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Briefs: Preventing injuries to high school football players

for high school footballers: prevent injury

As every mom already knows, high school football players are at high risk for injuring their lower limbs. "Stress fractures of the foot, ankle sprains and ligament injuries are all, unfortunately, quite common in popular fall sports," said Dr. David Davidson, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and podiatric medical consultant for the Buffalo Bills. Some preventive tips from the APMA:

Sprains (stretched or torn ligaments): Take part in proper warm-up exercises before and after workouts and games. Spend five to 10 minutes stretching, holding and relaxing muscles.

Fractures: Look for sport-specific footwear that contains extra padding in cleated shoes, which helps to prevent stress fractures.

Turf toe: Named for the playing field on which it is common, turf toe is a painful hyperextension of the big toe joint. It can also occur on grass. Wearing a stiffer shoe can prevent further aggravation of the injury. Customized foot orthotics may also be worn during play to protect against turf toe.

Learn more about pain medication

Experts in pain management will present a live Webcast about prescription pain medications at 3 p.m. Oct. 21. The Webcast will cover numerous aspects of the problem, including what patients and caregivers can do to minimize abuse of prescription opioid pain medicines. A Q&A session follows. Among the moderators: Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Dr. Jeff Gudin, co-director of the Pain Management Center at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey; and Jennifer Bolen, a patient living with chronic pain and founder of the Legal Side of Pain, an organization that provides legal guidance regarding use of pain medications. On the Web:

Does inactivity fuel hunger?

A new study suggests that couch potatoes get hungrier than active people. The University of Massachusetts studied six young, lean and fit men and women in three one-day experiments. On one day the volunteers spent 12 active hours walking, sorting papers, picking up books and folding laundry. They were not allowed to sit for more than 10 minutes each hour. On the other two days they watched videos, worked on computers and were only allowed to move by being pushed in a wheelchair. The couch potato types reported feeling hungrier, having more desire to eat and feeling they could eat more after a meal than the active participants.

Compiled from Times staff, wires

Briefs: Preventing injuries to high school football players 10/13/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:40pm]
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