Sports Medicine Bulletin
Dec. 21, 2010

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Active Video Games Lead to Healthy Habits, Study Finds
Seattle Times
If your child's holiday wish list includes a video game, Lisa Hansen has advice as you head for the store.

An assistant professor at the University of South Florida's School of Physical Education and Exercise Science, she recommends buying active video games. Such games, from Dance Dance Revolution to EA Sports' fitness and training regimens, emphasize getting off the couch to play. More

Team Sports May Be No Guarantee That Kids Are Getting Enough Exercise
Los Angeles Times
Many parents encourage their kids to take part in team sports, thinking they'll get their recommended daily activity. But a new study suggests that children who play sports might not get enough daily exercise, and teens may get even less.

The study, released today in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, looked at how much exercise 200 kids age 7 to 14 got while playing team soccer, baseball or softball. The children wore accelerometers that tracked movement and intensity during team practice time, which ranged from 40 to 130 minutes for soccer and 35 to 217 minutes for baseball and softball. More

Surgeon General Focuses on Flu, Tobacco, Obesity
Ozarks First
The nation's top doc has a lot on her mind this time of year.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin talks about an upcoming tobacco study, childhood obesity and National Influenza Vaccination Week that is now underway.

More than a year after becoming the 18th Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Dr. Regina Benjamin is again tackling flu shots and this year there are new guidelines. More

When Runners Unknowingly Change Form
Times of India
A new study has suggested that runners who continue running even when they are exhausted unknowingly change their running form and it may increase likeliness of getting injured.

A study by Tracy Dierks, of the Indiana University, found that toward the end of a normal running session, runners generally displayed an increase in motion in their hips, knees and ankles. More

Researchers Use Patient's Own Blood to Treat Hamstring Injury
Science Daily
Researchers in London say they have found an effective two-part treatment for microtears in the hamstring: injections of the patient's own blood and a steroid along with "dry-needling," in which repeated needle punctures cause controlled internal bleeding in the injured area. Results of the study were presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

"By injecting the patient's own blood where it is needed at the site of a damaged tendon, we help the patient heal themselves," said lead researcher Waseem A. Bashir, M.D., a radiologist at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and Ealing Hospital in London. "Blood contains many growth factors, and the injections have been shown to promote faster healing of certain injuries." More