acute Traumatic injuries

Acute traumatic injuries comprise of fracture, contusion, strain, sprain, abrasion and laceration. A fracture refers to rupturing of a bone. Contusions on the other hand are characterized by swelling and bleeding usually in the muscles and tissues. Sprain affects the ligament while strain affects the tendon. Abrasion refers to scratching and laceration refers a deep cut that usually needs stitches.

Chronic injury

Chronic injuries recur. Chronic injuries comprise of stress fractures, tendinitis and growth plate injuries. If these injuries persist for a period of time, it is time to see the doctor because it will get worse.

Wii Fights Obesity, Study Shows

Playing the Wii is a great way to combat childhood obesity, a new study has concluded.

The game may be virtual, but the physical exertion wih Wii is very real.

Unlike traditional hand-held video games, where users sit on the couch exercising little more than their thumbs, the Wii features digital sensors that let users virtually play the game.

In Wii Sports, a game that comes with the console, users mimic the motions used in sports like bowling, tennis and baseball. In other words,

Some gamers even complained of “aching backs, sore shoulders — even something some have dubbed “Wii elbow,” like a tennis elbow.

Nintendo spokeswoman Perrin Kaplan downplayed the reports, saying the company hadn’t received any complaints from users about soreness. “If people are finding themselves sore, they may need to exercise more,” she said. “It was not meant to be a Jenny Craig supplement.”

Nevertheless, some gamers started turning the Wii and other similar active gaming consoles into a new form of exercise, and medical researchers are touting their health potential for more than just weight loss.

A research team at the University of Toronto is developing a “therapeutic video game” to treat children who suffer from hemiplegic cerebral palsy, a condition that can partially paralyze one side of the body. If the children regularly use their weaker side, their motor function can improve. The problem is getting the children to do so outside of therapy sessions. Active video games might do the trick, thought William Li, an undergraduate engineering student at the University of Toronto who is conducting research at the university’s Bloorview Kids Rehab teaching hospital.

But weight loss is still probably the biggest health benefit the Wii will have for users. Active video games like the Wii can fight child obesity, according to a report published by the Mayo Clinic in the January 2008 issue of Pediatrics.

In that study, researchers found that children burned three times as many calories playing “active” video games versus playing traditional hand-held video games. Because the study was done before the Wii debuted, researchers tested Sony’s EyeToy and Microsoft’s Xbox.

Lorraine Lanningham-Foster, the report’s lead researcher, expects the Wii to have the same effect. “If children are up moving around versus sitting down, then they’re going to burn more calories,” she says.

“One of our hopes was that people would find a way to enjoy the Wii sitting on the couch or getting up and moving their body around,” Nintendo spokeswoman Perrin Kaplan says. “This huge fitness craze was more than we had anticipated.”

Anti-Smoking Drug Linked to Seizures, Dizziness

Drivers of motor vehicles should not use the anti-smoking drug Chantix because of its potential side effects, warns U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Earlier, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration banned use of the smoking-cessation drug Chantix by airplane pilots and air traffic controllers.

The warnings came as a result of a study reported by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices claiming that Chantix was linked to seizures, dizziness, heart rhythm problems, diabetes and more than 100 accidents, media reported.

According to the report, the anti-smoking drug was associated with 988 serious incidents in the last quarter of 2007.

The FDA has already updated warnings on Chantix’s label to reflect the adverse effects including depression and suicidal thoughts.

Pfizer has twice updated the Chantix label for potential side effects since its May 2006 approval. The Food and Drug Administration said in February that it is “increasingly likely” Chantix may be tied to serious psychiatric symptoms.

New safety concerns for Pfizer’s smoking-cessation drug could lead to legal trouble for the pharmaceutical giant.

Ibuprofen May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

These findings do not justify taking NSAIDs as a way to prevent dementia, researchers warned.

The use of the anti-inflammatory and painkiller ibuprofen is linked to lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Patients who used ibuprofen for more than 5 years were 40 per cent less likely to develop the disease compared with patients who did not use that type of drug at all.

The study is the work of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, and the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bedford, also in Massachusetts and is published online in the 6th May issue of the journal Neurology.

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAIDs are a range of non-steroidal drugs that reduce pain and fever, and also inflammation when taken in higher doses.

Previous studies have shown contradictory results about the link between use of NSAIDs and reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Study author Dr Steven Vlad, with Boston University School of Medicine, said their results suggest that it is specific NSAIDs rathen than NSAIDs that are linked with reduced Alzheimer’s risk.

The object of the study was to examine the impact of long term NSAID use on risk of Alzheimer’s disease, by looking at how it suppresses the formation of Aβ1-42 amyloid, the main protein present in senile plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

For the study the investigators searched records from the large US Veterans Affairs Health Care system database and found over 49,000 Alzheimer’s patients over 55 years of age and matched them to over 196,000 controls from the same population.

The results showed that longer term use of NSAIDs was linked to lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease compared to non-use of NSAIDs (odds ratio decreased from 0.98 for 1 year or less, to 0.76 for over 5 years).

But, they found the findings were “clearest for ibuprofen”, and that “Aβ1-42-suppressing NSAIDs did not differ from others”. These findings do not justify taking NSAIDs as a way to prevent dementia, they warned.