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  • SALT LAKE CITY — Athletes, especially NBA players, are very socially connected. Even if they are natural introverts, there are always people around whether it be family, friends, teammates, coaches, training staff, doctors, entourages or fans. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, players have been isolated in a way they never have been before and that isolation, paired with the abrupt and ...
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  • Support for Chronic Pain Sufferers

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 2-Mar-2020

    Constant pain can make people feel alone on a deserted island; a support system helps. When you observe someone in a neck brace who is wincing in pain, it can result in an immediate feeling of sympathy for them – an understanding that this individual is hurt, as evidenced by the presence of the neck brace. You need no further “proof” that the injury is “real” because ...
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  • Why We Need More African-Americans in Medicine

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 25-Feb-2020

    AS I REFLECT ON THE significance of Black History Month in my life, I can't help but think of the African-American mentors who blazed the trails before me. These are individuals who didn't allow their racial makeup to stand in the way of achieving their dreams. More importantly, as a result of their dedication and despite many obstacles, race didn't prevent them from contributing to ...
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  • Physical Activity as Brain Food

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 25-Feb-2020

    Beyond what we eat, the way we move provides important nourishment and protection for the brain. I am a Neurologist. I am a Sports Neurologist. And I am a Pain Medicine specialist. It’s complicated, but all three are intimately related. I frequently explain to patients that see me for a “Pain Management” consultation that part of my motivation for successfully treating their pain ...
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  • Anxiety, Depression Can Be Eased with 150 Minutes of Exercise a Week Researchers say exercising for 150 minutes a week can help ease mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. They said people who exercise outdoors get more benefits than people who exercise indoors. They added that there are mental health benefits to both team sports as well as individual activities. They cautioned ...
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  • Many of us consider the start of a new year as the start of the new-and-improved versions of ourselves. While this can be motivating and encouraging, it can also sometimes involve unrealistic and unhealthy attempts at weight loss. "Holiday pictures may show unwanted pounds or make us realize we have gained a bit too much weight over the last year, so many people choose to make weight loss ...
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  • It's common knowledge that exercise can help older adults preserve (and even increase) their muscular strength, strengthen their cardiovascular system, help them maintain healthy body weight, and fight off several health-related issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure. What is less well known is that exercise can also help older adults boost their cognitive skills and improve their ...
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  • EVERY YEAR, MILLIONS OF people in the U.S. see chiropractors for relief of headaches; back, shoulder, foot and neck pain. People also seek help with numbness and tingling or a loss of strength in the arms, hands and legs. Overall, 62% of adults in the U.S. have had neck or back pain significant enough that they sought treatment from a health care professional at some point in their lifetime, ...
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  • Your body doesn't like it when you do something unhealthy. Smoke a cigarette and you'll cough up a lung. Drink too much and you'll toss your cookies. Overeat and the pounds come on. You may not want to stop. But the bag of flesh and bones you live in does. So be nice to it. Give up a few of your unhealthiest habits. And start by identifying what they are. The Remedy rounded up what ...
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  • The New Year—a time when ambitious resolutions dance in our heads: Total body transformations, swearing off carbs, overhauling that fitness routine, "New Year, New You," fear of failure, procrastination, postponement and … soon enough, it's Jan. 1 again. Well, it may be a new year, but you don't have to be a new you. The one you are is just fine. And you don't ...
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  • The Warriors have no timetable for center Kevon Looney’s return from right hamstring tightness. And given the nature of the injury, they aren’t quite sure when they’ll have a better idea of when he’ll be back. After returning to San Francisco on Tuesday, Looney, who missed the past two games, is expected to meet with a team of specialists to evaluate a neuropathic condition ...
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  • Dr. Williams for The Best Life Magazine: The Concussion Paradigm

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 21-Oct-2019

    There is so much about the concussion process that isn’t yet fully understood by science. How can one athlete seemingly return to “normal” hours after what looks like a knockout blow to the head during a big game, while another takes weeks to fully recover from what seemed to only be a slight “ding” during practice? Though I am pleased to say we’re no longer in ...
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  • Why Cordy Glenn is on Day 35 of the concussion protocol and the question that comes next By Paul Dehner Jr. CINCINNATI — Zac Taylor receives a report on $60 million tackle Cordy Glenn just about every day. Pretty much every day it comes out the same. He’s still in the concussion protocol. For 35 consecutive days. “Honestly, it’s every day that I look for the update,” ...
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  • Sleep can be amazing — particularly if you've been pulling all-nighters lately — but if you're experiencing some problems with getting shut-eye lately, you may need to get a better sleep routine. There are many potential reasons that your sleep may be disturbed or non-existent, experts tell Bustle, and many of them start with how you wind down at night. "There are ...
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  • We all know smoking, binge-drinking, tanning, and eating fast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner are bad for us. But you probably didn’t realize that some far more innocuous habits (like texting or burning incense) and even others you thought were good for your health (like hitting the street for a run or taking certain supplements ) are actually doing damage. To find out if your everyday ...
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  • How Exercise Benefits Esports

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 3-Sep-2019

    I RECENTLY READ A fascinating article about professional e-gaming teams who train like professional athletes in traditional sports and are seeing significant success in their performance as a result. The concept of e-gaming isn't "new," but relative to traditional professional athletics and the potential money to be won, professional e-game team owners and sponsors are taking a new ...
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  • Prescription drugs like Adderall, commonly prescribed to treat people living with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), also have a history of being misused by people without such conditions who are seeking a “brain boost.” It’s a growing issue in the United States, particularly among young college students. But while taking prescription stimulants ...
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  • When it comes to your health, there are a few basic facts you already know : Drink more water! Get more sleep! Eat right! Exercise! But it turns out, there’s way more to it than just that—and we’re willing to bet you’ve left more than a few stones unturned. For instance, did you know that just 10 minutes of exercise a day can be just as effective as a longer workout? Or ...
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  • The digital flood of fitness tips and healthy-eating tricks can quickly make one lose track of what’s actually healthy—and what’s not. In fact, there’s a growing gulf between quick-fix gimmicks and the tried-and-true wisdom of educated professionals. Don’t get left in the dark or fooled by fitness fads. Instead, bone up on these 40 things only truly healthy people ...
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  • Sports Neurology - Impact Beyond the Playing Field

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 23-Jul-2019

    The principals of this burgeoning medical field will positively impact more than just athletes. Sports neurology is benefitting from and contributing to a greater awareness of concepts such as neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to form and organize synapse connections) and neuromodulation (delivering a targeted stimulus to alter nerve activity as a means for restoring function or relieving ...
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  • How Aerobic Exercise Benefits the Brain -- Especially As You Age

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 11-Jul-2019

    A RECENT COLUMBIA University study builds on previous research linking aerobic exercise to cognitive function and cortical thickness improvement in middle-aged and older adults. Here's a look at what the findings could mean for you. Can you imagine living through chronic neurological disease and dysfunction that prevents you from learning, reasoning, behaving appropriately or even remembering ...
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  • Experts in mild traumatic brain injury discuss the FDA warning about unapproved devices to detect concussion marketed to the public. They agreed that proliferation of sideline tools could reintroduce ambiguity into decision-making. Vernon B. Williams, MD, director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Management at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute, said he is all in favor of new ...
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  • The longtime Lakers guard—a championed scorer and notorious competitor—was taking his Utah Jazz defenders to task, shouldering into the lane for a contested running on one possession, then crossing into a deep three-pointer on the next. Bryant’s attack, in what would be his final game in the NBA, accumulated to 50 attempted shots, 60 points, and a standing ovation from his ...
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  • Artificial Intelligence Shows Promise in Concussion Management

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 21-May-2019

    TYPICALLY, WHEN WE TALK about analytics in sports, the discussion is focused on advanced player statistics – and more recently, on performance analytics through things like wearable sensor technologies and high-speed cameras. Advanced analytics and AI in sports are continuing to grow and evolve, even into the injury prevention and management arena. A recent research study I was involved in ...
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  • The Neurological Phenomenon of Stinger or Burner Injuries

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 4-Apr-2019

    WE TEND TO LOOK FOR signs and symptoms of a concussion after a big hit in a football game. But as a sports neurologist, concussion is only one of the injuries I'm looking for as players pick themselves up and return to the huddle or sideline. Body language can tell you a lot. How players move, whether or not they're fluid and symmetric in their arm-swing and obvious or subtle evidence of a ...
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