• 12 Minutes Of Exercise A Week Could Be Enough To Stay Fit

    Source: Medical News Today

    “Regular exercise training improves maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), but the optimal intensity and volume necessary to obtain maximal benefit remains to be defined. A growing body of evidence suggests that exercise training with low-volume but high-intensity may be a time-efficient means to achieve health benefits.”

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  • Heart Health Of Men With Type 2 Diabetes Improved By Soccer Training

    Source: Medical News Today

    Soccer training makes the heart ten years younger

    “We discovered that soccer training significantly improved the flexibility of the heart and furthermore, that the cardiac muscle tissue was able to work 29% faster. This means that after three months of training, the heart had become 10 years ‘younger'”, explains Medical Doctor, PhD Student, Jakob Friis Schmidt, who co-authored the study alongside with PhD student, Thomas Rostgaard Andersen. He adds:

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  • When Athletic Shoes Cause Injury

    Source: NY times

    Sometimes innovative science requires innovative machinery, like a moveable, four-legged robotic sled that can wear shoes, a contraption recently developed and deployed by researchers at the University of Calgary to test whether grippy athletic shoes affect injury risk.

    It's well known, of course, that shoe traction influences athletic performance, especially in sports that involve sprinting or cutting, meaning abrupt rapid shifts in direction. In broad terms, more traction leads to better results.

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  • Platelet-Rich Plasma May Have Edge in Jumper's Knee



    Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections might be more helpful to athletes with jumper's knee than focused extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), according to Italian researchers.

    Dr. Mario Vetrano told Reuters Health by email that both approaches “seem to be safe and promising as part of the treatment of jumper's knee patients. However, both treatments share the same disputes: lack of hard evidence through randomized clinical trials and no standardized treatment protocols.”

    To compare outcomes, Dr. Vetrano and colleagues at Sapienza University of Rome studied 46 athletes with tendinopathy due to overuse of the knee extensor mechanism.They randomized their patients to receive either two autologous PRP injections over two weeks under ultrasound guidance, or three sessions of focused ESWT. Both groups then went on to a standardized stretching and muscle strengthening protocol.

    Given minimal or no pain after four weeks, patients were allowed to gradually return to previous training activity. Complete return to sports took place in accordance with the patient's pain tolerance and recovery.

    A blinded reviewer made assessments before and up to 12 months after treatment. The findings were published online February 13th in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

    Both groups showed benefit, and there were no significant between-group differences in outcome measures at two months. No clinically relevant side effects were seen in either group.

    However, at six and 12 months, the PRP group showed significantly greater improvement in Victorian Institute of Sports Assessment-Patella questionnaire and pain visual analogue scale. At 12 months, the PRP group also had significantly better modified Blazina scale scores.

    Both approaches seem promising, but “given current knowledge,” say the investigators, “it is impossible to recommend a specific treatment protocol.”

    Nevertheless, as Dr. Vetrano concluded, “The analysis of our study showed comparable results in both treatment groups at short term, with better results in the PRP group at six and 12 month follow-ups.”

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  • Platelets Win Against Tennis Elbow Pain

    Source: DailyRx

    Tennis elbow pain diminished through plasma enriched platelet therapy

    If that repeated, twisting arm motion becomes painful, the pain might be tennis elbow, even in non-tennis players. Rest is often the first step to healing, and there may be a new way to decrease the pain.

    Chronic tennis elbow pain was improved through plasma enriched platelet (PRP) therapy up to six months after treatment, according to a study presented at a conference.

    Platelets, or sticky substances found naturally in the blood stream, can release healing proteins when activated and ease inflammation and pain, though the findings have not yet been peer-reviewed.

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