Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Health line

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: video.webcasts.com/events/vxmd001/28151.

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Former CEO of Winn-Dixie parent joining Hong Kong company

    News

    The former CEO of the Jacksonville-based parent of Winn-Dixie grocery stores, Ian McLeod, has landed a new leadership role in Hong Kong. He is joining the pan-Asian based Dairy Farm International Holdings Ltd. as group chief executive.

    Ian McLeod, who is stepping down as the CEO of the parent company of Winn-Dixie, has been hired by Dairy Farm International Holdings. 
[Photo courtesy of Southeastern Grocers]
  2. Eckerd Kids: Teens in group foster homes must be allowed to keep phones

    News

    TAMPA — For many teens still reeling from being taken into foster care, a cell phone is a lifeline, child advocates say.

    Eckerd Kids, the agency that runs child welfare in Tampa Bay, will in January require agencies that run group foster homes to allow children to use cell phones. Some group homes are concerned that children may use phones for unathorized contract with their parents or other adults or to post pictures of other foster children on social media
  3. Hillsborough Democrats call Confederate monument vote a continuation of white supremacy

    Blogs

    TAMPA — Two days after Hillsborough County commissioners decided not to touch a Confederate monument in downtown Tampa, Hillsborough County Democrats have decided to weigh in.

    On Friday afternoon, Hillsborough County Democrats decried a vote by the county commission not to remove the Confederate monument in downtown Tampa.
  4. For starters: Ramus to DL, Peterson back, no further moves

    Blogs

    We were expecting a flurry of roster moves this afternoon and we got one. OF Colby Ramus is on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with left hip tendinitis.

    Colby Ramus is on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with left hip tendinitis.
  5. Editorial: Failure to invest in transit means fewer HART routes

    Editorials

    It was simple economics that forced HART, Hillsborough County's mass transit agency, to cut its bus routes. The agency will focus its resources on the more crowded urban core, limiting service in the suburbs in an effort to get more bang for the buck. These are the hard choices communities must make when they refuse to …

    Hillsborough Area Regional Transit is cutting bus routes from 41 to 34. Those in more rural areas will find it harder to catch a bus.