Swimming is a fun, relaxing activity that fuels brain health and builds strong bodies. It's great for growing children, since learning to move in the water improves coordination and flexibility.
Competing as part of a school activity can be a great way to instill the exercise habit. But parents and coaches know it's not as simple as handing a student a football, pompom or clarinet and saying, "Go play." So, we asked experts for advice on keeping things as safe and healthy as possible.
Women's World Cup: The epidemic of ACL tears in female soccer players is about more than just biology
Female athletes are two to eight times more likely to tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) compared to males, and their odds of returning to sport within five years are 25 percent lower. If we trust the research, we should brace ourselves for two to three ACL tears during the World Cup itself.
While common, if an ankle sprain isn't treated properly, it can lead to chronic issues, such as ankle instability or pain, limited ability to return to sports and degenerative arthritis. Also, significant tendon or ligament injuries, cartilage damage or even fractures may be missed if a severe sprain isn't properly evaluated.
Aside from the pain of an ACL injury and potential need for reparative or reconstructive surgery, there's also another long-term consequence of serious knee trauma: post-traumatic osteoarthritis.
Amputation presents significant mobility challenges to millions of people worldwide. Studies show that only 5 percent of people fitted with a prosthetic limb use it for more than half of their waking hours. These lower levels of activity lead to muscle wasting, or atrophy, in the remaining part of the leg.
Dancers put unique demands on their hips, achieving extreme ranges of motion that can strain the joints and damage supporting tissues around them. Not surprisingly, hip injuries account for up to 17% of injuries in dancers and 27% among professional dancers.
Healing does take time, but within a few months most people can get back to play at their pre-surgery level without the pain that they experienced before, a pair of new studies show.
The popularity of the women's game has led to more girls than ever before playing the sport. But alongside this has been a rise in knee injuries, in particular to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in female players.