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UNC researcher explores how menstrual cycles affect strength training

Research from a University of North Carolina professor has revealed key differences in the health needs of female athletes—particularly surrounding menstrual cycles and hormonal contraceptives. Abbie Smith-Ryan is the director of UNC's Applied Physiology Laboratory... more »

How to prevent shin splints

Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, are not uncommon, especially among runners, dancers, and individuals who suddenly intensify their training or change their workout. “This also happens in new military recruits. A... more »

University of Michigan Concussion Center helps athletes with head injuries

High school cheerleaders, like Catherine Vick from Paw Paw High School in Michigan, are among the most likely student-athletes to suffer a concussion. Vick suffered a concussion as a 10th-grader, and after telling her coaches,... more »

How endurance running impacts the immune system

Whether you’re a lifelong runner or new to the sport, it’s important to understand the impact running has on the immune system. The immune system is complex. As white blood cells help fight off infections,... more »

Denver teen makes medical kits for recreational soccer league

A Denver high school soccer player recently made headlines after creating medical kits for her recreational soccer league. Fourteen-year-old Kaia-Marie Price first got the idea after a teammate suffered a compound tibia-fibula fracture and there... more »

Researchers explore possible reasons for high rate of sudden cardiac arrest in Black male athletes

Researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) are exploring the high rate of sudden cardiac arrest in Black male athletes. Recent incidents have spurred calls from some schools and medical societies for... more »

Study finds delayed ACL surgery may be safe for many adults

A Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study of medical records concludes that delaying surgical treatment of the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in some children is associated with a higher risk of new tears in the... more »

NCA&T study links low-energy availability in black athletes

A pilot study led by researchers at North Carolina A&T State University has shown a correlation between hypertension and low-energy availability in black Division I athletes. Among the four sports profiled, basketball and track and... more »

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