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Optimum Performance: NFL-funded study reveals young athletes more prone to concussions

A recent report by a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel of experts noted a high rate of concussions suffered by high school athletes versus college participants in some sports, including football. The report -- Sports Related Concussions in Youth: Improving Science, Changing the Culture -- provided a broad examination of concussions in multiple youth sports of athletes ages 5 to 21.

The 305-page, NFL-funded study found that high school football players suffered 11.2 concussions per 10,000 athletic exposures (each exposure representing a practice or game) compared to 6.3 exposures for college football players.

Optimum Performance: Training Toward Disaster

A reader asked if I would tell the story of his near-death experience based on his encounter with Rhabdomyolysis (Rhabdo) — the breakdown of muscle fibers that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream. Myoglobin (a protein), according to the National Institutes of Health, is harmful to the kidney and often causes kidney damage.

"I collapsed June 10 this year in my bathroom without any warning signs, or at least any I was aware of at the time.” the reader, Robert, said, “I have since done an autopsy of the days before my illness and realize several symptoms were there, but none I would have understood were about to set off the chain of events that came about — first massive kidney failure followed by liver failure.”

Optimum Performance: Preventing MRSA outbreak a touchy subject

In 2003 several St. Louis Rams players were exposed to a serious infection, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as a result of bacterial contact from turf burns on their elbows, knees and forearms. MRSA, if left untreated, can become life threatening should it spread to internal body organs and muscles, blood, bones and lungs.

"The diagnosis of MRSA is usually made by its clinical appearance (skin boil or abscess) and by taking a culture to identify the organism," says Dr. Frank Rabito, an infectious disease specialist at East Jefferson General Hospital. "(MRSA) is epidemic in the (global) community and spread by person-to-person contact. The typical manifestation is a painful boil, but the infection can invade tissues and cause necrosis of skin and deeper tissues."

Optimum Performance: The Benefits of the NFL Bye Week

Each NFL team plays a 16-game regular-season schedule over a 17-week period. The open date, which both the Saints and the Oakland Raiders share this year at week 7, is called a " bye week." The concept started back in 1990, when the league wanted to give teams a chance to rest their players between weeks 4-12.

According to an October 2013 article on ESPN's Fantasy Football site, "NFL teams benefit from a week off: In the past five seasons combined (2008-12), teams are 85-72-3 (.541 winning percentage) in their first games following their bye week, the group never posting a losing record in any of those individual years."

Shilstone: Eating fruit may prevent bladder cancer

While not as widespread as other forms of cancer, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 70,000 people will be diagnosed with bladder cancer this year, and now, a new study suggests a way to make those numbers go down in 2014. Fitness and nutrition expert, Mackie Shilstone explains.

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Mackie has a lot more information on this topic and others on his website.

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Mackie Spotlight

EJGH’s very own Mackie Shilstone, Executive Director of the Fitness Principle, is in New York working with Serena Williams as she goes for another U.S. Open title. As Williams’s Fitness Coach, Mackie will be part of the team preparing her for matches throughout the tournament. To give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at how Williams prepares for every opponent, Mackie is writing a daily postcard for detailing all the day’s happenings. Check back daily for updates. 8/22/13
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