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  • TO ADDRESS PLAYER safety and injury risk, the governor of California recently signed a bill that places restrictions on the amount of time allowed for tackling during any given week at football practice for high school and youth athletes. Aimed at reducing the amount of contact allowed during football practice (reducing exposure), this move follows other state and athletic legislatures in the ...
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  • The Dreaded "Burner" Injury in Athletes

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 14-Oct-2020

    Burner or stinger injuries are a common nerve-related issue among contact athletes. Despite a pandemic-caused delay, professional football is now in full swing minus the stadiums being filled with the teams’ passionate fans. As would be the case even during a "normal" season, the player injury reports have begun to roll in, from ankle injuries to ACL tears and plenty in between. ...
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  • Artificial intelligence (AI) can help determine which patients are at high risk for severe pain after surgery, as well as which patients may benefit from non-opioid related pain management, a new study finds. The research, which is being presented at the American Association of Anesthesiologists’ annual meeting, aims to reduce the number of people who are exposed to opioids in an attempt to ...
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  • Pain and Addiction on the Sidelines

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

    How can athletes avoid pain and addiction post-surgery? As a sports-neurologist and pain medicine specialist, I have specific expertise in the management of chronic pain in athletes. Unfortunately, with this expertise, I bear too-frequent witness to the dual-heartbreak of athletes who experience a season- or career-halting injury and subsequent surgery, only to have it be accompanied by pain and ...
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  • Rookie Justin Herbert will make his second career start Sunday for the Chargers as Tyrod Taylor continues to recover from a medical accident. Taylor was unable to play last weekend after difficulty breathing following a pregame injection that inadvertently punctured his lung. A member of the team’s medical staff erred during a procedure meant to help Taylor manage pain from a preexisting rib ...
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  • Under Pressure: How Elite Athletes Respond to Stress

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 3-Sep-2020

    Elite athletes, though among the most skilled and talented in their sport, are still not immune to the psychological pressure that can attack the mind and body before, or during an important athletic event. Professional athletes are humans, just like the rest of us. They feel the same nervousness, "butterflies," or physiological stress that everyone has felt in situations where and when ...
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  • The esteemed group of medical professionals bring expertise in cardiovascular medicine, cardiopulmonary exercise, neurology and neuroscience NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Peloton (NASDAQ: PTON), the world's largest interactive fitness platform, today announced the formation of the Peloton Health and Wellness Advisory Council, which will work closely with the company as it continues ...
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  • Headaches are extremely common and can occur for a variety of reasons. Most headaches are relatively harmless, but can still be very annoying. And some headaches can be the result of a separate condition, which may require medical treatment. Here's what you need to know about the most common types of headaches, how to figure out which one you have, and what you can do for prevention and ...
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  • THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC brought on by COVID-19 put a halt to much of what we previously took for granted – including athletics on the youth, collegiate and professional levels. Though such measures seemed extreme to sports fans, they were also very necessary. But as countermeasures often do, they may come with a cost of their own. In this case, that price might be paid by incoming rookies who ...
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  • It kind of feels like as you age, your mind and memory just don't quite work like they used to. But is that really the case, or are there ways to improve memory ? While the years creeping on can have an effect on some brain functionality, certain aspects of brain function and memory are not necessarily linked to getting older. Remember when your mom used to hound you about boring things like ...
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  • Taking Control of Your Telehealth

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 26-Jul-2020

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s how to be ready for a great telehealth appointment. Though few could have predicted why it happened, the rise of the virtual doctor's office visit has exploded in 2020, in large part due to COVID-19. But, virtual medicine, or telehealth, made waves before this pandemic and is one "new normal" that would be great to keep around well beyond ...
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  • How Sleep Deprivation Affects the Brain

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 13-Jul-2020

    The amount of time spent in quality, deep sleep has decreased over several decades. Sleep might seem like a period of time when the brain is at rest. But that’s not true. Sleep is an active neurological process. The brain is going through very specific stages that should happen for specific periods of time. The brain should run through these cycles of stages a certain number of times over ...
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  • Migraines in Children and Teens

    Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 1-May-2020

    Treatment and prevention plans are unique for younger people who experience migraine headaches. If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you know it’s not your average, run-of-the-mill headache. And a migraine is more than just a “bad headache.” Migraines are in a headache class all their own. They have specific clinical criteria. Migraine headache pain is often described as ...
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  • A headache is one of the most common and irritating types of pain. In order to relieve your headache, it's first helpful to know what's causing it. There are two main types of headaches. A primary headache occurs independently of any other medical condition. Whereas a secondary headache is a side effect of another health issue such as a sinus infection or high blood pressure. Secondary ...
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  • IF YOU'RE LIKE MOST people in America, and many parts of the world, your usual, everyday way of life has been significantly altered because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts to stem the contagion of the viral outbreak have abruptly changed the way we're living our lives in what we've always known as a modern – and convenient – world. "Disruption" is one word for ...
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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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