For Young Pitchers, Fewer Innings Might Not Mean Fewer Injuries

A new study from the University of Waterloo indicates that reducing the number of innings young Major League Baseball (MLB) pitchers throw may not prevent injuries. The study revealed that young pitchers must apply more extensive prevention methods, like biomechanical assessments, to prevent overuse injuries. Physical therapists also are key assets in the quest for athletic injury prevention as they can design prevention-centered strengthening and conditioning programs.

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Walking after meals reduces fall risk in elderly

South Australian researchers have discovered that standing up and moving around after eating could reduce the incidence of falls among older people. According to the study, walking a short distance after eating can alleviate the dizziness caused by a post-meal drop in blood pressure. Professor Renuka Visvanathan, who supervised the study, said practical lifestyle interventions are the most effective means of preventing falls in elderly populations. “The results showing that walking can be an effective strategy are pleasing, and will help in better understanding the overall picture of this common problem," she said. Click here to read more about this study.


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