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Survey Predicts Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2015

Fitness pros forecast what you’ll see at the gym next year; new #1 on 2015 list

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Beetroot Beneficial for Athletes and Heart Failure Patients, Research Finds

Researchers find the nitrate in beetroot targets fast-twitch muscles, increasing the blood flow to muscles that receive less oxygen. This can increase high-intensity athletic performance and improve quality of life of heart failure patients.

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Study Finds College Athletes More Likely To Harbor MRSA

College athletes who play contact sports are more than twice as likely to carry the deadly superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylocuccus aureus (MRSA) than peers who play non-contact sports, according to a Vanderbilt study released at IDWeek 2014.

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UAB Research Examines Youth Sports Injury Rates

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Study explores patterns such as top 5 most common sports and recreation injuries.

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Concussions- Getting Your Head Out of the Game

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Concussions, sometimes referred to as mild traumatic brain injuries, are one of the most commonly encountered sports injuries. Studies vary but rates are estimated at two million sport related concussions per year in the United States.

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Hill Training Benefits Distance Runners

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Most running magazines contain articles endorsing hill training for serious long distance runners, “but there was virtually no research to support it,” explained Derek Ferley, education and research coordinator at Avera Sports Institution. As part of his doctoral work in health and nutritional sciences at South Dakota State University, he confirmed that running on a 10 percent incline can improve the overall performance of long distance runners.

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From Surgery to Recovery: Athletes and ACLs

National Hockey League players have the best chance to return to their sport after an ACL tear, and snowboarders have the lowest rate of returning to their sport, according to a series of papers recently published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Hospital for Special Surgery Offers Tips to Help Teens Train and Compete Safely In Sports

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Hospital that oversees care for a number of major professional teams offers advice to parents, coaches and athletes for playing it safe.

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Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize Can Help with Exercise

New research suggests the adage that encourages people to keep their “eyes on the prize” may be on target when it comes to exercise. When walking, staying focused on a specific target ahead can make the distance to it appear shorter and help people walk there faster, psychology researchers have found.

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Study Offers Insight Into Challenges Facing College Athletes

A new study sheds light on how some collegiate student-athletes deal with uncertainties ranging from excelling in both school and sports to their career prospects outside of athletics, and urges university athletic programs to adopt new efforts to support student-athletes.

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