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Stretching: The Best Way for Fall Athletes To Avoid Sports Injuries

Most fall athletes are coming off a summer of limited activity. This can lead to preventable pain and soft tissue injuries that could last throughout the season.

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Water, Carbs and Race Day Eating: What Endurance Athletes Should Know

Endurance athletes experience significant sweat and energy losses that need to be replaced for proper performance. Here is advice from UH Sports Medicine on how to prepare for an endurance event.

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Pressure and Performance: What We Can Learn From Elite-Level Athletes

U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from parts of Olympic competition has brought attention to the pressure that elite athletes face. But are there lessons to be learned for the rest of us?

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Top 4 Tips For Exercising In the Heat

Everyone who has exercised in hot, humid conditions knows it feels harder to perform. Besides affecting performance, exercising in the heat increases the risk of serious illnesses such as heat illness, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.

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How Getting Active Can Help Your Body Fight Off Illness

Obesity and other chronic health issues are major risk factors for severe disease or death from COVID-19. This finding underscores a larger truth about how health and fitness play an important role in your ability to fight off viruses and illness.

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Beware of Early Sports Specialization for Young Athletes

The reality is youth sports specialization doesn’t necessarily enhance performance or lead to athletic scholarships. It does, however, lead to risk of overuse injuries, psychological stress and burnout.

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Sprains and Strains in Children: What To Do, When To Worry

Sprains and strains may sound alike, but they are completely different types of injury – and both are very common in children. Find out if your child is at risk and when you should seek medical care for your child.

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How Endurance Sports Medicine Can Help You Reach the Finish Line

Successful endurance athletes pay attention to nutrition, biomechanics, mental preparation and injury prevention. As endurance sports become more popular, athletes increasingly are turning to medical specialists to stay healthy and perform their best

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