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Top Five Nutritional Sports Bars

The November issue of Muscle & Body Magazine has a really informative piece on a topic that many may find confusing – sports nutrition bars. The author is correct to point out that when sports bars first started to hit the workout world, they were pretty tasteless and sometimes hard to stomach. Lately, however, as the industry has evolved, not only do they taste great, they can pack quite a nutritional punch.

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Top Five Tips For Protecting Child Athletes

Last week on my segment on WWL-TV, I discussed how the female athlete is more at risk of suffering a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (A.C.L.) than the male athlete. I spoke about how female athletes in particular should focus on balance, core strength in the trunk and building up strength in the thigh muscles. By doing this, the athlete can be better able to handle start and stop motions as well as the lateral movements when they are cutting to run in a new direction.

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Top Five Stress Relievers

Last Updated on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 02:02 PM

I just came across an article out of Great Britain that featured a report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. After studying work-related absence numbers, they report that stress is now the number one reason employees take long-term time off. Stress has overtaken cardiac problems, back pain and cancer for the top spot. The numbers are so startling they are deeming stress the "Black Death of the 21st Century."

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Top Five Benefits of Meditation

I recently read an interesting article that appeared on CNN.com about the positive effects of mediation, particularly in the area of pain control or suppression. The article specifically discussed a clinical study that appeared in the April 6 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience from researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In the study, a subject group was administered a slight burn before and after mediation and measured their pain sensitivity.

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Top Five Symptoms of a Concussion

I was reading the Harvard Health Publications last week that discussed the revised guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stating that children and teens should not participate in boxing due to concussions. In the revised guidelines recently released by the AAP, the academy strongly believes that those under 19 years of age are especially at risk with concussions because the brain is still developing. Children also tend to take longer to heal after a concussion than adults.

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